You have received some good advice so far. Whomever is hiking in or out (is this a commercial or private trip?) will likely want top take the Bright Angel, where numerous travel options await. If this is part of a commercial trip, you will need to have a guide hike up with you, and I am sure they will make other transportation options.What are the options to get someone in or out at Phantom Ranch. I know you can hike in Bright Angel. Can you get helicopter ride? How do you get out once you have hiked out? I there other places to get an and out other than Phantom Ranch?
I remember several years back where some very rich guy got a copter ride either in or out of the GC. He simply had to pay enough for the pilot to more than break even after that infraction.Are you saying that a person who has the money could not charter a helicopter to transport them? Or is there some law saying you can't fly in that area?
I believe the best place to exchange is Pipe Creek. Cuts that tedious River Trail out and eliminates water issues. Also a nice lunching spot before Horn. Just my opinion. Wonder how many folks are using the across from Pipe beach camp? Looked ok after the high flow. Plenty of sand. I got a good picture a few weeks ago I'll post up soon.As the risk of sounding self-righteous, I'd humbly suggest that someone who cannot handle the hike should not be on a private trip. A mule ride is expensive (and oddly moreso for one-way travel). I'm dubious that anyone would give someone a chopper ride, regardless of money, as it'd likely lead to substantial penalties, and more than monetary (bans from the park); anyhow, it's just wrong, as it's a wilderness area (motorized river trips non-withstanding). Of course, if you're a high-level NPS official, chopper rides in and out of the Canyon are no problem ...
The South Kaibab trail is much more direct, and I'd recommend it, even for an inexperienced hiker, if going downwards and the weather is not too hot. The Bright Angel trail ends/begins with a mile-plus slog river-side; but, because it has water in several spots along the way, should be used for an inexperienced hiker going upwards or if it's very hot.
At any rate, the person should train a bit for the hike, if for no other reason than to not have terribly sore legs after the hike (especially if they're hiking in and joining the trip).
I've heard people opine that you can't pull in there, but it's obviously untrue, but I've also heard it's somewhat tricky.I believe the best place to exchange is Pipe Creek. Cuts that tedious River Trail out and eliminates water issues.