Death Valley Hiking & Hot Springs (Intermediate)

Las Vegas, NV, USA

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Karina Safari
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25 reviews
Dec 1 - 5, 2021
Group size: 8 - 10
Death Valley Hiking & Hot Springs (Intermediate)
Las Vegas, NV, USA

Karina Safari
  • Email address verified
  • Facebook verified
25 reviews

Dec 1 - 5, 2021
Group size: 8 - 10

About this trip

Experience the spectacular DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, the land of contrasts that captivates the imagination, a paradise for nature enthusiasts, and unbeatable Fall and Winter Season destination!

This trip is a great combination of the best highlights and landscapes, diverse hiking and comfortable rustic-style lodging. After the day of exploring, relax and chill out at Tecopa hot springs under incredible starlight! 


Trip start/end: Las Vegas, NV

Level of hiking: Intermediate  (not recommended for new hikers and kids)

Daily hiking distances: approx. 7-10 mi/ day

Kids: 16+ (no discount is given)

Weather / Packing list

Weather:

Weather is mild in the Winter time (December) - day average is in upper 60s and night average is in mid 40s or can be close to freezing. While cold or hot weather, high winds and rain is possible it is not likely because rain is a rare event in the desert. Best way to be prepared is to wear layers and be ready to put an extra on or take something off.   
Every day we will start hiking in the early mornings, because days are short and sunset is around 4.30 pm. So, be ready to layer up.


What to bring:


Gear items:

- A small-size suitcase or Duffel bag or a Backpack for your main luggage  (Note: Please don't bring too big and bulky backpacks)

- A small backpack 25-30L for day-hikes (to carry a water reservoir, an extra layer, a hiking snack,  sun block, and a personal first aid kit). 

- Head lamp (it is good to have light when your hands are free always keep it in your backpack on a hiking trail)

- Trekking poles – optional (if you are used to hike with trekking poles, bring them. Otherwise, not necessary. Note: Hiking poles are not allowed in carry on luggage)

- Water bottle or camelback reservoir (1.5-2L)

- Several zip lock bags for your personal garbage/leftovers during hiking days

- Sunblock (UV 50+), lip balm, hand lotion (skin gets dry in desert)

- Personal toiletries : toothpaste, toothbrush etc.

- Your personal first aid kit (personal medications you can’t do without). The guide will have essentials.

- Sunglasses 

- Face covering (needed on a flight and indoor public places, visitor centers etc)

- Ear plugs, if you are a sensitive sleeper


Outfit for hiking:

- Good sturdy high-ankled hiking boots, well-worn before the trip  (!) Please don’t bring brand new boots, try them a few times on hiking trails before the trip, to avoid painful blisters while on a trip

- Comfortable tennis shoes (it's good to have a change of shoes for off-trail activities)

- Light hiking pants  (shorts or yoga pants are not recommended – to prevent sunburns) 

- Light long-sleeved loose shirt (for sun protection)

- A change of long/short-sleeved t-shirts for hiking (preferably a quick-dry fabric, not cotton)

- A change of long hiking socks (not cotton. merino wool is the best) 

- Comfortable outfit for sleeping in a cabin (PJs)

- Fleece jacket or light sweater

- Gloves for chilly mornings

- A down-jacket for chilly evenings and mornings

- Sunhat

- Gaiters to protect your shoes and pants from sand & mud (optional)


For hot springs:

- Flip flops

- Sarong or big towel, some bath robes for hot springs - to walk from hot springs to your cabin.  It is not comfortable to go to hot springs in hiking clothes

- Swimming suite – they have opened a nice outdoor basin and several hot tubs


Trip terms and Cancellation Policy

Participant can cancel their trip anytime prior departure with the following penalties: 

Registration deposit (if applicable) is non-refundable after being paid;

Cancellation 30 to 21 days before departure - up to 50% of the Trip cost 

Cancellation 20 to 0 calendar days before departure – non refundable

Trip cancellation insurance is advisable; it protects all registration deposits and payments for both air and land cost.

What’s included

  • Lodging
    3 nights @ Tecopa Delights Hotsprings Resort (cottages, rooms), 1 night @ Panamint Springs Resort (twin rooms)
  • Ground transportation
    12-seater comfortable van with AC
  • Professional assistance
    Local area expert & guide Katya Belykh
  • Miscellaneous
    Gas, admissions and parking fees where applicable
  • All arrangements
  • Flights
  • Meals

Itinerary

Day 1 / Wed
Arrival to Nevada > Tecopa Hotsprings

Arrival in Las Vegas, NV in the evening.  Meet at the airport and drive to Tecopa Hot Springs ( 1.5 hrs). Overnight at Tecopa Delight Hot Springs resort. Hotsprings pools are available 24h. 

Your Organizer


KS
Karina Safari
25 reviews
Professional adventure travel organizer and team leader since 2006. Originally from Moscow, Russia. Lived and worked as a tour guide and destination expert in South American countries (Ecuador and Colombia) in 2009-2012. Moved to the U.S. in 2012. Resident of San Francisco bay area. Founder of Safarika Adventure Club, CA since 2013 (CST # 2112795-40). Join our tribe of active travelers! Experience epic bucket list destinations and world best trails you have only dreamed of in our unbeatable team adventures to South America and beyond

Reviews

This was truly amazing experience! I was a part of a small group of 8 experienced hikers, and Katya have taken us to the beautiful trails that were not crowded but with fantastic views and terrains. The sleeping accommodations were comfortable and we had the most delicious food and wine experiences! I highly recommend this company to anyone who loves hiking in nature! Thank you!
By Natasha K for Utah Away from Crowds: Hiking Zion & Escalante NP on 04 May, 2021
Friendly guide who has expertise in geology, a good mix of popular and less traveled points. The trip was well planned and time was used efficiently without creating a sense of rush. An eclectic group of co-travelers added to the experience. Hot springs were amazing and so was the stake & beer place in the desert. thank you for the great experience!
By Ilya L for Wildflower Bloom in Death Valley on 16 Mar, 2021
Exploring Death Valley was truly one of a kind experience for me. Our guide Katya is very knowledgeable and passionate about this area, her itinerary was very well thought out and planned to share with us highlights and off beaten path gems of Death Valley and adjacent Amargosa Valley! One awe-inspiring view after another! Great mix of hiking, nature seeing and cultural/ historical sightseeing. Fun and educational. Great handling of logistics. This trip definitely exceeded my expectations.
By Margarita M for Wildflower Bloom in Death Valley on 04 Mar, 2021
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I am so glad we did this trip. Katya is an awesome guide with great knowledge of DV. She took us to places we probably won’t get to on our own. She kept everything very well organized and easy to follow. We really enjoyed our time and made a lot of great memories. This is my second trip and definitely not the last.
By Mila I for Wildflower Bloom in Death Valley on 02 Mar, 2021
Amazing trip! Loved whole experience. Things I loved: - organization - arrival/departure/car - Guides very knowledgeable, interesting info - great selection of hikes and attraction - great restaurants - great accommodation - loved participants dynamics Things that I would improve: - gathering place for the evening which give opportunity for activity guided by participants - missing spiritual part - was hoping for group meditations at vortexes - hikes too short, better less hikes but longer - sunrise hikes
By Ella G for Sedona: Spiritual & Hiking Escape on 05 Feb, 2021
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One of the best trips I've done! I am mainly either a solo traveler or prefer to go with my family But 4 days hiking trip to Montana Glacier NP has changed my preferences :) Thank you very much, it's been a pleasure and FUN Met so many interesting intelligent people, would highly recommend if you enjoy active vacations
By Yelena M on 10 Sep, 2020
I traveled with Karina to Patagonia in 2020 and it was awesome! Perfect planning & organization throughout the trip, including dealing with the unexpected (e.g. lost luggage). I really liked other folks in the group and made several new friends in this trip. I highly recommend Karina's trips to casual and semi-serious hikers, and plan to be a return customer myself.
By Grigory L on 14 Mar, 2020
Thank you, Karina, for a wonderful first time experience of active adventure trip! Everything is well thought and organized. Would recommend to anyone!
By Aizhan T on 20 Jun, 2019