Wildflower Bloom in Death Valley

Las Vegas, NV, USA

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Karina Safari
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36 reviews
Mar 9 - 13, 2022
Group size: 8 - 11
Wildflower Bloom in Death Valley
Las Vegas, NV, USA

Karina Safari
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36 reviews

$NaN
Mar 9 - 13, 2022
Group size: 8 - 11

About this trip

Experience the spectacular DEATH VALLEY Desert Wilderness in the time of Wildflower Bloom, the land of contrasts that captivates the imagination, a paradise for nature enthusiasts, and unbeatable destination in Spring Season!


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: Beginner / Intermediate 

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

Kids: 18+ (no discount is given, sorry)

Weather / Packing list

Weather & Wildflower bloom:

Weather is nice in Death Valley in the time of Spring - day average is in upper 70s and night average is in mid 40s. 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.   


Wildflower bloom - every year it depends on the amount of rain that desert got in the past few months. It might be anything from super bloom to some flowers here and there. We are always on top finding the best flower patches around the desert! 


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 and beanie 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: 

Cancellation 31 and more days before departure - fully refundable

Cancellation 30 to 21 days before departure - up to 50% of the Trip cost , including registration deposit

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.

Meals and drinking water

Meals are not included into the cost of the trip. 

On the day of arrival we stop by the grocery store in Las Vegas to purchase all needed groceries. snacks and fruit for hiking days, as well as drinking water.

* The bottled water will be always provided during the rides in a van, however you will need your own additional water for hiking trails in addition to that.


Breakfasts

Breakfasts are not provided in hotels. For the first 2 nights we stay at Tecopa Delights Resort where breakfasts are supposed to be self-cooked. Cabins and cottages are equipped with fridges, gas stoves, microwaves and electric kettles. 

As we will leave hotel early every morning we would suggest buying simple meals such as yogurt, bagels, cream-cheese, may be eggs (boil them beforehand), tea/coffee (or take it from home).

Last 2  mornings we stop by cafeterias (take out breakfast).


Lunches

Take your own snack for hiking trails.  We also make a stop at the local restaurants or breweries if time and itinerary logistics allows.


Dinners 

We make an advanced group table reservations in the restaurants and breweries according to our own dining experience in this area. 


Drinking water

The water at Tecopa Delights Hot-springs Resort is mineral. PLEASE DON'T DRINK TAP WATER. However you can use tap water for brushing your teeth. 

Drinking water is not provided or sold at resort. We should bring our own drinking water for our personal use and for hiking days as well.  We suggest at least 2 gallons per person for entire trip. You should stay hydrated in desert. If you run out of drinking water, no worries. We can make a stop at gas station on the way anytime.

Wi-fi & Cellphone reception

 Wi-Fi reception: is available at hotels and few restaurants but not guaranteed. Cellphone reception is partial. Please try not to plan important phone calls or work activities /virtual meetings during your travels. Thank you for understanding.

What’s included

  • Lodging
    3 nights @ Tecopa Delights Hotsprings Resort (dbl & trpl-sharing cabins), 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


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Karina Safari
36 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

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The best part of any trip is to meet new people and get to know everyone in a group. You can't find a better place to do this then gorgeous Hawaii. The food was diverse and delicious, abundance of fruit will surprise anyone. Accomodations were comfortable and spacious. I can't wait for the next adventure to meet new and old friends
By Larysa Z for Hawaii Big Island Encompassed: Best Hikes & Beaches on 12 Nov, 2021
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Another amazing trip with Safarika! My husband and I came back home rested, energized, and with new wonderful friends. Collecting our vacation time for another adventures with Safarika. Looking forward for new travels with beginner and medium level hikes.
By Olga K for Hawaii Big Island Encompassed: Best Hikes & Beaches on 09 Nov, 2021
Thank you very much Karina and Alex for fantastic views, great company and delicious food!
By Victoria M for All Shades of Fall in Colorado Hiking Trip on 14 Oct, 2021
It's my second trip with Karina. As the previous time everything was well organized: accommodations, transportation, permits, passes, dining.. All we have to care about - is to have fun! What I like the most about trips with Karina is a balance between challenging and interesting hikes - if you have to push yourself to get somewhere - be sure you'll be rewarded. Several trip highlights: - One of the most beautiful alpine lakes in Rocky Mountain NP - Sunrise hike with spectacular views over the park. Each picture taken there worth National Geographics cover - Variety of restaurants reserved ahead of time - And of course people!
By Valerii T for All Shades of Fall in Colorado Hiking Trip on 12 Oct, 2021
The trip was awesome! Thank you so much Karina and Katya for making my dream of exploring Yellowstone NP come true. Unforgettable memories, beautiful pictures, wonderful company - everything was superb. I will travel with you again and would recommend you to anyone.
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By Yelena M on 10 Sep, 2020
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By Grigory L on 14 Mar, 2020
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