Wildflower Bloom in Death Valley

Las Vegas, NV, USA

KS
Karina Safari
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29 reviews
Feb 24 - 28, 2021
Group size: 6 - 9
Wildflower Bloom in Death Valley
Las Vegas, NV, USA

Karina Safari
  • Email address verified
  • Facebook verified
29 reviews

Feb 24 - 28, 2021
Group size: 6 - 9

About this trip

Experience the spectacular DEATH VALLEY Desert Wilderness in the time of WILD FLOWER BLOOM, the land of contrasts that captivates the imagination, a paradise for nature enthusiasts, and unbeatable 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: Good for all levels (beginner/intermediate)

Daily hiking distances: approx. 5+ mi/ day

Kids: 18+ (no discount is given)

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

- 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

- A down-jacket for chilly evenings and mornings

- Sunhat


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 @ Stovepipe Wells resort (twin rooms)
  • Ground transportation
    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 > China Ranch > Tecopa Hotsprings

Arrival in Las Vegas on the evening flight btw 5-8PM
Meet at the airport and drive to Tecopa Hot Springs ( 1.5 hrs). 
Overnight at Tecopa Delight Hot Springs resort.

Your Organizer


KS
Karina Safari
29 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

GL
It was my second hiking adventure organized by Karina (the first one was to Patagonia). Everything was awesome: hikes, guides, lodging, transportation, schedule. I'm sure I would not be able to pack as many activities in 1 week if I planned the trip myself. Above all, Karina assembled an amazing group of people who made the time extremely enjoyable. I'm sure I'll be back for another trip.
By Grigory L for Alaska Hiking Adventure: Glaciers, Icebergs & Fjords on 19 Jul, 2021
AK
I've heard of Karina's adventure traveling company from many of my friends who had a fantastic experience! I wanted to give it a try and wasn't disappointed. The trip was planned and organized very well, and as one of my friends said after reading Karina's bio " you will be fine, your guide looks legit " . ;) We have seen great nature, challenged ourselves daily, and at the end of the day ate great local food in a company of new friends. This trip combined it all for me! It's very important to have a professional leading the pack and Karina is indeed that. She is also very much of a peoples' person and makes you feel at home. I valued her input and enjoyed our many talks on this trip. We also had a second leader on the tour with whom she cooperated, Alex Mironyuk , who is an experienced adventurer, fantastic photographer and last but not least, a very fun guy. Kudos to Karina's leadership for putting together a great group and making all of us feel safe and welcome. I look forward to going on more trips with her!
By Alona K for Alaska Hiking Adventure: Glaciers, Icebergs & Fjords on 17 Jul, 2021
We had a great time. Wonderful people. Thank you for a fantastic experience!
By Yulia V for Meet your Inner Mountain (Retreat Lodging) on 22 Jun, 2021
It was a great trip -again!!! Wonderful trails, people, accommodations and everything was will organized and thoughtful. Highly recommend! Thank you Katya and Karina!
By Natasha K for Best of Yellowstone and Grand Teton Hiking trip on 09 Jun, 2021
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
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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
GL
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