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Hiking and Camping in Death Valley

Hiking and Camping in Death Valley

From $ 2,415 AUD

Description

With six mountain ranges and 93 percent untrammelled wilderness, Utah’s Death Valley National Park—one of the largest national parks in the United States—is best discovered in a pair of hiking boots. Explore canyons, vast dune fields, ancient lava flows, high alpine forests, scenic mountains, and the rich history of the American West as you spend your days hiking the park’s extraordinarily diverse landscapes. At night, rest easy at your basecamp and enjoy delicious dinners by campfire before retiring to your tent under a blanket of stars. Join us for this Death Valley trip of a lifetime.

Trip Name
Hiking and Camping in Death Valley
Last Updated
2022-08-07
Days
4
Capacity
6
Highlights
  • Have a wonderful outdoor experience while you enjoy comforts like showers and cosy sleeping amenities, even while camping.
  • Explore Death Valley National Park on foot – hike some most iconic and classic treks under the watchful eye of your expert leader who knows all the best spots.
  • Take an easy hike to one of the most tremendous sights in Death Valley National Park, Darwin Falls, a spring-fed waterfall in the driest place on earth.
  • Hike to the trailhead of Golden Canyon and Gower Gulch, a classic Death Valley hiking loop that ventures deep into the Badlands of the Amargosa Mountains.
  • Head deep into the very spine of the park, the tree-clad Panamint Mountains, and take on the challenge of mighty 9000-foot Wildrose Peak.

Itinerary

ITINERARY CHANGES Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travellers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any such changes once on tour. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and maybe on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your leader know you are interested in the Group Meeting and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high-risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk. In order to travel on this trip, you: 1. Must be able to understand and recognize the risks and hazards inherent in the activities of the trip, must be able to decide to assume those risks and hazards and must actually and voluntarily assume those risks and hazards. 2. Must be able to withstand exposure to the outdoors including exposure to diverse climactic conditions during the trip, including temperatures ranging from below freezing to +100 degrees F, potentially rapidly changing precipitative conditions from dry conditions to precipitation including monsoons and flash floods, for the duration of the Program. 3. Must be able to monitor and evaluate changes in personal health condition including the onset of dehydration, hyponatremia, heat illness or stroke or hypothermia and must be able to communicate any changes in personal health condition or safety concerns to the guide(s). 4. Must be able to participate in all activities at the time scheduled for each activity; e.g. to beat the heat, guest pick-up and hike start times during summer months may range between 3-6 a.m. 5. Must be able to manage all personal care and mobility during extended periods of exertion of 10-plus hours per day, either independently or with the assistance of a companion or an approved assistive device. 6. Must be able to enter and exit a multi-passenger vehicle either independently or with the assistance of a companion or approved assistive device. 7. Must be able to withstand up to eight hours as a passenger in a multi-passenger vehicle, transporting up to 14 passengers at a time, either independently or with the assistance of a companion or an approved assistive device. 8. Must be able to immediately comprehend and follow verbal instructions either independently or with the assistance of a companion or approved assistive device. 9. Must be able to traverse wet and dry, sandy, rocky, uneven and/or unstable ground over a distance of 10-plus miles per day including elevation differential (gain and/or loss) of +3,000 feet per day, for a period of up to 10 hours per day, while carrying: a) BACKPACKING/BACKCOUNTRY TRIPS- a backpack weighing 25-50 pounds, b) FRONTCOUNTRY/LODGE, BASECAMP AND INN-BASED TRIPS - a fully loaded backpack weighing 10-15 pounds, either independently or with an assistance companion or an approved assistive device. 10. Must be able to self-manage and self-navigate unsupervised while in the designated camp area either independently or with the assistance of a companion or approved assistive device. 11. Must be able to perform basic camping activities including sleeping on the ground, consuming water from back country sources, consuming food prepared in a backcountry setting and maintaining personal health and hygiene in accordance with guide directives either independently or with the assistance of a companion or approved assistive device. The use of an assistive device to meet any element of the essential eligibility criteria must be approved in advance by Intrepid Travel.

Day 1 - Death Valley National Park
Leave Las Vegas behind and head to Death Valley National Park for views of the Badlands’ jagged hills and a walk to the top of Zabriske Point. After a quick stop at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center, we’ll hike to the trailhead of Golden Canyon and Gower Gulch, a classic Death Valley hiking loop that takes you deep into the Badlands of the Amargosa Mountains. After a hilltop lunch with panoramic views, walk down into the water-carved Gower Gulch at the edge of Death Valley then head to your camp for the night.
Day 2 - Death Valley National Park
After an early breakfast, head deep into the very spine of the park, the tree-clad Panamint Mountains, and take-on the mighty 9000-foot Wildrose Peak. At the trailhead are the historic Charcoal Kilns: enormous stone domes used for smoking out wood fuel for Old West mining operations. With surprisingly cool temperatures, your hike will take you into a rich juniper forest as you climb the east slopes of Wildrose Peak. At the summit, enjoy breathtaking views of Death Valley, Panamint Valley, and the snow-streaked Sierra Nevada Range on the western horizon.
Day 3 - Death Valley National Park
Today you will take it easy with a drive past the Devil’s Cornfield and a hike to the peaceful Mesquite Sand Dunes for sweeping views of several mountain ranges. After the dunes, you will drive further for an easy hike to one of the most tremendous sights in Death Valley National Park, Darwin Falls, a spring-fed waterfall in the driest place on earth. After the falls, enjoy a delicious dinner as a group and make the return drive to Furnace Creek.
Day 4 - Death Valley National Park
For our final day in Death Valley, hike one of several mountain canyons of the Amargosa Range. Desolation Canyon, Sidewinder Canyon, Virgin Spring Wash, and Kaleidoscope Canyon each provide a different take on Death Valley’s wilderness. After lunch on the trail or, if time allows, atop the expansive vista of Dante’s View—the best overlook of Death Valley — you will have time to enjoy the view before the drive back to Las Vegas where your trip will come to an end.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
01-11-202204-11-2022AUD $ 2,415-
20-11-202223-11-2022AUD $ 2,415-
27-12-202230-12-2022AUD $ 2,415-
25-01-202328-01-2023AUD $ 2,415-
30-01-202302-02-2023AUD $ 2,415-
06-02-202309-02-2023AUD $ 2,415-
14-02-202317-02-2023AUD $ 2,415-
20-02-202323-02-2023AUD $ 2,415-
01-03-202304-03-2023AUD $ 2,415-
22-03-202325-03-2023AUD $ 2,415-
31-10-202303-11-2023AUD $ 2,415-
19-11-202322-11-2023AUD $ 2,415-
26-12-202329-12-2023AUD $ 2,415-

Accommodation

Camping (3 nights)

Transport

Private vehicle

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