Wild, mysterious canyons
outrageous, vivid colors
Private Hot Springs
north america's lowest point
12,000 foot mountains
exceptional wildlife diversity
Roughly 30 mi/63km total with optional side hiking
POINT OF ORIGIN
Las Vegas, NV
GEOLOGIC ADVENTURER SKILL
The Undergraduate adventurer is capable of hiking 2-6 miles daily. Trails are generally maintained and have 1500 feet or less of change in elevation. Your backpack will weigh between 20-35 lbs. Undergraduate time traveling hikers must be healthy and relatively fit. Previous camping experience is a good idea, but not required.
How does one describe Death Valley? It is beyond words. You must be here to understand, you must see it to even begin to comprehend it. Death Valley is just a little more than “it’s hot there”. Come experience it yourself, it is beyond your wildest imagination.
What’s in a name? The moniker of “Death” is quite ominous. Likely the only things you’ve ever heard of Death Valley are Furnace Creek, the Devil’s Golf Course, and 134 degrees Fahrenheit, the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth. The truth is, Death Valley is for more than anything you’ve ever heard about it. It quite honestly defies description. The scenes here are otherworldly, the landscapes evocative of an artist’s brushstroke, and majesty rivaling anything on Earth. Simply put, you must experience it to even begin to understand it.
Now this is camping! Many meals will consist of multi-course, freshly-prepared, restaurant quality meals with wine/drink pairings served on clothed tables. Accommodations are very comfortable with large tents, raised cots/beds, solar showers, and private bathrooms.
While hikers will pass through areas popular with tourists, they will spend most of the time in areas specially selected to be off the beaten path. There will be practically no wait time or crowds anywhere past the trail-heads. Overnighting is private and remote.
Canyons and Chefs: Death Valley begins in Las Vegas, NV at your host hotel. After final preparations we will travel across the Mojave Desert to Dante’s View for our first peek into the Valley of Death. Soaking in the spectacular views, we’ll then make our way into the park and set up our private luxury camp. We’ll explore the fantastic Desolation narrows and Artist’s Drive, getting a wonderful introduction to this magical place. We will return to camp for the first of our fabulous multi-course dinners, prepared by Chef, of course!
Time in the car: 3-4 hours
Elevation & Distance: 4 miles,
Light Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The next 3 days of our adventure will be jam-packed with incredible sights and memorable adventures. We will explore the Mosaic, Marble, and Fall Canyons, and the northern reaches of the park including Ubehebe Crater and the mysterious “rock race track”. Each evening we will return to camp for some excellent dining, campfires, and unbelievable star-gazing!
Elevation & Distance: variable each day, not more than 8 miles, up to 1000 foot descent
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
On our final day In Death Valley, we will wake up early to a fabulous breakfast and fresh coffee while our staff packs up camp. We will then head to our last grand adventure, one of our favorite spots in Death Valley, or anywhere in the southwest, for that matter. Our caravan will then head back to Las Vegas, with a side trip into the spectacularly preserved mining ghost town of Rhyolite.
Elevation & Distance:4-8 miles, 300-600 foot elevation gain/loss per day
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What is included in the Trip Rate?:
Your geologist/guide with all professional, medical, and backcountry certifications
Your professional chef with staff, multi-course meals and beverages
Gear: backpack, tent, beds, sleeping pads, trek poles
Kitchen: bowls, cups, utensils, full-scale professional kitchen
Food: Chef-prepared meals and trail snacks
Transportation: Roundtrip from the host hotel to all activities/attractions
Fees: Permits, Entrance Fees, Camping Fees, all necessary trip fees
What is the Food Situation?:
Canyons and Chefs takes care of all meals on your tour. Starting with breakfast on your first day through lunch the final day, your professional chef will prepare a variety of meals on the trail and in camp. All dietary needs are accommodated, so please get in touch with us to give us details of your requirements. There may be times where special needs necessitate a small rate increase.
Meals will include one main dish for breakfast and lunch, dinner will consist of multi-course meals with wine/drink pairings, all prepared by a professional chef and staff. All food options will be fresh, often farm-to-table. Trail snacks will include meats, cheeses, nuts, chocolate, and other filling, delicious, and varying backcountry food.
Is there anything that i need to provide myself?:
Transportation to and from the host city/hotel
Lodging prior to and following your trip
Gear such as clothes, rainwear, and boots/shoes
Personal items such as toiletries and sunscreen
BMAG does not provide water bottles or Camelback-Style bladders
Personal lighting such as headlamps or flashlights
We suggest gratuities for your guide, typically 10-15% of the total trip cost
*Booked guests will receive a detailed information packet
What kind of group size can i expect?
Standard backpacking tours will accommodate 6 people plus one geologist/guide. The maximum group size is 10 guests and 2 guides.
Can I bring small children?
Children under 12 are generally not permitted on any of Canyons and Chefs scheduled trips due to insurance liabilities. This can be negotiable on private tours, please contact us to discuss this policy
I want to book a trip, how can i do that?
Tour bookings can be completed through our online booking platform or through our office. A 50% deposit is required, and the full trip rate will be due 90 days prior to trip departure. Bookings within the 90-day window require payment in full. Trip rates are payable through our online booking platform or over the phone by Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, or Discover. Checks by mail are fine as well, as are bank transfers ($35 transfer fee).
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Where do tours start and finish?
This trip will begin/end in Flagstaff, Arizona and you will need to spend the night prior to your trip’s scheduled departure in Flagstaff. You will want to fly into Phoenix or Flagstaff.
Can I meet the guide before the trip?
A pre-trip briefing is held at the host hotel the evening before trip departure. Any questions will be answered, and you will have the opportunity to discuss anything you wish with your geologist/guide. Most trips will depart between 6am and 9am the following morning.
ummm, what should i do with all my luggage and whatnot?
BMAG provides all transport throughout the trip. Our guests staying at the host hotel may choose to leave their car at the hotel. Our designated host hotels will typically store your luggage if necessary. In the event that this cannot be arranged, BMAG is more than happy to store luggage and personal belongings in a private and secure location during your tour.
how should i plan my travel after the trip?
In general, most trips can expect to be back to the host hotel by 6pm on the final day of the trip. Some trips may return earlier. BMAG typically recommends that you do not plan to fly home on the same day your trip finishes. Each trip has its own particular set of circumstances and logistics, so please contact us with any specific questions you may have.
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