Sea Level to Summit

Las Vegas, NV
5.0 (3 reviews)

Trip Highlights

  • Epic Adventure
  • 2 Guides for Safety
  • Desert Springs & Oases
  • Mining History & Ruins
  • Summit Telescope Peak
  • Phenomenal 360 Degree Views
  • Amazing Desert Solitude


This sea level-to-summit experience is one of America’s most extraordinary hikes. Starting at the continent’s lowest point — Death Valley’s Badwater Basin at over 250 feet below sea level — we will ascend straight into the heart of the towering Panamint Range and up its crowning 11,049-foot Telescope Peak. Climbing well-over two vertical miles during our four-day trek, Badwater Basin to Telescope Peak is the outdoor adventure of a lifetime.

Our four-day odyssey will take us through every type of Death Valley landscape: blistering salt flats, wind-torn desert, oases-filled canyons, lush slot narrows, ancient alpine forests, sloped mountain meadows, and the stunning vista of Telescope Peak. This is the quintessential Death Valley hike, and one that will immerse you into the wilderness and history of the fabled American West. Our trek will test your physical abilities and adventurous drive.

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4 Days
$1710 Per Person
Return Guests get a 10% discount on all Trips!
Trip Type: Guided Backpacking Trip
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 3-10 Guests
Trip Length: 4 Days
Distance: 27+MI / 43+KM


Our difficulty ratings are based on a scale of 1-5, tours with a rating of 1 being least difficult, tours with a rating of 5 being most difficult

Backpack Weight:
45-60 pounds
Daily Hiking Distances:
3-11 miles
Most Elevation Loss:
4800 feet
Most Elevation Gain:
3000 feet
Quality of Trails:
Mostly off trail
This Death Valley adventure is mostly off trail, but we do follow long-closed mining roads and trails. This trip is rugged with very strenuous days of hiking and some dry camping which adds to backpack weight. The final day has 4800 feet of elevation gain, 3000 feet of elevation loss, and 11 miles of hiking. This is one of our most difficult days of hiking on any trip.

Participants should:

  1. be very active, healthy people
  2. exercise vigorously several times per week
  3. be comfortable hiking, biking, or running for hours at a time without taking breaks


1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this Death Valley adventure a solitude 5. You can expect to see a handful of other people over the duration of the entire trip. The final day is the most likely day to see other hikers.

We require a minimum of 3 guests to confirm this trip. If a trip date is not confirmed yet, you can register and will be notified when the trip is officially confirmed. We recommend not making final travel arrangements until your trip meets the minimum number of guests and is confirmed.

In most cases, if a trip does not reach the minimum number of guests, you may choose to transfer to another trip date or another trip, be refunded your payments in full, or you may have the choice to pay a supplemental fee to run the trip with fewer guests. We make the final determination for these trips 45 days before the departure date.


Utah is the only state we are based in that charges sales tax to outfitters and guides. The sales tax is based on the St. George, UT municipality rates, which are adjusted occasionally but are in the 6-7% range. For all of our hiking and backpacking tours that originate from our St. George, Utah base (Utah trips and Death Valley trips), the sales tax will be applied automatically to your payments. Feel free to call us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) with any questions!

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Our sliding scale for private trips is based on the final number of guests in your group. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax, national park fees or guide gratuity. The final rate is based on the actual number of guests on the trip and may adjust based on cancellations or additions.

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Private Rates FOr This Trip

  • 2 People: Rate x 2.5
  • 3 People: Rate x 1.75
  • 4 People: Rate x 1.25
  • 5+ People: Rate x 1.15

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  • Shuttle to Death Valley: 4 hours
  • Hiking Mileage: 8 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 3500 feet

Our four-day summit bid on this Death Valley backpacking trip will begin with a sunrise drive out of Las Vegas and into the Mojave Desert’s vast basin-and-range landscape. After a quick breakfast on the road, we will catch glimpses of our objective—Telescope Peak—peering over two mountain ranges ahead. Upon entering Death Valley National Park, we will be treated to morning views of the Badlands: jagged hills dazzlingly colored by volcanic metals. Once out of the Badlands, we’ll have uninterrupted views of Death Valley and the Panamint Range towering above.

After a quick stop at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center to collect our permit, we’ll drive to our trailhead via West Side Road, a route that once carried the famed ‘20-Mule Team’ out of Death Valley with its cargos of borax. At Shorty’s Well, 250 feet below-sea-level, we’ll don our packs and leave the shuttle behind as we hike toward Telescope Peak looming to the west. Our first day’s route will follow along an old mining road, hand-dug by a kindly, 65-year-old miner, Alexander ‘Shorty’ Borden. Today’s hike will immerse us in a rugged and slanted desert landscape for the first several miles as we steadily gain elevation. We will pass wind-sculpted rock, creosote, and black brush while being treated to ever-growing views of the vast salt-flats and mountains behind us.

Soon after Shorty’s Road takes us into Hanaupah Canyon, we’ll find some shade for a relaxing lunch. Our last two miles up Hanaupah Canyon’s south fork will end near the lush oasis of Hanaupah Spring. There, we’ll make camp and enjoy a fresh dinner and spring water under the western shadow of the Telescope Peak ridgeline.


  • Hiking Mileage: 3-7 miles
  • Elevation Gain: Varied

Our second day is a chance to explore the wondrous Hanaupah Canyon at an easy pace, while pre-hydrating our bodies for tomorrow’s ascent. After a leisurely breakfast, we will leave camp set-up and hike further up-creek to Shorty Borden’s home site. Along the way, we will walk along a dazzling riparian eco-system, filled with willow, watercress, and grapevine. Shorty’s Camp holds relics of Death Valley’s rich history, including a beautifully preserved mine.

We will finish out the morning exploring the beautiful, rarely-seen narrows of Hanaupah Canyon. A hidden grotto of waterfalls flowing over blue dolomite will be our likely lunch spot. We may see waterfowl, jackrabbits, or even chuckwalla lizards.

A number of options for the afternoon are at our choosing, including a mountain hike up one of Shorty’s longer mining paths, enjoying a book at camp, or exploring further up Hanaupah Canyon. We’ll have a tasty supper and get a full night’s sleep.


  • Hiking Mileage: 8 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 3800 feet
  • Elevation Loss: 500 feet

At dawn, we will pack up camp, eat a hearty breakfast, and top off our water before hiking down to the canyon confluence. There, we will leave the trail and begin our ascent in earnest as we crest the massive east-west ridgeline and hike high above the deep forks of Hanaupah Canyon. Our views for the remainder of the trip be absolutely extraordinary. We’ll steadily enter a forest of juniper and piñon, and occasionally enjoy hiking on flat portions along the ridgeline.

By mid-afternoon, we’ll select a flat area for our forest camp and have clear sunset views of Death Valley and the many mountain ranges and basins between us and Las Vegas. We’ll have dinner in this twilight glow, surrounded by boundless beauty—and the growing silhouette of Telescope Peak.


  • Hiking Mileage: 11 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 4800 feet
  • Elevation Loss: 3000 feet
  • Shuttle to Las Vegas: 5 hours

We will wake at dark, pack up camp, eat breakfast, and, in true mountaineers’ fashion, be hiking before sunrise. We’ll crunch through slanted fields of pine cones and, as the elevation and slope increase, take a few breaks to catch our breath, drink water, and eat an endless bounty of fresh pine nuts.

The hardest portion of our hike will culminate at the lower slope of Telescope Peak as the forest opens to a 1.5-mile, seemingly near-vertical mountain meadow of grass and talus. Scattered, centuries-old limber pines will greet us as we hike toward the sky.

Finally, we’ll reach the Telescope Peak Trail and encounter millennia-old bristlecone pine trees. With victory in reach, we will drop our packs and hike to the summit of Telescope Peak at 11,049 feet above sea-level and take a moment to enjoy what truly is one of the great hiking feats in America. With spectacular vistas of Mount Charleston above Las Vegas, Death Valley to the east, Panamint Valley to the West, and the fabled Sierra Nevada Range and Mount Whitney, your eyes will feast on the views of a lifetime.

After signing the summit register, we’ll retrieve our packs for the last five miles of the trip. We’ll take one final look the Sierras from Arcane Meadows before finishing our trek. Cold drinks await us at our pick-up vehicle, which will wind us down the beautiful western slopes of the Panamints. As we cruise east out of Death Valley, we’ll stop at the beautiful Mesquite Sand Dunes for one last dinner as we reflect on an adventure we’ll never forget.

Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, weather, lodging/campground availability, guest ability/injury, natural events like fires and flooding, and other potential causes. Normal terms and conditions apply to trips with itinerary changes.

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Trip Details

Trip Details


  • 2 professional, knowledgeable, certified Death Valley hiking guides
  • Top-of-the-line tent, backcountry sleeping pad and multi-day backpack
  • High quality, synthetic sleeping bag (professionally laundered after every use) – or bring your own.
  • Use of trekking poles
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
  • Comprehensive, roundtrip transportation from your hotel in Las Vegas and back
  • All necessary entrance fees and permits
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!


  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear (Oboz hiking shoes and boots recommended)
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about what to pack.


All of our hiking and backpacking tours include a diversity of tasty meals packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We carry foods that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola, and more.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables (fresh and dried). In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.


We provide all group gear which includes the following:

  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Sierra Designs, Kelty or Big Agnes tents
  • Sierra Designs, Kelty, Big Agnes and Mountain Hardware synthetic-fill sleeping bags (or bring your own)
  • Thermarest or Big Agnes sleeping pads
  • Leki trekking poles
  • Cooking stoves and cookware
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Emergency communication device(s)


We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are three 1-liter water bottles per person and either a headlamp or flashlight per person. Basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important.

Additionally, some guests choose to bring their own sleeping bag. We supply high quality, synthetic fill bags that are professionally laundered after every trip. Synthetic fill is non-allergenic, insulates when damp and stands up well to repeated washings, but is heavier and bulkier than down. If you’re able to bring your own down sleeping bag, there are multiple benefits. If not, we’ve got you covered!


When you register for this tour you’ll receive access to a printable, downloadable trip information packet with detailed guidance about what clothes to pack (click here to see it now.) All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, and our recommended clothing system. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics


Reserve your spot today! In the Trip Dates & Booking section of this page, the green and red dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you’re ready to register we’ll email you a link to a registration profile. You’ll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit.

Feel free to call us for more info – we’re here 7 days a week!


This trip originates in Las Vegas, Nevada. Your guide will be in contact approximately 10 days before the trip start date to coordinate the pre-trip orientation, which will be at 5:00 PM at a hotel in Las Vegas. Your guide will then pick you up at your hotel the next morning for transport to the trailhead. For Private Death Valley Tours your guide will meet you at your hotel in Las Vegas at an agreed upon time.

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about flights, shuttles, recommended lodging and more.


Your guide will inform you of the first day’s pick-up time at the orientation meeting. Generally, you can expect it to be between 5 and 8 am, although the exact time will depend on current weather and road conditions. We will drop you off at your hotel on the final day normally between 7 and 8 PM (this time is not guaranteed, as a variety of circumstances can influence our exact return time).


Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We’ve developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.


Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.


Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time…etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides’ off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.


The standard group size on our Death Valley trips is 8 guests and 2 guides. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) and we’ll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:

  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis


Death Valley encompasses an area with extreme elevation and climate variations. It is home to the lowest point in the United States: Bad Water Basin at 282 feet below sea level. Its highest point, Telescope Peak, is 11,049 feet high, a 11,331 ft difference!! Most of our trips focus on the lower elevations, and feature comfortably moderate winter temperatures, and warm-hot Spring/Fall temperatures. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). Read below for average high and low temperatures in the lower sections of Death Valley:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)





Sleeping on backpacking trips is in premier 1-person, 2-person or 4-person backcountry tents. Solo travelers, and anyone else who requests it, are issued single tents. Top-of-the-line self-inflating sleeping pads and synthetic-fill sleeping bags (professionally laundered after every trip) are also provided.



Meals from breakfast Day 1 through lunch the last day are fully included and prepared by your guide. We never use dehydrated backpacking meals, instead serving freshly prepared, delicious backcountry cuisine made with a variety of common and specialty ingredients that travel well in the wilderness.



Of course campsites vary tremendously by destination, trip and even by the individual day of a trip. However, you can expect to camp in beautiful areas that put you right in the action to make the most of your backpacking adventure. We carefully design our itineraries with campsites in mind.

Trip Reviews

Trip Reviews

  • Average Customer Ratings:

  • 5.0 (3 reviews)
Kevin K.

Exhilarating and Gratifying

2 years ago

One of the most gratifying hikes I have been on. The scenery is exhilarating which makes the physical challenge more palatable. The guides were well prepared and have an excellent grasp on geology and history adding to the experience. This is a very unique hike. You will find nothing on par to it centrally located in the United States.

Tom B.

Challenging and Rewarding

2 years ago

The Death Valley Sea Level to Summit hike was very challenging and very rewarding. A great experience.

Terry G.

Highly Recommended

3 years ago

I highly recommend Wildland Trekking. An excellent group of people that seem to have the sole purpose of providing excellent customer service.

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