SPIRIT of DAKAR
5 days – 1,000 miles
SPIRIT of DAKAR5 days of riding in and around Death Valley
- Two options, two prices:
- On your bike: $2,450 ($1,450 + $1,000 deposit)
- On a rental T7: $3,450 ($2,450 + $1,000 deposit)
- Lodging, dinner and gas included
- 4 riders minimum, 8 riders maximum
- Loop starts and ends in Las Vegas, NV
- Sunday night to Friday night
- 1,000 miles of Dakar-quality desert ride
- Gravel / Rocks / Sand
- Pre-tour package with paper maps and souvenirs
- Support van to carry your bag for maximum comfort and minimum stress
- November 13 – 18, 2022
2023 – NEW!
- February 19 – 24, 2023
- March 5 – 10, 2023
- Difficulty 65% 65%
- Off-road 70% 70%
- TENERE 700 rental (optional)
- GPS Trail Tech Voyager Pro (with rental)
- ZOLEO satellite device (with rental)
- LODGING (6 nights)
- DINNERS (including Welcome dinner on Sunday night)
- TRANSPORT of BAGGAGES
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
- BEVERAGES in restaurants
- $1,500 RETAINER for renting the Tenere 700
- This is a self GPS-guided ride. The provided GPS routes are not mandatory and you're free to take your own decisions
- You are not encouraged to ride alone. People will ride in small groups but ultimately, each rider is responsible for their own riding.
This winter tour gives an opportunity to discover the most amazing spots of Death Valley and of the California and Nevada deserts when the temperatures are not too hot. This is a true adventure, a technical ride rewarded by spectacular landscapes.
of The Spirit of Dakar, named after the famous Rally held in Africa, starts from Las Vegas, and then goes through Death Valley National Park in California. After Titus Canyon, the Hubebe crater, and the racetrack, we then follow the Alabama Hills and keep going all the way up to Tonopah, Nevada. We come back through the Nevada desert, visit a car forest, ride trough the mountains to reach the amazing ghost town of Gold Point, and even get the opportunity to ride some sand dunes.
The route is based on portions of the CA BDR and of the NV BDR and slightly modified to do a full loop.
IS IT A TRIP FOR ME?
This winter trip is designed for intermediate to experienced riders looking for a fun ride in a Dakar Rally-like desert. While most of the ride is done on double-tracks and gravel roads, there will be a few technical sections here and there such as deep sand and rolling rocks. It will never be extremely hard but it’s a reminder that the trip is not for beginners.
Weather should be great at this time of year, but you should be prepared for cold temperatures in the morning and evening. Remember that we don’t control the climate!
Last, but not least, we will be riding the Tenere in very remote areas where search and rescue might need hours to reach us. Safety will be our top priority over performance.
Overall, the challenge is perfectly doable for any rider in good physical condition and willing to put the effort to expand their horizons!
Dinners & Snacks Included
Starts/ends in Las Vegas, NV
Map of the Trip
DAY 1 - Las Vegas to Furnace Creek
After meeting for dinner on Sunday night, we’ll start our day early on Monday morning to leave Las Vegas on rocky trails up to the Coliseum mine.
This is the most difficult part of the trip, so we take it easy…
We’ll take a rest and a date milkshake at China Ranch. Then, some sandy sections will make you sweat at the entrance of Death Valley National Park. After Badwater Basin, we stop for the night at Furnace Creek, in the heart of the Death Valley.
Lodging: Furnace Creek
Distance: 250 miles
DAY 2 - Furnace Creek to Lone Pine
After a good breakfast in Furnace Creek, the day begins with the impressive exploration of Titus Canyon. We then ride up to the Race Track, where rocks are leaving surprising tracks on the sand. Later on, the trail leads us through the mountains before reaching the lovely town of Lone Pine.
Lodging: Trails Motel, Lone Pine
Distance: 177 miles
DAY 3 - Lone Pine to Tonopah
Lodging: Belvada Hotel, Tonopah
Distance: 211 miles
DAY 4 - Tonopah to Beatty
The morning starts with the visit of the car cemetery of Goldfield, before heading toward the ghost town of Gold Point through the remote mountains of the Nevada desert, often covered in snow. After a cold drink in the ghost town saloon, we’ll ride to Beatty, NV, following a rough double track in the valley.
Distance: 185 miles
DAY 5 - Beatty to Las Vegas
Lodging: Las Vegas
Distance: 196 miles
IT’S A SELF-GUIDED TRIP… YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN WITH OUR LOGISTIC TO HELP YOU
We provide all the tools:
⊕ Fully fitted Tenere 700 with bags and GPS
⊕ Pickup truck to carry your luggage so you can ride light
⊕ Support riders who know the trails, carry tools and have satellite communication.
However, you’re in charge of your adventure and you will be responsible for managing your effort and riding at a safe pace.
Dirt or pavement ? Everyday, a morning briefing will let you know all about the day’s ride, after which you can decide between riding on the dirt or opting for the pavement option. Again, you’re on your own, and you take the decisions.
Riding in group: Riding solo is dangerous so we encourage you to ride in group. Nonetheless, everybody should ride at its own pace and have time to stop to take pictures…
Sharing memories: After reaching the hotel at the end of the afternoon, the riders will have dinner in a restaurant and plenty of time to share their adventures of the day!