What kind of food will be available on these trips?
While we are in towns and villages, we will be eating the local cuisine. In the mountains, all meals are prepared fresh daily with the highest possible degree of sanitation by our camp cooks. We use fresh food purchased in the local markets and create a variety of different dishes from pastas to stews, and even tasty desserts. We take great care to ensure that all drinking water is purified. If you have special dietary requirements, let us know in advance and we will try to accommodate you. However, special diets are not always available and cannot be guaranteed.
When do I need to pay for my trip?
A $1000 non-refundable deposit, along with a completed trip application will reserve a place for you. Final payment is due 120 days before departure.
Do I need to be in good shape to go on a trip with Peaks & Places?
Peaks & Places will work closely with you to help you select a trip
that combines your interests and abilities. Trips are graded and described
for your convenience. You are held responsible for being in
sufficiently good health to undertake the trip. You are also responsible
for preparing for the trip by reading the detailed itineraries and pre-departure
information sent by Peaks & Places, and for bringing the appropriate
clothing and equipment as advised.
Can I get a refund on my deposit?
Trip deposits are non-refundable. However, if you would like to go on a future trip with Peaks & Places, we can transfer the deposit to another
trip. Peaks & Places reserves the right to cancel any trip with fewer
than 4 participants. In such cases, all land cost (including trip deposit)
will be refunded. This refund can be transfered to
another trip with no service charge.
What is your cancellation policy?
At the time Peaks & Places, LLC receives written notice that participant must cancel a trip the following fees apply:
- Canceling more than 90 days before departure, Peaks & Places will refund all money you have paid above the $1000 non-refundable trip deposit.
- Canceling 60-89 days prior to departure, Peaks & Places will refund 50% of what you have paid above the $1000 non-refundable trip deposit.
- Canceling 59 days or less, prior to departure, no refunds can be made.
Can I get a refund on any part of the trip that I don't participate in?
No refunds will be given for unused hotel rooms, meals, sightseeing trips or trek arrangements for any reason whatsoever. Land cost is quoted as a package and credits are not given for unused services.
Can I change my mind and transfer to another trip?
If you transfer from one trip to another, Peaks & Places must
be advised 90 days prior to departure. The transfer fee is $50.00. Transfer
requests less than 90 days before departure will be treated on a individual
case basis and may be subject to the stated cancellation fees for that
What is included in my land cost?
All transportation and accommodations (double occupancy). Most meals in cities, except where noted in the daily itinerary. All cooks, porters, pack animals, entrance fees and/or permits, baggage handling, assistant guides and trip leaders. Peaks and Places also provides all group camping equipment including cooking gear, tables and chairs, medical supplies, safety items, tents (personal, ktichen, dining), mattresses and portable toilets. Cost does not include airfare except where noted in the daily intineraries.
What is not included in my land cost?
Cost of medical immunizations, insurance of any kind, excess baggage charges, airport taxes, laundry, liquor, personal camping equipment and other items of a personal nature. Medical costs including prescription medicines, evacuation by helicopter or other conveyance or cost of hospitalization are not covered. If any trip has to be delayed because of bad weather, road conditions, flight delays, sickness or other contingency for which Peaks & Places or its agents cannot make provision, the cost of delays
are not included.
Can I get travel protection insurance through Peaks & Places?
If you need to cancel due to an accident, personal or family illness, Peaks & Places strongly recommends that you obtain
trip cancellation insurance to protect from loss of trip deposits or
trip payments. Baggage insurance is highly recommended as well. Baggage
is carried entirely at owner's risk. Peaks & Places assumes no responsibility
whatsoever for damage, loss or delay of property beyond its control.
Insurance application forms will be mailed to you along with your deposit
receipt and package of information.
Should I bring traveler's checks or cash?
It is recommended that you bring both cash and traveler's check while traveling abroad.
How do I sign up for a trip with Peaks & Places?
There are two simple ways to sign-up for a Peaks & Places trip.
- Download an application in MS Word format here, fill it out, and email or fax it back to Peaks & Places at (970) 626-5251.
- Call Peaks & Places at (970) 626-5251.
Can I have my own room if I'm traveling alone?
Peaks & Places does provide single room and tent at an extra single supplement charge. Check the "Detailed Description" of each individual trip for pricing information.
Will I need a visa?
A Visa or American Express is highly recommended ...... just kidding.
Seriously though, visas are necessary to enter foreign countries. If
you are an American traveling to either Peru, Nepal or Ecuador, visas
can be obtained upon entrance into those countries at the airport immigration
counter. If you are not an American traveling to the countries listed above,
please check with their embassies for visa requirements.
Do I need to bring extra money for tipping?
Yes, we highly recommend that you bring an extra money for tipping kitchen and camp staff, personal porters, assistant guides, drivers and trip guides. We provide more detailed information about tipping in our pre-trip information packets.