Adventure Confidently

We know that many of you are looking forward to traveling and getting outdoors once again. Whether you’ve been dreaming of those faraway places on your bucket list, or of exploring somewhere closer to home, MT Sobek is ready to get you on the trail.

Covid-19 Information & Vaccination Requirements

To keep our travelers, guides, and local communities healthy and safe, we’ve developed and implemented enhanced sanitation and distancing protocols. We also require that all guests are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 

Staying Healthy

The health of our guests, guides, and local communities is of paramount importance to us.

On all trips, we require:

All guests be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Please upload your vaccination record into your guest portal.

• Any guests under 5 years old will be required to get tested within 72 hours prior to traveling with us on any trip, regardless of regional entry requirements. You can find the testing site closest to you here. Proof of a negative result should include the child’s name, the test type (must be PCR), the date of the test, and the result.

For the safety of our guests, guides, and the residents of the places we visit, if you cannot provide any of these documents, you will not be allowed to participate.

Preparing for your Adventure

From the very start of your adventure, we want to ensure that you have a good understanding of all aspects of your upcoming trip, including the health and safety protocols we’ve implemented.


We review the sanitation protocols for each of our accommodations and work only with those accommodations that abide by enhanced sanitation and distancing standards.


We follow the required sanitation protocols put into place by local government agencies, including restrictions on the number of guests per vehicle. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be available on transfer vehicles. Masks will be worn when there is a group transfer or shuttle. We clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in common areas daily, including vehicle seats, door handles, and steering wheels.

Upon Arrival

At our welcome orientation, we will provide the space to answer questions, address safety on the trip, and enjoy getting to know each other. All guests will have already supplied proof of full vaccination and will have followed the necessary protocols for entering the country (for overseas travel).

Being Together

Part of the joy of traveling in small groups is the camaraderie. While this will still remain a key part of the trip, it may look a bit different. Guests and guides will be expected to wear masks when distancing is not possible, and we’ll minimize passing any material such as food, documents, or trekking poles. And we’ll seek more space within the group as well as in the places we visit. MT Sobek has always been known for our exceptional local guides who take you where others don’t. And yes, high-fives after a summit will be allowed—they’ll now be “air-fives”!


Our guides are all trained in First Aid, CPR, and other safety protocols and have a procedure to follow in case of any health issues. They are also trained under the new health standards we have adopted. They will wear face coverings whenever necessary and in accordance with local guidelines. All of our guides are fully vaccinated.

Our guides have extensive knowledge of the region as many of them are native to the area you are visiting. They are well versed in local customs, know the best times to visit iconic locations to avoid crowds, and are able to identify local clinics to take you if you’re feeling ill or showing any concerning symptoms. They are excellent communicators and have access to our office team 24/7 to help manage any logistics needed to alter or enhance your trip.

Food Preparation & Handling

As always, alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be available at meals and our guides will continue to prepare food to the highest standards of food safety. We will not share snacks (e.g. trail mix from one bag, shared chocolate bar, etc.), and will instead provide individual snack options for each guest.

Clean Camping

Tents, backpacks, sleeping pads, trekking poles, and any gear for individual use will be labeled and assigned for the duration of the trip. At the conclusion of the trip, any personal equipment will be sprayed with sanitizer and let dry in direct sunlight before returning to the tent bag. Guests will be required to bring their own sleeping bag liners if not using their own sleeping bag. Sleeping bags will be washed and dried in a commercial dryer using the hot setting. Water filters will be sanitized before and after use.  Food will be prepared and served by one or two guides and others will avoid the kitchen area. Guides will wash their hands and put on face coverings prior to meal prep. Meal preparation will occur in an open-air area rather than a shelter when possible. Meals will not be served in a self-serve buffet-style offering. All dishes and utensils will be cleaned with boiling water each evening.

Our Commitment to You

In addition to keeping you informed of our health and safety protocols, we are committed to keeping up-to-date on CDC requirements. We are also committed to traveling in small groups—the original travel pod.

Keeping You Informed

MT Sobek’s response to COVID-19 is subject to change in accordance with the recommendations and requirements of the CDC, U.S. and international government agencies. We frequently update resources like our Re-openings and Requirements page but please contact your Adventure Coordinator or visit the CDC or US Embassy pages for the most current information.

Small Group Travel

For over 50 years, MT Sobek has believed in small group adventures. We keep our groups small–averaging 10 people or less–so that you can benefit from the individual care and attention of our guide team, and be allowed more space to move about. We’ll enforce a lower cap on our group size where necessary to accommodate spacing in vehicles or on boats to allow for social distancing.

Private Adventures

Prefer to travel only with your own pod? No problem. Our travel experts create custom-tailored private adventures in North America and internationally. Perfect for families, couples, and friend groups, MT Sobek’s custom and private adventures are designed and operated to our highest standards—you’ll be in the best hands with the very best adventure guides on the planet. Let’s get started!

We Are Ready to Travel When You Are

Rest assured, the safety of our travelers has always been of paramount concern to all of us at MT Sobek. We are committed to looking out for you, and for our guides, while traveling responsibly within the amazing places we visit. We will not hesitate to postpone departures if there are insurmountable obstacles to maintaining these health and safety protocols. Your well-being is our top priority.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if MT Sobek postpones my trip because of COVID-19 travel restrictions?

If we need to postpone a trip because of COVID-19 travel restrictions, your Adventure Coordinator will contact you with more information specific to your trip. In most cases, you will be given the following options*:

• Transfer to a future departure

• 100% credit to use towards a future trip, less any penalties by hotels or local service providers that we are unable to recoup

• A full refund of your trip costs, less any penalties by lodging providers (hotels, inns, rifugios) or local service providers that we are unable to recoup. We will endeavor to recover and refund as much money as possible in good faith in light of these circumstances

*Please note that certain trips including Special Departures, Private Trips, Custom Trips, boat-based journeys, and trips with permits booked in advance may have a different policy. Please reach out to your Adventure Coordinator for details. Some Future Travel Credits are tied to specific lodging and services and cannot be applied to other lodging and services. Future Travel Credits are not eligible for a refund.

What happens if I decide to postpone my trip even though MT Sobek is still planning to operate the trip?

All MT Sobek guests are subject to the payment and cancellation terms agreed to at the time of reservation. This includes any guest who opts to cancel an operable trip due to COVID-19. Please refer to your invoice for the terms and conditions that apply to your booking. We recommend that all guests purchase insurance.

Will my guides be vaccinated?

Yes, we require that all of our guides be fully vaccinated in order to lead our trips.

Can you tell me if everyone on my trip is vaccinated?

Yes, we require that We currently require that all adult guests get vaccinated before traveling with us on any trip and we are collecting proof of vaccination from every guest prior to the trip.

If I’m quarantined during or after the trip, who will pay for my accommodations?

Additional services required for quarantining during or after the trip, including accommodations, meals, transfers, medical care and COVID-19  testing, are at the expense of the traveler. We recommend that you purchase a comprehensive travel insurance package prior to your trip that includes quarantine coverage.

What if the country’s entry policy changes after final payment?

At the time of booking, your MT Sobek trip destination(s) may currently have entry restrictions due to COVID. We are hopeful the situation will change, and they will be open at the time of your travel. By placing a deposit and/or final payment on this departure you agree to our full Terms & Conditions ( and understand that if MT Sobek must cancel or postpone a trip due to force majeure (war, labor strikes, wildfires, earthquakes, flooding, epidemic, a major world event adversely affecting international travel patterns, etc.), MT Sobek will provide a future travel credit or in some cases, refund the portion of the trip cost that is recoverable after using good faith efforts to recover payments already advanced to suppliers (hotels, transportation companies, etc.)

MT Sobek does not guarantee recovery of any or all of the advance payments made, and our use of good faith efforts to recover these payments will not include the institution of any legal proceedings in foreign jurisdictions. MT Sobek is not responsible for expenses incurred by trip members in preparing for a canceled or postponed trip (e.g., non-refundable purchase of air tickets, visa fees, inoculations, equipment, etc.) or for any additional arrangements should the trip member depart prior to the scheduled group departure date.

For more information, see the MT Sobek Terms & Conditions.

Ask an Expert

We want you to have the best adventure, so don’t hesitate to call our expert team of adventure specialists at 800-974-0300 to learn more. Or click the button to use our online contact form.