Five Days in Yosemite
Experience the jaw-dropping beauty of Yosemite from its valley floors to its alpine meadows and everything in between.
June 4 – 8, 2022
July 23 – 27, 2022
Medically-trained, naturalist guides
Campsite reservations & fees
Tent, sleeping pad, and group camping equipment
All meals indicated in itinerary
Park entry fees
Gratuity for your guide
Sleeping bag (Available to rent for $50)
Meals on the road or in town (see itinerary)
Personal camping gear (see pack list)
Yosemite National Park has entranced artists, climbers, painters, and explorers for thousands of years. Formed by millennia of turbulent geological forces, its granite cliffs and massive giant sequoia groves provide a backdrop for a trip like none other. Spend five days camping in the Sierra and exploring the trails of this special place.
Summer in Yosemite is generally quite mild during the day and can still get quite cold in the evenings. Daytime temperatures usually peak around the upper 70s to mid 80s (depending on elevation) with nighttime lows dropping as low as the mid 50s to upper 40s. Rain is not uncommon though most days are sunny or overcast. Snow on trails may stick around in higher elevations so muddy conditions are likely on some hiking days.
Intensity – Moderate
Hiking days will usually include about 6 total hours on the trail, covering anywhere from 5-8 miles on the day. This trip includes three days of hiking back-to-back so it’s best for travelers who are comfortable being active for most of the day, multiple days in a row. Some hiking experience is recommended.
- Four nights camping just outside of Yosemite National Park
- Price is based on double occupancy accommodations
- Single supplement is available for an additional $200 per person
Please plan to arrive at San Francisco International Airport by 11:00 AM PST on Day 1. Your guide will pick you up shortly after arrival. Alternatively, your guide can collect you from your accommodation or another central point in San Francisco (within 30 minutes of airport) by 10:00 AM EST if you choose to arrive a day early.
Your guide will transport the group to the airport to arrive by 2:00 PM PST on Day 5. Please plan a departure after that time. Alternatively, if you’d prefer to book a hotel, please be prepared to find personal transportation from the airport (via Lyft, taxi, etc).
Travelers are also welcome to drive from southern California if that is more convenient. If you choose this option, you’ll meet your guide at your camping accommodations in the Groveland area.
Arrive in San Francisco. Meet your guide by mid-morning for transfer to Yosemite National Park. We’ll stop along the way for stretch breaks and snacks before arriving at our campground home (for the next four nights, anyway!). Once we set up camp, we’ll eat a hearty dinner, get to know one another, and review our full adventure.
This morning, we’ll head out on the trails of Yosemite for a full day of hiking in the valley. The day will include several short, mild hikes along the valley floor with stops to see points of interest such as Bridalveil Falls, El Capitan, Half Dome, and Mirror Lake. Along the way, your guide will share information about the wildlife and human history of the area.
Meals: B, L, D
This morning, we’ll set out early and head to the Yosemite High Country – Tuolumne Meadows. This area of the park tends to be much less crowded than the valley below and we’ll take advantage of the quiet with a full day hike. Over the course of our 6-8 hours on the trail, we’ll see stunning and serene alpine lakes and travel over high mountain passes. This evening, we’ll treat ourselves to another delicious camp dinner as we prepare for our last day of hiking tomorrow.
Meals: B, L, D
The final day of hiking is here! Today’s itinerary is a bit flexible depending on trail conditions but may include a hike from the valley to a stunning overlook or two shorter hikes in the high country above. Expect to be on the trail for about 4-6 hours total and to cover about 5-7 miles with moderately steep elevation gain. The day will be capped off with dusk views at Glacier Point – a perfect end to a wonderful trip!
Meals: B, L, D
After packing up camp, we’ll hit the road to return to San Francisco for departing flights and goodbyes after an amazing adventure together!
- Required Gear
- Day pack (15-30 liters recommended)
- Luggage (can be left in the vehicle, 1 small suitcase per person)
- Sleeping bag (also available to rent), rated to 20 degrees or below
- Pack cover
- Reusable water bottles or bladders (3L total capacity)
- Recommended Gear and personal items
- Hiking poles
- Cotton or silk sleeping bag liner (optional, recommended if renting)
- Travel pillow
- Insect repellent
- Toiletries (please choose biodegradable and scent-free items)
- Small, personal first aid kit (including blister treatment)
- Small, quick dry towel
- Required Clothing
- Warm jacket (down, puffy, fleece)
- Rain jacket or shell
- Rain pants
- Breathable wicking base layers
- Lightweight hiking pants
- Warm clothes to sleep in
- Warm hat
- Light gloves
- Sun hat with a brim
- Wool socks (1 pair per day of trip)
- Hiking boots
- Recommended Clothing
- Buff or neck scarf
- Comfortable clothes for camp
- Sandals or camp shoes