HIKE THE VALLEYS AND PEAKS OF YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
Spend four days camping in and exploring Yosemite National Park.
July 23 – July 26, 2021
August 20 – August 23, 2021
September 17 – September 20, 2021
October 8 – October 11, 2021
You’ll spend four days hiking secluded trails along the Yosemite valley and three nights camping under the stars. See some of Yosemite’s big-hitters like El Capitan & Vernal Falls and get up close to giant 3,000-year-old sequoia trees! Explore the Yosemite valley floor before ascending to new heights to see the park’s magnificent scenery from iconic lookout points.
Day 1: Your adventure begins at San Francisco airport where you’ll be met by your guide. Together with your fellow adventurers you’ll jump in the van and hit the road for a couple of hours over to Yosemite National Park. In the afternoon you’ll enjoy a warm-up hike in Mariposa Grove, the largest sequoia grove in Yosemite with over 500 mature giant sequoias where you can get up close to these iconic trees.
This evening you will set up camp and enjoy a camp dinner as you prepare for your big day in the valley tomorrow.
Meals: L, D
Day 2: After a big campsite breakfast you’ll spend a full day exploring the Yosemite Valley floor. Your route packs in some of the park’s most famous sites – El Capitan, Half Dome, and Yosemite Falls – towering above you as you hike around the winding trails. Throughout the day, your guide will share stories of the area and the park’s history while keeping an eye out for unique flora and fauna.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 3: Today you’ll take on a more challenging trail to see the park from high above. Depending on conditions, your hike may be Yosemite Falls, the Four Mile Trail to Glacier Point, or a hike to Vernal Falls. Expect to take on some serious elevation as you ascend to new heights and see the valley from some iconic viewpoints. Tonight you’ll enjoy a final dinner around the campfire, hearing Yosemite stories and maybe the odd bear-encounter tale from your guides!
Meals: B, L, D
Day 4: After a final campsite breakfast, you’ll pack up and head out on one last hike nearby to soak up the last of Yosemite, for this trip at least. Jump back in the van for the drive back to San Francisco in time for any onward travel.
Meals: B, L
- Daypack (20+ liters)
- Luggage (Can be left in the van. Limit of one small suitcase per person.)
- Warm jacket
- Rain jacket
- Rain pants (optional)
- Wool socks
- Breathable wicking layers
- Warm hat & sunhat
- Buff or neckscarf
- Lightweight hiking pants
- Comfortable clothes for camp
- Warm clothes to sleep in
- Sandals or camp shoes
- Pack cover
- Hiking boots
- Sleeping bag (also available to rent)
- Cotton or silk sleeping bag liner (optional)
- Travel pillow (optional)
- Insect repellant
- Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
- Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, hand gel, sanitary wear, etc)
- Quick-dry towel
- Reusable water bottles or bladders (3L capacity)
In July and August, you can expect cool mornings followed by warm pleasant daytime temperatures. Summer days are typically sunny, with an occasional thunderstorm. Daytime highs are mostly in the 70s, occasionally creeping up to the 80s.
September is a little cooler particularly in the mornings and evenings while camping out, so bring extra layers.
Expect to spend up to 6 hours per day walking or hiking (up to 10 miles and 2500ft elevation change) while carrying day packs with water and snacks!
Suitable for most fit people with a bit of hiking experience.
We will camp in one of Yosemite’s historic campgrounds, amongst the Giant Sequoias, near waterfalls, sheer granite cliffs, deep valleys, grand meadows, and more. Campsites are equipped with flush toilets, vault toilets, and drinking water. Then, we’ll stay in cedar cabins set amongst pine trees at a site just outside the national park. Your cabin has a veranda, picnic area, and fire pits ready for campfire evenings after a day of hiking in Yosemite.
A private tent or cabin can be booked for an extra charge. Please request this at the time of booking (subject to availability).
Your guide will meet you at San Francisco International Airport at 10:30 am so please book a flight that arrives before 10:00 am. Alternatively, you can be collected at your accommodation at around 9:00 am if you are already in town.
Your trip ends back at San Francisco International Airport where your guide will drop you off at 6:30 pm. Book any flight that leaves after 8:00 pm to ensure you have enough time to check-in. Alternatively, you can be dropped at your accommodation in San Francisco.
Round trip transportation
Private, medically-trained, naturalist guide
All meals from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 4
Park entry fees & permits
Tent & sleeping pad
- Not Included
Gratuity for your guide