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Going on a Discovery Treks Yosemite backpacking trip and tour is a once in a life time experience. For three days we’ll guide you on a hike to the famous and most popular location - Half Dome. Hiking there is so popular, even day hikers have to have a permit to hike the monolith, limiting the numbers of people hiking the great monolith. The difficulty of this hike increases significantly with your day hike up Half Dome. Our Half Dome guided hike and Yosemite backpacking trip takes you off the beaten path to enjoy some less visited areas of the park - this means no paved trail where you might run into someone on a Segway and real hikers versus all the lookey-loos. It also means more time to experience the serenity of the park and see the places not on Instagram. You will then notice the contrast by night two when we camp at Little Yosemite Valley with everybody else. *Route Variation - Our specific hiking route and campsites on each departure are dependent upon permit availability. Difficulty of the hike will also vary based on the route change. Additionally, the ascent up Half Dome is very challenging and is weather permitting.

What's included?

  • 5pm orientation the afternoon prior to your hike at Yosemite Valley at the backpacker's camp.
  • Backpacking permits.
  • Tent camping each night on the trail plus the night of orientation at the backpacker's camp.
  • All food while on the trail prepared by your guide - from dinner at orientation through breakfast on the last day.
  • Single or Double occupancy tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, backpack, trekking poles.
  • A certified, medically trained guide that will lead you safely on your journey.
  • An unforgettable experience!
Our prices do not include guide gratuity ($25-$35 per person per day is recommended).

Upcoming Tour Dates

Please see below for upcoming tour dates and availability:

July

  • Half Dome 4 Day Hike: July 18th, 2021
  • Half Dome 4 Day Hike: July 28th, 2021

August

  • Half Dome 4 Day Hike: August 4th, 2021
  • Half Dome 4 Day Hike: August 8th, 2021
  • Half Dome 4 Day Hike: August 10th, 2021
  • Half Dome 4 Day Hike: August 18th, 2021
  • Half Dome 4 Day Hike: August 24th, 2021

September

  • Half Dome 4 Day Hike: September 13th, 2021
  • Half Dome 4 Day Hike: September 17th, 2021
 

Adventure Itinerary

Day 1

Start in Yosemite Valley with a 5 p.m. orientation, meet your Yosemite backpacking tour guide and fellow hikers, enjoy dinner, and settle in for your first night of camping!

Day 2

Next up, we head for the Mono Meadow or Glacier Point trailhead and hike 3.4 miles to Illilouette Creek for a night of camping. It’s a great opportunity to see the park without a lot of people! At the campsite, you can choose how to spend your evening—go for a swim in the creek, see some additional sights on the nearby trails, or simply relax by the fire and take in your surroundings. You may even see a few fire-stomping rhinos! 

Day 3

We will then pack up and make way for the Little Yosemite Valley, which is about a 5.5-mile hike. You can expect our destination to have quite a few people present, but we can hike a bit farther to camp away from everyone if the group so chooses. Once we’ve set up camp, we’ll eat a hearty lunch, lounge on the Merced River for a few hours, and prepare for our 6-mile (roundtrip with day packs only) afternoon/evening summit of Half Dome!

Day 4

COVID-19 ROUTE VARIATION - SUBJECT TO CHANGE BASED ON SHUTTLE AVAILABILITY IN 2021. We get up for an early breakfast to pack up camp and head out back to our starting point. It is a beautiful 8 mile hike along the Panorama trail to get outstanding views of Half Dome, Nevada Falls, and the surrounding area before you say goodbye to Yosemite.    

Pickup Locations

With shuttle service being closed down for the summer due to COVID-19, it is necessary to rent a car for trailhead transportation.

  • Cost:

    $975 (4 day)

  • Type:

    Backpacking

  • Length:

    4 days

  • Difficulty:

    Moderate to Advanced*

  • Mileage:

    21 miles

  • Season:

    June – September

*IMPORTANT* – Due to the overwhelming popularity in Yosemite, this tour should be booked 6 months out to obtain permits. We accept and encourage bookings less than six months out but permit availability may be limited.

 

Advanced Rating*: The backpacking portion of the hike is considered moderate backpacking. The day hike up Half Dome is a more advanced hike due to length, elevation gain and climb up the cables; all of which require the hiker to be in good (or better) physical condition to complete. This hike is not advised for those with a serious fear of heights.


Accepted Credit Cards

What to Bring

Our camping and hiking trips include all pro-quality gear and meals required for your adventure. This includes tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cooking supplies, trekking poles, and daypacks and/or backpacks. All meal preparations will be handled by your guide. We are happy to accommodate food allergies and most dietary restrictions. Please include your preferences in your Registration Form so that we can prepare accordingly.

Gear Included

Discovery Treks tours are all inclusive tours which include:

  • All meals from lunch day 1 through lunch day 3
  • An experienced Wilderness First Responder Certified Yosemite Backpacking Guide
  • Necessary pro-quality backpacking gear including 65 - 75L Osprey backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, trekking poles, double occupancy tent, bear canister (Single tent upgrade available for $50)
  • All permits and fees

  • Cost:

    $975 (4 day)

  • Type:

    Backpacking

  • Length:

    4 days

  • Difficulty:

    Moderate to Advanced*

  • Mileage:

    21 miles

  • Season:

    June – September

*IMPORTANT* – Due to the overwhelming popularity in Yosemite, this tour should be booked 6 months out to obtain permits. We accept and encourage bookings less than six months out but permit availability may be limited.

 

Advanced Rating*: The backpacking portion of the hike is considered moderate backpacking. The day hike up Half Dome is a more advanced hike due to length, elevation gain and climb up the cables; all of which require the hiker to be in good (or better) physical condition to complete. This hike is not advised for those with a serious fear of heights.


Accepted Credit Cards

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    • Cost:

      $975 (4 day)

    • Type:

      Backpacking

    • Length:

      4 days

    • Difficulty:

      Moderate to Advanced*

    • Mileage:

      21 miles

    • Season:

      June – September

    *IMPORTANT* – Due to the overwhelming popularity in Yosemite, this tour should be booked 6 months out to obtain permits. We accept and encourage bookings less than six months out but permit availability may be limited.

     

    Advanced Rating*: The backpacking portion of the hike is considered moderate backpacking. The day hike up Half Dome is a more advanced hike due to length, elevation gain and climb up the cables; all of which require the hiker to be in good (or better) physical condition to complete. This hike is not advised for those with a serious fear of heights.


    Accepted Credit Cards

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