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Going on a Discovery Treks Half Dome backpacking & camping guided hiking trip 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 within Yosemite National Park - Half Dome. Hiking to Half Dome 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 Yosemite trekking tour 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 Yosemite 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*.
  • Double occupancy tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, backpack, trekking poles. A single tent is available for an additional $50.
  • A certified, medically trained guide that will lead you safely on your journey.
  • An unforgettable experience!
*Camping at backpackers camp, dinner the night of orientation and breakfast the morning of the trip is $50/person additional and is not mandatory. Our prices do not include guide gratuity ($25-$35 per person per day is recommended).

Adventure Itinerary

Day 1

After we meet the group, we head for the Mono Meadow trailhead. We hike about 3.4 miles to Illilouette Creek for a night of camping off the beaten path to see Yosemite without all the people. Once at camp, there are some trails to explore for those wanting some additional hiking. Or, kick back by the fire and wait for the fire stomping Rhinos to show up. (That's a joke. There are no fire stomping Rhinos in Yosemite).

Day 2

Today we pack up and move camp to the Little Yosemite Valley. Expect camp to have 50+ people but there is an option to get away from the people by hiking a bit further and camp away from everyone. The hike today is approximately 7 miles. Once at camp, take a dip in the Merced River or take a side hike up the Merced River to Bunnell Cascade and Moraine Dome. Tomorrow is a long day up Half Dome, so best to get some rest!

Day 3

We get up for an early breakfast to ascend Half Dome before all the day hikers - enjoying the sunrise and the area before the crowds arrive, invading your views and tranquility. After the Half Dome hike (6.6 miles), we pack up and head for Glacier Point. It is a beautiful 7 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

**Shuttle - this trip starts along Glacier Point Rd. If you do not have your own transportation and are taking YARTS, you will need to reserve space on the early (8:30am) Glacier Point Tour shuttle. Spaces for our Yosemite trekking tour shuttles are limited and there is a fee.

  • Cost:

    $725+ (3 day)

  • Type:

    Backpacking

  • Length:

    3 – 4 days

  • Difficulty:

    Moderate

  • Mileage:

    16 miles

  • Season:

    May – 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.


Accepted Credit Cards

What to Bring

Our camping and hiking trips include round trip transportation, 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. 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 6
  • 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 cannister (Single tent upgrade available for $50)
  • All permits and fees

  • Cost:

    $725+ (3 day)

  • Type:

    Backpacking

  • Length:

    3 – 4 days

  • Difficulty:

    Moderate

  • Mileage:

    16 miles

  • Season:

    May – 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.


Accepted Credit Cards

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  • Cost:

    $725+ (3 day)

  • Type:

    Backpacking

  • Length:

    3 – 4 days

  • Difficulty:

    Moderate

  • Mileage:

    16 miles

  • Season:

    May – 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.


Accepted Credit Cards

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