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Join us on an epic hike to summit two of the most iconic peaks in Yosemite National Park, Half Dome and Clouds Rest. Take in some of the best view points in Yosemite National Park on a guided backpacking tour to the summits of Half Dome and Clouds Rest with Discovery Treks. Climb the Half Dome cables and enjoy the fresh air at 9,930 at the summit of Clouds Rest.

Discovery Treks Two Summits guided backpacking tour is typically a 5 day adventure with 2 days of backpacking to get to our base camp before we begin the hike to summit Clouds Rest and then Half Dome the following day. The first two days of our hike will take us out into the Yosemite Wilderness backcountry where you will get views of a number of other peaks, monoliths and falls including Mt. Starr King, Liberty Cap and Nevada & Vernal Falls.

Our Two Summits guided hike and Yosemite backpacking 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 rugged 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.

Looking to make the most of your time out in Yosemite? Up the ante on your guided backpacking tour by adding one more day to summit the iconic Half Dome as well. Check out our Yosemite - Two Summits guided backpacking adventure for details!

*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 Clouds Rest 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!
Our prices do not include guide gratuity ($25-$35 per person per day is recommended).

Adventure Itinerary

Day 1

Meet you guide and fellow hikers in Yosemite Valley for a 5pm orientation, dinner and your first night of camping!

Day 2

After we meet the group for our Yosemite backpacking trip and tour, we head for the Mono Meadow or Glacier Point trailhead. We hike about 3.4 miles to Illilouette Creek for a night of camping off the beaten path to see the park without all the people. Once at camp, take a dip in the creek or 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).

Day 3

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 5.5 miles to LYV. Once at camp, take a dip in the Merced River and enjoy the afternoon resting up for our summit of Clouds Rest the following morning! Our hike up to Clouds Rest will be approximately 12 miles roundtrip but we will drop our big packs at camp and only take day packs for this hike.

Day 4

We get up for an early breakfast and prepare our day packs for the long guided hike ahead of us. Our hike will take us most of the day and we will plan for lunch out on the trail. Get ready for a bun-burner as we gain almost of 4k feet to the summit of Clouds Rest at 9,930 ft of elevation. Our hike will be approximately 12 miles round trip but the views Half Dome, Tenaya Canyon and the surrounding areas will be well worth it!

Day 5

We get up bright and early for a sunrise summit of Half Dome. Following our summit hike we will head back to camp for a quick breakfast before we pack up camp and head out back to Yosemite Valley where our guided backpacking tour will conclude. It is a beautiful 5.5 mile hike along the historic John Muir trail where we will 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:

    $1175 (5 day)

  • Type:

    Backpacking

  • Length:

    5 days

  • Difficulty:

    Advanced

  • Mileage:

    35+ 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.


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 4
  • 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:

    $1175 (5 day)

  • Type:

    Backpacking

  • Length:

    5 days

  • Difficulty:

    Advanced

  • Mileage:

    35+ 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.


Accepted Credit Cards

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    • Cost:

      $1175 (5 day)

    • Type:

      Backpacking

    • Length:

      5 days

    • Difficulty:

      Advanced

    • Mileage:

      35+ 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.


    Accepted Credit Cards

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