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Backpacking the High Sierra

Yosemite National Park - Guided High Sierra Hiking & Backpacking Trips



6 Days / 5 Nights – Backpacking in the High Sierra — Mountain Guides take you through beautiful, Tuolomne Meadows (largest sub-alpine meadow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains) and Yosemite Valley.     25 miles total hiking on moderate terrain. 




Day 1 – Fly to Fresno.  Transfer to Yosemite National Park.  Check into your pre-trip lodging in Yosemite Valley.  Dinner on your own.


Day 2 – After breakfast on your own, your guide will meet you and take you to the trailhead in Tuolumne Meadows at around 7,600 ft. elevation where your backpacking journey will begin.   Today you and your guide hike 7 miles through open, high meadows and up and over Vogelsang Pass, 10,750 ft. elev., with views of Vogelsang Peak (11,493 ft. elev.) to Boothe Lake, 9,800 ft. elev., where you will camp for the night.  (lunch and dinner)


Day 3 – Today you will hike 7 ½ miles, descending about 3,000 feet elevation,  to Merced Lake through one of the most spectacular areas of the High Sierra Loop with meadows, cascades and waterfalls. While most of the trail is moderate to steep downhill, and quite steep just before you get to Merced Lake.  (breakfast, lunch, dinner)


Day 4 – Today is a rest day with opportunities to do area dayhikes, swim, or fish.  Those who are in top physical condition and not afraid of heights and exposure might enjoy a trek to the top of the iconic granite Half Dome, a little over 10 tough miles roundtrip from camp.  (breakfast, lunch, dinner) 


Day 5 –   After breakfast, break camp and hike the remaining miles to Yosemite Valley and the end of your  Yosemite backcountry hike. (breakfast and lunch)


Spend the night in your post trip accommodation in Yosemite Valley.  Dinner own your own.  


Day 6 – Check out of your accommodation and transfer to Fresno to catch your late afternoon flight back home. (breakfast, lunch)




Includes 5 nights tented camping – including 1 pre trip night and 1 post trip night in rustic permanent camps, 3 nights tented camping, all meals while backpacking, guide, permits, park entrance, all camping gear and equipment, roundtrip ground transportation.  Group sizes: 1-2 persons private trip. 


USD $1,585 per person based on double occupancy / USD  $1,710 per person based on single occupancy. Price listed above is a reasonable expectation of land package costs only.


Not Included:


Airfare from your home city to trip starting point, and from trip ending point back to your home city

Tips and gratuities for trip guides and trip support team members

Travel insurance





Call 713-492-0179 for availability.