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California Yosemite National Park Private Adventure

 

Yosemite National Park is a place of fantastic natural beauty. From the heights of Half Dome to the depths of the glacially sculpted Yosemite Valley, it is a wonderland of roaring waterfalls, impossibly tall sequoias, and breathtaking granite peaks. On this epic 5-day private adventure, experience firsthand why Yosemite is considered one of the crown jewels of the National Park System. This adventure is a hiker's delight, exploring the Yosemite Valley on day hikes from Granite Point and Mariposa Grove, Sentinel Dome, and the Panorama Trail. Each day offers glimpses of the park's icon- Half Dome ad El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, the Merced River, and giant sequoias. At the end of the day, retire to a comfortable lodge, nestled deep in the heart of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

  • Hike to impressive views of iconic Half Dome and El Capitan

  • Experience rocky granitic heights and deep wooded valleys full of wildlife

  • Soak in the nature-crafted wonder of Yosemite Valley

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Arrive:

Fresno/San Francisco/Oakland, CA

Depart:

Fresno/San Francisco/Oakland, CA

Price: from $2,995

Duration:

5 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

2-8 Guests

Min Age:

6 yrs

Activity:

Level 2

Yosemite Valley provides a challenge for every level. On this trip, the difficulty is up to you. The Day 4 hike of Panorama Trail is full day and 8.5 miles long with a 3,000\' elevation loss, the most strenuous hike available on this adventure.
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  • Drive to Yosemite

    Day 1

    After arriving at the airport in in Fresno, Oakland or San Francisco, secure your rental car and drive to your accommodations near Yosemite National Park. Check into the lodge and settle in for the night.

    Accommodation: Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

    Tenaya Lodge is a full-service resort located just three miles from the South Entrance of Yosemite National Park and 35 miles from the spectacular Yosemite Valley. The resort offers a variety of accommodation types - all with warm, contemporary interiors and rustic charm. The Accent Spa is a sanctuary for relaxation with a full range of treatments, plus a sauna and steam room to leave you fully restored. The resort also features three on-site restaurants, a small grocery store & cafe, an indoor pool and three outdoor pools including an adults-only relaxation pool.

  • Explore Yosemite Valley

    Day 2

    Meet your guide this morning for a full day of exploring Yosemite Valley. Explore the valley's highlights- deep valleys, beautiful meadows, towering giant sequoias, and vast wilderness. Based upon current conditions and your desired activity level, your guide will select a series of short walks or hikes, allowing you to truly immerse in Yosemite's spectacular beauty. It's a truly spectacular day of awe-inspiring sights. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon.

    Accommodation: Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

    Tenaya Lodge is a full-service resort located just three miles from the South Entrance of Yosemite National Park and 35 miles from the spectacular Yosemite Valley. The resort offers a variety of accommodation types - all with warm, contemporary interiors and rustic charm. The Accent Spa is a sanctuary for relaxation with a full range of treatments, plus a sauna and steam room to leave you fully restored. The resort also features three on-site restaurants, a small grocery store & cafe, an indoor pool and three outdoor pools including an adults-only relaxation pool.

    Activity: Customizable hiking and touring

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Explore Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove

    Day 3

    Meet your private guide this morning for another full day of hiking and sightseeing in Yosemite National Park. Visit the famous lookout Glacier Point, looming high above Yosemite Valley and directly across from iconic Half Dome. Set out on a short hike to the top of Sentinel Dome, offering 360 degree views of the High Sierras and Yosemite Falls, perhaps choosing to continue on an optional hike to Taft Point for views of Yosemite Falls and El Capitan.

    This afternoon, visit the impressive grove of giant sequoias, some of the largest living things on Earth. Plan on seeing the 1800-year old Grizzly Giant, one of the largest trees in the park. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon.

    Accommodation: Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

    Tenaya Lodge is a full-service resort located just three miles from the South Entrance of Yosemite National Park and 35 miles from the spectacular Yosemite Valley. The resort offers a variety of accommodation types - all with warm, contemporary interiors and rustic charm. The Accent Spa is a sanctuary for relaxation with a full range of treatments, plus a sauna and steam room to leave you fully restored. The resort also features three on-site restaurants, a small grocery store & cafe, an indoor pool and three outdoor pools including an adults-only relaxation pool.

    Activity: Customizable hiking

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Hike Panorama Trail

    Day 4

    For a final day in Yosemite, meet your private guide this morning and embark on the famed Panorama Trail. Offering stunning views of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, and Vernal and Nevada Falls, this hike begins at Glacier Point and ends in Yosemite Valley 3,000 feet below. The trail begins by traversing the far southeastern rim of Yosemite Valley, crossing the top of the Panorama Cliffs. Stop for lunch and to catch your breath atop Nevada Falls before following the Merced River back down into the Yosemite Valley. After a very full day, return to the hotel and relax at the end of your grand adventure.

    Accommodation: Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

    Tenaya Lodge is a full-service resort located just three miles from the South Entrance of Yosemite National Park and 35 miles from the spectacular Yosemite Valley. The resort offers a variety of accommodation types - all with warm, contemporary interiors and rustic charm. The Accent Spa is a sanctuary for relaxation with a full range of treatments, plus a sauna and steam room to leave you fully restored. The resort also features three on-site restaurants, a small grocery store & cafe, an indoor pool and three outdoor pools including an adults-only relaxation pool.

    Activity: 8.5 miles hiking with 3,000' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Depart for Home

    Day 5

    After a final breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive back to the Fresno, Oakland or San Francisco Airport to return your rental car and board homebound flights.

    Meals: Breakfast

California Yosemite National Park Private Adventure

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

Our professional mountaineer guides have been leading Sierra trips for decades, offering experience and know-how for excellent navigation through the park

Reason #02

This exclusive 5-day adventure covers the best of Yosemite: Half Dome, El Capitan, Sentinel Dome, and Glacier Point.

Reason #03

MT Sobek's legacy of preservation and protection enables us to operate over 30 Global National Park adventures.

Meet your guides

Khriss Urban

Khriss Urban

For over 20 years, Khriss has been leading adventure tours across the U.S. and Canada. Patient and enthusiastic, he enjoys showing others the awe inspiring natural world as much as he loves discovering its wonders for himself. As a Southwest expert, keen adventurer and historian, Khriss is a great storyteller who loves spending evenings around the campfire or dinner table sharing traveling tales and making new friends.

Jen Barnes

Jen Barnes

Jen, is a North Carolina native and a Florida State University graduate with a degree in anthropology. Jen has taught school in Japan, cleaned fish in Alaska, and toured the entire perimeter of India. She's a music lover, a reader of anything, a fan of superhero movies, a bicyclist, a chili hound, a serious cook, and a woman of letters. But mostly she's a tour guide. She's conducted tours throughout the Southwest, from coast to coast in America, in Alaska, and in Canada. If you make her laugh, she'll be your friend for life.

Alex Rosema

Alex Rosema

Originally from the heart of the Midwest, Alex grew up searching for adventure in life. After leaving for college, studying at various universities around the world, and going on near constant road trips, he found his passion in travel and the mountains. While living in the Middle East, he discovered that those passions could be combined into a job and began his career in guiding; showing people the mountains, culture, and history of the area, all while gaining a deeper understanding of the beauty, harshness, and romanticism of the desert landscapes. He was hooked. For the last several years, Alex has guided trips across the US, hiked the Pacific Crest Trail and spent time continuing his travels around the world with plenty of hiking and rock climbing thrown in.

Activities

Valley hikes, meadow walks, wildlife encounters, and stargazing.

Lodging

A contemporary resort with an on-site spa, conveniently located just outside Yosemite National Park.

Climate

Expect sunny days and cool evenings, though rain, wind, or snow are always possible.

FAQ

How should I train for my Yosemite hiking trip?

The best training for hiking is hiking. Work up to hiking similar distances with your daypack loaded with the same weight you will be carrying each day during your trip.

Will we encounter any bears on this trip?

Black bears are the only bear here in Yosemite and they are quite docile. On most trips, you will never see a bear.

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Private Trip Pricing:

2021 Pricing

2 to 3 guests from $3,595 per person double occupancy

4 to 5 guests from $3,195 per person double occupancy

6 to 8 guests from $2,995 per person double occupancy

	

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Price Includes

  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary, including all taxes and resort fees
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • All special equipment required for activities
  • Final electronic documentation package
  • Trip logistics, operations and monitoring during travel
  • All tours, transfers and activities as detailed in the itinerary

Price Does Not Include

  • Additional meals not noted in the daily itinerary
  • Entry fees to National Parks, museums and other attractions when not accompanied by a guide, unless listed on inclusions
  • Airfare, airport taxes or baggage fees for all flights
  • Optional activities and spa services
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, laundry or souvenirs
  • Discretionary tips for guides, drivers and resort staff
  • Optional travel protection
  • Rental car

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