California Yosemite National Park Private Adventure Tour

Sierra Nevada Wonders & Majestic Granite Peaks


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.

5 Days

From: $2,795

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.

Highlights


  • 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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California Yosemite National Park Private Adventure

Start: Fresno/San Francisco/Oakland, CA  End: Fresno/San Francisco/Oakland, CA

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Itinerary


  • Drive to Yosemite

    Day 1

    After arriving at the airport in Fresno, Sacramento, 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.

  • 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.

    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.

    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.

    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

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Dates & Prices


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  • Inclusions

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Go Private


Gather your favorite travel companions to share an MT Sobek adventure on an easy-to-book Private departure.

Choose from the selection of dates below for your group or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

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*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.

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Create Your Very Own Adventure


Dreaming of an adventure designed exclusively for you? With insider access and decades of experience, our travel experts create custom tailored adventures that are perfect for families, couples, and large groups. MT Sobek's custom adventures are designed to our exacting standards and led by our award-winning adventure guides.

When to start planning? Earlier is always better when designing a custom trip. More time allows for better availability of preferred accommodations, guides and your desired activities. Ideally, start the conversation with us at least 6 months before you want to travel. If you are looking for a custom trip that departs within three months, chances are greatly diminished in securing requested accommodations and the best guides.

*Custom trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit once an itinerary is agreed upon.

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Inclusions

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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Your Guides


The best people to immerse you in a destination are the ones who live there, which is why we feature local Adventure Guides on our trips. Here are a few that you might meet on this adventure.

Khriss Urban

Khriss Urban

For over 20 years, Khriss has been leading adventure tours across the US 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 travel 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. 

Rachel Urban

Rachel Urban

Rachel began her guiding career in 1994, and has led trips throughout the US Southwest and the Canadian Rockies for the past 10 years. Rachel is an avid outdoor enthusiast, and her favorite pursuits are hiking, mountain biking, and white-water rafting. When Rachel is not on the road leading adventures she can be found relaxing in Bali, surfing, doing yoga and rejuvenating.

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Learn more about activity levels here.

Activity Snapshot

Day 2

Customizable hiking and touring

Day 3

Customizable hiking

Day 4

8.5 miles hiking with 3,000' elevation loss

Accommodations


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

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FAQs


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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