On this relaxed yet action-paced 4-day hiking adventure, discover the wildly scenic, glacially sculpted Yosemite Valley, deep in the heart of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and considered one of the crown jewels of the National Park Service. Set out on moderate and scenic guided hikes both on- and off-trail, taking in the highlights: Half Dome, El Capitan, all three of North America's tallest waterfalls, the "Wild and Scenic" Merced River, and the otherworldly Nelder Grove. Each night, enjoy a comfortable lodge and classic campfire dinner right in the park.
This adventure is available on a private basis only, and is subject to change.
Explore the most celebrated sites of the iconic Yosemite Valley on this 4-day alpine adventure
Enjoy three days of moderately paced scenic hikes on- and off-trail with expert guides
Stay in one of the well-appointed lodges inside the park, feasting on delicious meals
Welcome to Fresno, California, the heart of the agricultural San Joaquin Valley. Meet your MT Sobek guide outside of baggage claim and set out for a 2.5-hour drive along scenic mountain roads to Yosemite Valley, stopping along the way to soak in the scenic vistas. After checking into the lodge (inside the park), gather for a fun welcome dinner overlooking the thundering Yosemite Falls. After dinner, enjoy an optional walk out to the Merced River to view Half Dome at sunset.
Explore the western end of Yosemite Valley, beginning with a stop at the towering Yosemite Falls (2,425'), the tallest waterfall in North America. From there, the trail runs along the meandering Merced River, through pine forests and across wildflower-strewn meadows to the massive granite wall of El Capitan. Learn about the park's history of rock climbing, then hike to the base of "El Cap." Back at Yosemite Village, visit the Ansel Adams Gallery and the Miwok Museum. This evening, head over to the Pines Campground for a delicious campfire dinner.
After breakfast, hop aboard the park shuttle to reach the south rim of Yosemite Valley, and the iconic Glacier Point. See deep into the valley 2,700 feet below and take in dazzling panoramic vistas. From here, hike back down into Yosemite Valley along wildly scenic trails. Enjoy a picnic lunch atop Nevada Falls before heading down the famous Mist Trail for an exhilarating look at Vernal Falls (bring your rain jacket!). Head back to Yosemite Valley, to unwind at the lodge before a farewell dinner at the Mountain Room.
After checking out of the hotel, set out to explore the recently renovated Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Look out for cheerful white-headed woodpeckers and charismatic chickarees while walking among the towering trees. Giant sequoias are the largest living things on the planet; make your way to one of the most awe-inspiring of them all, the Grizzly Giant. One branch on this tree is larger than any non-Sequoia tree in the entire grove! After the grove hike, enjoy a picnic lunch along the South Fork of the Merced River. Arrive in Fresno in the early afternoon; plan flights no earlier than 3pm.
Our professional mountaineer guides have been leading Sierra trips for decades, offering experience and know-how for excellent navigation through the park.
This exclusive 4-day adventure covers the best of Yosemite: Half Dome, El Capitan, North America's three tallest waterfalls, Merced River, and Nelder Grove.
MT Sobek's legacy of preservation and protection enables us to operate over 30 Global National Park adventures.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Moderate long hikes on well-maintained trails through some of North America's most incredible natural landscapes.
Inside the park, Yosemite Valley Lodge provides a perfect base for hiking adventures by pairing its prime location with mountain cabin comforts.
Early spring can be wet with cool evening temps. Summer is very warm in the valley but can still be cool at higher elevations in the park.
This trip begins with a rendezvous at the Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT) at 2pm sharp.
Purified water is available at the lodge. It is important that you do not drink unfiltered water from streams or lakes along the trail. You may need up to a gallon each day.
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.
Sorry, the geysers are in Yellowstone National Park. So if you want to see geysers check out our Yellowstone and Grand Teton trips.
Of Course! Solo travelers are welcome. Joining a trip as a solo traveler can be a great way to meet other like-minded individuals and to create lasting friendships.
Black bears are the only bear here in Yosemite and they are quite docile. On most trips, you will never see a bear.
We offer this trip on a private basis with seasonal departure dates that offer great flexibility (pending availability). Click below to request dates and an MT Sobek Regional Specialist will be in touch to help organize your private adventure.
"Great experience every time with some of the most knowledgeable guides in their fields. We always come home with wonderful memories of the people we meet and things we see."
MT Sobek Guest
"Pete Divine is an excellent guide. He is so knowledgeable and has such a pleasant demeanor. Yosemite is beautiful too."
MT Sobek Guest, A Long Weekend In Yosemite