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Yosemite Half Dome Backpacking

Yosemite Half Dome Guided Backpacking

Arizona Outback Adventures
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
4 days
From: $ 895 $ 224 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • See the Yosemite’s wilderness allow a clear picture of the hand that glaciers had in shaping Yosemite
  • Enjoy the epic views while your guide shares tips, tricks and interpretation
  • Visit  the world-famous naturalist John Muir became fascinated with glaciers when exploring Yosemite
  • Enjoy the summit Half Dome and stand in awe of the incredible view

Short Description

Summit majestic Half Dome, arguably the most iconic feature in Yosemite National Park, on this incredible guided 4-day backpacking trip. Half Dome rises 4,800 feet above Yosemite Valley, and is well known for the challenging summit trail that requires hikers to climb the final 400 feet on a 45-degree smooth granite slope using a cable ladder.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Yosemite
End City Yosemite

Trip Includes

  • Meals starting dinner on Day 1 through lunch Day 4
  • Trail snacks
  • Professional Wilderness First Responder certified guides
  • Kitchen and group gear (cooking utensils, stove, fuel, water filter, food storage where needed, dish washing necessities)
  • Personal mess kit (bowl, mug, fork, spoon)
  • Bear can – 1 per guest
  • Ticket to Yosemite Theater live film or performance

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Itinerary

Day 1: Meet Your Guide, Dinner, Yosemite Introduction

Hiking: 1-2 miles

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Camping at North Pines Backpacker’s campground (gear included)

Meet your Yosemite backpacking guide at North Pines Backpacker’s Campground in Yosemite National Park at 3:00pm for a trip orientation. North Pines Backpacker’s Campground is behind the North Pines Campground and across the footbridge. Your guide will begin with introductions and a brief orientation where all gear will be distributed and everyone will help to set up camp for the night. This time will be used to get acquainted with each other, the equipment, and your incredible surroundings. After getting settled in and eating dinner we will head into the Valley for a local activity to help get to know the area, this may include watching climbers on the famed walls of El Capitan, checking out the Ansel Adams Gallery, or even attending a film or performance at Yosemite Theater. Afterward, we will head back to camp to hit the sack in preparation for an early start!

Day 2: Journey Into The Backcountry

Hiking: 5-8 miles

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Backcountry Camping (gear included)

After breakfast, we will depart for the trailhead either on foot or via the park’s shuttle system depending on the route. Today, we will conquer our first full day of trekking in Yosemite (exact distance and elevations are dependent on permits available). As we hike along, you are sure to enjoy the epic views while your guide shares tips, tricks and interpretation. Tonight, we camp under the stars and let the sounds of the great gray owl and the wind in the trees lull us to sleep.

Day 3: hike to little yosemite valley/possible summit day!

Hiking: 7-9 miles (Or up to 14 miles if today is summit day)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Backcountry Camping (gear included)

Wake in camp to the crisp mountain air and hot coffee brewing. Each morning we fuel up with a well-proportioned breakfast and then head deeper into Yosemite’s backcountry. Depending on our route, this might be the day we summit Half Dome (route changes with each departure). After breaking camp, we head for Little Yosemite Valley, a small glacially carved valley bisected by the Merced River. The views from Little Yosemite Valley and the hike through Yosemite’s wilderness allow a clear picture of the hand that glaciers had in shaping Yosemite. The world-famous naturalist John Muir became fascinated with glaciers when exploring Yosemite and was among the first to propose that Yosemite Valley was formed by the movement of glaciers during the ice-age. On our hike today we’ll get a good look at why Muir formed this theory and come to better understand his love for glaciers and Yosemite, and how this place served as inspiration in developing his love of the Alaskan wilderness. When we make camp, there will be time to swim in the Merced River before settling into a delicious backcountry meal, followed by a relaxing night in Little Yosemite Valley.

Day 4: summit day/hike out via yosemite valley!

Hiking: 7-9 miles (Or up to 14 miles if today is summit day)

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: On your own tonight

If today is summit day, we will be up before the sun and ready to hit the trail at first light! Don’t worry, your guides will greet you with fresh coffee to get the body moving. Just a few hours after we wake, we will summit Half Dome and stand in awe of the incredible view. The celebrating continues after we descend back to camp to enjoy a well-deserved brunch. After fueling up, we pack up camp and head out for the remaining 7 miles of hiking. We end our adventure together at Half Dome Village sometime between 5:00 – 7:00pm.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group

Cancellation Policy:

All cancellations must be made in writing via email or fax. Cancellation fees abide by the following schedule:

91 or more days prior

Full refund for all trips EXCEPT Grand Canyon Rim to Rim 5-day and 3-day, and Grand Canyon Phantom Ranch Hiking, which require a $250 per person cancellation fee.

61 to 90 days prior

Forfeit of deposit (30%)

31 to 60 days prior

50% of trip cost

0 to 30 days prior

100% of trip cost (no refund)

Trip ID#:

YosHalAri

Trip Excludes

  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Transportation to and from Yosemite/meetup location
  • Pre- or post-trip lodging
  • Breakfast and lunch Day 1, dinner Day 4
  • Sleeping bag (available to rent from AOA)
  • Sleeping pad (available to rent from AOA)
  • Backpacking pack (available to rent from AOA)
  • Backpacking tent (available to rent from AOA)
  • Trekking poles (complimentary upon request)
  • Gratuities to AOA Guides

Meals Included:

4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches and 3 Dinners

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