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Family Wilderness Trek in Yosemite

A family backpacking trip in the wilderness area near Yosemite National Park. Hike from your base camp to beautiful lakes and awe-inspiring peaks & spend the nights sleeping under the stars at your wild camp.

Private Trek Adventure 4 days

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Itinerary

Overview

  • Wilderness Camping
  • Swim in crystal clear Alpine Lakes
  • Magnificent views away from the crowds
  • Mule supported trek
The Yosemite mountains form part of the 400 miles long mountain range of Sierra Nevada.The area around the Yosemite high country and Ansel Adam’s wilderness forms the northern end of the High Sierra, home to beautiful alpine lakes, meadows and white granite peaks.

This trek traverses the borderline between the two wilderness areas of Ansel Adams and Yosemite National Park. Once you have loaded up the mules with all of your gear, you will set off hiking through pine forests, along trails established by early settlers taking their live stock up to the high meadows. The hike is about 6 miles, with some ascents. As you gain altitude, you will pass meadows and some magnificent views. Once you reach your remote base camp, you will set up camp and then have time to swim in the crystal clear lake. Your next day will be spent on a hike up to one of the local peaks to enjoy jaw dropping views or to a nearby lake, or you could spend the day simply relaxing around the camp and enjoying the silence of the wilderness. Your guide will talk you through all of the options and help you to choose what is best for your family. On your final day you will re-trace your steps back to the trail-head.

Day-by-day

Day 1: Check in anytime after 4pm at the Pines Resort by Bass Lake. There are several restaurants in this tiny village, where you can have dinner on your own. At 6pm, you will meet your guides in the lobby of your accommodation and go over the trip details together.

Day 2: After breakfast on your own, you will drive to the trailhead. After loading the mules, you will then head off on your hike, which will be approximately six miles. You will stop along the way for a picnic lunch before arriving at your camping spot. After pitching your tent, there will be time to swim, play and relax before a mouth-watering dinner under the stars.

Day 3: Today will be a day hike from your camp. You will discuss the walking options with your guide and you can choose between hiking to one of the scenic Alpine lakes in the area and the option to climb one of the Yosemite boundary peaks for a view of the National Park and Yosemite Valley.

Day 5: After breakfast, you head back down to Bass Lake, where arrival is early in the afternoon. Here, you can reward yourselves with a swim in the lake or a dip in the hot tub.

Details

Getting there

It is a 5 hour drive from Los Angeles, or a 4 hour drive from San Francisco.

Price includes

Meals, camping gear (if requested), shared accommodation, permits and guides.

Is it for me?

Before embarking on a trip like this, you should be confident that you are fit and motivated to complete the hike to base camp, as well as enjoying the day trips that will have some elevation gain.

The camping whilst beautiful, is incredibly basic. There are no toilet facilities or showers. Sleeping mats and bags are provided.

Safety

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth office check www.gov.uk/travelaware

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

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    MissingLaura L reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 12 December 2018

  • We had a wonderful trip to Morocco. What a fascinating country. Thank you so much for all of your help making things smooth and less stressful!

    Here are a few things we wanted to pass on:

    Dar Housnia was absolutely delightful. It was like an entire wing of a house to ourselves with perfect Moroccan decor. The private area where we ate was so cute, the riad staff so accommodating. I loved waking in the cozy space with our family and hearing both call to prayer as well as roosters. Just perfect.

    I was a little unclear how to ask what time we were being picked up etc, but your office promptly replied to my emails - even on weekends- when we had these questions about transport times. Once, we met our guide in Imlil these details we not problematic as our guide “Abraham” totally took care of us. Abraham was awesome. You should definitely request him again in the future. He was young (29)and energetic. He had a ton of hiking experience in Imlil as he was from there. He also seemed to know everything else about morocco, the desert, the culture, etc, etc. He was approachable, kind, patient, great with our kids and answered SO MANY of our questions.

    The hike was lovely - after rain the day prior in Marrakech - there was snow in the mountains. It was gorgeous. We may have been up for a longer hike up Mt Taboukel if I had known this was a realistic option for families ( I thought from reading that it was too technical for us). Yet not sure we had enough days for all these things always since getting in the desert was a priority.

    The mountain house, Dar adar, was just as described… very basic. The wifi was broken (which was a nice break when you have pre-teens addicted to phones, plus my husband called no wifi an amenity to not be available by email for his work!)). There was no heat and the fireplace helped a tad - but was so very cold in the rooms. My husband loved the rustic space, I may have gone up one step in niceness of mountain accommodation if I had to do it over again. Yet, meeting the other families in this Dar Adar (including another Tourdust family from England) made this house very memorable.

    We were then joined by our driver for the next several days, Jamal. What a fun guy and a perfect driver. He could joke with my kids, he had a fun smile, and he had worked with Abraham before so they were a great team. The drive to desert was long as I knew it would be. It was nice to have the stop on way there near Ait Ben Haddu. The drive back from desert was long. It was more near 10 hours of driving (plus 1 hour at lunch = 11 hours) but I wouldn’t have made any different choices.

    The luxury desert camp was far and away the highlight of our trip. The tents were adorable, I was sufficiently warm even at night inside the tent. We loved the camel riding, the ATV vehicles at a nearby camp, sunsets on the dunes, music around the camp fire, meals with others at the camp and more.

    The last night was at Riad Jona. This was so very very lovely. The food was amazing - such a good idea to eat here after our long drive back to Marrakech. They had a small dining pool plus a hot tub which was delightful. It was almost more of a boutique hotel as it had several rooms.

    MissingGwyneth R reviewing Luxury Family Desert Holiday on 11 December 2018

  • The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
    There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
    Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
    Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!

    MissingWilliam K reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

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