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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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  • 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 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.


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.


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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

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  • We had a wonderful time! Our transfers (besides a bit of a wait when we arrived) were smooth. The gentleman that drove us to and from the airport also drove us to our hike and he was very nice and helpful, clean car and very accommodating.
    Our tour guide on the first day, Mandy, was charming and insightful. It was a slow day in the markets but we appreciated the space and gave us a chance to hear all about the Souks. The gentlemen who was with her was a wealth of knowledge and both did a very nice job!
    Our hike was awesome and our guide was great- he even took us to a cool waterfall and took great care of us; lunch in the mountains was delicious!
    The hotel was so lovely and the staff was very accommodating and helpful. The food was great and the rooms very comfortable!
    I did a good amount of damage in the market (often accused of being Berber;) and truly hope to be back next Spring... maybe a girls trip or perhaps I’ll bring my kiddos!
    Thank you for organizing such a nice getaway for my husband and I; we will confidently recommend Tourdust to our friends!!

    MissingJennifer H reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 12 June 2019

  • We had an amazing trip. Everything was well thought out and so much fun. What a great way to truly see the country and learn the culture.

    Joseph was the perfect guide. Very kind, professional, knowledgeable and patient. The kids loved Joseph and keep asking when will they meet him again. He found the Big 5 for us which was unforgettable! Please pass along our appreciation to Joseph.

    Maji Moto was also another incredible experience. They had great customer service and we loved experiencing their culture.

    Sunbird was absolutely beautiful and I wish we had more time there. We loved the view of the lake!

    One suggestion to make the trip even better for other guests in the future would be to have a cooler with drinks and snacks in the Jeep at all times because a ton of driving is involved and it would be helpful to have a cold drink and snacks during the long trip.

    Thanks again for organizing this experience of a lifetime for us!

    MissingBrandon H reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 12 June 2019

  • Both hotels were excellent. Sari Konak is in a superb location for visiting all the iconic sights. Our family suite was spacious, newly decorated and very clean. There was a separate room for our son and a kitchenette with ‘fridge and kettle. Good choice at breakfast and served on lovely roof terrace. Great views of Bosphorus. One evening, we caught the commuter ferry to Kadikoy for an evening meal. A great option if there isn’t time to fit in a Bosphorus cruise. Also recommend The Old House restaurant which is very close to the hotel. We were in Istanbul during Ramadan so there was a family atmosphere in the city late into the night.

    Esbelli Evi was delightful; a huge cave suite, great character, two bathrooms, sitting room and kitchenette with a fridge well stocked with beers and soft drinks. Private, quiet courtyard with gate to communal areas. Breakfast choice was really good and plenty of outdoor seating. Easy walk into village. Favourite options for dinner were Ziggys (stylish outdoor roof terrace) and Urgup Pide (popular with locals).

    Really must mention owner Suha Ersoz and his staff - all of whom are extremely kind and helpful.

    All our transfers went smoothly. Our driver and guide (Gaia) in Cappadocia were excellent and our itinerary was fast paced and interesting. Lunch options were great, especially on the river at Ilhara. A highlight for me was spitting a wild tortoise!

    Balloon flight with Kapadokya Balloons was well worth the money and well organised.

    MissingTim S reviewing Istanbul & Cappadocia Family Holiday on 07 June 2019

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