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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

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  • 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 Kearns reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

  • The Namibia trip was fantastic!

    Self-driving was brilliant, and the chronology of the itinerary was perfect (against the flow/direction most other travelers took).

    As for specifics:

    This place was the best!
    Best service, best staff, best food, best experiences, best facilities.
    We saw a cheetah kill, leopards, and white rhino (which we were not expecting).
    If you’ve never been you should go...If I ever go back to Namibia I will revisit.

    The only (slight) disappointment.
    Maybe because it was right after Okonjima, but the service was lacking, the facilities were a bit run down, it was the only place with mosquitoes in the room with no net and no spray. Food was marginal. Not sure if there are better options in the area, though.

    Etosha Park was amazing. There was so much wildlife with so little crowds.
    The Okaukeujo Camp had the best watering hole with animals coming in at all times of the night. A great experience exclusive to the camp.

    Beautiful place. Very private. Food and service excellent.
    A nice stopping point on the drive.

    An amazing place...How they laid out and built it.
    Enjoyed exploring the grounds and the local area/sights.
    The staff was on par with Okonjima.
    2 days were perfect.

    Ivin provided us with good advice/information/recommendations along the route, along with a cell phone and cooler for the trip. The car was perfect.
    They represent Tourdust well!

    Again, another great trip you put together...Thank you!

    MissingEarl Wong reviewing Northern Namibia Highlights - Self Drive on 17 October 2018

  • We both suffered but enjoyed it immensely. Just how it should be!!!!
    Our route up the mountain, the Burguret trail is very arduous and certainly should not be used for people who are not very fit and experienced trekkers. It mainly followers animal trails through the forests and bog lands around the mountain. The Chogoria route down was great. The guide and porters were great. Wild camping means just that, really just what I wanted, but I have lived in Kenya.

    MissingJonathan Bailey reviewing Mount Kenya: Burguret Chogoria Traverse on 24 September 2018

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