Mt. Whitney Summit Tour with Horseback Support

Mt. Whitney Summit Tour with Horseback Support

Mt. Whitney Summit Tour with Horseback Support

Prices

From $4,895USD

Difficulty

Guided

Hotels, Camping

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Highlights

Push the limits of your comfort zone on this 7-day tour to summit Mt. Whitney

Make yourself proud by climbing to the top of the contiguous USA’s highest peak at 4,420 m / 14,495 ft.

Savour backcountry moments like the alpine glow at sunset and under the stars.

Walk on a section of the Pacific Coast Trail and get a feel for its magic.

Get reconnected with nature spending 6 nights camping among its majesty.

This tour offers the unique opportunity to spend 7 days in the Californian wilderness and summit Mount Whitey, the tallest peak in the lower 48 states. Don’t worry about pack weight either because you’ll have the support of pack mules along the way to do the heavy lifting. All you need is your daypack and motivation!

Meet your guide and group in Lone Pine, California, near Sequoia National Park. Once you’ve had an orientation on the adventure ahead, set out with pack mule support into the Great Outdoors. This tour poses some challenges, so a high level of fitness and hiking experience is recommended. The first part of the journey will prepare you for the big summit on Day 5, but each day will bring you into new picturesque scenery, including vast alpine meadows, glistening high-mountain lakes, and views extending towards the horizon. Your guide will prepare gourmet backcountry meals throughout the tour and provide trail snacks to keep you energized on tough ascents.

Take this opportunity to push yourself out of your comfort zone and spend nearly a week in the backcountry, summiting mountains, hiking famous trails, witness magnificent alpine sunsets, and camping under the stars.

Please check out this blog to find out more about the COVID-19 precautions during the tour.

Mt. Whitney Summit Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Lone Pine

Welcome to California! Make your way to the hotel in Lone Pine, California, to check-in after 4pm. Meet your group and guide at 6pm for a briefing on the journey ahead. Choose a spot for dinner on your own or with your group before you head to bed.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Lone Pine
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Hike to Chicken Springs Lake

At 7am, meet the crew for breakfast in the hotel. Take your own transportation to the trailhead, about 45 minutes away, and meet your guide there. Then the hike begins! Pack your daypack and hand the rest over to the pack mules since you won’t be doing the heavy lifting on this trip. The trail will gain significant elevation over a short distance, so be prepared to get your heart pumping. Crossing over Cottonwood Pass, you’ll start to see why so many people flock to this part of the world: it is like a postcard. Make camp once you reach Chicken Springs Lake and enjoy your first gourmet backcountry dinner.

Overnight Location
Camping
Distance
4 mi, 1516 ft of ascent, 217 ft of descent
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Follow the Pacific Crest Trail

After a delicious breakfast, pack up camp, and set out for the day. Today, you’ll connect with a section of the Pacific Crest Trail and follow it for about 14.5 km. The elevation is undulating, but you will lose more than you gain. Hike among foxtail pine forests, open spaces of boulder-dotted fields surrounded by hills, and eventually descend to the lower part of Rock Creek. Enjoy another night in the remote wilderness.

Overnight Location
Camping
Distance
9 mi, 732 ft of ascent, 2228 ft of descent
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Hike to Guitar Lake

Have a peaceful morning in the fresh mountain air, then get ready for today’s trek. Start the day ascending rocky terrain to Guyot Pass and into Crabtree Meadows. The ascent continues from here with a long haul to the high-altitude Guitar Lake, where you’ll set up the tents for the night. The views from this campsite will astonish you, overlooking the John Muir Trail and Mount Whitney to the east that you’ll summit tomorrow. Get a good night’s sleep to prepare!

Overnight Location
Camping
Distance
10 mi, 3100 m of ascent, 1316 m of descent
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Summit Mount Whitney

Today’s the big day! Rise super early to get an alpine start on the trail and begin climbing. You may not be checking out the views on the way up, but once you reach the top, nothing else matters. Standing on the tallest peak in the contiguous US, the views abound with mountains stretching further than your eyes can see. Catch your breath here and savour the scenery. Return to Guitar Lake for lunch and a quick siesta, then continue along the path to Crabtree Meadows. Camp in a location that boasts gorgeous views of the sunset over Mount Russell.

Overnight Location
Camping
Distance
14 mi, 3310 ft of ascent, 4475 ft of descent
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Explore Sequoia National Park

Stretch when you wake up today as you might be feeling yesterday’s challenge in your muscles. After breakfast, take an alternate route from arrival and walk through Sequoia National Park. Relishing in the shade of the trees along the way, you’ll eventually come to the headwaters of Rock Creek and stay here for the night. Appreciate your last night camping in the wilderness and enjoy the starry sky with your new friends.

Overnight Location
Camping
Distance
11 mi, 2392 ft of ascent, 1877 ft of descent
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Hike Out via Cottonwood Pass + Farewell

Get up early to witness the sunrise, have a final breakfast with the crew, and start the hike out towards the trailhead. Even though it’s the last day, the trail still presents some difficulty in length and elevation gain, especially after 6 days of backpacking. Reach the trailhead around 2pm and say goodbye to your guide here to continue onto the next part of your journey.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
9.5 mi, 1302 ft of ascent, 2192 ft of descent
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

Mt. Whitney Summit Tour Price and Dates

This guided tour in the Sierra Nevada is always run as a fixed-departure tour where you would be joining a group, therefore the price is fixed and only depends on the number of people sharing the room or a tent.

The prices below are per person:

StartFinishDurationPlaces LeftPrice

2023-08-06

Lone Pine

7 days / 5+ Spaces Left

2023-08-12

Lone Pine

75+
$4,895USDBook Now
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Accommodation on the Mt. Whitney Summit Tour

The hotel on this trip is 2-star. You will also camp in the wilderness for 5 nights in a high-quality tent with gear like sleeping bags and pads provided. Rooms are double occupancy, and single travelers will pay a supplement.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of $150USD to have a private room and tent while traveling with a group. We can match the single travellers up, however, in case there aren’t any matches, you’ll have to pay a supplement of $75USD.

Best Western Frontier in Lone Pine

When you stay here, you’ll receive superb service that will exceed expectations. Stay in a comfortable and immaculate room for an easy night’s sleep.

Night 2-6

Camping in Sierra Nevada

Spend the night in a high-quality tent with comfy sleeping pads. Fall asleep under the stars and wake up amid pristine nature.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s included in the Mt. Whitney Summit Tour?

Meals

6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 5 dinners are included.

Accommodations

Accommodation for 6 nights is included in the tour.

Transportation during the Tour

Transportation for your camping gear is included during this tour with pack mule support. You are responsible for your own transportation to and from the trailhead.

Also Included

  • English-speaking guide services
  • Group gear: stove, cookware, water filters, first aid kit
  • Personal gear available: backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, trekking poles
  • Tent
  • Backcountry camping permits
  • Trail snacks
  • Pack mules to carry camping gear, and personal items of up to 15 lbs per person

Not included

  • Dinner on Day 1
  • Personal expenses + gratuities (recommended 10-20% for excellent service for guides and 3-5% for packers)
  • Trip insurance
  • Flights
  • Voluntary or involuntary evacuations
  • Anything not mentioned as “Included”

Optional Extras

  • Extra nights in Lone Pine

Frequenty Asked Questions about Mt. Whitney Summit Tour with Horseback Support

How hard is the Mt. Whitney Summit Tour?

We rate this tour as a 4 / 5. You should be comfortable hiking for 6 days on moderate and challenging elevation gain for up to 22.5 km daily.

Do I need a visa to travel to the United States?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Mt. Whitney Summit Tour?

6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 5 dinners are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have Health and Medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Lone Pine to start this tour?

You can reach Lone Pine by car from Fresno Airport (4.5 hours), Los Angeles Airport (5.5 hours), or San Francisco Airport (7.5 hours).

Is the Mt. Whitney Summit Tour in English?

Yes, the tour guide is English-speaking.

Where does the Mt. Whitney Summit Tour end?

The tour ends at the trailhead where your car will be parked.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to the United States?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for the United States?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to California for this tour?

The best time to travel to California for trekking is during the summer. This tour is available in August.

SYMG was started in 1991 by three friends offering hiking trips into California’s mountains in hopes of more closely meshing lifestyle with work. The combination proved successful and SYMG has become a leader in the active travel and mountain guiding world, providing carefully planned and executed trips in the most spectacular wilderness areas of California and beyond. Now, 30 years later, we’ve shown thousands of people the beauty of Yosemite and the High Sierra and have been named one of the “Best Outfitters on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure Magazine.

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Prices

From $4,895USD

Difficulty

Guided

Hotels, Camping

Active Travel is what we do

10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

Real humans are always a click or call away

Your time is important, and you shouldn't have to deal with automated bots or a confusing phone system. At 10Adventures you are assigned an Adventure Concierge, who is a real person who has one job: to support you during the planning & booking of your trip.

Customize or go private and get the perfect trip for you

Taking a holiday can be the most fun you have all year. At 10Adventures we believe that you should have the ability to personalize the trip, to get it just the way you want. Sometimes that's joining a group, but more often it's going private with your loved ones, and getting the dates and itinerary that's just right for you.

Rated 4.9 on Google Reviews
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We rate this tour as a 4 / 5. You should be comfortable hiking for 6 days on moderate and challenging elevation gain for up to 22.5 km daily.

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