Yosemite Grand Traverse Tour with Horsepack Support

Grand Yosemite Traverse Tour with Horseback Support

Yosemite Grand Traverse Tour with Horsepack Support

Prices

From $3,995USD

Difficulty

Guided

Hotels, Camping

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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.

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Highlights

Hike across the picturesque landscapes of Yosemite on this 8-day tour

Experience nature unburdened by your pack weight—you don’t have to carry it!

Climb to incredible heights over Isberg Pass (3,200 m / 10,500 ft) that marks the border of Yosemite.

Hike through remote and iconic areas of the park and see first-hand what all the fuss is about.

Relish in having gourmet backcountry meals prepared for you as you chill in the wilderness.

Get ready for an epic 8-day adventure tour through the iconic and most-photographed regions of Yosemite National Park. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking, and to boot, you’ll have pack mules doing most of the heavy lifting for you, leaving you free to appreciate your surroundings without struggling under the weight of your pack.

Spend the first night in a hotel before venturing out to camp in the backcountry for the next six nights. Once you embark from the trailhead, you’ll have 80 glorious kilometres ahead of you, traversing through iconic spots of this magnificent park. Hike alongside clear rivers, summit peaks, and climb over high-mountain passes overlooking the expanse of Yosemite with crests and valleys extending to the horizon. Those who know the history of National Parks in the US will recognize the name of the John Muir Trail. You’ll connect along this trail and spend one night next to the slice-of-paradise Cathedral Lake.

Epic sunrises and sunsets abound on this tour. It’s a moderately challenging 8-day journey, but with pack mule support and exceptional meals along the way, you’re sure to enjoy every moment of it.

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

Yosemite Grand Traverse Tour with Horsepack Support Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Fresno

Welcome to California! Find your own transportation to the hotel in Fresno to check-in after 4pm. Your guide will meet you and the rest of the group in the lobby at 6pm for an orientation on the adventure ahead. Have dinner at the hotel and get some sleep to prepare for this grand traverse.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Fresno
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Hike to Knoblock Meadow

Meet a private shuttle at 7am in the lobby to head to the trailhead about 3 hours away. Start the first leg of this journey entering the wilderness towards Knoblock Meadow. Once you reach the camp, your guide will prepare dinner, and you can sink into camp life under the stars.

Overnight Location
Camping
Distance
6 mi, 1800 ft of ascent, 300 ft of descent
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Climb Isberg Pass (3,200 m)

You have a challenging day ahead, so fill up on breakfast prepared by your guide. In the morning, you’ll begin the ascent to Isberg Pass, reaching 3,200 m / 10,500 ft, and cross into Yosemite National Park. From the top of this pass, your efforts will be rewarded with mountain views extending to the horizon. Descend towards Merced River, where you’ll set up camp next to the lake marking the river’s headwaters. Huddle around the campfire admiring the lake and the several peaks surrounding it.

Overnight Location
Camping
Distance
8 mi, 2300 ft of ascent, 800 ft of descent
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Walk Along the Merced River

Rise early and watch the sunrise over the glorious peaks around you. Enjoy breakfast, and begin today’s journey, which will be mostly downhill—a nice break from the uphill battle yesterday. Pass by several creeks, waterfalls, and inviting swimming holes all branching off of the Merced River. Walk among fragrant alpine meadows, eventually leading down to set up camp next to the river.

Overnight Location
Camping
Distance
6.8 mi, 150 ft of ascent, 2300 ft of descent
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Hike Echo Valley + Sunrise Creek

After breakfast, you’ll continue hiking along the Merced River into Echo Valley. This will be the longest hiking effort of the tour with equal amounts of elevation gain as loss. Hike along stunning granite ridges that offer an expansive view of Little Yosemite Valley. Set up camp for the night near Sunrise Creek, which is adjacent to tomorrow’s route to summit Cloud’s Rest.

Overnight Location
Camping
Distance
10.5 mi, 1565 ft of ascent, 1385 ft of descent
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Summit Cloud’s Rest + Hike to Sunrise Lakes

Get an early start today for a big climb right off the bat. Just off the main trail, you’ll head to the top of Cloud’s Rest at 3,025 m / 9,926 ft, where epic panoramic views await. Descend onto the primary trail hiking through Tenaya Canyon during the afternoon. Reach Sunrise Lakes, a sparkling alpine pool surrounded by pines and rocky peaks. After a few nights in the wilderness, you’ll feel right at home as you have dinner around and watch the alpine glow of sunset illuminate nature’s magic.

Overnight Location
Camping
Distance
8-8.5 mi, 2746 ft of ascent, 1591 ft of descent
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Trek John Muir Trail to Cathedral Lake

Have breakfast with your group, then join up with the John Muir Trail, named after the naturalist known as the “Father of the National Parks.” Follow this trail through incredible wildflower meadows and alongside treed peaks to reach the idyllic Cathedral Lake. This high alpine lake has had millions of photos taken of it, so what’s a couple more? You’ll arrive at the lake in the afternoon with plenty of time to explore, relax, swim, or just admire the view before setting up camp and watching an epic sunset before bed.

Overnight Location
Camping
Distance
6 mi, 1322 ft of ascent, 896 ft of descent
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Hike Out to Northern Yosemite + Transfer to Fresno

Enjoy your last morning in the mountains, and begin the descent to the trailhead. You’ll walk through the picturesque Tuolumne Meadows, where you’ll feel like you’re walking through a Yosemite National Park postcard. At the trailhead in Northern Yosemite, a private transfer will meet you to bring you back to Fresno around 5–6pm. Say goodbye to your Grand Traverse crew. On to the next leg of your journey!

Overnight Location
None
Distance
3.7 mi, 230 ft of ascent, 1293 ft of descent
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

Yosemite Grand Traverse Tour with Horsepack Support 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

2023-07-16

Fresno

8 days / 5+ Spaces Left

2023-07-23

Fresno

85+
$3,995USDBook Now
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2023-08-26

Fresno

8 days / 5+ Spaces Left

2023-09-02

Fresno

85+
$3,995USDBook Now
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Accommodation on the Yosemite Grand Traverse Tour with Horsepack Support

The hotel on this trip is 3-star. You will also camp in the wilderness for 6 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 $125USD to have a private room in a hotel. Contact us and we can try and match single travelers up, where possible. However, if there are no options, solo travellers will pay a supplement of $75USD.

Wyndham Garden Hotel in Fresno

Enjoy this newly renovated and sparkling clean hotel in Fresno. Relax by the indoor and outdoor pools or admire the courtyard from your balcony.

Night 2-7

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 Yosemite Grand Traverse Tour with Horsepack Support?

Meals

7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 6 dinners are included.

Accommodations

Accommodation for 7 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 will receive a private shuttle transfer to and from Fresno and the trailheads.

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

  • 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 Fresno

Frequenty Asked Questions about Yosemite Grand Traverse Tour with Horsepack Support

How hard is the Yosemite Grand Traverse Tour with Horseback Support?

We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. You should be comfortable hiking for a week on moderate elevation gain for up to 17 km. Please note, that the pack animals will be carrying your personal items, up to 15 lbs per person.

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 Yosemite Grand Traverse Tour with Horseback Support?

7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 6 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 Fresno to start this tour?

You can reach Fresno by flying into Fresno Airport and get a hotel shuttle, or by car from San Francisco Airport (3.25 hours) or Los Angeles Airport (3.75 hours).

What is the maximum size of the group?

The group consists of max 11 travellers.

Is the Yosemite Grand Traverse Tour with Horseback Support in English?

Yes, the tour guide is English-speaking.

Where does the Yosemite Grand Traverse Tour with Horseback Support end?

The tour ends in Fresno, California.

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 July and 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 $3,995USD

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.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. You should be comfortable hiking for a week on moderate elevation gain for up to 17 km. Please note, that the pack animals will be carrying your personal items, up to 15 lbs per person.


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