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California Peaks Tour - 16 days

  • Mount Whitney (14,495 ft) Sequoia National Park
  • Mount Shasta (14,179 ft) Cascades
  • Mount Lyell (13,120 ft) Yosemite National Park

This grand tour of three of California's most important peaks gives one a broad tour of California's mountains. In 16 days we summit Mount Whitney - the highest peak in the continental United States, Mount Lyell - Yosemite's highest mountain, and Mount Shasta - California's largest volcano. Along the way we explore the remote backcountry of Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks.

We provide private ground transportation from and to San Fransisco. You will travel with your own professional mountain guide for the entire trip who will also act as your tour guide in the front country. Lodging is provided from the first night in San Fransisco to the final night back in San Fransisco. While in the backcountry we will sleep in tents and enjoy fine "backcountry gourmet" cuisine prepared by your mountain guide.

The tour begins with a drive to Yosemite Valley where we spend the afternoon taking in the sights of one of the world's most amazing natural sights taking in the views of Half Dome, El Capitan and Yosemite Falls. Then we head to the Yosemite high country where we shoulder our backpacks and spend three days summiting remote Mount Lyell, the highest in Yosemite National Park. Along the way, we cross the Lyell Glacier, Yosemite's largest.

After a rest and travel day to the town of Lone Pine, the sight of old American western movies, we begin an adventurous backcountry hike into a remote area of Sequoia National Park, where we spend 5 days hiking to the summit of Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the United States outside Alaska. Instead of taking the shorter and very crowded trail up Mt Whitney, we summit Mount Whitney from the backside while traveling cross country through the remote and spectacular Miter Basin.

After Mt Whitney, we begin to travel North towards Shasta, exploring the old western ghost town of Bodie along the way. Going from the high desert of the Eastern Sierra, we travel into the lush cascades mountain range on our drive towards Shasta.

Once at Mount Shasta, we spend two days ascending this large snow-covered volcano. The summit day is a long one in which we use crampons and ice ax to ascend the classic Avalanche Gulch route on Mt Shasta's South side. The view from the top of this 14,000 ft volcano is second to none. Then it's back to San Fransisco where we enjoy a final celebration.

This is a perfect trip for those who have previous hiking and trekking are looking for a fully supported tour of California's amazing mountains. Leave all the logistics and driving to the professionals of California Alpine Guides and let us show you the best our home has to offer.


For other Sierra Nevada backpacking and trekking trips see our main Trekking/Backpacking page.

Location: We meet at San Fransisco, California.

Food: At California Alpine Guides we strive to provide healthy and delicious gourmet backcountry meals. Breakfast and dinner are provided by your guide / backcountry chef while in the field. Special diets can be accommodated.

Level: Good to excellent physical conditioning is required. Some previous backpacking experience is required with the ability to carry a 40 pound pack all day.

Dates 2011: Jul 18 - Aug 2

Cost: $4700 per person


  • All lodging at double occupancy from San Fransisco back to San Fransisco
  • Private van transportation beginning and ending in San Fransisco
  • Professional AMGA trained mountain guide
  • Breakfast and dinner while in the field
  • All group camping gear and permits
  • Price based on a total of three participants. A small group surcharge of $600 per person applies for a group size of two
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