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Yosemite High Country Grand Tour
Yosemite National Park - 7 days

This grand Yosemite Backpacking adventure takes in some of the least visited and most spectacular mountain vistas in Yosemite National Park. For those who want to really get back into the wilderness and see Yosemite as John Muir did.

After meeting and camping for the night at Tuolumne Meadows in the Yosemite high country, we hike out of Tuolumne Meadows south through the Lyell Canyon to Vogelsang and onto the remote headwaters of the Merced River. We then visit Merced Lake before continuing on to Half Dome basecamp along Sunrise Creek. We then climb the incomparable Half Dome via the famous cables route.

To complete our loop we hike to the top of Clouds Rest with more spectacular views and onto Sunrise Lakes and then eventually make our way back to Tuolumne Meadows.

Along the way there will be time for relaxation amid the incredible beauty and quiet of the Yosemite backcountry.

Seeing the Yosemite High Country with a professional hiking guide and wilderness chef is a wonderful way to experience Yosemite.

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For Yosemite travel and lodging information visit our Tuolumne Meadows Travel Page


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

Location: We meet at Tuolumne Meadows in the Yosemite high country, an hour from Yosemite Valley and an hour from the eastern Sierra resort of Mammoth Lakes.

Food: At California Alpine Guides we strive to provide healthy and delicious gourmet wilderness 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 an overnight pack all day.

Dates 2015: Aug 2-8, Aug 26 - Sep 1
Custom dates available from July through September

Cost: $1175 per person


  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner while in the field
  • Camping and dinner the night before the trek begins
  • Professional mountain guides
  • All camping gear and permits


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