Grand Yosemite Traverse (Coming Soon!)

Fresno, CA

Trip Highlights

  • Yosemite High Country
  • Clouds Rest Summit
  • Alpine Lakes
  • Tuolumne Meadows
  • Mountain Solitude
  • Iconic Views


This trip is a brand new offering, and we’re still putting the final touches on it. It will be available to book for 2024 very soon. Thank you for your patience!

This outstanding trip was recognized by National Geographic as one of the highly esteemed “World’s Top 15 Trails.” Famous outdoor adventure journalist Peter Potterfield also put this route on his list of “25 Classic Hikes in North America.” Covering 50 miles of breathtaking mountain scenery, we hike through the core of Yosemite National Park and enjoy plenty of time in the most remote and most classic areas of the park. Guests rave about this trip, and most frequently mention as their personal highlights: the airy ascent of Cloud’s Rest, one of Yosemite’s most iconic summits; entering the park by hiking over the remote 11,000ft Isberg Pass, which gives us a bird’s eye view into the high country; a stunning section of the John Muir Trail and camping on the shores of a lake underneath iconic Cathedral Peak. Don’t miss this one – it’s unforgettable!

This trip is operated in partnership with Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides, a permitted outfitter on the Sierra and Inyo National Forests.

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$2995 Per Person
$110 Single Supplement  

$110 Single Supplement

The single supplement applies to the first night at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Fresno, CA. The camping portion of the trip includes a 1-person tent for all solo travelers.

Return Guests get a 10% discount on all Trips!
Trip Type: Guided Backpacking Trip
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 4-12 Guests
Trip Length: 8 Days
Distance: 50MI / 80KM


Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult

This trip features some long daily hiking distances (up to 10.5 miles) with significant elevation gains and losses for multiple days in a row. Backpack weight is 45+ pounds, and elevations go up to 11,000 feet. All of these details combined make this trip Level 4 difficulty.

Hiking Distances:

4-10.5 miles

Backpack Weight:

45+ pounds


Moderately Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

Up to 2750 feet

Heights Exposure:


Please Note: Terrain, Elevation Gain and Heights Exposure ratings reflect the section or day of the trip with the maximum difficulty of each. Much of the trip is at easier levels. See the trip itinerary for more detailed information. Backpack Weight ratings are estimates that account for Wildland-provided gear, guest clothing, personal items and a share of group food. By packing light it’s often possible to stay on the lower end of the weight range. Pack weights also decrease during the trip.


  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 45+ lb backpack for 5-7 hours for multiple days in a row, at elevations of 8,000 – 11,000 feet.
  • Maintaining balance and footing on terrain that can be uneven, steep, rocky, snowy, or muddy
* For an official and complete list of physical requirements, please see our Essential Eligibility Criteria.


1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this High Sierra backpacking trip a solitude 3. Expect hours of solitude at a time.


Travel in perfect company by booking a private trip exclusively for your group!

Our sliding scale for private trips is based on the final number of guests in your group. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax, national park fees or guide gratuity. The final rate is based on the actual number of guests on the trip and may adjust based on cancellations or additions.

Please Note: you can also enjoy a private trip at our normal scheduled rates by filling any empty tour to capacity. However, if group members drop from the tour those spots will automatically become available on our website for instant booking. By purchasing a private trip at the rates listed below, your trip will remain exclusive to your group regardless of cancellations. 


  • 2 People: Rate x 2.5
  • 3 People: Rate x 1.75
  • 4 People: Rate x 1.25
  • 5+ People: Rate x 1.15

*all rates are per person

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Day 1

This John Muir Trail backpacking adventure begins in Fresno, California at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, not far from the Fresno Airport. You are able to check in to your room at the hotel anytime after 4:00 PM. At 6:00 PM your guide(s) will conduct an orientation meeting to review the itinerary, check gear, answer any questions you have, and lay out the plan for the next morning. Dinner tonight is on your own; most guests eat at the hotel.

Day 2

  • Shuttle to Trailhead: 3 hours
  • Hiking Distance: 6 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1800 feet
  • Elevation Loss: 300 feet

Our first morning we’ll get an early start, enjoy a complimentary breakfast at the hotel, then begin our shuttle to the trailhead. The scenic drive is about 3 hours and takes us to a remote starting point for this amazing hike. Today’s hike takes us higher in to the Sierra Nevada mountains, where the views expand with every step we take. Our first night’s camp is at a gorgeous meadow. We’ll set up camp and settle in for our first night under the stars. Your guide(s) will prepare a delicious dinner, and you’ll have an opportunity to explore and stargaze before retiring for the night.

Day 3

  • Hiking Distance: 8 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 2300 feet
  • Elevation Loss: 800 feet

This morning we’ll enjoy a hot breakfast, break camp and hit the trail. Our hike takes us through an alpine basin full of crystal clear lakes mirroring the high peaks with their glassy waters. Then we’ll climb up to the high point of our trip, which is also one of the most dramatic ways to cross into Yosemite National Park: Isberg Pass, which sits at a towering elevation of 11,100 feet! Now inside the Park, we’ll continue on to our majestic camp near a subalpine lake and the headwaters of Yosemite’ most famous river: The Merced. Our camp is framed by several 11,000 to 12,000 foot peaks.

Day 4

  • Hiking Distance: 6.8 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 150 feet
  • Elevation Loss: 2300 feet

Today we enjoy a mostly downhill trek along high country creeks that, far downstream, form Yosemite’s mighty Merced River, which flows through Yosemite Valley. We’ll soak up amazing views of the jagged peaks of the Clark Range. Our snack breaks and lunch break will be in gorgeous meadows, near waterfalls, and possibly even at the edge of swimming holes where you can cool off in the mountain water. Tonight we’ll set up camp along the Merced River.

Day 5

  • Hiking Distance: 10.5 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1565 feet
  • Elevation Loss: 1385 feet

We’ll wake up this morning to the rushing sound of the Merced River, which is little more than a stone’s throw from camp. After a hearty breakfast, we’ll hike along the Merced River, past a famous High Sierra camp and then we’ll drop into dramatic Echo Valley. We’ll most likely enjoy a picnic lunch in the valley. Then the most exciting part of today begins! We’ll ascend out of Echo Valley and begin a traverse of several, large granite ridges with stunning views of Little Yosemite Valley far below us. Camp tonight is along another pristine mountain creek.

Day 6

  • Hiking Distance: 8-8.5 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 2746 feet
  • Elevation Loss: 1591 feet

Today we’ll get an early start, as it’s a big day! First we’ll hike to the top of Cloud’s Rest (9,926 feet), where we’ll have a birds eye view into Tenaya Canyon 4,000 feet  below us! Part of today’s hike will be without our heavier, multi-day backpacks. After Cloud’s Rest we’ll continue on to Sunrise Lakes, where we’ll enjoy a delicious dinner with the alpenglow of the High Sierra as our backdrop.

Day 7

  • Hiking Distance: 6 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1322 feet
  • Elevation Loss: 896 feet

We’ll have a more relaxing morning today, and enjoy a big, hot breakfast. After packing up camp and beginning our hike, we’ll continue with the famous John Muir Trail in Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite’s most famous high country destination. We’ll hike through iconic, “the hills are alive” type meadows and past dramatic, glaciated peaks on our way to a very special final camp. Cathedral Lake sits at an elevation of 9,600 feet and is below the very impressive, dagger-shaped Cathedral Peak. This afternoon you’ll have the opportunity to explore around the lake, swim or simply relax. We’ll celebrate our final night in the backcountry with a final feast prepared by your guide(s).

Day 8

  • Hiking Distance: 3.7 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 230 feet
  • Elevation Loss: 1293 feet

After our last breakfast, we’ll break camp the final time and hike out 4 miles to our finishing trailhead at Tuolumne Meadows. We’ll be rendezvousing with our shuttle driver here for a relaxing and beautiful drive through Yosemite back to Fresno. You can anticipate a return to Fresno at 5:00 or 6:00 PM.

Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, weather, lodging/campground availability, guest ability/injury, natural events like fires and flooding, and other potential causes. Normal terms and conditions apply to trips with itinerary changes.

Trip Dates & Booking


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Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • Day 1 lodging at Wyndham Garden Hotel in Fresno, CA
  • Top-of-the-line tent, backcountry sleeping pad and multi-day backpack
  • High quality, synthetic sleeping bag (professionally laundered after every use) – or bring your own.
  • Use of trekking poles
  • All meals are included from breakfast on Day 2 through lunch on the final day
  • Trained hiking guide(s) with years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. See Guide Bios.
  • Transportation originating and ending in Fresno, CA
  • Bear cannisters for food storage
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and communication device (InReach Explorer or satellite phone)
  • A Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and dependents to a discount of 10% off any Wildland hiking trip after your first one (must book directly with us to receive the discount)!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear and footwear (see recommendations)
  • Dinner on Day 1, snacks/drinks at Red Meadows and Tuolumne
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about what to pack.

Meals: What to Expect

All of our hiking and backpacking tours include a diversity of tasty meals packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We carry foods that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola, and more.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables (fresh and dried). In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.

Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:

  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Sierra Designs, Kelty or Big Agnes tents
  • Sierra Designs, Kelty, Big Agnes and Mountain Hardware synthetic-fill sleeping bags (or bring your own)
  • Thermarest or Big Agnes sleeping pads
  • Leki trekking poles
  • Cooking stoves and cookware
  • Bear cannisters
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Emergency communication device(s)

Guest Packing List

When you register for this tour you’ll receive access to a printable, downloadable trip information packet with a detailed packing list specific to this trip (click here to see it now.) All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, a recommended clothing system, a headlamp or flashlight, a hydration system (water bottles and/or bladder) and other items specific to each trip.

Additionally, some guests choose to bring their own sleeping bag. We supply high quality, synthetic fill bags that are professionally laundered after every trip. Synthetic fill is non-allergenic, insulates when damp and stands up well to repeated washings, but is heavier and bulkier than down. If you’re able to bring your own down sleeping bag, there are multiple benefits. If not, we’ve got you covered!

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

How Do I Register?

Reserve your spot today! In the Trip Dates & Booking section of this page, the green and red dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you’re ready to register we’ll email you a link to a registration profile. You’ll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit.

Feel free to call us for more info – we’re here 7 days a week!

Where Do We Meet?

This trip meets in Fresno, CA at 6:00 pm the evening of Day 1 for a pre-trip orientation meeting. The meeting location is the Wyndham Garden Hotel near the Fresno International Airport. Your guide will be in contact approximately 10 days prior to coordinate the rendezvous.

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about flights, shuttles, recommended lodging and more.

Travel to Fresno, CA

Fresno International Airport is a convenient airport to fly into, and the starting and ending point of the trip (Wyndham Garden Hotel) is located across the street from the airport. Please arrive in Fresno well before 6:00 PM and don’t plan any departing flights on the final day before 7:00 PM.

Start/End Times

Your guide will inform you of the Day 2 rendezvous time at the orientation meeting. Generally, you can expect it to be between 5 and 7 am, although the exact time will depend on current weather and road conditions. We will be back into Fresno normally around 4 PM (this time is not guaranteed, as a variety of circumstances can influence our exact return time) on the final day.

Safety Precautions

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. Guides adhere to standardized risk management protocols in case of any potential or actual incident, and all tours carry an emergency communication device and comprehensive first-aid kit. Additionally we have a “24/7” system through which guides or guests can reach Wildland support personnel at any time.

If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.

Essential Eligibility Criteria

Essential Eligibility Criteria (“EEC”) have been specifically identified to help you understand the skills and abilities necessary to participate on each Wildland trip, and they apply uniformly to all potential trip participants, irrespective of the presence or absence of any disability.

Once you identify a trip in which you may be interested, please carefully review the EEC and itinerary details. If after reviewing the EEC that apply to your desired trip, you determine you need an accommodation in order to meet the EEC, please contact us prior to registering to discuss your requested accommodation.

The EEC exist for your own safety and the safety and enjoyment of all participants. If you are unable to meet the EEC for the trip, with or without an accommodation, you are not eligible for that trip. If you register and arrive for a trip for which you do not meet the EEC, you will be disqualified from participation on the trip and will be dismissed or evacuated from the trip without a refund.

Guide Shifts

High Sierra guides work daily shifts from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. During off hours (9 p.m. to 5 a.m.) the guides’ time is their own, and they are free to sleep, rest, take personal time, postpone guest requests until the next morning, and any other legal, reasonable activity people engage in when not working. We ask all guests to respect the guides’ off-duty hours by not waking or asking anything of them unless there is a true emergency. Also, state law requires that employees receive an uninterrupted 10 minute break every four working hours, so guides are required to take four 10 minute breaks between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Age Restrictions

Age restrictions on this trip are as follows:

  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 10 and older to join private tours, with final approval on a case by case basis
  • specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis

Weather in the Sierras

Being a high mountain environment, the Sierra Nevada Mountains are prone to sudden temperature and weather shifts. This is an exciting aspect of being in the mountains. On trips in June, snow is a possibility, and the rest of the summer rain is always a possibility on your trip. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). See below for average summer temperatures:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)



Wyndham Garden Hotel Fresno Airport

1 Night

Wyndham Garden Fresno Yosemite Airport is an ideal location to start and end this trip. Located across the street from the airport, it is convenient and easy to access after flying into Fresno. In addition to its ideal location, this hotel offers onsite dining, free wifi, fitness center and pool.

Backcountry Sleeping


Sleeping on llama treks is in premier 1-person, 2-person or 4-person backcountry tents. Solo travelers, and anyone else who requests it, are issued single tents. Top-of-the-line self-inflating sleeping pads and synthetic-fill sleeping bags (professionally laundered after every trip) are also provided.

Backcountry Cuisine


Meals from breakfast Day 1 through lunch the last day are fully included and prepared by your trekking guide. We never use dehydrated backpacking meals, instead serving freshly prepared, delicious backcountry cuisine made with a variety of common and specialty ingredients that travel well in the wilderness.

Amazing Campsites


Of course campsites vary tremendously by destination, trip and even by the individual day of a trip. However, you can expect to camp in beautiful areas that put you right in the action to make the most of your llama trekking adventure. We carefully design our itineraries with campsites in mind.

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