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Famed for its giant sequoia trees, dramatic waterfalls, granite cliffs and abundant wildlife, explore this iconic National Park on a guided tour with MountainBased.
Nestled in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, this 1200 square mile park contains over 400 different species of wildlife and is home to one of the largest waterfalls on earth – Yosemite Falls. Supporting these dramatic waterfalls are towering cliffs of granite including the renowned El Capitan and Half Dome. On a hiking tour with MountainBased you’ll be immersed in this natural beauty while learning about the history, flora and fauna of the park. Whether you choose a hiking or lodging itinerary, our expert guides will take care of all the logistics to ensure you have the best possible experience. Learn more about our Yosemite + Lake Tahoe 5 day adventures below.
MountainBased has received multiple TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards for being a top tour hiking company. These awards reflect our commitment to providing excellent experiences for our guests. We are proud to be recognized as a premier tour company in the American West and are excited to take you on one of our award-winning adventures to Yosemite National Park.
Our company is dedicated to offering affordable, high-quality tours. This includes curated lodging accommodations and all-inclusive camping options to maximize your Yosemite vacation! Our Yosemite camping tours provide you with a tent, sleeping bag, sleep sheet, and comfortable air mattress. We also provide fresh, healthy meals served family style.
We limit the number of guests on each trip to 6-12 people to provide a more individualized Yosemite experience. Your guide can give you more one-on-one attention and answer any questions you may have. You’ll have the opportunity to really get to know Yosemite National Park and its beauty up close, creating a unique and unforgettable experience with your small group. Click here to learn more reasons why to travel with us.
Our team of knowledgeable and experienced guides is dedicated to making your Yosemite National Park Tour both enjoyable and educational. They are well-versed in the native California flora, fauna, history, and culture. Happily share these insights as you discover the National Park’s many wonders. Our team knows the best times to visit Yosemite Valley to avoid crowds, and will handle all logistics, including transportation, gear, and meals, so you can relax and fully enjoy your tour. All of our hiking guides have received training in outdoor safety practices to ensure a safe and memorable trip! Click here to learn more about our team of guides.
Yosemite National Park is a stunning and iconic destination known for its breathtaking landscapes. Its renowned features include Half Dome, El Capitan, Vernal Falls, Mariposa Grove, and Yosemite Falls. To make the most of your time in Yosemite National Park, it’s important to go with someone who is knowledgeable about the park. They will have the necessary permits, can help you avoid crowds, and find more remote areas. This increases your chances of seeing wildlife such as black bears, mule deer, and peregrine falcons. A guided tour can also take care of the logistical challenges of visiting the park, such as finding parking and staying updated on trail closures. This way, you can relax and fully enjoy the beauty of Yosemite without worrying about the details. Let us help you have a smooth experience at Yosemite National Park!
Yosemite National Park is a natural wonder located in California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range. It is home to some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the United States, including towering cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and ancient forests. The park is known for its diverse wildlife and flora, as well as its rich history and geology.
The history of Yosemite National Park dates back thousands of years, long before it was officially established as a protected area. The land was originally inhabited by the Ahwahneechee Native Americans, who lived in the area for hundreds of years before the arrival of European settlers. The Ahwahneechee had a deep spiritual connection to the land and believed that the spirits of their ancestors lived within the park’s natural features. In the mid-1800s, the first European settlers arrived in the area, bringing with them a desire to exploit the land’s natural resources. In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant Act, which protected the land from development and allowed it to be used for public recreation. This marked the beginning of Yosemite National Park as we know it today.
The park’s geology is as diverse as its history. It is home to a range of landscapes, including deep valleys, high peaks, and towering cliffs. The park’s most famous geologic feature is Half Dome, a granite monolith that stands nearly 5,000 feet tall. The park’s geology is also home to a variety of mineral deposits, including quartz and gold, which attracted prospectors during the California Gold Rush. In addition to its stunning geology, Yosemite National Park is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. The park is home to over 400 species of plants, including giant sequoias, oak trees, and wildflowers. It is also home to a range of animals, including black bears, coyotes, and mule deer.
Yosemite National Park is a truly special place, with a rich history and a diverse array of natural features. Its towering cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and ancient forests make it a must-see destination for nature lovers from all over the world.
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This tour is classified as a CASUAL LODGING experience which means it focuses more on proximity over luxurious amenities. Each selected property includes double queen rooms, wi-fi, TV and are both centrally located in town. Both rustic properties are known for their mountainous views, great staff, and close proximity to wildlife exploration. Want to learn more? Chat with an expert by calling 1-800-206-7909 or email us here.
This is an Easy to Moderate tour for fit hikers, and will be do-able with some effort by less fit hikers. This tour has a heavy emphasis on wildlife viewing and sightseeing. The trails on this trip feature flat boardwalks and gently rolling terrain with some rocky areas. Perhaps some short, relatively steep climbs and descents, but nothing longer than 20 minutes. Average hiking distance per day is 3-5 miles per day. All activities are optional, and our guides will brief all guests on the activity level of each prior to hiking. You should be in good physical shape and able to hike on uneven terrain for this tour. Trip members should be capable of hiking and carrying a daypack that weighs 10-15 pounds. Want to learn more? Chat with an expert by calling 1-800-206-7909 or email us here.
1 - Easy: These tours will be Easy for anyone who can walk for up to 90 minutes without stopping. Flat to gently rolling terrain with some rocky areas and maybe some steps but no sustained or steep ascents or descents. Max hiking distance per day is 2-3 miles.
2 – Easy to Moderate: These tours are Easy - Moderate for fit hikers, and will be do-able with some effort by less fit hikers. Flat to gently rolling terrain with some rocky areas. Perhaps some short, relatively steep climbs and descents, but nothing longer than 20 minutes. Max hiking distance per day is 3-5 miles.
3 - Moderate: These tours are Moderate for fit and active hikers, and will be a little challenging but do-able for less fit hikers. Rolling to hilly terrain with frequent climbs and descents often over rocky terrain. May have some short, relatively steep climbs and descents. Max hiking distance per day is 5-7 miles.
4 – Moderate to Strenuous: These tours are classified as Moderate to Strenuous for fit hikers who will find them a satisfying and challenging workout; they are not appropriate for unfit hikers. Rolling and often steep terrain with frequent challenging ascents and descents, often over rugged and uneven terrain. Max hiking distance per day is 10 miles.
5 – Strenuous: These tours are for strong hikers in excellent physical condition, this tour is classified as Strenuous, pushes themselves daily, distance and elevation are not an issue. First one to the top! Rolling and often steep terrain. Challenging sustained climbs and descents of up to 4,000 ft. Has no issue with changing altitudes during physical exertion. Max hiking distance per day is 10-15 miles.