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Half Dome Guided Backpacking Tour - Yosemite National Park
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Half Dome Guided Backpacking Tour - Yosemite National Park

By Discovery Treks
Recommended by 93% of travellers
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Ages 10-75, max of 5 per group
Duration:4 days
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Ticket type:Mobile
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  • Lunch
  • Lunch
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Dinner
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast
  • Backpacking Equipment - Backpack, Sleeping Bag, Sleeping Pad, Trekking Poles, Double Occupancy Tent
  • Professional Wilderness Guide with Wilderness First Responder Certification
  • Backpacking & Cable Permits
  • Dinner following orientation the night before day 1 of hiking
  • Overnight Camping at the Backpackers Campground the night before day 1 of hiking
  • Entry/Admission - Yosemite Valley
  • Entry/Admission - Little Yosemite Valley
  • Entry/Admission - Half Dome
What's not included
  • Transportation to Yosemite National Park

Departure details
  • Backpacker's Campground, Yosemite Valley, CA 95389, USA You will meet your guide at the Stables Parking next to Shuttle Stop 18 inside the National Park. From there you will walk with your guide to the backpackers campground for orientation.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 102098P4

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not recommended for travelers with knee problems
  • Not recommended for children under 10 years old
  • Not recommended for obese travelers - good physical fitness is a must
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 5 travellers

  • If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 102098P4

Itinerary
Overview
Full Map
4 stops
Day 1
Meet you Guide in Yosemite...
Day 2
Hike to Little Yosemite Valley -...
Day 3
Sunset Summit of Half Dome
Day 4
Hike back to Yosemite Valley to...
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This is a trip that my wife and I have wanted to do for years. We’re both so happy that we went with Discovery Tre
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Book with Keenan!
From start to finish, working with Keenan absolutely was beyond expectations! He went wayyyy above and beyond for
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Such an amazing trip. I was a little apprehensive about 4 days hiking and camping in the canyon, having never done
Janice E
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Best Vacation Ever!
Classic Hike to the River. Hands down this was the most Epic vacation I have ever taken! My guide, Uphill Phil, was
SuzyKayak
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Amazing experience, great guides.
The rim to rim hike is an amazing experience and a personal accomplishment. The scenery is unparalleled. Our guides
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Grand Canyon backpack rim to rim
Keenan and Tyler were amazing! Handled different levels of hikers great! DT should screen levels tho
Jennifer S
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Great 60th Birthday trip with friends.
Experience of a lifetime. Guides Keenan and Tyler went above and beyond to make sure our large group was taken care
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Rim to Rim! Best trip ever! Coolest guides ever!
Keenan and Tyler were the bomb! We had a grand time hiking rim to rim! They managed many challenges in a very pro
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Challenging but worth it!
We did the Rim to Rim tour with Christian and had an amazing time. The trip was organized extremely well and there
Lori F
Lori F
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Truly Exceptional!
Discovery Treks handled all the details of our rim-to-rim and I couldn't have been more pleased. Our guide Katie wa
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Incredible! DT is a solid operation.
The tour was exceptionally well executed from start to finish, with communication prior to departure, orientation,
3Tricia
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Comfortable, safe, beautifully exhilarating hike with delicious meals and hidden water spots to cool off!
Keenan is a genuinely friendly and laid back guide who is knowledgeable of the Grand Canyon area. He put in great
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Rim 2 Rim Hike
What an amazing trip, after only visiting the Grand Canyon at the south rim in the past, this was an incredible tri
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Yosemite Half Dome Trip
Our guide Phil was great! We did the Grand Canyon trip with Discovery Trek last year and loved that one so decided
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Yosemite Half Dome
Discovery Treks does not disappoint. This was our second trip with them. Their guides are top notch! Phil was total
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Srini V
Hillsborough, NJ2 contributions
Jun 2021 • Solo
Had great fun doing Half Dome backpacking trip with Discovery Treks. My first one with Discovery and definitely not last.
I was fortunate to have amazing group of energetic and fun loving people though I was the slowest 😊
Our trip guide Kasey O’Connor was terrific. She was knowledgeable, extremely patient and very helpful throughout.
Can’t wait to sign up for another trip with Discovery.
I highly recommend and appreciate Discovery Treks in making this bucket list item a memorable one.
Written 2 July 2021
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Hello, Thank you for your review of your Yosemite Half Dome experience with Kasey. We truly appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you on the trail again!
Written 10 November 2021
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Katherine
Scottsdale, AZ2 contributions
Aug 2020
From the moment we met our guide to the time we got in the car to go home, this trip was INCREDIBLE. Yosemite is an amazing, beautiful place on its own, but Discovery Treks made the experience unforgettable. Jason, our guide, was professional, friendly, knowledgeable, and truly went above and beyond to give us a once in a life time trip. As a very novice backpacker, this trip admittedly pushed my limits. However, Jason was receptive and patient, and knew exactly how to make me feel comfortable and ready for every turn. Talk about a GUIDE. Besides knowing the ins and outs of our trails and trek, he was also incredibly versed in the wildlife, landscape, gear, and Yosemite history, and kept us entertained with information and anecdotes along the way. The food was delicious and impressive; warm meals and fresh vegetables! Not to mention - one of our guests had a birthday over the trip, and he surprised us with a backpack style birthday cake! YUM! He took our photos (candid shots!), pointed out all the best views, helped me with my tent/pack and answered all of my questions. Thanks to Discovery Treks, I feel incredibly accomplished, challenged, and inspired! Where to next?!
Written 21 August 2020
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We greatly appreciate the review! We look forward to the next great adventure!
Written 8 September 2020
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Michele F
1 contribution
Sep 2022 • Friends
We had an incredible experience with Katie hiking Half Dome and backpacking for 3 nights! Honestly such an organic and life changing experience that we wouldn’t have had , had we not been on a tour. Everything was thought of for us and all we had to do was show up and hike! Katie was so experienced and knowledgeable of Yosemite that we learned so much. Half Dome was quite a feat, but with Katie calling the shots I felt so comfortable going up and down. Without her, I wouldn’t have done the climb to the top! Incredibly thankful for Discovery Treks and cant wait to book again! ♥️🌺
Written 14 September 2022
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Rob F
4 contributions
This was hands down the hardest but most rewarding trip I’ve ever done. Our guide Chris was knowledgeable on the area and really looked out for our group to make sure we were fed and hydrated properly to deal with the tasks at hand. The views on this trip were absolutely priceless. The pinnacle of the trip was the half dome summit. The timing of our accent gave us the top of half dome to ourselves and we saw a unbelievable sunset. Thank you so much Chris and Discovery Treks team. I’ll be looking for you guys for my Grand Canyon trip next time!
Written 18 June 2021
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Rob, Thank you very much for your review of your Half Dome experience with Chris! We truly appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you on the trail again. Rim to Rim is NEXT!
Written 10 November 2021
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Cora A
1 contribution
Sep 2021 • Couples
Everything about this trip was perfect. I’ve always wanted to hike half dome but I didn’t have the time to do my own research, buy gear, get permits or plan a route. Doing a guided hike was a perfect solution and I will absolutely do it again.

Keenan was an excellent guide and was prepared for everything. He was thoughtful, knowledgeable, accommodating and fun. I can’t wait to do another trip with him.
Written 29 October 2021
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Hello, Thank you for your review of your Yosemite Half Dome experience with Keenan. We truly appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you on the trail again!
Written 10 November 2021
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Lisa
California6 contributions
Jul 2021 • Friends
My trip with Discovery Treck was amazing. The gear and the food was top notch. Most importantly Kasey was fantastic as a guide and as a person. She was so kind and caring and her knowledge was without limits. She was a pleasure to be around which says a lot given we spent every waking hour together for almost 3 days. She truly made my trip most enjoyable. You have a great employee and as a business owner myself that is the most important thing to your success.
I hope to sign up for more of your guided trips.
Written 27 August 2021
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Srpny
Huntington, NY1 contribution
Sep 2021
I could not recommend this experience more. My guide for Yosemite Half Dome, Keenan, was simply fantastic - professionally and personally. He had an incredible amount of patience and really did everything he could to make this trip an amazing experience for me. He went above and beyond - for example, he literally climbed the cables up and down twice to get my bag. The entire experience, from beginning to end, made it a trip I will never soon forget. Before even getting home I was already planning my next trip with Discovery Trek - and, if possible, will do everything I can to make sure that Keenan is the guide. He exemplified professional excellence and for that, I am truly grateful for him helping make this a truly special trip.
Written 27 September 2021
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Beth H
Coastal South Carolina, SC100 contributions
Sep 2021
If your thinking about this adventure…stop and just book it! Discovery Treks does an outstanding job and creates a Mountian/camping adventure that is nothing short of spectacular!! My husband and I embarked on this journey a bit nervous and not sure if we were ready, our OUTSTANDING guide, Keenan, made sure we were set, ready and comfortable!
Keenan helped us, as well as the rest of the group, feel at home in the amazing Yosemite Valley, shared stories of his many adventures, gave us tips and tricks, cooked outstanding meals and provided the perfect view and rest stood along the hike! Keenan was so easy and enjoyable to be with that we are already planning another trip with Discovery Treks and him as our guide in early 2022. We are all far more capable than we think we are and when your standing in the TOP of half dome you realize it!!!
Written 17 September 2021
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megan k
2 contributions
Aug 2022 • Friends
Do the half dome and request Tyler as your guide!!! Great trip with lots of good food. It’s perfect if you’re looking at getting into backpacking.
Written 10 August 2022
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Leah H
1 contribution
Jun 2022 • Friends
Discovery Trek
CANCELED AND NO REFUND

From the moment I booked with Adam there was no communication after purchase was completed. No confirmation before or close to dates of hiking.
The parks were not allowing patrons without a reservation. I flew in from from across the country and reserved a room outside the park the night before and a night after the trip.
The guide was kind and prepared a nice meal and handed tents, sleeping pads and sleeping bags.

NOW, let me tell you.. the equipment provided:
Tent was torn but fine
sleeping pad was flat
SLEEPING BAG… it was filthy dirty and smelled of foul body odor. Everybody said sorry the next morning as mine must have been in some persons arm pits for months and I was the last to get my bag.
The next morning the guide asked to use my instant coffee because he had forgot to buy coffee for our 4 day trip. 🧐
He helped us pack the backpack that was provided and said the food would be dispersed in our packs for the trip.
The food was not packed… or dispersed and was left behind in the bear locker do we wouldn’t eat on our hike???
Next We were to drive to a hikers parking lot following one another. On the way to stay out hike the guide phoned and said he needed us all to pull off into another parking lot.
This is where the guide said, Adam had told him the conditions were not favorable for the hike and he canceled the trip. We asked to use/rent the tent since there was no Accommodations available in the park except camping. The only thing we couldn’t buy at the outdoor store was a tent. So this forced us to another town outside of the park for lodging and food.

I called to rebook for a date in the summer of 2022. Approximately one month prior to the scheduled date, I called to confirm the trip.
Adam, bitterly avoided the fact that this trip has been scheduled. After a lengthy discussion he said he didn’t have the permits for that weekend and we were rebooked again.
Once getting to CA I learned that one of us had tested positive for Covid and was not in any condition to hike. Knowing that I was exposed, I called Adam to reschedule. He said that at least I should go on the trip even though the other hiker with me was sick.
I don’t think it was right and declined. He said, I’m sorry and canceled and said there was no refund and could not be rescheduled.
POINT: I would never use him again! We have booked several hikes and tours with different packers, such as Mount Rainier , 2 peaks in Mexico, Mt. Shasta (just to name a few).
I really felt that I should let people know just what it was like even before I flew out again this year.
This time ….
I brought all my own gear and only needed the guide for safety, permits and food.
I believe that Adam has bad business ethics and was happy to take somebody’s money with nothing in return. Frankly, he could have offered to provide the permit to us at a later date if he was unable to provide the service that was contracted.
Written 20 July 2022
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