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Yosemite Valley 3-Day Camping Adventure

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65 reviews

Activity provider: Incredible Adventures

Yosemite Valley 3-Day Camping Adventure

Activity provider: Incredible Adventures
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From US$ 599 per person

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Get back to nature on a 3-day camping adventure in the Yosemite Valley. Spend 2 nights camping in the great outdoors, with hiking and swimming in Yosemite National Park. All camping gear is provided; just bring a sense of adventure.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 3 days
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Live tour guide
English
Small group
Limited to 13 participants

Experience

Itinerary
72 hours
  • Union Square, San Francisco

  • Yosemite Valley (guided tour)

  • Yosemite National Park (guided tour)

  • Yosemite Valley (hiking)

  • May Lake (hiking)

  • Mount Hoffmann (hiking)

  • Merced River (free time)

  • Union Square, San Francisco

Meeting point
Main stop
Other stop
Highlights
  • Get back to nature in the Yosemite Valley on a 3-day guided camping trip
  • Enjoy delicious home-cooked meals at the campsite
  • See El Capitan, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Falls, Inspiration Point (aka Tunnel View), Giant Sequoias, High Country, and Yosemite Village
  • Hike past the giant sequoia trees of Yosemite and camp under a canopy of stars
  • Observe landscape perfectly captured by Ansel Adams
  • Travel comfortably and responsibly in a petroleum-free biofueled mini-coach
Full description
Spend 2 nights camping in the world famous Yosemite Valley outside of San Francisco. You will travel in an eco-friendly biofueled vehicle, and all camping gear is provided to lighten your load. All you need to bring is a sleeping bag and enthusiasm for the Californian wilderness. Don't worry if you've never camped before. The camping and cooking equipment is provided, using quality tents. Everybody is expected to participate in the set-up and break-down of camp, and a professional guide will be there to ensure a positive camping experience. You will camp at comfortable campsites that have hot showers and modern facilities. Swimming is available nearby. Food is also provided, but there will be no chefs! You will get the chance to cook over campfires, and you will also be the waiters, dishwashers, and of course the guests! The fare is all-you-can-eat and very tasty, and is a mixture of chicken, beef, and vegetarian. Day 1: On the morning of your first day camping, your guide will meet you downtown at the corner of Mason and O'Farrell Streets in front of the Hilton Hotel at 08:15. Once out of San Francisco, cross the Central Valley and head through gold country on your way to the mountains. Before reaching Yosemite Valley, hike down for a picnic among the giant sequoia trees, the largest living things on Earth. Meals on the first day are not included in the tour price, but you will have an opportunity to get food en route to the park. Depending upon group interest and logistics, you may visit any of the 3 sequoia groves. The hike through the giant sequoias is pleasantly shaded and brings you right up close to these massive wooden monuments, some of which are more than 1,000 years old and measure up to 30-feet wide and 300-feet tall. Continue into the park on a 90-minute guided tour, and descend into Yosemite Valley, the most famous and photographed part of Yosemite, thanks to the work of photographer Ansel Adams. While in the Yosemite Valley, your guide will give you an orientation to the park, as well as an explanation of the itinerary and options for the next 2 days. After some free time in Yosemite Valley, head for the campsite to set up camp, ending the day with drinks around the campfire as you decide what to do with your next 2 days in the park. Day 2: Rise early and prepare breakfast and lunch, clean up camp, and head off in the van for a fun day full of hiking, sightseeing, and exploring. Usually the second day is reserved for exploring Yosemite's High Country. A group hike to May Lake and Mount Hoffman is generally the highlight of the day, depending upon snowpack. May Lake is a picturesque example of a High Sierra lake. If you want more of a challenge, you can continue past May Lake to Mount Hoffman. Located at the geographic center of the park, Mount Hoffman is a non-technical hike that rewards you with a 360-degree view of the surrounding mountain landscape. At the end of the day, head back to camp for dinner and time to unwind by the campfire. Day 3: Day 3 is a free day, where the itinerary is based on the interests of the group. Normally the tour heads back into Yosemite Valley, where you can choose one of a number of great hikes, rent a bike, or relax in the shade by the emerald green Merced River. After a full day in the park, head back to San Francisco, arriving around 21:00. In May, June, and early July, you have the option of joining a whitewater rafting trip on the Merced River, depending on snowpack. This Class III-IV adventure can be added to your Yosemite Escape adventure for only $140-$160.
Includes
  • Pick-up and drop off from a central downtown San Francisco location
  • Narrated guided tour (all 3 days)
  • 5 fresh meals (Please advise of any food allergies or special dietary needs you may have while booking the tour. All of the food shopping is done prior to the tour departure.)
  • Yosemite National Park entrance fee
  • Tents, sleeping pads, and camping gear (You will need a sleeping bag. If you don't have one, you can rent one - just say so in advance)
  • Meals on the first day (stops will be provided to purchase food)
  • Guide gratuity (optional)
  • Sleeping bag (rentals available for $20 for 2 nights)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Participants

Date

Meeting point

Hilton SF Hotel (333 O'Farrell St). Meet at Mason St. entrance near the corner of Mason/O'Farrell St. at 08:15 for the start of the trip.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Hiking shoes
  • Rain gear
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Sunscreen

Know before you go

  • Please advise of any food allergies or special dietary needs you may have while booking the tour. All of the food shopping is done prior to the tour departure
  • Please inform vendor if you need to rent a sleeping bag so that they can pack one for you
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 65 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.3/5
  • Safety
    4.6/5

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Had an absolute blast! If you are in the area you must go!! Words/ photos can't describe the beauty of Yosemite! You can't possibly see enough in 1 day, the 3 day adventure was perfect & our guide Chad was extremely knowledgable, personable & flexible, he really helped to make the experience what it was!

August 15, 2022

Yosemite is a breathtaking place. This tour makes camp outside of the park, which was not made clear in the description. This means that every day there is at least 40-60 minutes drive to reach the park and then start the hike, or the drive tour of the park. This aside, the tour is good and you get to see some amazing places.

August 2, 2022

An incredible trip from start to finish! The itinerary was great, the camping equipment was great and we had an amazing group and guide! Managed to fit in a lot in 3 days and would highly recommend!! Aiden was a very friendly, funny and informative guide and did a great job at creating a little family environment within the group, can’t fault him!

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July 31, 2022

Product ID: 22619