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Wilderness Yoga Holiday in USA

Join Lasting Adventures for a three-day, two-night backpacking and yoga holiday in the beautiful Yosemite High Country. This program combines the relaxation of yoga and meditation with the incredible reward of hiking to the summit of famous Yosemite peaks, all with the backdrop of one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Highlights

  • Yoga sessions
  • 3 days of practice
  • Backpacking and camping gear
  • Guided backpacking and hiking in Yosemite National Park
  • Meet like-minded people and make new friends
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • All meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


3 days with instruction
Group size: 2-8 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

You will enjoy two nights backcountry camping in the high alpine wilderness of Yosemite. If you travel solo, Lasting Adventures can supply you with a single-person tent. There is no single supplement fee. Yosemite National Park has 13 campgrounds. Some are reservable while others operate on a first-come, first-served basis. From about April through October, reservations can be very difficult to get and the first-come, first-served campgrounds often fill up early each day.

Program

Difficulty level: Moderate

  • You hike a few times a month
  • You hike four to six miles on average
  • On your hikes, elevation changes are 1,000 feet to 2,000 feet or 300 meters to 600 meters
  • You exercise in high heart rate zones (50 - 80 percent of maximum) is not regularly, less than 30 minutes per day and about three to five days per week

The May Lake yoga trip combines high alpine lakes and scenery, a chance to summit a major peak in Yosemite, and views into the Yosemite High Country from an awesome perch above your campsite at May Lake. Required shuttle costs are included in the above costs. They also include yoga mats, backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, pads, and eating utensils at no extra cost as needed. All meals are included from dinner on day one to breakfast and snacks on the last day. Lastly, all profits from this guided trip go towards the non-profit youth summer camp program.

Daily itinerary

Day one

Meet your guide and the yoga instructor at noon at the Tuolumne Meadows Store located off the Tioga Road in Yosemite. You will pack up in the parking lot before hiking 1.3 moderate miles to May Lake. May Lake is an absolutely beautiful high sierra lake at 9,329 feet and one of the largest by area in Yosemite National Park. The designated backpacker’s campsites are along the south shore of the lake will be your base camp for the weekend.

There are seasonally operating flush toilets and a freshwater tap here. After enjoying a swim, snacks, water, yoga, and some relaxation here at May Lake, the guides will cook you a delicious dinner and take you to one of the best sunset spots in Yosemite overlooking a huge swath of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

  • Today’s mileage: 1.3 miles / +500 feet, -0 feet

Day two

After breakfast, you will go on a 1.5 mile, 1,350 feet climb to the peak of Mount Hoffman (with day packs, not full backpacks). Reaching the peak is worth the tough trek. It is the geographical center of the Yosemite National Park, and it provides a 360-degree perspective of the entire park.

With incredible views of Half Dome, Cloud’s Rest, the Clark Range, the Cathedral Range, and Tuolumne’s High Country and of the park’s northern borders, it is easy to understand why this huge exfoliating mountain was John Muir’s favorite view and an incredible yoga spot. After you have had your fill of the overwhelming views from the peak, you will backtrack the trail, all downhill, descending 1500 vertical feet back to May Lake. The evening will consist of a relaxing and restorative yoga session followed by dinner and sunset.

  • Today’s mileage: 3 miles / +1,350 feet, -1,350 feet

Day three

On the third day, you will wake up to sunrise over May Lake. This will be followed by one more yoga session, breakfast with hot beverages, and hiking back to the trailhead. You will be finished with this hike between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

  • Today’s mileage: 1.3 miles / +0 feet, -500 feet

Note

All trips are subject to Lasting Adventures obtaining the necessary wilderness permits. Although their success rate is 98 percent, should thet not obtain the exact trailhead, a trip of equal quality will be obtained. Should weather, fire, and delayed seasonal openings affect the chosen itinerary, a different itinerary will be offered. You will be kept in contact throughout this process.

Retreat location

You will spend time at the pristine May Lake in Yosemite National Park. Enjoy beautiful sunsets and yoga on a ridge overlooking the Yosemite High Country, including Half Dome. Finally, hike to the summit of Mount Hoffman, the geographic center of Yosemite National Park, and John Muir's favorite view in Yosemite.

Frequent meeting locations

  • Curry Village Tour Kiosk
  • Curry Village Day Use Parking
  • Yosemite Valley Lodge
  • Glacier Point
  • Lembert Dome
  • Sunrise Trailhead Parking
  • Tuolumne Meadows Grill/Store
  • Tuolumne Mdws Wilderness Ctr
  • Badger Pass Ski Area
  • Tuolumne Grove Parking

Distances

  • Merced Airport (MCE) - 2 hours
  • Fresno-Yosemite International (FAT) - 2.5 hours
  • Mammoth Yosemite Airport (MMH) - 2.5 hours (Tioga Road opens) / 7 hours
  • Stockton Metropolitan Airport (SCK) - 2.5 hours
  • Oakland International (OAK) - 3.5 hours
  • Sacramento International (SMF) - 3.5 hours
  • San José International (SJC) - 4 hours
  • San Francisco International (SFO) - 4 hours
  • Reno/Tahoe International (RNO) - 4.5 hours (Tioga Road opens) / 5.5 hours

Food

All meals are included from dinner on day one to breakfast and snacks on the last day. The guides are proud to demonstrate their culinary skills that have received Lasting Adventures many five-star reviews for outdoor cuisine. Typical breakfasts might include breakfast burritos, oatmeals, pancakes, dried fruit, bagels, etc.

Dinner examples include a variety of pasta, rice, beans, couscous, meats, veggies, etc. Lunches consist of trail food and fruits and veggies. Examples include pita, bagels, salami, cheeses, hummus, fresh veggies, dried fruits, trail mix, energy bars, etc. Special dietary requests are accommodated regularly and easily in the backcountry.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Pescatarian
  • Lactose Free
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Yoga sessions
  • Guided backpacking and hiking
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • All meals from snacks and dinner on day one to breakfast and snacks on day three
  • Permits
  • Backpacking and camping gear
  • Backpacking permits

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Admission fee into Yosemite National Park
  • Lunch on day one or day three
  • Guide gratuities

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from San Francisco Bay Area

  • Take I-580 east to I-205 east.
  • Then continue to Highway 120 east (Manteca) or Highway 140 east (Merced) into Yosemite National Park.

Driving directions from Sacramento

  • Take Highway 99 south to Highway 120 east (Manteca) or Highway 140 east (Merced) into Yosemite National Park.

Driving directions from Reno and Lake Tahoe

  • Take US 395 south to Lee Vining.
  • Take Highway 120 west into Yosemite National Park (open late May or June through October, depending on conditions).

Or

  • Take I-80 or I-50 west to Sacramento.
  • Take Highway 99 south to Highway 120 east (Manteca) or Highway 140 east (Merced) into Yosemite National Park.

Driving directions from Los Angeles area

  • Take I-5 north (or I-405 north to I-5) to Highway 99 north.
  • Then head to Highway 41 north (Fresno) into Yosemite National Park.

Driving directions from San Diego area

  • Take I-5 north to Highway 99.
  • The head to Highway 41 north (Fresno) into Yosemite National Park.

Driving directions from Las Vegas

  • Take US-95 North to Tonopah.
  • Then US-95/US-6 west to Highway 120.
  • Go west on Highway 120 into Yosemite National Park (open late May or early June through October, depending on conditions).

Or

  • Take I-15 south to Barstow.
  • Then go from Highway 58 west to Bakersfield.
  • Take Highway 99 north to Fresno.
  • In Fresno, take Highway 41 north into Yosemite National Park.

Driving directions from Death Valley National Park

  • Take Highway 190 west to US 395.
  • Take US 395 north to Lee Vining.
  • Take Highway 120 east into Yosemite National Park (open late May or early June through October, depending on conditions).

Or

  • Take Highway 190 west to US 395.
  • Take US 395 south to its junction with Highway 14.
  • Take Highway 14 south to Mojave.
  • In Mojave, take Highway 58 to Bakersfield.
  • From Bakersfield, head north on Highway 99 to Fresno.
  • In Fresno, take Highway 41 north into Yosemite National Park.

Driving directions from San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

  • Take the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) north towards Pittsburg/Baypoint.
  • Exit at the 19th St/Oakland station, and transfer to the Fremont/Richmond line north towards Richmond.
  • Exit at the Richmond Transit Station and take the Amtrak San Joaquin line southbound towards Bakersfield. Lines 712, 714,
  • and 716 head to Yosemite.
  • Exit at the Merced Amtrak Station.
  • From the Merced Amtrak Station, take the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) to Yosemite.

Driving directions from Oakland International Airport (OAK)

  • Take the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) AirBART shuttle to the Coliseum/Oakland Airport station.
  • From the Coliseum/Oakland Airport station, take the Fremont/Richmond line north towards Richmond.
  • Exit at the Richmond Transit Station and take the Amtrak San Joaquin line southbound towards Bakersfield. Lines 712,
  • 714, and 716 head to Yosemite.
  • Exit at the Merced Amtrak Station.
  • From the Merced Amtrak Station, take the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) to Yosemite.

Driving directions from Mammoth Yosemite Airport (MMH)

  • Take a private shuttle or taxi to the Mammoth Lakes Park and Ride - Corner of Tavern at Old Mammoth Road.
  • Take the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) to Yosemite.

Driving directions from San Jose International Airport (SJC)

  • Take the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) airport flyer or bus to the metro/airport light rail station.
  • From the metro/airport light rail station, take the mountain view or Winchester light rail line south towards Winchester.
  • Exit at the San Jose Diridon station.
  • From the San Jose Diridon station, take the Amtrak California Thruway bus connection to the San Joaquin line southbound. Thruway buses 3912, 3914, and 3916 head to Yosemite. These buses connect to train lines 712, 714, and 716 respectively.
  • Exit at the Richmond Station and board the Amtrak train on the San Joaquin line southbound towards Bakersfield. Lines 712, 714, and 716 head to Yosemite.
  • Exit at the Merced Amtrak Station.
  • From the Merced Amtrak Station, take the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) to Yosemite.

Driving directions from Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT)

  • Walk to the Fresno Area Express (FAX) bus stop on East Clinton Avenue.
  • Take Bus 26 towards Nees - Blackstone.
  • Exit at the intersection of North Peach Avenue and East Tulare Avenue.
  • Take Bus 22 towards West - Bullard.
  • Exit at Tulare Steet and Q Street from the Fresno Amtrak Station.
  • Take the Amtrak San Joaquin line northbound towards San Francisco.
  • Exit at the Merced Amtrak Station.
  • From the Merced Amtrak Station, take the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) to Yosemite.

Arrival by airplane

Lasting Adventures recommends flying into Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT), Sacramento International Airport (SMF), Oakland International Airport (OAK), or San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Many people choose to rent a car to make their way to the May Lake Trailhead to begin their backpacking trip, as public transportation is time-consuming and limited.

There is free parking throughout the parks Lasting Adventures operates in and at all their designated meeting locations. After meeting and running through an orientation with your guide on day one, the guide will advise of the best places to park your car for the duration of the trip. You can leave your other belongings secure in your car. If you arrived on public transit, you can leave your belongings secure in the guide’s car.

Arrival by bus

Bus service is available to Yosemite Valley (and, during summer, to some other areas of the park) from cities throughout California and the rest of the United States. Amtrak provides a combination of train and bus service to Yosemite Valley. Amtrak also provides limited service to White Wolf and Tuolumne Meadows daily during July and August (weekends only during June and September). Amtrak service beyond Merced (including Yosemite) is provided by YARTS.

Greyhound provides bus service to Merced, where you can transfer to YARTS to continue to Yosemite Valley. YARTS also provides limited service to Crane Flat, White Wolf, and Tuolumne Meadows daily during July and August (weekends only during June and September).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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