4 Days

Mileage | Rating

25 Miles

Map and Elevation



Meeting Location | Time

Curry Village Parking
4 pm


Glacier Point to Half Dome Backpacking

Highlights: Looking for an incredible Half Dome backpacking trip? This trip will make the experience unforgettable! Begin the adventure at Glacier Point (Yosemite’s number one attraction) with panoramic views of the Sierra Nevada high country. Quickly lose the crowds by descending into the Illilouette Valley and setting up camp along the creek. On Day three hike around the base of Mt. Starr King to Little Yosemite Valley, passing by the precipice of Nevada Fall along the way. If we are unable to summit Half Dome this afternoon for a sunset; we will take in the sunrise the next morning. Return to Yosemite Valley along the famous Mist Trail soaking in both Nevada and Vernal Falls. This is one of our most popular Yosemite backpacking trips for good reason!

Check Out the Glacier Point to Half Dome Backpacking Experience!


For a detailed map with elevation profile of the tentative itinerary, click here: Map.

Day 1
Meet your guide in Curry Village at 4:00 pm. Get acquainted with the group and with gear. If time allows before dinner, visit some of the Valley’s walkable destinations. Grab dinner at one of park’s numerous restaurants. (Food is not provided while in the front-country.) Camp in the Yosemite Valley Backpacker’s Camp. Today’s Mileage/Elevation: 0 / +0′, -0′

Day 2
The group heads to the Curry Village Pavilion at 7 am for breakfast before meeting the Lasting Adventures shuttle at 8:30 am in the Curry Village parking lot. The group boards the shuttle for transport to Glacier Point, where the hiking begins! Upon arriving at Glacier Point (7,214′), the group takes in the iconic views while resting and eating lunch provided by the guide. After lunch, we descend into Illilouette Valley over 3.8 mostly downhill, easy miles, with only one short climb of about 300′. We’ll make camp on a waterside knoll upon crossing Illilouette Creek at the end of the day’s journey. If the sky is cloudless, experience an incredible show of stars! Today’s Mileage/Elevation: 8.6 mi / +300′, -1,250′

Day 3
After a hearty breakfast we will hike out of the Illilouette Valley on a moderate uphill and scenic climb to the Panorama Trail before descending to the precipice of Nevada Fall and ultimately Little Yosemite Valley at 6040′ where we will camp for the night. There is a beach along the Merced River here that makes for excellent relaxation. Today’s Mileage/Elevation: 5.5 mi / +700′, -1,150′

Half Dome
Half Dome will be completed either in the afternoon on Day 3 to catch the sunset, or the following morning with an alpine start to catch the sunrise. This is a strenuous uphill of 3.5 miles to the summit at 8,836′. Round-trip mileage: 7.0 mi, 2,700′ elevation change

Day 4
We will descend to the Yosemite Valley Floor (4,000′) via the Mist Trail which parallels the Merced River and both Nevada and Vernal Falls. Today’s Mileage/Elevation: 4.5 mi / +300′, -2,440′ Generally, our goal is to finish between 2-4 PM but this can be later due to the human factors within the group.

We provide gear upon request as needed, including backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, pads, trekking poles, and eating utensils at NO EXTRA COST. Lastly, the proceeds from our guided adult/family trips go towards our non-profit youth summer camp program.

Note: All trips are subject to Lasting Adventures obtaining the necessary wilderness permits. Although our success rate is 98%, should we not obtain the exact trail-head, a trip of equal quality will be obtained. Should weather, fire, and/or delayed seasonal openings affect the chosen itinerary, a different itinerary will be offered. Lasting Adventures is recognized for its commitment to safety and risk management. In this regard, the summit of Half Dome (or any other peak) will not be attempted when clouds are in close proximity.

*All trips are pending permit availability which we gain 24-weeks in advance. Please refrain from making travel arrangements until we have confirmed dates.


Traditional Backpacking

Lasting Adventures runs traditional backpacking trips. Traditional backpacking is done without the use of porters, stock, or other assistance. You will be expected to carry all of your own personal gear and a share of the group gear and food in a backpack for the duration of this trip. The weight can be expected to be 30-50 lbs and no more than the recommended ⅓ of your body weight.

As needed, it is recommended that participants discuss their ability to conduct a backpacking trip with their doctor, including (but not limited to) the ability to carry heavy loads over long distances and strenuous and uneven terrain. Levels of difficulty listed on our web site are relative and in no way an objective declaration of difficulty, and a regular physical exercise program is recommended prior to going on your adventure.


Departure Dates from Yosemite Valley:

    May Departure Dates  

  • Tue, May 25th - Fri, May 28th
    Sorry, Sold Out
  • Fri, May 28th - Mon, May 31st
    Hurry, only one spot remains
  • Mon, May 31st - Thu, Jun 3rd
  • June Departure Dates  

  • Fri, Jun 4th - Mon, Jun 7th
    Sorry, Sold Out
  • Sat, Jun 5th - Tue, Jun 8th
    Hurry, only 3 spots remain
  • Tue, Jun 8th - Fri, Jun 11th
    Hurry, only 4 spots remain
  • Fri, Jun 11th - Mon, Jun 14th
  • Mon, Jun 14th - Thu, Jun 17th
  • Sat, Jun 19th - Tue, Jun 22nd
  • Thu, Jun 24th - Sun, Jun 27th
  • Mon, Jun 28th - Thu, Jul 1st
    Hurry, only 2 spots remain

    July Departure Dates  

  • Sat, Jul 3rd - Tue, Jul 6th
  • Mon, Jul 5th - Thu, Jul 8th
  • Thu, Jul 8th - Sun, Jul 11th
  • Tue, Jul 13th - Fri, Jul 16th
  • Sat, Jul 17th - Tue, Jul 20th
  • Mon, Jul 19th - Thu, Jul 22nd
  • Fri, Jul 23rd - Mon, Jul 26th
  • Tue, Jul 27th - Fri, Jul 30th
  • Fri, Jul 30th - Mon, Aug 2nd
  • August Departure Dates  

  • Tue, Aug 3rd - Fri, Aug 6th
  • Fri, Aug 6th - Mon, Aug 9th
  • Sun, Aug 8th - Wed, Aug 11th
  • Thu, Aug 12th - Sun, Aug 15th
    Hurry, only 4 spots remain
  • Mon, Aug 16th - Thu, Aug 19th
  • Fri, Aug 20th - Mon, Aug 23rd
  • Tue, Aug 24th - Fri, Aug 27th
  • Sat, Aug 28th - Tue, Aug 31st
  • Mon, Aug 30th - Thu, Sep 2nd

    September Departure Dates  

  • Sat, Sep 4th - Tue, Sep 7th
  • Mon, Sep 6th - Thu, Sep 9th
  • Fri, Sep 10th - Mon, Sep 13th
  • Tue, Sep 14th - Fri, Sep 17th
  • Fri, Sep 17th - Mon, Sep 20th
  • Mon, Sep 20th - Thu, Sep 23rd
  • Sat, Sep 25th - Tue, Sep 28th
  • Tue, Sep 28th - Fri, Oct 1st
  • October Departure Dates  

  • Fri, Oct 1st - Mon, Oct 4th
  • Mon, Oct 4th - Thu, Oct 7th
  • Fri, Oct 8th - Mon, Oct 11th


*Permitting for the above trips is done 24 weeks in advance of the dates listed above. Please refrain from making travel arrangements until permits are confirmed. Having Travel Insurance is highly recommended.


NOTICE FOR 2021: The Glacier Point Road is scheduled to be closed during 2021 for repairs. This means that our first day on trail now ascends the 4-mile Trail, which adds 4.5 miles and 3,200′ of elevation gain, moving this trip from ‘Moderate-Strenuous’ (as originally designed) to ‘Strenuous’. Check back soon for an alternative 4-day backpacking option to Half Dome which avoids much of that elevation.


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