It doesn’t get much better than yoga in Yosemite! Let the stunning Sierra high country be your classroom for this three-day, high-adventure yoga retreat in Yosemite! In this combination entry-level backpacking tour / focused yoga escape, our experienced guides lead the way as you explore the lesser-known gems of northern Yosemite, while certified, professional yoga instructors help you reconnect with the less-explored realms of your body and mind. Former participants attest that our Yosemite Yoga experience is an enriching opportunity to challenge oneself physically, mentally, and emotionally. Enraptured in the stunning wilderness of our backcountry studio, participants are encouraged to delve into the most healing realms of their bodies, while letting their conscious minds wander among the majestic woods. All combined, our goal is to create an unforgettable and rejuvenating experience for all participants!
Meet your guide and the yoga instructor at noon at the Tuolumne Meadows Store, located off Tioga Road (Hwy 120) in Yosemite. Participants greet each other and pack up in the parking lot before hiking 1.3 moderate miles to May Lake. May Lake is a breathtakingly beautiful High Sierra lake at 9,329’, and one of the largest lakes by area in Yosemite National Park.
The designated backpacker’s campsites along the south shore of the lake will be your basecamp for the weekend, in close proximity of seasonally operating flush toilets and a fresh-water tap! After enjoying a swim, snacks, water, some relaxation, and of course, a regenerative yoga session on the shores of May Lake, the guides will cook you a delicious dinner and take you to one of the best sunset spots in Yosemite, with panorama views of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
Today’s Mileage/Elevation: 1.3mi / +500′, -0′
After a delicious and healthy breakfast prepared by your guide, we hit the trail for a 1.5-mile, 1,350-foot climb to the peak of Mount Hoffman (with lighter day packs, not full backpacks). This short but challenging ascent is certainly one to write home about—it is the geographical center of the Yosemite National Park, and provides a 360-degree perspective of the entire park! With awe-striking views of Half Dome, Cloud’s Rest, the Clark Range, the Cathedral Range, and Tuolumne’s surrounding high country, it’s easy to understand why this was John Muir’s favorite viewpoint. Once on top, your instructor is likely to take advantage of the flat granite and stunning view with a yoga session at the summit!
After we’ve had our fill of Mount Hoffman, the group hits the downhill trail back to May Lake to spend the evening relaxing with a restorative yoga session, followed by a delicious dinner and an even better sunset!
Today’s Mileage: 3 mi / +1,350′, -1,350′
On Day 3 we rise with the sun as it reflects off of May Lake, delivering an awe-inspiring light show like no other. Keep your eyes pealed for wildlife, as the many amazing creatures of the Sierra also rise to admire the view! After waking up to the colors of the sky, the day kicks off with a final yoga session at camp, then breakfast with hot beverages, before we hike back to the trailhead to say our goodbyes.
Today’s Mileage: 1.3mi / +0′, -500′
We aim to be finished with this hike between 11am and 3pm.
The May Lake Yoga trip is your chance to practice yoga among Yosemite’s high alpine lakes, wildlife, scenery, and summits!
Required shuttle costs are included in the above total. We also provide yoga mats, backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, pads, and eating utensils at NO EXTRA COST as needed. All meals are included from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast and snacks on the last day. Lastly, all profits from our guided trips go towards our non-profit youth summer camp program.
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. You will be kept in contact throughout this process.
“Lasting Adventures’ yoga and backpacking retreat at May Lake/Mount Hoffman in Yosemite was AMAZING. The location is so beautiful and serine, and not far enough to scare off an absolute backpacking beginner like me! I kinda pinched myself several times to make sure it was all real.” –TripAdvisor, 2021
“Just returned from a 3-day women’s yoga and hiking retreat. What an amazing adventure!!! Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a way to reconnect with themselves, nature and other like-minded women.” –TripAdvisor, 2019
“Amazing experience! Would highly recommend. All gear is provided ( I didn’t have any). Anna, our yoga instructor, and Nicole, our guide, really taught us everything, even as far as how to pack for a backpacking trip. The food was delicious and the views impeccable!” –TripAdvisor, 2019
Multi-Day Adventures/Summer Camps Cancellation Policy
The following cancellation policy is only for trips booked directly through our official website, lastingadventures.com. If you have booked via a third-party website, such as The Clymb, TripAdvisor Experiences/Viator, or bookyogaretreats.com, the below policy does not apply, and you are held to the third-party’s cancellation policy.
If you cancel or leave a multi-day trip for any reason:
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. This weight will typically be between 30-50 pounds and in no case more than 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 over 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. A subjective guide to difficulty levels can be found here: Difficulty Levels.
Although we are able to accommodate many specific dietary constraints and choices, we prepare foods in a facility with peanuts, gluten, soy, and other major allergens, and are not certified as an ‘allergen-free’ facility. We take steps to limit the risk of cross-contamination, but we cannot guarantee that foods we prepare will be fully free of major allergens.