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Half Dome in a Day

Half Dome Hike in a Day

Trip Highlights:

Half Dome

Mist Trail

Vernal & Nevada Falls

Yosemite Valley

Permits Included

Panoramic Views

The Half Dome day hike in Yosemite is truly a trip of a lifetime! Hiking Half Dome in a day consists of a 16-mile round-trip trek that takes all day and ascends nearly 5,000 feet beside two majestic waterfalls and a steep cable route before arriving at the top of the famous 8,842′ granite dome. While this is one of the most strenuous day hikes in the park, our guides will take the necessary time to educate you on the natural history, geology, and prominent figures who helped shape Yosemite as we know it today.

Half Dome is the signature landmark of Yosemite National Park and the most photographed natural landmark in the world. Hiking to the top is a taxing ordeal, taking about 12-15 hours, yet it is one of the most popular hikes in the country and offers terrific scenery throughout. Day hikers will begin their journey in Happy Isles and ascend hundreds of steep granite steps via the steep Mist Trail next to both Vernal and Nevada Fall. This hike culminates with a steep cable system where you will climb the last 425 vertical feet using a 1/2-inch steel cable handrail. While it is a guaranteed adrenaline rush, our knowledgeable guides will provide guidance and techniques to keep you as comfortable as possible while ascending. Once atop this famous landmark (featured on the 2005 Quarter coin) you will have unparalleled views of Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, El Capitan, Clouds Rest, Tenaya Canyon, and pretty much the entire Yosemite high country.

Hiking to Half Dome is a very strenuous hike that can provide a whole new sense of confidence and accomplishment. For many people, this is their Mt. Everest and is one of the most ambitious hikes they will ever undertake. Lasting Adventures, Inc. has guided well thousands of clients to the summit of Half Dome on hundreds of separate occasions. However, please note that while we aim to get everyone to the top, summiting is not guaranteed. Lightning and rain can be deadly on Half Dome and our experienced guides may have to call off a Half Dome summit bid if weather conditions are unfavorable. Additionally, your personal physical ability will play a factor. Ongoing physical training/conditioning is highly recommended prior to this hike to ensure a successful experience. Please note that this is a group hike typically with 5 clients and 1 guide.

Mileage & Difficulty

16 Miles

Length

Day Hike

Price

$400/ hiker

Per Person

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Yosemite Reservations: Participation in Lasting Adventures programs, trips, and/or tours includes entry during any time period when reservations are needed to enter Yosemite.

2024 Departure Dates by Month

    May Departure Dates  

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All dates remain tentative until permitted 22 weeks in advance. Please refrain from making travel arrangements outside of this timeline. We will contact you if we are unsuccessful in obtaining your dates. Feel free to contact us if you would like to confirm.

Half Dome Day Hike

The Half Dome hike is a long, challenging, and rewarding day. We will leave Curry Village at 5:30 am and can expect to return to the Valley around 6-7 pm, if not later. This is an “extremely strenuous” hike of over 16 miles, which takes all day and ascends (as well as descends) nearly 5,000 feet. Day hikers will begin their journey in Happy Isles and ascend hundreds of steep granite steps via the steep Mist Trail next to Vernal and Nevada Falls. This hike culminates with a steep cable system where you climb the last 425 vertical feet using a 1/2-inch steel cable handrail.

We strongly suggest you be physically prepared for this strenuous hike. Ongoing physical training/conditioning is highly recommended before this hike to ensure a successful experience. This is also a group hike; typically, there are five clients and one guide. Not being prepared or on time will affect not only you and the guide but also the rest of the group.

If you have/gain your own permits for Half Dome our rates for a private guide are $950 for 1-2 people and $375/each for 3 or more people. For information on obtaining your own Half Dome permit(s), please see: Half Dome Permits for Day Hikers. For multi-day fully outfitted backpacking adventures which include Half Dome see: Yosemite Backpacking Trips.

REQUIRED FORMS

In addition to full payment, the final acceptance of any participant is subject to receipt and review of all the Required Forms. These forms are also attached to your confirmation email once you register online.

We will require an additional medical release for any guests on multi-day trips, any “Half Dome in a Day” hiker, or any guest who is currently under the care of a physician for any ongoing disease, illness, or any other condition/factor that may be a concern on the trip.


TRIP ITINERARIES

All trips are subject to itinerary changes for various reasons, including, but not limited to permitting, weather, forest fires, park or public land closures, and/or road closures. In most situations, we will offer an alternative itinerary of equal value and quality or a credit equal to the total amount paid through the end of the following season. Payments are non-refundable for itinerary changes. If a trip is canceled before its start date due to circumstances beyond our control, a credit equal to the total amount paid will be issued.


FIREARM POLICY

Lasting Adventures understands that firearm laws and policies vary in each of the areas in which we operate. Regardless of local laws and policies, Lasting Adventures does not allow firearms on our trips. Participants who bring firearms will not be allowed to participate while possessing them.


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Required:

  • Two one-quart (or 1L) water bottles full for departure. Hydration pack is okay too if you are comfortable carrying it. We will supply water filters for refilling your bottles along the trail. Natural water is unsafe to drink.
  • Food and snacks. Carbs, fats, and proteins are essential! Examples include: 4-7 energy bars, trail mix, jerky, candy, etc. A premade bagel sandwich keeps its shape and tastes great on the summit!
  • Quality hiking boots/shoes are recommended. Rubber soles are required, no foam soles are allowed.
  • Hiking socks. No cotton. Wool is recommended.
  • Lightweight shorts or pants.
  • Lightweight shirt.
  • Hat. Preferably one you can get wet to cool your head.
  • Flashlight or headlamp.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Trekking Poles are very helpful and advised (knee relief).
  • We provide nitrile rubber coated gloves for the cable ascent. They are super sticky and work. Feel free to bring your own pair if you wish.
  • Lightweight rain gear or shells for the Mist Trail and possible afternoon thunderstorm.
  • Blister prevention supplies.
  • Fanny Pack or Daypack (whichever you prefer) to carry all of your necessities.
  • Zip lock baggies for trash.
  • Pre-hike dinner: Eat a balanced meal with nothing that may upset your stomach during the hike. Pre-hydrate that day and night.
  • Pre-hike breakfast: Bagels, muffins, juice, granola, apple, banana.

Optional:

  • Electrolyte powder of your taste preference (3/4 cup)
  • Face Cloth or bandana
  • Sunscreen (provided, but feel free to bring your own)
  • Lip Balm
  • Small digital camera with neck strap
  • If you have other items you would like to bring, but feel unsure, please email us

Lasting Adventures will bring first aid, water treatment supplies, toilet paper/trowel, extra sunscreen, bug spray, and a passion for adventure.

Your payment includes a Lasting Adventures Half Dome t-shirt. Gratuities for guides are not required but are very much appreciated. Typically gratuities range from 10-20% of your trip’s total cost; not per guide.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

For your protection and ours, we strongly recommend the purchase of Travel Insurance, which can provide you with coverage for trip cancellation/interruption (including COVID-19), travel delay, medical expenses, emergency assistance, airfare, and baggage loss/delay to protect your financial investment. We recommend those with “cancel for any reason” clauses included. See reviews of some of the best Cancel For Any Reason Travel Insurance Options presented by Forbes or Squaremouth. Other good student options include InsureMyTrip and Allianz Travel Insurance for Students.

Travel Insurance is the easiest and best way to protect yourself and our smaller non-profit organization against last-minute cancellations. We are happy to provide timely and accurate documentation for any insurance claim related to our trips when requested. Please remember that when canceling a reservation, you must first contact the company responsible for ensuring your reservation.


PAYMENT SCHEDULE

Full payment is required upon registration for day trips.

When registering online, expect to pay a booking fee of 3.0% (which is capped at $30) and a processing fee of 2.7% (no cap). These fees can be avoided when paying by check. For detailed information, see our Payment Options page.


CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICIES

Lasting Adventures reserves the right to cancel trips. If a trip is canceled due to circumstances beyond our control, a credit equal to the total amount paid will be issued. Lasting Adventures is not responsible for additional expenses incurred while preparing for the trip.

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 TripAdvisor/Viator, bookyogaretreats.com, or 57Hours), the below policy does not apply, and you are held to the third-party’s cancellation policy.

Day Hike Cancellation Policy

  • More than 30 days before the trip date, we will grant a full refund, minus $25/person, and a 2.7% processing fee for credit card transactions.
  • With 72 hours’ notice, we will retain 50% of the total trip cost.
  • Within 72 hours, no refunds or credits will be issued.

 

Half Dome in a Day Cancellation Policy

  • More than 90 days before the trip date, we will grant a full refund minus $50/person and a 2.7% processing fee for credit card transactions.
  • More than 60 days before the trip date, we will retain 25% of the total trip cost. You may also take a non-refundable credit of the total value paid.
  • Between 60 and 31 days before the trip date, we will retain 50% of the total trip cost. You may also take a non-refundable credit of the total value paid.
  • Less than 31 days before the start date, no refunds or credits will be issued.

 

48-Hour Risk-Free Cancellation Policy

Any reservation can be canceled within 48 hours of the initial booking, and we will grant you a full refund minus a 2.7% processing fee for credit card transactions. After 48 hours, our standard terms and conditions apply. To cancel, please email us at staff@lastingadventures.org or leave a voicemail at 800-513-8651. This policy does not apply if the booked trip occurs within 96 hours of the initial booking.

Fire/Smoke Cancellation Policy

Fire/smoke cancellations are considered circumstances beyond our control. If your chosen travel insurance does not cover fire/smoke cancellations, a credit equal to the total amount paid will be issued. If we cancel during your adventure with us, we will issue a non-refundable credit equal to the dollar amount associated with the number of days not used. In both cases, these credits will be lifetime/transferable but non-refundable.

Other Considerations

Departing From a Trip: Once a participant has joined a trip and the trip has begun, no refunds or credits will be issued, regardless of the reason for departure. Costs associated with assisting a participant with evacuating from the wilderness will be passed on to the participant. Travel Insurance is strongly recommended.

Infectious Illness Policy (including COVID): Any participant on any program/trip with any sign/symptom of a potential illness will not be able to participate, and no refund or credits will be given. Many forms of Travel Insurance cover these circumstances. We ask that you screen yourself and/or your child before participating and contact us to cancel if any sign of illness is present. Health screenings can be expected in all youth programs.

Half Dome & Other Summits: Reaching the top of a summit, such as Half Dome, is risky and can be made far worse by inclement weather. While we aim to get everyone to the top, summiting is not guaranteed. Lightning and rain can be deadly on exposed summits, and our experienced guides may have to call off a summit bid if weather conditions are unfavorable. You will not be allowed to summit using a Lasting Adventures permit should the experienced guide decide the conditions are not favorable.


TRIP CHANGE/CREDIT POLICY

Once you book a trip with Lasting Adventures, the value you paid is valid towards switching to another trip in the current or the coming year, pending available spaces on the new trip. Changes to your booking and conversion to credit must occur more than 30 days before your original start date. Changes within 30 days are subject to fees. Once changed to a lifetime/transferrable credit, credits are non-refundable and are a dollar-for-dollar value.


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