Yosemite Valley Exploration

up to 6 guests 

4 day expedition 



This four-day backpacking expedition is for folks who have experience day hiking and would like to make the transition to backpacking for the first time. This expedition is mostly on trail, but don’t let that fool you – mountains don’t bow down to anyone! Experience countless views of the most spectacular geologic formations you’ve ever seen.



Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1-Meet near Yosemite Valley. Campsite TBD. Go over our itinerary, packing, and group gear, and have our first meal together. Perhaps do some stretching - wink wink.
  • Day 2: Pack up and drive to our trailhead in Yosemite Valley. Leave the cars behind and hike up to Mirror Lake...and up!
  • Day 3-4: Hike and snack our way circumnavigating the valley and thank our lucky stars that this is how we chose to spend our weekdays.
  • Day 5: Feeling refreshed and perhaps utterly exhausted and definitely jazzed, pack up and hit the trail back to Yosemite Valley. Back at the trailhead between 12-2pm. Congratulate yourself for making the most of those daylight hours!
  • Does the itinerary seem vague? That's the point! We want you to be surprised, and to not google every location before you go. Part of disconnecting from technology on this trip begins before you even leave!


  • Expedition begins out of Yosemite Valley. Closest airports are San Francisco and Fresno, CA. Public transportation to Yosemite Valley is available through Yosemite Area Regional Transit (Y.A.R.T.S.). If transportation to Yosemite has too many speed bumps, please contact us for other transportation ideas.
  • All food and beverages are included in the cost, starting with dinner on the first day of the course, through lunch on the final day.
  • Group gear (stoves, cookware, first aid kit, group tarp, etc) is included. Check out our personal packing list on our planning page. There may be options to rent gear from us.
  • With the unpredictable and lengthening wildfire season, we recommend purchasing trip insurance. Possible evacuations are not covered in the cost.
  • Not seeing your expedition?

    At Burning Daylight Expeditions, we thoroughly enjoy planning and executing unique experiences for folks. Whether you have your whole trip planned to the very last detail, or have a vague dream of greeting every sunrise for a week - we can create a Custom Expedition for you.