Winter Hiking and Snowshoeing in Yosemite

Trip Code: SKXWY

Why we love it

Experience the beauty of winter at Yosemite when the landscape is draped in a blanket of snow and the silence of this famous national park wraps you in its peaceful embrace., Spend each night at Autocamp Yosemite in your own private Airstream, an American camper trailer that began production in the 1930s and has become a national icon., During winter at Yosemite, there are less tourists and local wildlife is more active, making this the perfect holiday for animal lovers., Keep your eyes open along the trail for the chance to spot bison, elk, deer, wolves, coyotes, black bears, grizzly bears, and more., Tuck into freshly prepared, delicious meals prepared by your leader, including hearty dinners served at a special roof-top grilling area at Autocamp Yosemite.

Is this trip right for me?

This trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations and working with new partners can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’. 

Yosemite National Park is prone to sudden temperature and weather shifts. On winter trips, snow is a possibility so you must be fully prepared and follow the recommended clothing list closely.

Winter weather can be unpredictable in Yosemite so we may need to make itinerary changes to keep the group safe and well at all times. If this occurs, we will do our best to find comparable activities and experiences.

Important information

1. A completed registration form is required to join these trips. You will not be confirmed for the trip until your form has been received and reviewed. We may ask for a medical release signed by your physician for medical conditions or circumstances which could possibly compromise your safety or the safety of others on this trip – please speak to your agent for further details.
2. Travellers on this particular trip are not required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
3. A signed disclaimer (Acknowledgement of Risks Form) is required at the time of booking for this trip – please speak to your agent for further details.
4. To help ensure this trip is right for you, this trip is subject to additional ‘Essential Eligibility Requirements’ – see the ‘Itinerary Disclaimer’ section of the Essential Trip Information for further details.
5.This trip is operated and run by Wildland Trekking, an Intrepid company. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Wildland Trekking customers and Intrepid customers.
6. Please note, your Tour Leader will contact you approximately 2 weeks before your trip and will provide directions to Autocamp and all other necessary details.
7. Early on the morning of day 1 (6-8am), you will meet your guide and rest of the group at Autocamp Yosemite (6323 CA-140, Midpines, CA 95345). If you will not have your own vehicle, we can also pick you up at Curry Village in Yosemite Valley (inside the Park) or in Mariposa, California. Your trip will finish on a last day at approximately 5pm.
8. A single supplement is available. The single supplement applies to all nights of the trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

What to bring/pack

As well as your underwear, toothbrush and other items you always need to pack for travel, below are some items that you specifically need for this trip.

https://www.intrepidtravel.com/packing-list

The following items are required for your trip unless otherwise noted. When packing, think layered clothing systems that work together and can be easily added or removed.

 Winter Hiking Boots/Shoes – insulated, lug-soled, waterproof and ideally well broken in.
(Note: buy your boots/shoes 1/2 size to 1 size larger than your street shoes to allow for feet swelling and thicker socks)
 Expedition Socks – 2 pairs of padded hiking socks, mid-to heavyweight wool socks. No cotton socks please!
 Gaiters – waterproof and mid-ankle to just below the knee in length
 Insulated gloves – waterproof/breathable, insulated gloves
 Warm Hat & Fleece Gloves – fleece lined beanie and light-to-mid weight fleece or wool gloves
 Balaclava or neck gaiter – mid-weight fleece or wool balaclava or neck gaiter for windy days
 Base Layer/Long Underwear – 1 pair of wicking tops and bottoms that are lightweight to midweight, synthetic wicking materials such as polyester, polypropylene, merino wool…etc.
 Fleece Pants – mid weight fleece pants or leggings for warmth
 Warm Tops – mid-weight sweaters or pullovers of wicking material such as merino wool, fleece or polypropylene
 Mid Layer Insulating Jacket – down-fill or synthetic-fill insulated “puffy” jacket or warm, heavy weight fleece jacket
 Insulated ski pants – waterproof/breathable pants insulated with a synthetic material
 Snow jacket – Waterproof/breathable snow jacket such as Gore-Tex® or coated nylon
 Casual Clothing & Footwear – comfortable clothes and shoes for evenings off the trail
 Personal Luggage – small duffel bag, suitcase or backpack – for extra hiking clothes and casual clothes
Important Note: Please, no cotton hiking clothes

GEAR CHECKLIST
 Insulated Water Bottle/Thermos – 2+ liter capacity, needs to be insulated to avoid freezing
(Note: bladder/hose style hydration systems will not work for this trip due to extreme freezing temperatures)
 Headlamp – preferably with an L.E.D. bulb that works with AA or AAA batteries
(Note: always test your headlamp before trips, travel/pack without batteries in device, and for longer trips (4+ days) consider a spare bulb and 1 set of spare batteries)
 Ski Goggles
 Contact Lenses and Glasses – if you wear contact lenses, please also bring a pair of glasses – your contacts are likely to become dirty and may be difficult to clean
 Sunglasses, Sunscreen, Lip Balm
 Toiletries
 Prescription Medication – please inform your trip leader of any medications you are taking
 2-3 Face Masks, 1-2 Over-the-counter Rapid Antigen COVID-19 Tests

OPTIONAL ITEMS
 Personal Trekking Poles
 Support Braces – consider bringing any joint braces that may be currently needed or from past injuries (i.e. knee, ankle, elbow, etc…)

Physical rating

4

Snowshoeing and/or hiking in winter is naturally more strenuous given the additional physical effort required when hiking through snow, especially on steep terrain and when gaining altitude. To enjoy this trip you should be used to walking in the mountains on rocky terrain and on reasonably steep slopes. No previous snowshoe experience is necessary and all necessary equipment will be provided, but a reasonable level of general fitness is required.

Please note that as the climate continues to change it is becoming more difficult to predict when and where snow will fall, and there may be times you are hiking rather than snowshoeing (or vice versa). As such the leader will adapt the trails taken according to the weather conditions and the physical condition of the group if required.

Joining your group

Autocamp Yosemite, 6323 CA-140, Midpines, Yosemite National Park, 95345, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Joining instructions

Finishing your trip

Autocamp Yosemite, 6323 CA-140, Midpines, Yosemite National Park, 95345, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Meals & dietary information

Breakfasts included: 3

Lunches included: 4

Dinners included: 3

All meals on your trip are included, from breakfasts and lunches with a choice of hot and cold meals, to delicious dinners at local restaurants. If you have food allergies or preferences, please let us know in advance so we can adjust the dining options to better suit your requirements.

Climate & seasonal information

Being a high mountain environment, the Sierra Nevada Mountains are prone to sudden temperature and weather shifts. This is an exciting aspect of being in the mountains. On trips in June, snow is a possibility, and the rest of the summer rain is always a possibility on your trip. Winter in Yosemite is snowy and cold, though sunny and chilly days are not uncommon.

In case of emergency

While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. Please do be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is completed, so informing us while still travelling will give us the opportunity to resolve the issue in real-time.

For general contact details please use the following page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/

In case of a genuine crisis or emergency, you can reach our local office on the number below.

POLICE AND AMBULANCE
In case of an emergency, local authorities can be contacted by calling 911 – this is the toll free phone number for the police, fire department and the ambulance in the USA and Canada. In case of doubt, call the operator on 0.

Intrepid's Local Operator: +1 928 224 0699

Accommodations

Autocamp’s wonderfully unique lodging experience features deluxe Airstreams with spa-inspired bathrooms and chic interiors. Each unit has a private patio and campfire area. The Autocamp Yosemite clubhouse is a modern mid-century facility where we enjoy home-cooked dinners.

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