7
Challenging
Activities
  • 8 day full pack hike
Accommodation
  • 8 nights camping
Meals
  • 5 Dinners
  • 8 Lunches
  • 8 Breakfasts

Price

9 daysfrom

$1999USD

Overview

Trip code: JM9

Trip highlights


  • Hike the spectacular Sierra Mountain Range
  • Challenge yourself with a full pack on a rugged mountain trail
  • Walk among alpine peaks, glacier-gouged canyons, and crystal-clear lakes
  • Immerse yourself in pine forests and lush meadows
  • Expert local guides

The John Muir Trail is renowned as a spectacular and challenging trail of 338 km/210 miles in the High Sierra Mountain Range in California, USA. We know that not everyone has 23 days (or more) to spare so this section is a perfect way to experience this extraordinary backcountry trail. On this trip, we will hike in from Bishop and make our way to Reds Meadow over the course of 9 days. This section is considered by many to showcase the most beautiful scenery on the trail as it climbs over mountain passes, wanders beneath high alpine peaks and traverses beautiful meadows and forested river valleys. We provide the camp gear and meals for the trip but you’ll need to carry a full pack of around 20 kg/45lbs with everything you need. Hiking 10-24 km/6-15 mi per day is usual, as is setting up camp for the night so previous experience is a must!

This challenging hike rewards you at every turn with spectacular scenery, wildlife and warm nights sleeping under starry skies.


Itinerary

Today is a day to go over our gear and prepare for the adventure ahead. We meet at our headquarters in Bishop, do a gear check, collect resupply bags, and pick up last minute items before heading to South Lake trailhead by vehicle. It will a busy day, clarifying resupply needs, finalizing personal gear, and distributing group gear. *Complimentary transfer from hotels in Mammoth and Bishop, upon request.

Meals:  D

An early start give us time to enjoy the mountain views all around before descending to Le Conte Canyon and joining the John Muir Trail. The views of stark mountains and dry air at the trailhead slowly changes over the course of the descent. The trail is greener along the Middle Fork Kings River and not as steep as we finish our day's hike. Our goal is to camp tonight in Little Pete Meadow with the mountains all around.

Meals:  B,L,D

Many people consider these next few days as the most beautiful section of the trail in the heart of the Sierra Mountains. We stay high through the Evolution Valley, pass by the stone shelter at Muir Pass (3645m/11,958ft)), commence a large swing out to the western Sierra, and gradually lose elevation until we reach our lowest point of about 2390m/7841ft at Muir Trail Ranch. Over the course of these few days, you will experience soaring mountains, babbling streams and sparkling lakes (great for swimming!). By the time we reach Muir Ranch, trees are abundant as the elevation is much lower than when we began. Daily distances of approximately 24km/15mi.

Meals:  B,L,D

You may never forget the views of the Silver Divide with its small lakes reflecting the jagged peaks ahead. There are many smaller ups and downs that characterize this section as the really big passes are now behind us. The terrain and vegetation changes as we near Mammoth Mountain so take a swim in one of the many lakes before we leave them behind during the last stretch of the hike. We return to 'civilization' at Reds Meadow with a transfer to either Mammoth or Bishop. We highly recommend pre booking a night's accommodation to rest and treat yourself. A big meal and hot shower should be next on your itinerary, avoid trying to catch any departing flights or transportation. Daily distances of approximately 14-23km/8-15mi

Meals:  B,L


Inclusions

  • 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 8 dinners
  • Professional certified mountain guide(s) with wilderness first aid certification. Max 5 hikers to 1 guide.
  • Transfer from Mammoth Lakes to Bishop on day 1 of the trip & transfer back to Bishop or Mammoth Lakes on the last day of the trek (upon request)
  • Group equipment such as tents, food canisters, and water purification
  • Porter or mule supported supply drops during the trip
  • Contingency and emergency support, phone and radio
  • First aid kit
  • All necessary permits

  • Flights and Airport taxes
  • Sleeping bag, sleeping mat, and backpack
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, phone calls, postage, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Pre or post trip accommodation, or additional accommodation due to weather delays
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Visas
  • Guide gratuities
  • Medical treatment and evacuation charges

Suitability

Challenging

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Anyone undertaking a challenging adventure should be aware of the physical and mental demands involved. Our challenging treks are designed for experienced adventurers who are seeking a real challenge. A well above average level of fitness is required as days can involve 10 hours of strenuous exercise in very remote and rugged terrain, and some walks may be exploratory venturing far off the beaten track. Because this is a full pack hike, we recommend that people begin their fitness preparation immediately upon booking. Solid work outs that are aerobic (hill walking, jogging, swimming, biking or gym work) of up to one hour each day is a guide to a routine training program; interspersed with a relatively demanding weekend hike with a backpack that weighs approximately 17 kg/35lbs or more on some occasions! The best exercise for trekking is bushwalking involving relatively steep ascents and descents; multi day walks are ideal preparation for our challenging adventures. If you can be as fit and prepared as possible, you will enjoy the trip so much more. It is far more preferable to plan towards it being a holiday than a survival experience! This is a trip of a life time and the fitter you are, the better time you will have.


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