Have you picked your Yosemite Backpacking Trip with Four Season Guides? Your trip with Four Season Guides is sure to be one you never forget, but a big part of having lots of fun is being well prepared! Even though we provide the camping equipment essentials, there are a few things we want to be sure you don’t forget!

Personal clothing:

  • Hiking boots – Well broken in and appropriate for backpacking.
  • Sport sandals – consider Keen®, Teva® or Chaco® brands. These are for camp comfort as well as walking/hiking through water.
  • Lightweight long pants/trousers –  for sun protection and warmth during cooler parts of the day.
  • 1 pair of shorts (nylon, quick drying)
  • Underwear
  • 2 tee shirts – cotton is great for warm weather hiking, nylon/synthetic is best for early & late season trips.
  • 2 pairs of hiking socks –  Synthetic or wool is best. No cotton socks!
  • Lightweight jacket or sweater – for warmth. Down is excellent and lightweight!
  • Rain shell – lightweight & breathable
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses

Early/Late Season Additions (early June & late August/September):

  • Warm hat
  • Lightweight down jacket or additional fleece
  • 1 long sleeve synthetic or wool shirt – baselayer insulation (midweight)
  • 1 pair of light or midweight long underwear – wool or synthetic
  • Waterproof pants/trousers

The day time temperatures can be warm, reaching into the 70’s or even the 80’s, with the night temperatures dropping near freezing. It’s best to be prepared for both mild days and cool nights.  Dressing in layers is the key to warmth and comfort.

Personal Items:

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste (travel size)
  • A small packet of tissues
  • Sunblock cream  (SPF 30 or higher)
  • Personal medication (ibuprofen, antihistamine, antacid, etc). If you suffer from severe allergic reactions, you MUST bring an Epi Pen!
  • Insect repellant
  • Mosquito head net

Mandatory Gear:

  • Capacity to carry 3 liters of water (we recommend a 2-liter hydration pack plus a one-liter water bottle)
  • Flashlight or headlamp

Additional Items:

  • Camera – extra batteries
  • Lip balm
  • Bandana
  • Knee brace (if you have knee problems)
  • Money- for guide gratuity (consider 10-15% of your trip cost or at your discretion)


The price of the trip includes all necessary gear: tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, backpack, trekking poles, water filtration, bowls, cups, utensils, stove, cookware.  However, you are more than welcome to use your own backpack, tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad if you would like, provided they are the appropriate size and weight for the trip.

Why Travel With FSG

Top-Ranked Tour Company

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Exceptional Guides

Our guiding staff consists primarily of seasoned veterans who have been guiding professionally, full-time, for a decade or more. In addition to their extensive experience, our guides are fun, accommodating, approachable, entertaining, polite and just plain good people.

All-Inclusive Tours

We’re at work, you’re on vacation! We take care of all the logistics associated with a backcountry adventure and handling all the dirty work. Gear, food, permits, transportation…we have you covered and it’s all included.

Local Experts

The Southwestern U.S. is our home and our passion. We’ve been exploring this region for decades and know it intimately. This is our niche and nobody does it better.

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