This trip is an ultimate crossing of Sequoia National Park through some of the most remote areas of the high Sierra, culminating in an ascent of the highest point in the contiguous US; Mt Whitney (14,500’). It’s rugged and remote and those who are up to the approximately 75-mile challenge will be rewarded with a backpacking adventure like few others. Highlights include crossing the Great Western divide via Colby Pass (12,000’), the massive Kern River Canyon, Foxtail Pine forests, and of course panoramic views from atop Mt Whitney.
2024: $3995 per person
Price based on shared hotel occupancy
Single Room Supplement:
Requested $270, Forced $135
Explore Custom Trip Options
- 1st night’s lodging at Fairfield Inn & Suites in Fresno
- 8 nights of wilderness tent camping (permits included)
- Last night’s lodging at Best Western Frontier Hotel Lone Pine
- All group gear including stoves, cookware, water filters, group first aid kit, etc.
- Personal backpacking gear provided by request: backpacks, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, trekking poles, and tents
- Day 2 private shuttle from Fresno to starting trailhead
- Day 9-10 private shuttle from ending trailhead to hotel and back to Fresno
- Starting with breakfast on Day 2 and ending with lunch on Day 9
- Backcountry gourmet meals including trail snacks
- Hot tea or coffee served each morning
A Few More Notes
Travel & Logistics
This trip begins and ends at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Fresno, CA conveniently located across the street from the Fresno Yosemite International Airport. The hotel provides a complimentary shuttle service from the airport if needed. Plan to arrive at the hotel before 6pm so you can meet your guides and group for your trip orientation. If you are driving to Fresno, you are welcome to leave your vehicle parked at the hotel during your trip for no additional fee. Any additional luggage you have will be stored at our secure facility and returned to you for your final night in Lone Pine. We’ll provide your transportation back to Fresno on the last day of the trip, we recommend booking flights no earlier than 3pm on this day.
Training & Preparation
This is one of our more strenuous trips and is one that we do not recommend for those who are new to backpacking. Plan to carry a fully weighted backpack for 9 trail days without a resupply. It is essential to come prepared! To ensure the most enjoyable and successful experience out on the trail, we recommend a rigorous training plan leading up to your trip, focusing on:
- Endurance, cardio, and aerobic activities
- Core and leg strength (don’t forget those abs and quads)!
- Day hikes or short overnight trips with a weighted pack (30-35lbs) to train for both the physical and mental aspects of backpacking
- Cycling, running, step-master or stairs are great cross-training
- Include hilly terrain and steep climbs whenever possible
We strongly encourage having recent backpacking experience or practice before embarking on this section of JMT. The most successful people on these trips have completed several backcountry trips carrying a fully weighted pack (35-40lbs) for 3-5 days. If you do not have this experience, we recommend joining us on a “shake-out” trip prior to joining the Trans-Sierra Trail.
What's not included
- Personal clothing & footwear
- Dinner on the first night in Fresno and last night in Lone Pine
- Recommended 10%-20% gratuity for guides
- Trip Insurance (strongly recommended)
- Voluntary or involuntary evacuations
Fiona G, 2023
Helping make the trip was the camaraderie among the group. And with our guides, Riley and Laurel, who were consummate professionals with everything from planning, safety, navigation, mountaineering skills, negotiating excessive snow melt in rivers and avalanche debris and cooking.
Wendee P, 2022
Randal G, 2016
Major B, 2016
Judy & Peter D, 2016
Ed McKiernan, 2020
Lee K, 2015
Amy & Paul I, 2013