23-26 September 2024
Paid in instalments
The Difference You'll Make
Around 2,000 Australians are diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease each year.
The funds raised from the Yosemite Trek for MND 2024 will make a profound difference, helping pay for vital resources, equipment and services that help the fight against MND. This includes regular telephone contact, home visits, readily available information, a supportive helpline, and in-person events such as information nights, meetings, workshops, and seminars. Gatherings like these serve as a platform for hosts and supporters to exchange ideas, offer support, forge connections, and showcase essential equipment.
MND NSW also offers equipment loans for electric wheelchairs, communication devices, electric beds, and walking frames. Offering a lending service can ensure that individuals with MND have access to the tools they need to enhance their quality of life.
Join us on this remarkable journey as we strive to make a tangible difference in the fight against MND. Together, we can move mountains and transform the lives of those affected by this relentless disease.
How it works
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Make a difference
Commit to raising the minimum fundraising target and make a positive difference to worthwhile causes.
You'll be supported by our team of fundraising experts to reach and exceed your fundraising goals.
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Join like-minded travellers, and representatives from the charity, all united in their adventurous spirit and commitment to making a positive impact in the world. Make lifelong friends during a shared challenge experience.
Day 1: Monday 23 September 2024 Yosemite Valley to Happy Isles
Note: It is recommended you arrive in Mariposa the day before the adventure begins. This night of accommodation is not included in the travel package. Please book early to avoid accommodation not being available.
Day 1: Monday 23 September 2024
Yosemite Valley to Happy Isles
Welcome to Yosemite! We will be meeting our guides at 8am in Mariposa, then head off for our first hike of the trip at the Happy Isles Trailhead. Here we enjoy an outstanding view of Yosemite’s crown jewels, Vernal Falls, along the John Muir trail. Take in the incredible panorama that includes Upper Yosemite Falls across the Valley, to the phenomenal heights of Liberty Cap, Grizzly Peak, and Panorama Cliffs, Sentinel Dome, Glacier Point and even Half Dome soaring above our heads. After our waterfall hike, we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch then head to our campground to set up among the towering ponderosa pines and oaks outside of Yosemite Valley. After relaxing, we’ll explore more of the scenic wonders of this fantastic place and take a short hike to one of Yosemite’s lesser visited sites before our guide prepares a sumptuous meal for the night.
Trekking distance: 6.5km
Meals: B L D
Day 2: Tuesday 24 September 2024 Upper Yosemite Falls to the North Rim
Day 2: Tuesday 24 September 2024
Upper Yosemite Falls to the North Rim
Today we’ll tackle the Upper Yosemite Falls trail and ascend 3800ft to the North Rim of Yosemite Valley and the top of the sixth highest waterfall in the world! We begin our hike on the Valley floor at the historic Camp 4, where many of the legendary big wall climbers hung out in the 1950’s and 60’s. The trail ascends sharply from there as we make our way through oak and pine woodland that is prime habitat for bobcats. We soon reach Columbia Rock, with amazing views of Half Dome and the Clark Range across the Valley, before descending to our first dramatic view of Yosemite Falls and the feel of cool mist on our faces. Continuing up a series of switchbacks, we top out on the Valley rim before descending a stairway to the falls overlook. After a picnic lunch back at the rim, we descend to the trailhead and head to our camp for a well-deserved gourmet dinner.
Trekking distance: 9km
Meals: B L D
Day 3: Wednesday 25 September 2024 Explore Yosemite Valley
Day 3: Wednesday 25 September 2024
Explore Yosemite Valley
We’ll give our sore legs a break today and spend our time exploring the wonders of Yosemite Valley. After a hot breakfast and coffee in the chill spring air, we’ll collect our day packs and set off on the Valley Loop Trail. The possibilities are endless as we can explore more popular sights as Bridal Veil Fall and Mirror Lake; or, we can go off the beaten path to more obscure places like the Old Big Oak Flat Road with its one of a kind views of El Capitan or Sierra Point, the only place in Yosemite to see four major waterfalls. We’ll top off the day with a picnic dinner and experience one of the most beautiful sunsets possible.
Trekking distance: Variable
Meals: B L D
Day 4: Thursday 26 September 2024 Mariposa Grove and Grizzly Giant
Day 4: Thursday 26 September 2024
Mariposa Grove and Grizzly Giant
On our final day, we’ll pack up and enjoy a hearty breakfast before leaving our basecamp among the ponderosa pines. We’ll turn south and enjoy one last special treat, the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. We’ll hike the lower and upper loops, which provide for a wonderful morning hike. We’ll visit the 2700-year-old Grizzly Giant, the 25th largest tree on earth, as well as many other of these giants. We’ll also get an unparalleled view of Wawona Valley, another of Yosemite’s special places. After our hike and lunch, we’ll contemplate the unforgettable time we’ve just experienced, and say our farewells until the next adventure.
Trekking distance: 10km
Meals: B L
Includes: Transfers as per itinerary • Accommodation in campsite based on twin-share • Meals as per itinerary • Water on trekking days • Local guide • Entrance fees as per itinerary
Doesn’t Include: Flights• Airport Transfers • Travel insurance (compulsory)• Visas • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages • Personal expenses • Tips and gratuities
Why you'll love this adventure
- Ascend the Upper Yosemite Falls trail, and take in the impressive vistas at 3800ft high
- Visit breathtaking waterfalls, including the 6th tallest in the world
- Trek to a 2700-year-old giant sequoia grove tree called Grizzly Giant, the largest in Yosemite and 25th largest tree on earth
- Raise funds that help MND NSW provide support and equipment for patients and their families, research that helps us understand the disease better, whilst meeting like minded supporters along the way
Frequently asked questions
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About the adventure
How challenging is this adventure?
This adventure is ranked 3/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. The Yosemite Base Camp trek is a physical challenge, involving trekking approximately 35 km kilometres over 4 days. The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. You will be well supported on the adventure, with the guides and your team all cheering you on. You are free to move at your own pace and we will take frequent breaks.
How many people will be on my adventure?
We believe small group travel is better for the planet, and better for you. Our adventures average between 10 - 20 participants, connected by their commitment to the greater good.
Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?
Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.
What is the general age range of participants?
The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–84+ take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.
Who is Inspired Adventures?
Over the last 19 years, Inspired Adventures has taken over 7,000 people, just like you, on adventures all around the world, raising over $45 million for important causes. When you choose to travel with Inspired Adventures and Motor Neurone Disease NSW, you can be confident you’re in the best hands.
Fitness and training
How do I train for this adventure?
We will provide you with information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. In addition, we recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge. As part of your training, we recommend making use of your free time to complete several day hikes. You should aim to be able to walk in hilly terrain for 6-8 hours comfortably and get up and do it again the next day. It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek.
What is the accommodation like?
Accommodation on this adventure is twin-share in comfortable campsites.
Will I be sharing accommodation?
Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Single tents are available subject to availability.
I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?
Absolutely! If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.
What to expect
I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?
Of course, we will happily arrange for any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking to be catered for. Please advise your local guide and on Day 1 as well. You will be fed very well while you’re on the adventure, but if you have a very specific dietary requirement or severe allergies, often it’s best to pack some extra things as back-up.
What happens if there is a medical emergency?
Providing the safest possible environment is our highest priority and we have an outstanding safety record. All Inspired Adventures guides are first aid trained and well-equipped to handle any medical emergencies.
How do I fundraise?
Never fundraised before? Not sure where to start? No worries, we don’t expect you to do it alone. You will have regular support from the Inspired Adventures fundraising team, who will help you make a fundraising plan to meet your target. Alongside personalised coaching, we will also send you lots of ideas and resources on how to fundraise. From online fundraising to trivia nights, to bake sales and out-of-the-box ideas, we have years and years of tried and tested tips to make your fundraising a success.
What happens if I don’t meet my fundraising target?
It’s normal to worry you won’t meet your fundraising target, but we know you can do it. In fact, with the support of Inspired Adventures, almost everyone goes on to raise far more than they imagined. By registering for the adventure, you agree to raise the minimum fundraising amount specified. Like you, we are looking to make a significant impact for our charity partners, so the goal is for each person to have met their fundraising target before departure. If you fail to raise the minimum fundraising target by this time, we will review the situation on a case-by-case basis.
I’m travelling with a friend, can we fundraise together?
Absolutely! Fundraising with a friend is a great idea. Just remember the fundraising target is per person, so you will each need to meet the minimum fundraising goal to participate. We know you can do it.
Will the funds raised go directly to Motor Neurone Disease NSW?
Yes, all of your fundraising will go directly to Motor Neurone Disease NSW. Only the travel costs are payable to Inspired.
Is my donation tax-deductible?
The funds raised for Motor Neurone Disease NSW are tax-deductible (conditions apply).
Payments, cancellations and refunds
How much does it cost to participate in this adventure?
The total cost to participate in this adventure is $2,995.
In addition, you are also committing to raising $3,500 (per person) for Motor Neurone Disease NSW.
What happens if I need to cancel?
If you find yourself unable to attend, please notify us as soon as possible.
Cancellation within 5 days of registration will receive a full refund.
Cancellations more than 90 days prior to departure will receive a full refund minus the $950 deposit.
Cancellations within 90 days of departure will receive no refund. Please contact us and we can assist with writing you an insurance letter to claim your refund.
Travel insurance and visas
Do I need to have insurance?
Travel insurance is required for international travel to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.
Do I need a visa to travel to the United States?
Australian passport holders are required to apply for an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) and enter the United States under the Visa Waiver Program. For the most current requirements, refer to the Smartraveller website.
All information is subject to change and will be confirmed upon your registration.
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