Journey into the rugged, dramatic and ancient natural world of Yosemite Valley in California, as you trek one of the world's best preserved wonders and help fund ShelterBox Australia to keep their vision alive - to live in a world where no one has to go without shelter after disaster.

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13-16 August



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The Difference You'll Make


You’ll be making a direct impact on ShelterBox Australia’s ability to continually provide emergency shelter for families who have lost their homes to disaster, enabling them to rebuild their lives and have the strength to carry on despite everything being against them.

ShelterBox Australia likes to imagine a world where no one goes without shelter and essential items after a disaster.

It’s an ambitious vision. But together, we can get closer to the world we want to live in.

There are some things Shelterbox Australia is committed to and knows for sure and that is:

They can’t do it alone, they make a tangible difference, they do the right thing, they plan for tomorrow and they put families first - no matter what.

With the support of people just like you, lacing up, ShelterBox Australia can get on with saving even more lives.


How it works


Book with Confidence

Pay only $475 upfront to secure your place and pay the remaining balance in flexible instalments.

Cancel up to 90 days before travel with no penalty. For more details, see our FAQs.

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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.


Be part of a team

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.

Trip notes

Day 1, Sunday 13 August 2023

Yosemite Valley to Tuolumne Grove

Welcome to Yosemite! First, we’ll meet our guide in Yosemite Valley, then we’ll head off for our first hike of the trip at the Happy Isles Trailhead. Here we’ll enjoy an outstanding view of Yosemite’s crown jewels, Vernal Falls, along the John Muir trail. While many of Yosemite’s hikes are centred on a final destination, this route features stunning views the whole way. 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 up into the high country. We’ll stop off for another short hike through the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias on the way to relish in the subtle power of these ancient trees. Once at camp, we’ll get settled and enjoy a wonderful outdoor dinner with views of Mono Lake and foothills of the Sierras as our backdrop.

Trekking distance: 6.5km

Meals: B L D

Day 2, Monday 14 August 2023

Indian Arch to North Dome 

Today we will climb one of Yosemite Valley’s iconic granite domes, Half Dome’s northerly sibling, the spectacular North Dome. Our hike starts above the Valley at a quiet trailhead and heads south through a pristine Lodgepole Pine forest. After only a few kilometres, we will enjoy a rejuvenating break at Indian Arch, an arch shaped rock that provides breathtaking views of the mountains that surround us. From Indian Arch we will descend onto the top of North Dome where we will enjoy a picnic lunch with out-of-this-world, 360-degree views of Yosemite Valley and the surrounding mountain peaks as our backdrop. After soaking up the views, we will complete our hike back to the trailhead, return to camp for showers, dinner, and a relaxing evening.

Trekking distance: 16.5km

Meals: B L D

Day 3, Tuesday 15 August 2023

Tuolumne Meadows to Cathedral Lake  

Another unforgettable adventure today, as we embark on a hike to one of Yosemite’s most beautiful lakes – Cathedral Lake. Our hike begins in Tuolumne Meadows and quickly ascends into a lodgepole forest as we pass Cathedral Peak and crest a saddle before descending to Cathedral Lake. On the shores of the lake, we’ll dip our feet or go for a chilly but refreshing swim, enjoy a wonderful picnic lunch, and relish the world-famous views of one of the most picturesque features of Yosemite’s high country: Cathedral Peak reflected in the crystal waters of Cathedral Lake. Another feast of dinner awaits when we return back to camp.

Trekking distance: 13km 

Meals: B L D

Day 4, Wednesday 16 August 2023

Mount Hoffman Summit to May Lake

After a satisfying breakfast, we’ll attempt to summit a peak at the geographical centre of Yosemite National Park. Our hike takes us uphill to May Lake, a charming sub-alpine lake framed by sheer granite cliffs. We’ll take a break at the lake before continuing up the flanks of Mount Hoffman. This summit involves only hiking but is an exciting ascent up a picturesque mountain peak. The real gem of today comes when we reach the summit of Mount Hoffman, which some people say offers the best views of Yosemite! From its high perch, we will be looking down on Half Dome and Clouds Rest – a rare vantage point – and over to the bright granite peaks of the Cathedral Range. We’ll soak up the views over some lunch before heading down to May Lake and back to the trailhead. After our hike, we’ll enjoy one last scenic drive out of the high country and back to Yosemite Valley for the conclusion of our adventure.

Trekking distance: 9km

Meals: B L 

Includes: Transfers as per itineraryAccommodation in campsitesMeals as per itineraryWater on trekking daysEnglish-speaking guideEntrance fees as per itinerary

Doesn’t include: International FlightsAirport TransfersTravel insurance (compulsory)VisasSoft drinks and alcoholic beveragesPersonal expensesTips and gratuities


Why you'll love this adventure

  • Climb one of Yosemite Valley’s iconic granite domes, North Dome
  • Summit of Mount Hoffman - arguably the best views of Yosemite
  • Cool off in the pristine natural lakes and waterfalls
  • Trek knowing that you’re providing life-saving support to those in dire need

ShelterBox Australia is so excited for you to meet like-minded, adventurous people intent on making a difference to the lives of others and enjoy what we think is one of the most beautiful places on Earth!

Frequently asked questions

Can't find the answer to your question? Get in touch via email ( or phone (1300 905 188). We’re always here to help!

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 35km 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?

Shelterbox Australia has partnered with Inspired Adventures to bring you this adventure of a lifetime. Over the last 17 years, Inspired Adventures has taken over 7,000 people, just like you, on adventures all around the world, raising over $44 million for important causes. When you choose to travel with Inspired Adventures and Shelterbox Australia, 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 rooms are available at an additional cost and 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 Team Leader 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 and Team Leaders are first aid trained and well-equipped to handle any medical emergencies.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

We have prepared a detailed COVID-19 Safety Management Plan to account for the wide variety of scenarios that may impact your departure. In the instance that the adventure is unable to proceed due to COVID-19, alternative departure arrangements will be provided where possible. For more information, please visit

Are COVID-19 vaccinations required for this adventure?

Inspired Adventures requires that all travellers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a valid medical certificate issued.


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 ShelterBox Australia? 

Yes, all of your fundraising will go directly to ShelterBox Australia. Only the travel costs are payable to Inspired.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

The funds raised for ShelterBox Australia are tax-deductible (conditions apply).

Costs and payments

How much does it cost to participate in this adventure? 

The total cost to participate in this adventure is: $2,970 AUD

In addition, you are also committing to raising $3,000 (per person) for ShelterBox Australia

Is the travel cost guaranteed?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please bear in mind they can change due to group size or factors out of our control. Due to the unpredictability of the impact of COVID-19 on borders and safety requirements, our ground operators may be required to change their operations in a way that could impact cost. In this event, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee if absolutely necessary. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Travel insurance and visas

Do I need travel 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

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.


"A superb opportunity for me to enjoy an amazing location while getting to know individuals who support our research. Travelling with a purpose makes sense- meeting with kindred spirits. Absolutely wonderful experience. I was on top of the world and it made me feel so proud to be helping this cause."

Sally Ann Edwards, JDRF: Hike for Health 2019

"The valley! So many beautiful views to take in and our guides. Great guys and each bought something different to the group. Yosemite is a wonderful place and I can't wait to go back"

Leisa Dorothy Hamilton, Mater Foundation Yosemite 2017

"An incredible mix of physical challenge, emotional high and lows and breathtaking scenery. 

What I realized was - I really can do anything if I just take one more step. I am a much stronger person than I give myself credit for!"

Meredith Abraham, Mater Foundation Yosemite 2017

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