Experience One of Twelve Unique Private Tour or Luxury Experiences in the Sierra Nevada

Sierra Rec Magazine – January 2021 – As the world deals with Covid-19 closures and the transition back to an open society, the popularity of private or luxury experiences have become a sought after experience around the world. In the Sierra / Nevada with jewels like Lake Tahoe and Yosemite as beacons of travel and adventure here are a list of some of the best Private Tour or Luxury experiences available in the Sierra Nevada

Take to the Sky

Hot Air Balloon rides in Lake Tahoe – of all the spectacular THINGS TO DO in Lake Tahoe, a hot air balloon flight above it all could surely be one of the most memorable events visitors could experience on a visit. With well over two decades of flying in Lake Tahoe and a spotless safety record, Lake Tahoe Balloons is an ideal way to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, honeymoons, engagements or any special occasion for that matter. Lake Tahoe Balloons offers one of the most spectacular ways to see Lake Tahoe and is the only company offering hot air balloon rides over Lake Tahoe. We are also the only company in the world that launches and lands from the deck of a boat. Lake Tahoe Balloons truly is one of the most unique hot air balloon rides in the world. Summer Tours May- October. The Winter Season Balloons launch from the Carson Valley on the Nevada Side. The best part is, hot air ballooning in Nevada offers a great culmination of it all – outdoor adventure, romance, peace and tranquility

Soar Like Eagles and beyond The Carson Valley is world renown for its spectacular sky and wind combination making one of the best locations for glider pilots in the world. Soaring Nevada in the Carson Valley offers one of the most thrilling experiences in the Sierra Nevada. Whether you are looking for a gentle, peaceful ride, or a little excitement, we’ve got a big, huge sky with your name on it. Take the Tahoe Sky Ride motor-less flight over the Great Nevada Basin – a mile above the ground, for a breathtaking view of Lake Tahoe. For 45 minutes or more, you can sit back and relax or get in on some action. 

The Emerald Bay Adventure – The Emerald Bay Adventure, by Soaring Nevada, is our ultimate ride. First, you take a tow up to 10,000 feet, then our tow plane tows you over the Kingsbury Ridge, and along the shore of Lake Tahoe out to circle around Emerald Bay. You get incredible views of the lake and the Desolation Wilderness. Then you cruise back to the Kingsbury Ridge and disconnect from the tow plane, gliding the ridge, and then gliding back across the valley to the airport. The flying portion of this ride lasts for about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Luxury Air Tour Guide of Yosemite and the Sierra -air adventures over Yosemite National Park are best described as “awesome”. From an aerial vantage point the vertical relief of Yosemite and the sheer magnitude of the mountains are captivating. Your pilot narrates the natural history, pointing out familiar landmarks including the majestic El Capitan, Glacier Point, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, Vernal and Nevada Falls, and many other natural works of art. Every trip is custom to what passengers want. We float over Clouds Rest, Cathedral Peak and on to Tuolumne Meadows, and Lyell Glacier. You’ll peek over to the Sierra’s East side onto Mono Lake, Tioga Pass and then into the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne. Be ready with your camera, as this tour is especially photogenic. Yosemite Flight Tours by Courtney Aviation

Backcountry Guided Tours

Guides Yosemite National Park Adventures – Pack into some of the most awe-inspiring country in the world, experience world class backcountry fishing in the high sierra lakes and get a professional guide experiences in the Yosemite High country missed by most visitors to the West most visited national park. Yexplore.com is one of the most recognized organizations for private custom backcountry experiences in Yosemite National Park.

Experience Yosemite Wilderness and live for a few days in the backcountry as John Muir would “while cares will drop off like Autumn leaves”. Our backpack trips allow you to unplug and decompress while you literally follow in Muir’s footprints throughout Yosemite’s wild Sierra. Times may have changed, but the wilderness continues to attract many a hiker. Allow us to bring you to some of our favorite spots as we ramble through the high country.

PRIVATE CUSTOM HIKING TRIPS ALL INCLUSIVE SERVICE – With High Sierra Pack trips offers backcountry, mountain travel for the hiker who wants to enjoy the wilderness for longer than his or her back can carry the needed supplies. We prepare your food and our packers break camp and transport your gear to a pre-arranged spot on moving days. Guests may bring 30 lbs. of personal gear (includes sleeping bag) and we provide the tents, toilet, camp chairs, tables, meals and staff for your travel in the wilderness.

Our back yard includes Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, Ansel Adams Wilderness, Golden Trout Wilderness, Hoover Wilderness, and the Sierra and Inyo National Forests. We service the Pacific Crest Trail, John Muir Trail, and adjacent areas

Snowmobile, ATV or RZR Tours Lake Tahoe and Sierra Nevada – Lake Tahoe Adventures offers year-round experiences! In our summer months soak up the sun and explore Lake Tahoe’s backcountry on our ATV and RZR tours. In the winter get your heart pumping on one of our snowmobile tours and take in the beautiful white scenery that surrounds you. Our tours are trip-worthy experiences that will take you places you haven’t seen before and put you in touch with nature and your adventurous side. 

Sierra Mountain Guides – Sierra Mountain Guides provides high-quality mountain experiences in the Sierra Nevada and premier mountain destinations worldwide, in a friendly, competent, professional, service-oriented, environmentally responsible, and culturally sensitive style. We specialize in ski mountaineering, backcountry skiing and snowboarding, rock climbing, ice climbing, alpine mountaineering, avalanche education, all forms of backpacking, and mountain running. In other words:  We are your “Ambassadors of Fun!™”

VENTURING OUT TOURS – This Truckee Ca outfit specializes in great Lake Tahoe and Truckee adventure packages but includes an homecooked trail meal customized to your party. Snowshoe in the Central Sierra with Local Nikki Umatum as she adds he personality and love for the Tahoe basin to all here guides experiences Winter an summer. summer venture out into Desolation wilderness and the Lake Tahoe basin like a local.


Leavitt Meadows Pack StationBase Camp Trips – Camp on a high country lake or stream with the majestic peaks of Northern Yosemite Park as a backdrop. You bring your personal gear, sleeping bag and pad, fishing gear and camera, and we’ll furnish everything else. The camp will be complete with spacious tents; delicious meals served outdoors, tables to eat at, folding chairs, portable showers and a private toilet area. There may be no more rustic private tour option than a trail ride to an exclusive mountain camp and all the adventure you can handle in the backcountry.

McGee Pack Station Convict Basin ride

HIGH SIERRA CAMPING & MULE PACKING TRIPS -Make camp in the John Muir Wilderness with friends, family & groups.  Let us know how you would like to spend your time in the Sierra and we can advise you on the perfect camping trip. If you are a seasoned backcountry traveler or a first-time camper, we can keep you informed of weather conditions & fishing spots for instance ~ each season the Sierra offers up something different.

Historic Tours

The historic Minden Flour Mill is now home to a single-malt distillery and tasting room.

Bently Heritage Estate Distillery -Bently Heritage Estate Distillery creates ultra-premium spirits from grains that have been grown on the Bently Ranch here in Minden, Nevada. Our products elevate the connoisseur’s passion for luxury spirits, creating an experience that will be treasured for generations to come. There is so much to see at Bently Heritage that it’s hard to squeeze everything into the one hour tour. On this tour you’ll have access to both the historic ‘Creamery’ and the ‘Mill’ buildings, both of which have evolved into functioning artistic achievements. You’ll see our stills, bottling line, barreling room and other areas off limits to the casual visitor. Your tour will conclude with a sampling of our premium spirits while you enjoy a view of the single malt whisky production area. Truly an awesome experience, but don’t take our word for it!

Now we know there are many more Luxury experiences available in the Sierra. We hope that you will share your favorite in the commits below. As a matter of fact if you know of an experience we missed and would like to write up a little review of the experience we would love to post is in our next edition. send us a photo and and couple paragraphs on your trip and we will help you share it with future travelers. Until next time #Goexplore

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