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Looking for an outdoor summer adventure in an awesome all-women company? Join us for a 5-day hiking tour in the gorgeous Hope Valley, tucked away in the quieter (read: uncrowded!) side of South Lake Tahoe on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada. At over 7,000 feet elevation and surrounded by peaks soaring above 10,000 feet, we’ll be treated to breathtaking natural sights, daily guided walks through flower-filled meadows, refreshing lake dips, and energizing movement sessions. For the ultimate experience, opt for our all-inclusive package and stay in a fabulous chalet at the aptly named Desolation Hotel. Imagine cozying up by the fire with new friends after a day of exploring, enjoying delicious meals, and sharing stories late into the night. Ready for your dream getaway? Let’s make memories together on this incredible adventure through some of California’s most stunning landscapes. Can’t wait to see you there!

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  • Quiet side of Lake Tahoe

    Hope Valley offers gorgeous landscapes with mountains, gemstone lakes, forests, meadows—and no one else around!

  • All-women company

    Soak in the outdoor adventure spirit, immerse yourself in pristine nature, and embrace women companionship

  • Incredible guide

    Your group will be joined by Suzanne Sanger, an outdoor guide, and a holistic movement specialist certified in yoga, pilates, expressive art therapy, and personal training

Available itineraries

Hope Valley & South Lake Tahoe All-Women Hiking Tour

Join us for a 5-day hiking tour in Hope Valley, South Lake Tahoe. Enjoy daily guided walks through stunning landscapes, including Kit Carson Pass and Meiss Meadows, along with refreshing lake dips and energizing movement sessions. This Regular Option is perfect for women who prefer independent accommodation arrangements or live nearby. Experience breathtaking natural sights, a welcome dinner, and independent travel arrangements, while still enjoying most of the group activities. Let’s make unforgettable memories on this incredible adventure through some of California's most beautiful scenery.

  • Upon meeting at our accommodation, our adventure begins with a 4-mile meadow walk through the stunning landscapes of Hope Valley. After a rejuvenating stretch and movement class, enjoy some rest before our welcome gathering and a private catered dinner, where we’ll start building connections and set the tone for the days ahead.

    Meals: Dinner

    Hope Valley Landscape with a stream.
  • We’ll start our second day with a pre-walk movement class to prepare our bodies for an 8-mile walk at the breathtaking Kit Carson Pass, known for its panoramic views and diverse flora. Midway through, we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch amidst the natural beauty. After the walk, we’ll have a post-walk stretch and head back to our accommodations.

    Kit Carson Pass landscape with a lake.
  • Day 3 begins with a pre-walk movement class before embarking on a 6-mile lake walk. Enjoy the gorgeous scenery before retreating to your accommodation for some well-deserved rest.

    Hikers on a Lake walk in the Hope Valley, South Lake Tahoe.
  • As usual, our day starts with a pre-walk movement class, preparing us for a 5-mile meadow walk through the picturesque Meiss Meadows, known for its lush scenery and peaceful environment. After our picnic lunch and stretch, there’s an option for a watercolor class in the afternoon (available for an added fee).

    Meiss Meadows, Hope Valley, South Lake Tahoe.
  • On our final day, we’ll have our last pre-walk movement class followed by a 3-mile walk from the hotel, soaking in the last of the beautiful scenery. After a final picnic and stretch, we’ll gather for a group close, reflecting on our shared experiences before saying goodbye.

    Fireside chairs next to a chalet in the Hope Valley.
All-Inclusive Hope Valley & South Lake Tahoe All-Women Hiking Tour

Experience the ultimate adventure with our all-inclusive 5-day all-women hiking tour in Hope Valley, South Lake Tahoe. Enjoy guided walks through scenic meadows, movement sessions, and lake dips. Stay in a cozy 4-star chalet at the Desolation Hotel, savoring delicious meals and fireside chats. Highlights include Kit Carson Pass, kayaking at Caples Lake, and walking through Meiss Meadows. With all meals and transportation provided, this option promises unforgettable memories in a supportive, fun atmosphere. Perfect for a serene summer getaway.

  • Upon meeting at our accommodation, our adventure begins with a 4-mile meadow walk through the stunning landscapes of Hope Valley. After a rejuvenating stretch and movement class, we’ll check into our cozy chalet at the Desolation Hotel. Enjoy some rest before our welcome gathering and a private catered dinner, where we’ll start building connections and set the tone for the days ahead.

    Meals: Dinner
    Accommodation: Chalet at Desolation Hotel

    Hope Valley Landscape with a stream.
  • We’ll start our second day with a pre-walk movement class to prepare our bodies for an 8-mile walk at the breathtaking Kit Carson Pass, known for its panoramic views and diverse flora. Midway through, we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch amidst the natural beauty. After the walk, we’ll have a post-walk stretch and some rest back at the chalet. Dinner will be served on-site, followed by a cozy evening with fireside tea and cocoa.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Chalet at Desolation Hotel

    Kit Carson Pass landscape with a lake.
  • Day 3 begins with a pre-walk movement class before embarking on a 6-mile lake walk. Following our picnic lunch and stretch, we’ll spend the afternoon kayaking or paddleboarding on the tranquil waters of Caples Lake. After some rest, we’ll head to Markleeville, a small town in the Alpine County, for dinner, savoring the local cuisine and ambiance.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Chalet at Desolation Hotel

    Hikers on a Lake walk in the Hope Valley, South Lake Tahoe.
  • As usual, our day starts with a pre-walk movement class, preparing us for a 5-mile meadow walk through the picturesque Meiss Meadows, known for its lush scenery and peaceful environment. After our picnic lunch and stretch, there’s an option for a watercolor class in the afternoon (available for an added fee). We’ll rest before enjoying dinner on-site and another delightful evening with fireside tea and cocoa.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Chalet at Desolation Hotel

    Meiss Meadows, Hope Valley, South Lake Tahoe.
  • On our final day, we’ll have our last pre-walk movement class followed by a 3-mile walk from the hotel, soaking in the last of the beautiful scenery. After a final picnic and stretch, we’ll gather for a group close, reflecting on our shared experiences before checking out.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Fireside chairs next to a chalet in the Hope Valley.
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Meet your guides

Suzanne Sanger
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Suzanne Sanger
Suzanne is a highly experienced and certified Functional Movement practitioner and Certified Outdoor Guide, offering movement classes and functional support for both experiences. Suzanne is a Holistic Movement Specialist certified in Yoga, Pilates, The Roll Method, Personal Training, and Expressive Art Therapy from the Tamalpa Institute. She is also a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, Bodyworker, and Reiki Level 1 practitioner. With six years as a volunteer backcountry ranger in Sequoia Kings National Park and a certificate from the Mountain Leadership School in New Hampshire's White Mountains, Suzanne brings extensive experience in emergency wilderness medicine. Her expertise ensures thoughtful trail selection, flexible and attentive guidance, and beneficial movement classes before and after hikes.
Kasanna Walks
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Kasanna Walks
Kasanna Walks was born from a mother-daughter journey through England’s rain-soaked countryside, where a shared love of walking and the company of other women flourished. These long, beautiful walks in nature revealed hidden fairy gardens and sparked laughter and resilience. Every mile inspired love, laughter, friendship, and a grounded presence in a small walking group. As they walked, the path ahead inspired a vision: to continue this journey with women seeking solace in nature, meaningful conversation, and introspection. Upon returning home, this idea persisted, and now they are excited to share this enriching experience with others. Join them at Kasanna Walks, where walking together in nature becomes a journey of connection and self-discovery.

Things to know

  • What you get on the adventure, if choosing the Regular Option:

      • An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • 4-day hiking tour in the Hope Valley, South Lake Tahoe area
      • Some transportation during the adventure
      • Daily guided walks
      • Functional movement sessions
      • Welcome dinner

    What you get on the adventure, if choosing the All-Inclusive Option:

      • An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • 4-day hiking tour in the Hope Valley, South Lake Tahoe area
      • Lodging at a 4-star chalet which is part of the Hope Valley Desolation Hotel (single room available for an added fee)
      • All meals during the adventure (as indicated in the itinerary)
      • Transportation during the adventure
      • Daily guided walks
      • Functional movement sessions
      • Water excursion (Caples Lake kayaking or paddleboarding)

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to the Desolation Hotel
      • Accommodation, if you choose the Regular Option
      • Meals (except for the welcome dinner), if you choose the Regular Option
      • Water excursion (Caples Lake kayaking or paddleboarding), if you choose the
      • Regular Option
      • Additional add-on experiences (like massages or watercolor classes)
      • Guide gratuities
      • Travel and medical/rescue insurance — recommended
  • To join this 5-day Hope Valley hiking tour in the South Lake Tahoe area, you should be prepared for a moderately challenging adventure. Expect occasional moderately uneven terrain with some rocky and narrow paths. You’ll be walking up to 6-8 hours each day, covering distances between 3 and 8 miles (5-13 kilometers) daily, or more precisely, 26 miles (40 km) spread over 5 days. The elevation gain will be up to 1,000 feet (305 meters). A reasonable level of fitness is recommended to comfortably handle the daily walks and varied terrain, but you don’t need to have any hiking experience. If you enjoy physical activity and feel confident with the distances mentioned above, you’ll be all set for an incredible experience!

  • Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

      • Day pack large enough to carry all the items you may need in a day (around a 25L bag)
      • Hiking poles — optional
      • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
      • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
      • Comfortable moisture-wicking hiking pants and long and short-sleeved T-shirts
      • Spare clothes for layering
      • Sunglasses
      • Sunhat
      • Lightweight waterproof rain jacket
      • Fleece
      • Waterproof pants — in case it rains
      • Warm hat — in the case of cooler weather
      • Gloves — in the case of cooler weather
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, bug repellant, lip balm)
      • Camera — optional (but recommended)
      • ​​Energy bars or snacks
      • Yoga mat (if you’d like to use your own)

    Bring comfortable clothes appropriate for the season and the weather forecast. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

  • During the Hope Valley all-women hiking trip, if you choose the all-inclusive option, you’ll stay at one of the 4* chalets that are part of the Desolation Hotel. Desolation Hotel is a historic resort with modern amenities. You’ll be nestled in one of their charming and luxurious Wildernests — essentially refurbished historic chalets. These accommodations boast rustic mountain charm, complete with fireplaces and well-equipped kitchens for some self-catering if you desire. You’ll be able to enjoy a wood-fired sauna and evening fireside conversations. There are private walking trails accessible from the hotel.

    Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included each full day of your stay, with breakfast on the final day as well. Adding to the culinary experience, The Saucy Sister Supperclub will be catering at least two meals, potentially offering a high-end experience with wine pairings (details on specific meals to be confirmed during booking). If you have any dietary restrictions, such as vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free, based on the meal providers’ options, let your guide know in advance, and they will probably be able to accommodate it! And if you crave further culinary exploration, a full bar and restaurant are located right on-site at the Desolation Hotel.

  • If you decide on booking the all-inclusive option, you’ll also be able to arrange a single room with a shared bathroom for an added fee of $120 or a single room with a private bathroom for a fee of $240 during the booking process.

  • Yes! Every day there will be down time. There will also always be an option to opt out of a specific walk or activity, including meals.

  • Group sizes and pricing

      • For these group adventures, the maximum client-to-guide ratio is 10:1.
      • It takes a minimum of 6 people for this tour to operate.

    Hiking tour in the Hope Valley, South Lake Tahoe can be arranged for private or larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to the Desolation Hotel, most people fly into Reno-Tahoe International Airport. Once there, we suggest renting a car to get to the starting point.

    You will meet your guide at the Desolation Hotel, 14255 CA-88, Hope Valley, CA 96120, usually in the morning of Day 1.

  • We highly recommend that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance.

    With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the trail, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more. Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.

    We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to.

    If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

  • Deposits

    You can secure one of the set dates with a 30% deposit upon booking. The remaining 70% of the trip price is to be paid 60 days prior to departure, at the latest.

    Cancellations

    Booking fees are non-refundable in all cases. During checkout, however, you can choose one of 57hours’ flexibility options:

    Basic

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 90 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a 70% refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-89 days before the trip, there is no refund.

    Flexible

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 90 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 60-89 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-59 days before the trip, there is no refund.

    Super Flexible

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 60 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-59 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
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