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Private Mendenhall Glacier Trek

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8 Hours Duration
From pick-up to drop-off
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Physical Fitness Required
For full-day hiking and glacier traverse
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Mountaineering Lessons
On the stunning Mendenhall Glacier
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Food Provided
Hearty snack pack and water
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Tour Update: The Mendenhall Glacier is receding on a daily basis causing drastic changes to the surface of the glacier. Our site for trekking on the glacier with crampons has continued to get steeper and more challenging each summer. These changes, along with rising lake levels, have left us with very limited safe areas to explore on the ice. For this reason, it is not safe to walk on the glacier. This trip will spend time exploring the glacier up close and hiking around the edges of it safely from the bedrock. The edge of the glacier has some of the most stunning features you will find; this is where ice formations, tunnels, and tubes tend to form creating those beautiful blue colors. These features are never guaranteed but do form throughout the summer.

Do you consider yourself an adventurer? A lover of exciting journeys to stunning and remote destinations? If so, the Private Mendenhall Glacier Trek could be just the unique adventure you’re looking for! In many ways a parallel to the standard Mendenhall Glacier Trek, but reserved for your own private group, this highly involved and somewhat technical outing gives you the chance to explore first-hand a dazzling world of crystal-blue glacier ice! Especially if you’re on the hunt for a highly customized glacier experience, or if you want to make sure your group can travel at whatever pace best suits it, the Private Mendenhall Glacier Trek is, simply put, one of the absolutely premier excursions in Juneau Alaska.

Your awesome adventure starts with convenient pick-up from either the cruise docks or the place of your choosing. Then it’s off for a stellar drive to the famed Mendenhall Valley, where you’ll don your trekking gear and head out alongside your expert guide toward the glacier itself! Next, you’ll start up a fairly strenuous, but immensely beautiful trail toward the ice, passing around lovely Mendenhall Lake via an ancient temperate rainforest. Later, glacier-side, you’ll step into your ice-trekking gear for the true adventure. You’ll pass alongside yawning, massive crevasses, crystal-clear meltwater streams, and bright blue glacial pools.

And because it’s an exclusive private tour, you get to decide what’s next! Are Mendenhall Glacier ice formations on your bucket list? Your guide will lead the way if they are available and accessible. No matter what your glacier dream day consists of, the Private Mendenhall Glacier Trek has you covered! This popular and adventurous excursion has very limited availability. Make sure you book early!

Note: Price per person varies as a function of group size.

If you’re down for glacier-front views but would prefer a shorter hiking portion, perhaps you’d be interested in the Private Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle & Trek.

What's Included

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You will be provided with all necessary safety gear, orientation from a professional guide, backpack, helmet, harness, ice axe or trekking pole, crampons, rain gear (jacket/pants), hearty snack/bottled water, and roundtrip van transportation from near the cruise ship docks and many major hotels in Juneau.

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