Private Mendenhall Glacier Trek5.0
Physical Fitness Required
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. Therefore, we can’t guarantee that every trip will get on the glacier. Our rates have been reduced to reflect this change. Safety is our number one priority. If we can’t walk on the glacier, then we will spend more time exploring the glacier up close and hiking around the edges of it safely from the bedrock. This is much closer to the glacier than you would get from the visitor’s center. And, the edge of the glacier has some of the most stunning features you will find; this is where ice caves, tunnels, and tubes tend to form, creating those beautiful blue colors. These features are never guaranteed but do form throughout the summer. Whether or not conditions present the opportunity to walk on the glacier in addition to hiking by trail through the Tongass National Forest, this entire journey is top-notch from start to finish.
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! Assuming conditions are favorable, it even features the chance to spend time in the genuinely otherworldly Mendenhall Glacier ice caves! 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 the Mendenhall Glacier ice caves on your bucket list? Your guide will lead the way if they are available and accessible. Or perhaps you’d especially like to learn how to ice climb? If that’s the case, your leader can set up a toprope and walk you through the essentials of ice travel as you tool your way up a sheer icy-blue face! 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.
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