Private Mendenhall Glacier Kayak & Trek

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    Talk about stunning! The Private Mendenhall Glacier Kayak and Trek takes visitors to some of Alaska’s most stunning scenery.
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    Your Guide is here to keep you safe and to teach you all about this incredible river of ice.
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    Wild birds flock to the glacier and surrounding areas, including beautiful arctic Terns
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    Follow your guide as they find safe paths to travel to the glaciers many changing features.
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    It’s almost hard to believe the Mendenhall Glacier Ice Caves are entirely natural!
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    The stunning face of the Mendenhall Glacier often features blue ice from recently calved sections.
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    Easy-to-use plastic kayaks mean no previous experience is required.
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    Absolutely enormous! The Mendenhall Glacier, 10 miles from Juneau, is a giant river of ice that ends in a lovely glacial lake.
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    Fun for the whole family and one of the absolute best tours in Alaska for building unforgettable memories.
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    Conditions permitting, this private tour lets guests explore the Mendenhall Glacier ice caves.
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    Don’t forget those cameras!
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    Fill ‘er up! The water in crevasses on the face of the glacier is safe to drink.
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    Photographers come from all over the world to photograph stunning Mendenhall!
This top-of-the-line tour, simply put, is the cream of the crop among Juneau adventure excursions! Featuring both a tranquil, gorgeous paddle across a glacial meltwater lake and an on-foot excursion across the hulking glacier itself, the 8-hour Private Mendenhall Glacier Kayak and Trek is a concise and enthralling tour package that combines all the best components of Alaska travel exploration! This adventure is in many ways similar to the Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle & Trek. It has the additional advantage, however, of allowing your small group of 2-6 to travel unhindered under the guidance of its own private guide. Moreover, this trip features comfortable state-of-the-art kayaks rather than the usual canoe setup. If you’re captivated by the idea of customizing your very own voyage, you want to have an up-close encounter with a world-famous glacier, and the possibility of exploring a Mendenhall Glacier ice cave stirs your interest, the exclusive and brand-new Private Mendenhall Glacier Kayak and Trek may just be the perfect fit for your group!

What to expect and what not to expect with this Juneau shore excursion

Your one-of-a-kind private outing begins with pick-up from the cruise docks, followed by a lift to the beautiful Mendenhall Lake. Your private guide will then fit your group for the journey before you head out onto the water! Keep your camera handy and your eyes alert en-route to the glacier. After all, porcupines, mountain goats, bald eagles, river otters, and black bears are often seen along the shores of the glacial lake! Also watch for great views of glacier-covered peaks and lovely Nugget Falls! Before long, you’ll find yourself face-to-face with the glacier and surrounded on all sides by icebergs. Watch closely (but don’t get too close!), as house-sized blocks of ice often tumble gloriously into the lake!

  • No previous kayak experience required
  • Limited daily permits, book early
  • An exclusive new offering
  • Be one of the few yearly visitors allowed to trek on Mendenhall Glacier
  • Not available through the cruise lines
  • All gear, equipment, and transportation provided for you

Finally, it’s time for the second phase of your epic adventure. Your leader will equip you with trekking equipment for an approximately 3-hour journey out onto the ice. Hoping to see a Mendenhall Glacier ice cave? Just tell your guide! Remember: it’s your private tour, so you’ll have the opportunity to ensure that your glacier experience is hand-crafted to fit your group’s exact goals. How could an excursion with this much adventure and scenery not be a highlight of your Alaska cruise?! Because the Private Mendenhall Glacier Kayak and Trek has extremely limited spots, we recommend you book early to ensure spaces! Note: This tour allows for 2-6 guests. See the pricing tab for specifics.

If you’re looking for a more extensive hiking experience without the paddling, perhaps you’ll want to check out the Private Mendenhall Glacier Trek. Or, to learn more about glacier caves, check out this new Mendenhall Glacier ice cave article, part of our Nature and History series.

Looking for more Inside Passage Classics? How abou the Misty Fjords Flightseeing in Ketchikan and the Glacier 4x4 Adventure in Skagway

Minimum Ages, Cancellations, Accessibility, Etc.


  • Restrictions: The minimum age for participants is 12 years old.
  • Accessibility: Must be fit enough to paddle for 5 miles and be able to sit in a kayak for up to 3 hours.
  • Cancellation Policy: In the event your cruise ship is late, delayed, or doesn't make it into port we always issue a full refund for the tour. Changes or cancellations are allowed up to 14 days prior to the tour departure with absolutely no penalty. Including 'Flex Cancel' allows cancellations and refunds up to 24-hours before the tour. Any cancellations made within 14 days of the tour departure (or within 24-hours with Flex Cancel) are nonrefundable.
  • What to Wear: We recommend you prepare for rain and hope for sunshine in regards to the weather. Due to the cool, damp climate it is best not to wear cotton and instead, wear clothing made of polyester, wool, fleece, nylon, polypropylene and/or capilene. A full list of what to bring and how to prepare will be included in your confirmation email.
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  • Passenger Rate: $499.00
  • There are no child rates available for this tour
    + 5% sales tax
You've got questions, we've got answers
Q:Will the trip still operate if it is raining?
Because much of SE Alaska is a rainforest, these trips do operate rain or shine. Rain jackets and pants are provided on this trip. If weather conditions are unsafe, the trip will be canceled and we will provide a full refund. This can happen on canoe trips from time to time and will be typically related to sea or lake conditions, not rain.
Q:What if our ship is delayed or doesn't make it into port? Refund?
It's very rare that a ship is delayed into port, but in those cases we will try our best to work with you to reschedule the tour to a later time. If that is not a possibility or your ship doesn't make it into port, we will of course refund the full cost of the tour.
Q:What is the surface of the glacier like?
The area that we travel on is in the ablation zone, the section of the glacier that is melting and not covered in snow half the year. The surface is wet, a little bit dirty, slippery, and uneven with crevasses and seracs (towers/fins of ice) adjacent to and in our trekking routes. It is wet due to melting ice and from the meandering melt-water streams. It is dirty due to the movement of the glacier scraping the sides of the mountains, winds blowing dust and debris onto the ice, and 150 years worth of atmospheric dust settling onto the glacier. To prevent us from sliding while walking on the ice, we wear crampons. The specific route taken on the glacier is selected by the guides to meet the ability and adventure level of the clients.
Q:Are we guaranteed to see Mendenhall Glacier ice caves?
We don't guarantee ice cave visits. Because the caves are dynamic and change rapidly, visits are condition-dependent. Your guides will ultimately make the call whether or not it is safe to enter an ice cave.
Q:What about restroom facilities along the way?
You'll have a chance at the canoe base to use the restroom but after that we will be entering the great outdoors. We recommend all guests follow 'Leave No Trace Principles' and should the need arise, we request packing all trash from the trip including toilet paper. If this is of concern for you, we recommend bringing toilet paper and a ziploc bag for easy packing.
Q:How many guests are on this tour?
There can be up to 6 passengers on this trip and there is a minimum of 2 guests for the trip to operate.
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Rating of This tour has received an average of 5 stars on a total of 5 Ratings

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Todd and Sonya Brown
Washington State
Glacier paddle and trek

The canoe trip was awesome! The ice cave was incredible! To walk on the glacier was a great experience. Perhaps some interesting facts about glaciers would perhaps be a good thing next time.

Malcolm & Natalia
Malcolm & Natalia
Best part of our trip in Alaska!

This tour was the best part of our trip in Alaska. Very friendly and knowledgeable guides. We originally thought that each of us will have a separate canoe, but it turned up that there were 8 of us per canoe. That didn't make us enjoy it any less. Brilliant excursion and you can get so close to the glacier with such a small effort. I highly recommend!

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Linda W
Mendenhall glacier

This was an incredible trip! The ice caves were spectacular ! Our
Guide was fantastic. I think his name was Josh.

Glacier climb

We were under the impression we were going to go in an ice caves, but that was not the case, we climbed the glacier, and canoe 2.5 miles each way, which was very tiring. You better be in shape but for $300 per person I don't think it was worth it cause the only reason we took the excursion cause of the ice caves. Disappointed no ice caves.

Judy P
Judy P

I would have rated this higher if I could. Starting from the beginning, I worked with Jeremy to book the trek. He made sure I understood how challenging the trip would be. I met the group at the designated location - off we went in a van to the warehouse to be outfitted. Every detail has been considered for comfort and safety. All new - or almost new - gear. Once outfitted, we went out to the lake, walked a bit and started paddling our canoes to the Glacier. The sights were beautiful. Our guides - Corey, Miles, Kate and Jake - were knowledgeable, cheerful, helpful and delightful. We reached shore and carefully worked out way up to the Glacier - our guides watching out for us. While the walk is not difficult, it is challenging because of the gravel and dirt making it difficult to get sure-footed. We came upon the Ice Cave. We were given the option to enter or not as there was concern rocks would fall from above - even though we had helmets. There was no way that I was going to miss this opportunity of a lifetime and I am so very glad that I did not miss it! It was brilliant being inside the cave with the blue light reflecting through the ice, the river flowing through. Peaceful. Beautiful. Primal. Brilliant. We stayed about a half hour and started our trek with our cleats on the Glacier. Scary but, again, an experience not to be missed. If you can do it, do it. You will remember this forever. Kudos to all the team for making this a safe and memorable trek. Tip well. They deserve it.


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