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!
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 2-4 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.
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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.
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!
This was an incredible trip! The ice caves were spectacular ! Our
Guide was fantastic. I think his name was Josh.
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.
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.