Experience the Mendenhall Glacier Up Close & Personal – With Your Own Private Guide!
Private Guide, Rainforest Hiking, Glacier Exploration
Meet at "C" Sign by the Mount Roberts Tramway
Experience The Trip
The Private Mendenhall Glacier Trek begins with a 4-mile hike through the Tongass National Forest. The largest temperate rainforest in the world, the Tongass is dominated by towering Sitka Spruce and Hemlock Trees. As you follow your private guide through the dense vegetation, around beaver ponds, and up rock scrambles, the trail becomes less defined as you head into wilderness.
This hiking tour is strenuous and requires excellent balance and sure-footedness. While total elevation gain is only 800 feet, the terrain is steep, uneven, slippery, and rocky. We’ll cover 4 miles, each way, in approximately 2-2.5 hours. If your private group needs to go faster or slower, or spend more time taking the perfect photo, your private guide can customize this experience to meet your needs.
As you emerge from the forest and approach the final ridge, the jagged face of the Mendenhall Glacier bursts into view, it’s river of ice coursing behind it. We’ll embark on a guided trek to explore an array of glacial features along the edge. These features may include moulins, crevasses, and ice caves, if available. Because the glacier is in a state of constant change, not all features may be present or accessible. Every day is different on the ice!
After an adventure on the glacier, we’ll hike back via the West Glacier Trail and provide transportation back to your pick-up location.
**The Mendenhall Glacier is receding on a daily basis and due to this we are seeing drastic changes to the surface of the glacier. Our site for trekking on the glacier with crampons is getting 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, as we prepare for the 2022, we want you to know that we can’t guarantee that every trip will get on the glacier. Our rates for 2022 have been reduced to reflect this change. Safety is our number one priority and we assess conditions daily on every trip. 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. The edge of the glacier has some of the most stunning features you will find; this is where ice caves, tunnels, and tubes tend form creating those beautiful blue colors. These features are never guaranteed but do form throughout the summer.
Privately guided glacier trek tours are limited to 12 people. If you would like to book a larger group, please inquire to make a special departure.
The Trip Itinerary
Up to 9 hours
Pick up for Downtown Juneau
Van transportation to ABAK
Gear outfitting & Orientation
Get to know your guide and gear!
Questions about gear sizing?
Hike Approximately 4 miles to the Glacier
A fun jaunt through the temperate rainforest via the West Glacier Trail with your own private guide!
Trekking & Exploration
Get up close to the Mendenhall Glacier and explore all the features along the edge!
Return Hike to the Trail Head
Don’t worry – it’s mostly downhill!
Van Transport back to Pick-Up Location
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Client Pickup Information
Located at the base of the Mt. Roberts Tramway, the C-Sign is ABAK’s primary downtown meeting location for cruise passengers and clients staying in the downtown area.
Clients arriving at AJ Dock:
Clients who dock at the AJ Dock within 30 minutes of the ABAK pick-up time will be picked up directly from AJ DOCK.
Clients staying Locally:
Clients can be picked up from any major hotel in the Mendenhall Valley.
Clients staying at major hotels in the Downtown area will meet at our Downtown meeting location.
ABAK is unable to provide pick-up in residential neighborhoods. Clients staying at private residences, Air BnB’s, VRBO’s, or have own transportation please contact our office for meeting location information at 907-364-2333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2 people: $400 per person + 5% local sales tax = $420 per person
3-6 people: $275 per person + 5% local sales tax = $288.75 per person
7-12 people: $250 per person + 5% local sales tax = $262.50 per person
Group Size: Minimum of 2, Maximum of 12
Minimum Age: 8 years old
Clients must be able to hike for at least 6 hours/9 miles round-trip on steep, rocky, slippery, uneven terrain carrying a 10 lbs backpack, and provide their own hiking boots with adequate ankle support.
Included In The Price
- Professional guides
- Roundtrip van transport
- US Forest Service permits
- Rain gear (hooded jacket, rubber boots and pants)
- Hearty, healthy snacks, & bottled water
- All glacier safety gear including helmet, micro-spikes, harness, and trekking poles if needed.
Not Included In Price
- Boots! Clients must provide their own hiking boots for this trip.
- Hot shower at the end of the day. But you can book your stay with us.
- Professional Photography
- Gratuity for your Private Guide: If you feel your guide went Above and Beyond to facilitate an exceptional experience, a gratuity is a welcomed way to show your appreciation.
- This trip operates in all weather conditions (barring unsafe conditions, to be determined by ABAK) – it is very important to dress to get wet.
- Clients must disclose information regarding pertinent medical conditions/history, allergies and any type of restriction or limitation that might introduce a higher degree of challenge on this trip.
- Accessing ice caves, moulins, or any other glacial feature is not guaranteed: Due to the dynamic nature of the Mendenhall Glacier features are in constant change. Your guide will assess each available feature prior to accessing to determine if it’s safe to explore. The Mendenhall Glacier is receding on a daily basis and due to this we are seeing significant changes to the surface of the glacier. There are very limited safe areas to access and explore on the ice with crampons. Safety is our number one priority and we can not guarantee every trip will hike on the glacier. We assess conditions day to day. The edge of the glacier has some of the most stunning features; caves, tunnels, tubes, and crevasses which create those beautiful blue colors.
- Every participant must sign a Release of Liability/Assumption of Risk Form at the start of the trip. Alterations and/or deletions to the form are not permitted
- Due to various fitness abilities and weather variables, we prefer clients not schedule other excursions directly before or after our trip. Please let us know if your clients have another excursion booked on the same day.
- Due to inherent risk involved in this type of tour, pregnant guests are not permitted to participate.
- Clients interested in an introduction to ice climbing, please book the Glacier Blue Trek and Climb.
- Clients must provide their own sturdy hiking boots for this trip.
- Clients must be able to hike for at least 6 hours/9 miles round trip on steep, rocky, slippery, and uneven terrain carrying a 10 lbs backpack.
Departure times available daily depending on your schedule.
Dates of Operation: May 1st – Sept. 25th, 2022
Minimum of 2, Maximum of 12
8 years old. Children need to be in good enough physical condition to hike 9 miles roundtrip on their own. The smallest shoe size we can accommodate with crampons is size 2.
Challenging & Strenuous – Clients need to be in good physical shape and able to climb over rocks, slippery surfaces, and have no major mobility issues. No hiking experience necessary.
- Name of client(s)
- Cell phone contact number of client
- Desired trip date and departure time
- Name of cruise ship or hotel
- Clients’ ages, especially anyone under the age of 18
- Rain gear & shoe sizes (please specify male or female)
- Any pertinent medical issues, allergies or dietary restrictions
- Primary language spoken, if other than English