Experience the magnificent Mendenhall Glacier and Lake by canoe paddling to the face then trekking onto the glacier’s surface and exploring the dynamic features.
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Note: Participants must be in good enough physical shape and conditioned to paddle for up to 5-6 miles roundtrip and hike on uneven terrain up to 2 miles roundtrip.
The Mendenhall Glacier is a 13-mile-long river of flowing ice. It is 1,800 feet deep and an half-mile wide and even though it is the most visited glacier in Alaska, most people only see if from afar. This extended tour gives you ample time to get the best pictures, get your full of glacier water, and do a little dance on the glacier ice itself. Be one of the few to experience the beauty of the Mendenhall Glacier, exclusively and safely.
You will be greeted by professional guides to officially start your adventure.
They will sweep your small group away on a narrated ride deep into the Tongass National Forest, the largest National Forest in the United States, which is where the Mendenhall Glacier resides.
You will go directly to the West Glacier parking area where your equipment and safety gear awaits you. After getting suited up, your guides will teach you how to paddle safely and efficiently across the Mendenhall Lake.
The journey is just as important as the destination, and that’s why you access the glacier via a traditional native-style canoe ride. Anyone in a kayak would be jealous, as you will cruise speedily across the lake.
As you paddle, you’ll get the chance to experience the serenity of the Alaskan wilderness. Surrounded by steep cliffs, the thundering Nugget Falls, icebergs, and native wildlife; this voyage to the glacier is unforgettable.
Once arriving on rocky shore right next to the glacier, follow your guides on a short hike on glacier moraine to the glacier ice. Strap on your crampons and be one the few to walk on the Mendenhall Glacier. Your professional guides are on the ice everyday and thrive on showing off what the Mendenhall Glacier has to offer.
One of the most unique aspects of the trip is that the glacial environment is in a constant state of movement and change, meaning no one tour is the same as the next. The glacier periodically forms ice caves, blue ice pools, moulins, and other incredible features as it melts. Your expert guides will determine if any such ice features are safe to explore on the day of tour, and may add them to the trip as a bonus.
*The Mendenhall Glacier is one of the most visited glacier in North America and the National Forest Service limits the amount of permits allowed on the glacier each year. Be one of the few to actually experience the beauty of the Mendenhall Glacier.