Privately Guided Glacier Kayak Paddle and Trek


Explore the beauty and wonder of the Mendenhall Glacier wilderness area at your own pace! Just your family and a guide will kayak through ice bergs to the Mendenhall Glacier terminus. There you will don your hiking gear for a 1 mile hike to the glacier for a walk along the toe of the glacier or, if conditions are favorable, climb on the ice of the Mendenhall Glacier!

You will be introduced to glacier trekking on this active adventure, if conditions are safe, as you learn about the natural history of the area.

Your professional guide will instruct you step-by-step on how to paddle, trek in crampons and use an ice ax on glacial terrain.

Your trip begins with a drive from your pick up point to the edge of Mendenhall Lake where you'll gear up, listen to a safety briefing and board your tandem kayak. As you paddle across the lake keep an eye out for blue ice bergs, arctic tern nesting cliffs and giant waterfalls. Crossing the lake to the glacier's terminus, you'll leave your sea legs behind, don your hiking gear and trek about a mile where you'll venture onto the glacier ice. After your trek, return to your kayak and paddle one more time across the lake with a new understanding of Mendenhall's natural history.

While on the constantly changing glaciery terrain you will see features that disappear and reappear over the course of the season. After strapping on your micro-spikes, your guide will take you on a tour of the glacier's accessible features which may include exploring the other-worldliness of an ice cave, descending into crevasses carved by melt water, or peering into the deep blue well of a moulin.

With a limit of 2 to 4 participants, this family-friendly adventure is a wonderful way to experience several uniquely Alaskan activies. Have a larger group? This activity is available with a lake canoe option for groups of 5 or more.


Other Information

Family Hike

Trip Activities: Paddling, Hiking, Glacier Trekking

Glacier Paddle/Trek/Ice Climb Time: Sample Itinerary (about 8 hours total time):

Tour Operator Provides: Professional guide, all necessary paddling equipment & glacier gear, rain jacket and pants, rubber boots permits, round trip transportation from cruise ship harbor, hearty and healthy snack, bottled water.

You Bring: Sturdy hiking shoes or boots, comfortable hiking pants, warm hat, fleece gloves, sunglasses, and sunscreen.

Special Notes

Call or email to check pricing and request reservation: # ABAK-4d