Private Mendenhall Glacier Kayak and Trek with Alaska Shore Tours
  • Private Mendenhall Glacier Paddle and Trek
  • Private Mendenhall Glacier Paddle and Trek
  • Private Mendenhall Glacier Paddle and Trek
  • Private Mendenhall Glacier Paddle and Trek
  • Private Mendenhall Glacier Paddle and Trek
  • Private Mendenhall Glacier Paddle and Trek
  • Private Mendenhall Glacier Paddle and Trek
  • Private Mendenhall Glacier Paddle and Trek
  • Private Mendenhall Glacier Paddle and Trek
  • Private Mendenhall Glacier Paddle and Trek
  • Private Mendenhall Glacier Paddle and Trek
  • Private Mendenhall Glacier Paddle and Trek
  • Private Mendenhall Glacier Paddle and Trek


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Private Mendenhall Glacier Kayak & Trek


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Mon - Sat 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

This premier tour is quite simply the cream of the crop among Juneau adventure excursions. With a tranquil paddle across a serene glacial meltwater lake followed by a foot excursion onto the massive glacier itself, the Private Mendenhall Glacier Kayak and Trek combines the best elements of Alaska exploration in a perfectly concise tour package. The outing is similar to the Mendenhall Glacier Paddle & Trek but allows your small group of 2-6 guests to travel unhindered with its own private guide. It also features state-of-the-art kayaks in place of the typical canoe setup. If you’re looking for an up-close experience of a legendary glacier, you’re interested in the possibility of exploring a Mendenhall Glacier ice cave, and you love the idea of customizing your personal adventure, the brand-new Private Mendenhall Glacier Kayak and Trek could be just the right fit!

Your exclusive excursion starts with pick-up from the location of your choosing and transport to lovely Mendenhall Lake, a body of water born from the glacier itself. Here, your personal guide will outfit you for the journey before your crew sets out onto the water in search of wildlife! Keep your eyes along the banks as you glide toward the glacier, as bald eagles, porcupines, mountain goats, river otters, and even black bears are not uncommon sights! Watch also for unparalleled vistas of cascading Nugget Falls and glaciated mountain peaks! Before long, you’ll find yourself surrounded by icebergs and face-to-face with the glacier itself. But not too close, because exciting and explosive ice-calving is possible on Mendenhall Glacier! Then it’s time for phase two of your adventure: Your expert guide will fit you with trekking gear for a roughly 3-hour venture onto the glacier itself, and then it’s off in search of a Mendenhall Glacier ice cave! But remember, it’s your private tour, so your guide will be happy to help make sure your glacier experience fits your group’s particular goals. With so much adventure and scenery in one outing, it’s sure to be a highlight of your Alaska cruise! The Private Mendenhall Glacier Kayak and Trek has extremely limited spots, so book early to ensure spaces! See the Additional Information tab for pricing specifics.


For a more extensive hiking experience without the kayaking, you might consider 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 & History series.


An Exclusive Experience

Groups of 2-6 with a Private Guide!

8 Hours Duration

From pick-up to drop-off

Physical Fitness Required

For full-day paddling and hiking

Stunning Views

Up-close with the Mendenhall Glacier

Food Provided

Complimentary lunch and snacks




Glacier Interaction, Private


8 hours

Minimum Age

12 years old. Children must be in good enough physical condition to paddle a tandem kayak with an adult 5-6 miles and hike up to 2 miles.


Must be fit enough to paddle for 5+ hours and hike for 2+ miles carrying a 10-15 pound backpack.

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 refunds up until 24-hours before the tour., Any cancellations made within 14 days of the tour departure (or within 24-hours with 'Flex Cancel') are nonrefundable.

Adult Rate


Child Rate

There are no child rates available for this tour

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4 reviews for Private Mendenhall Glacier Kayak & Trek

  1. 5 out of 5

    Awesome Glacier Paddle and Trek!!We originally planned to do the group tour but it was sold out so we opted for the private tour. It was fairly expensive but I have to say this was worth the money and an experience of a lifetime. Our guide (Drake? - sorry dude if I got your name wrong!) was great. Spent the entire time talking about the trip, what we would see, so knowledgeable about the glaciers and made us feel very comfortable. So glad we did this!

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  2. 5 out of 5

    Glacier Paddle and TrekThe entire family had an outstanding adventure with our Mendenhall Paddle and Trek tour. Our guides were attentive, knowledgeable, and alert to everyone well being making this the highlight of our vacation. This is a must do for anyone visiting Alaska as the scenery was incredible .

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  3. 5 out of 5

    Glacier kayak with hikeOh my holy cow!!! This was the most amazing experience I have ever had in Alaska! So very worth every penny!! Our guide was Emma and she was stellar! She has a degree in environmental studies and taught us so much about the environment we were experiencing! My daughter and I did a kayak across Mendenhall lake and then hiked the glacier. Wow! That's such an understatement. We are not in the greatest of shape and we were able to tackle this excursion without too much difficulty. Emma was patient and kind and helped all the way. Absolutely incredible and HIGHLY recommended!!! This is our third trip to juneau and this was my FAVORITE tour!!!

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  4. 5 out of 5

    Private trek on Mendenhall GlacierMike Kelley was our tour guide. He took our group of four kayaking across the lake then through the ice cave and then a trek on the glacier. The paddle across the lake was fairly easy. The weather was nice and hardly and head winds while paddling. When we arrived on shore we were able to walk inside the ice caves. Words could not describe the beauty viewing the light shining through the ice from inside. The intense blues and water dripping from the glacier was incredible. Mike took us to a remote spot on top of the glacier and our party was the only group on the glacier. He had the perfect spot picked out for us for our wedding ceremony. This was more than We could have asked with the backdrop for a wedding. We then trekked back down off the glacier and paddled back across the lake. This was by far the highlight of our cruise trip. We had two female friends with us and they were initially concerned about the intensity of the trip but they both said it was not what they had envisioned. I would rate this as a moderate level physical activity.

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    Will the trip still operate if it is raining?

    Answer: 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.

    What if our ship is delayed or doesn't make it into port? Refund?

    Answer: 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.

    What's the weather like on the glacier? Is it cold?

    Answer: Juneau temperatures during the summer are typically between 50 and 65 degrees, with an average of 56 degrees Fahrenheit (13 degrees Celsius). The temperature on the glacier is about 5 degrees cooler, but can feel up to 15 degrees cooler due to katabatic winds (cold downslope winds coming down the glacier). Please bring layers of clothing including a warm hat and gloves.

    What about restroom facilities along the way?

    Answer: You'll have a chance at the kayak 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.

    What is the surface of the glacier like?

    Answer: 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.

    Are we guaranteed to see ice caves?

    Answer: 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.

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