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    What to Expect
    The Mendenhall Glacier trek and climb is suitable for most ages and abilities, but you need to be in shape: the trek lasts up to 6.5 hours, and covers about 8 miles (12.8 km) total. You’ll wear a backpack weighing up to 15 pounds (7 kg) that is equipped with mountaineering gear, snacks, water, and any extra clothing you bring. Professional guides will be present the entire journey to make sure you remain safe and enjoy your time exploring the glacier.

    The day begins with pickup from your Juneau hotel or the port. When you arrive at the trailhead for the Mendenhall Glacier, follow your guides on a 3.5-mile (6-km) trail through the rain forest along Mendenhall Lake. While the first mile is on a well-maintained path with a few switchbacks, the rest of the trail involves hiking on bedrock and rock scrambling in steep areas.

    When you reach the glacier, you’ll be outfitted in trekking gear and receive a safety briefing. You’ll use crampons to make your way across glacial terrain that overlooks Mendenhall Lake. It may be the most physically challenging part of the hike, but it’s an unforgettable experience. Climb down to explore ice caves, and soak up great views of crevasses, streams, and other breathtaking glacial formations.

    Afterward, head back down the trail and enjoy a relaxing ride back to your drop-off location.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Mount Roberts Tramway, 490 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801, USA

    Traveler pickup is offered
    Our centralized downtown meeting location is the "C" Sign, located between the base of the Mount Roberts Tramway and the green Taku Smokeries building. This is our pick up location for all downtown guests.

    Juneau Alaska
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Professional guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop off
    • Hearty snack/bottled water
    • Mountaineering gear, backpack, rain jacket and pants -- please advise supplier of rain gear sizing
    • Roundtrip transportation from designated meeting point
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • You must include the following in the comments section when booking: raingear & shoe sizes for each passenger, (for adult men and women, S-XXL and youth, S-L) and any pertinent medical information
    • This small group adventure has a minimum of 2 and maximum of 12 participants
    • Minimum age is 10 years
    • WAIVER FORM: Every participant on the trip must sign a waiver form at the start of the trip. Alterations and/or deletions to the waiver is not permitted
    • Clients must be in good enough shape and conditioned to hike for up to 6-6.5 hours, covering about 8 miles roundtrip. The hike is challenging and clients need to bring sturdy hiking boots that provide good ankle support while hiking on rocky terrain. All clients will need to hike with a backpack the entire way on this trip. The backpack (provided) weighs approximately 10-15 pounds and holds mountaineering gear, snacks/water, etc.
    • Visiting specific features such as ice caves, moulins, etc. cannot be guaranteed due to the constantly changing nature of the Mendenhall glacier. Your guide will assess the hazards the day of the trip and determine if a particular area is safe enough to trek upon or enter
    • Hiking boots with with good stability and traction
    • Boots
    • Comfortable hiking pants
    • Warm sweater or fleece pullover
    • Warm hat
    • Fleece gloves
    • Sunglasses and sunscreen
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    Hey, This review is long overdue, but we finally got to sit down and organize the pictures from our trip to AK. The Mendenhall trek was terrific, and the ABAK guides that day went above and beyond. The equipment was top-notch, the guides seemed over-prepared and confident. A
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    Response from ElizabethBarlow, Manager at Mendenhall Glacier Trek
    Responded 15 Oct 2019
    What a great experience! Thank you for taking the time to share. That is amazing that you were able to experience an ice cave. Since they are a feature of the glacier they come and go as the glacier changes so can never predict when they will be formed. Thank you for making us a part of your Alaskan vacation!
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    Amazing! Breathtaking!! An experience you must take to witness Mother Nature and her beauty from the air and in the glacier.
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    Response from ElizabethBarlow, Manager at Mendenhall Glacier Trek
    Responded 22 Sep 2019
    Thank you for your review! So glad you had a great time and come back to see us again!
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    Great views, great encounter with nature. Beautiful colors in the glacier. The blue was amazing. A cool small gropu and The best tour guide in Juneau...
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    Response from ElizabethBarlow, Manager at Mendenhall Glacier Trek
    Responded 14 Sep 2019
    Thank you for your review! So glad you had such a great time!
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    We have heard it all about how the glaciers are melting fast and are retreating, even losing height. I am glad that our family got to experience the Mendenhall Glacier in such a first-hand manner through this trek. This was our first experience of being on a glacier. And to
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    Response from Caitlin M, Manager at Mendenhall Glacier Trek
    Responded 5 Sep 2019
    Wow! Very impressed by your detailed review. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience and providing excellent insights. I appreciated your point about the rain and how that does change the trail conditions drastically, it is something to consider for all guests as the trail contains sections of exposed smooth rock which becomes slippery during periods of moist conditions. These rainy conditions demand good footwear, additional gear, and adjusting expectations on hiking speed. It does happen but we have added the buffer time to still be able to provide an amazing hiking experience even in the wettest of conditions. Thank you for joining us and please come visit us and Jacques again soon!
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    Fantastic experience! Great guide! Interesting track, a lot of information and amazing pictures.Thank you!!!
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    Response from Caitlin M, Manager at Mendenhall Glacier Trek
    Responded 29 Aug 2019
    Thanks so much! Have a great vacation and come visit again soon!
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