This adventure involves hiking, glacier trekking, and ice climbing as you trace the path of glacial succession on the Mendenhall Glacier. It features close-up views of ice caves, streams, crevasses and other unique glacial formations, with professional guides providing expert instruction and interpretation. The trip begins with a three-mile trail hike through the rainforest and along Mendenhall Lake; with an elevation gain of 500 feet and sections that take you off the beaten path, it will take approximately two hours to reach the glacier. Once there, you will be outfitted in trekking gear. Choose to spend your time trekking on the glacier looking at the stunning glacial formations, ice climbing, or rappelling on more vertical terrain. Guides instruct you step by step on how to trek in crampons and use an ice axe on glacial terrain. With the use of ice axes on a beginner slope, they will teach you the basic techniques of climbing up and down on an ice wall. Be ready for a great adventure!
- Walking & Biking
5 and Above
At Entrée Alaska, we create custom excursions from the Inside Passage to the Arctic Circle. Drawing on our many years of experience and insider knowledge, we create memorable custom travel in Alaska, including private Alaska tours. We select the best Alaskan lodges and resorts, and have countless suggestions for things to do in Alaska off the beaten path. We pride ourselves on our uncompromising attention to detail—which translates into unforgettable travel experiences for our valued clientele.
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