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Packer Expeditions - Day Tours

Skagway, AK, USA
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About Packer Expeditions - Day Tours
Packer Expeditions offers day hikes on wilderness trails not accessible by road, a sea kayak trip on a lake in British Columbia combined with a scenic ride on the White Pass and Yukon Route Railway, and guided and catered backpacking on the world famous Chilkoot Trail.
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Sondra A wrote a review Oct 2019
Laurel, Maryland, United States7 contributions5 helpful votes
We did this excursion on our Alaska cruise on a rainy, chilly, early October day -- the last hike of the season. Josh, Kennedy, and Megan were excellent guides for our group of 18 from the ship. Our group ranged in age from 20's to 70's. They emphasized repeatedly to take our time, enjoy ourselves, approach the hike as we needed to individually, and the guides flexed to accommodate. Everyone seemed comfortable and had an enjoyable time, and everyone made it to the toe of the glacier (about 3 miles; 6 miles round trip). We made sandwiches on the train on the way up to the trailhead -- ham, turkey, cheese, peanutbutter, and jelly were available and plentifiul. They also provided each of us two bottles of water and snacks for the trail (candy bars, nuts, granola, etc), and a fanny pack hiking bag. Need rain gear? They had it. Hands cold? They had gloves and hand warmers. Need a hat? No problem. They were prepared with everything necessary to help anyone who needed anything. The hike is fairly flat (a few steeper sections), only gaining about 600 feet in 3 miles; hiking boots still recommended. We ate lunch at the toe of the glacier and they also had hot water for hot chocolate or cider. After lunch, those of us who wanted to went up on the glacier with Kennedy and Josh; Megan hung back with those who did not want to go up. All along the hike the guides provided excellent info about the forest, the flora and fauna, the glacier and its history, etc.. t was a highlight of our trip!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Sherry K wrote a review Sep 2019
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What an amazing day we had hiking the Denver trail and riding the train! we had 3 fantastic guides- Jack, Cannon and Mikayla - who kept the group laughing the whole time. Plus it was a fairly large group so having 3 guides to match the different level of hikers was great. Loved seeing the waterfalls, rapids, and learning about the forest! The hike is not terribly difficult - we actually wished we could have gone further. Strongly recommend and do yourself a favor - book directly with these guys vs giving your cruise line more money in their pockets! they are keenly aware of schedules so no need to worry if you will be back in time.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Danwakeem wrote a review Sep 2019
Irving, Texas10 contributions
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My wife and I did the Laughton Glacier Hike & White Pass Train Expedition as part of our cruise excursions and we can’t recommend it enough. It is a fairly long hike but the guides do a great job at making the hike enjoyable for all fitness levels. The hike itself was really cool, but I think the guides really made the trip. They were able to tell you all about the railroad, which plants were good to eat or not eat, how the glaciers were formed, etc. We had a blast and I am sure you would too 😄
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Date of experience: August 2019
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DKM wrote a review Sep 2019
New South Wales, Australia23 contributions2 helpful votes
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What a wonderful excursion it was. ( NCL) The train ride was fantastic with beautiful scenery. Our guides Cannon, Meg and Randy were amazing. They were friendly, relaxed and knowledgeable. They had all the gear for us, wet weather clothes, walking pole and creepers. Each of them carried a big heavy backpack and were prepared for any situations. We even had hot chocolate and hot tea. The hike to Laughton glacier was well worth it. The surface was uneven, but not too difficult. We had a decent size group and everyone made it fairly comfortably. A special thank you to our guides. They were all great. We would highly recommend this company and will come back again. Debbie and Michael NSW Australia
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Food Lover wrote a review Sep 2019
Dorado, Puerto Rico52 contributions
This tour was offered by Royal Caribbean and we decided to take it from Skagway. At the beginning we went into a van and the travel took about 30 minutes. Then our passports were checked by Canadian Customs and we began the adventure kayaking. It was rainy and cold but once you get inside the lake you forget everything and you just have a wonderful and relaxing time with the scenery. I recommend to take a waterproof jacket and shoes with you if you’re going to take this tour. If you enjoy views and landscapes, Your going to love it ! oh, and of course, the guides were super kind and knowledgeable about that area !
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Date of experience: September 2019
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