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Helicopter Glacier Hike

 

Our Helicopter Glacier Landing and Guided Hike with Crampons is a trip of a lifetime!

In partnership with Alpine Air Alaska, AP offers Heli access guided glacier hikes and ice climbs. We operate outside of the Chugach National Forest or land within NFS permitted areas.

Alpine Air's Robinson R44 Helicopters have an excellent safety record, are affordable, quiet and fuel efficient. We use the A-Star for larger groups or bigger mountain trips. Rates listed are per person for 1 R44 for 3 clients and 1 guide meeting on the ICE or 2 R44's with 5 or 6 clients total with 1 guide. If you are a party of 2, we need to add a 3rd paying client (or you pay for a 3rd seat) to make the trip go.

From the lobby of the magnificent Hotel Alyeska, we walk a short distance to Alyeska's private Heli Pad for a hot-load onto our ship. A memorable scenic flight of about 20 minutes gets us to several glacier options. After landing on glacier ice, we gear-up with helmets and crampons. Once the heli leaves, and after a safety talk and crampon practice with your skilled and experienced guide, we explore the glacier ice itself. We typically schedule a couple of hours to discover amazing Ice features like: blue ice, crevasses, caves, rushing surface rivers, tubes, moulins, etc.

THIS DAY TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Round trip helicopter flight from Hotel Alyeska to Spencer Glacier
  • World-class mountain/glacier guide (meets you on the Ice!)
  • Small ratios (min: 3:1 max: 6:1)
  • Real time satellite tracking and communication devices
  • Deli boxed lunch, bottled waters, granola bars/snacks
  • Crampons, helmets, other glacier gear and rain gear, if needed
  • Interpretative glaciology, ecology and natural history discussions
starting at $529/person

Multi-Sport Day Adventure

Season: Year Around Ages: 13-70

Location

Departs: Girdwood

Group Size

Min: 3 People, Max: 6 People Ratio: 6/1

Activity Level

No Experience Necessary Moderate
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TIMES

9:45am-1:00pm or 11:30am-3:00pm

or Custom Charter upon request (Fall/Winter/Spring)

ITINERARY

Morning departure timeline:

  • 9:45am: Clients meet AP guide in Girdwood at the LOBBY of Alyeska Hotel
  • 10:30am: Heli departs from Alyeska Helicopter Pad
  • 10:30am – 10:50am: flight from Girdwood to Spencer Glacier
  • 10:50am - 12:35pm: on Spencer Glacier
  • 12:35pm: Heli p/u from Spencer Glacier
  • 12:35pm – 12:55pm: flight from Spencer Glacier to Girdwood
  • 1:00pm: back to Hotel Alyeska in Girdwood

Afternoon departure timeline:

  • 11:30am: Clients meet AP guide in Girdwood at the LOBBY of Alyeska Hotel
  • 12:15pm: Heli departs from Alyeska Helicopter Pad
  • 12:15pm – 12:35pm: flight from Girdwood to Glacier
  • 12:35pm - 2:30pm: on Glacier
  • 2:30pm: Heli p/u from Glacier
  • 2:30pm–3:00pm: flight from Glacier to Girdwood
  • 3:00pm: back to Hotel Alyeska in Girdwood

MILEAGE

50 miles of flying!   Less than 1 mile walking on Ice 

EXPERIENCE LEVEL

No experience is necessary. This trip should be considered an "easy to moderate activity". We recommend that you are capable of a few hours of moderate exercise each day.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

  • Ages: 13-70
  • Seat weight limit is 250lbs per passenger 
  • Trips are weather dependent
  • At least 2 hours spent on the glacier
  • If you are a party of 2, we need to add a 3rd paying client (or you pay for a 3rd seat) Parties of 4 must pay for a 5th seat.
  • Trips start and finish at the LOBBY of the Hotel Alyeska in Girdwood.
  • Boxed Lunch contains: Turkey or Vegetarian sandwich, chips, cookie, fruit and water
  • All guests are required to fill out our online Adventure Application and Waiver when booking
  • After reserving your spot- you can easily login to our reservation system and make any changes or Add-Ons

AWESOME ADD-ONS

Add on the ice climbing option to learn some vertical skills.

 Call us to ask about overnight options. Sleep on a Glacier!

EXCLUSIONS

  • Gratuities for your super cool pilot and guide

Where Trips MEET

Trips start and finish at the LOBBY of the Hotel Alyeska in Girdwood.

 

Lobby of the Hotel Alyeska: 1000 Arlberg Ave

 

WHEN SHOULD I BOOK THIS SUPER POPULAR TRIP?

Due to high demand and limited space available we recommend reservations be made several months in advance. Only senior guides operate this trip, and their schedules fill-up fast in the summer. 

RECOMMENDED CLOTHING?

Cotton clothes are not recommended.

Wear comfortable warm synthetic clothes dressing in layers (long sleeved shirt, long pants, fleece jacket, rain jacket, rain pants, gloves, wool/fleece hat, sunglasses, ball cap) hiking boots or trail shoes with a rugged sole. Bring a small backpack, camera and binoculars. For specific advice on what to wear, read our Be Prepared Document.

ARE THERE WEIGHT LIMITATIONS FOR THE HELICOPTER?

Seat weight limit is 250lbs per passenger for the R44. If you weigh more than 250lbs please inquire for pricing about alternative types of aircraft, for example, the R66 or A-STAR. 

DO YOU MAKE EXCEPTIONS?

On a case-by-case basis we consider exceptions; usually we recommend buying out a trip as a private with your own guide. This is only available with advanced reservations and as space and staffing is available. Please email or call to make your request, we are more than happy to think of solutions- just to make it happen for you.

WHAT IF THE WEATHER is Terrible?

Its rare for us to cancel for weather. Guides and pilots are weather experts, but Alaska mountain weather is notoriously fickle. We check real-time radar and satellite imagery morning of and do our best to select a location that has reliable weather for the day and interesting features. If your trip is put on weather-hold by the pilot or guide, we will await a window later in the day or reschedule as your time allows. If the trip doesn't go, and you can't reschedule, our standard refund is given minus credit card fees. We highly recommend travel insurance for this tour.

IS IT WORTH IT?

Yes... just read our Trip Advisor Reviews! Tours include top of the line glacier gear, world-class glacier guide, round trip helicopter transportation from the Hotel Alyeska, small ratios, and interpretive natural history, ecology and glaciology discussions. A catered deli boxed lunch, snack and water is provided. Guests visiting Spencer Glacier come away with better respect and knowledge about glaciers, icebergs and history of Alaska, not to mention cool photographs!

If you have questions about the physical requirements of this trip, please read our Essential Eligibility Criteria on our FAQ's page, email or call us and we would be happy to talk with you and determine if this trip matches your abilities.