Girdwood: Day 1: Noon............Return Day 2: 9am
- 2-4 hours paddling. Total paddling distance is up 3 miles.
- 2-4 hours glacier hiking. Total hiking mileage: 1-3 miles of rugged terrain on and off glacier.
This is a strenuous activity; previous sea kayaking and hiking experience is preferred and guests ought to be prepared for several hours of moderate activity.
However, no experience is necessary. To maximize your enjoyment, we recommend that you are capable of a few hours of exercise each day or can hike/walk
5 miles. See our Pre-Tour Fitness recommendations.
- Bring your sense of adventure!
- 2 days/1 night
- Trip Minimum: 3 paying $999 spaces to run the trip. $999/person after 3
- Trips operate in most weather conditions- travel insurance is highly recommended
- The lake water temperature is very cold: 34*-37*F, but there aren't tides and the icebergs are very reliable!
- Catered boxed lunch contains: turkey or vegetarian sandwich, chips, cookie, fruit and water.
- Dinner: hors devours, salmon pasta, dessert and hot drinks.
- Breakfast: hot oatmeal, hot coffee, tea and cocoa.
- We can accommodate special diets.
- Sleeping: TNF 2 Meter Dome with cots, sleeping bags and pillows
- Guide(s) & camp manager(s) sleeps in separate tents.
- Restroom facilities are located on trains, outhouses at Spencer Whistle Stop, on glacier bucket with seat.
- All guests are required to fill out our online Adventure Application and Waiver after booking
- Minimum weight: 90 lbs per person for crampons
- Maximum weight: 250lbs per passenger
- Maximum height is 6'7"
- Maximum waist size is 44"
- Crampon shoe sizes range from US Men's 4-14.
- Dine on Crab Legs on the glacier ($125/person; 3 person minimum)
- Try ice climbing ($75/person; 3 person minimum)
A custom/private buy-out guarantees your own personal guide. Whether 1 person or a family of 3- the buy-out rate is the same.
- Gratuities for your super cool guides or pilot.
- Alcoholic beverages
WHEN SHOULD I BOOK THIS SUPER COOL TRIP?
Due to high demand and limited space available we recommend reservations be made 1 year to several months in advance.
RECOMMENDED CLOTHING AND ITEMS TO BRING
Cotton clothes are not recommended. Wear comfortable warm synthetic clothes dressing in layers (midweight long sleeved long john top and pants, fleece
jacket, Patagonia Simul Alpine Pants (or similar), rain jacket, rain pants, down jacket or parka, winter ski-type gloves, 1 pair midweight wool socks,
lightweight fleece gloves, wool/fleece winter hat, sunglasses, ball cap) and hiking boots. Bring a small backpack for extra layers, 1 extra pair midweight
wool socks, small travel size toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste and any medications needed, binoculars, small paperback book (if desired), water bottle
and don't forget your camera and extra battery! Due to limited space in the helicopter, pack as minimal as possible. For specific advice on what to wear, read our Be Prepared Document.
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.
IS IT WORTH IT?
Yes... just read our Trip Advisor Reviews! Tours include top of the line paddling, glacier and camping gear, world-class glacier and kayaking guide,
train ticket to Spencer Whistle Stop, helicopter ride, small ratios: (min: 2:1 max: 5:1- client to guide) and interpretive natural history, ecology
and glaciology discussions. A catered deli lunch, dinner and breakfast. Guests visiting Spencer Whistle Stop come away with better respect and knowledge
about glaciers, icebergs, kayaking and history of Alaska, not to mention cool photographs!
WAIT... WHAT ARE THE ACTUAL GLACIER ACCESS LOGISTICS AGAIN?
You take the Glacier Discover Train to Spencer Whistle Stop. From the Spencer Whistle Stop, hikers load onto a shuttle bus for a 1 mile drive to AP's basecamp
at the edge of Spencer Lake. Due to glacier melt from global warming, we now only use kayaks to access the ice. After a safety briefing, groups of
6 or less paddle sea kayaks 1.5 miles across Spencer Lake, enjoying outstanding views of the Glacier and Icebergs floating in the lake. Groups land
the kayaks on shore and leave the boats for a short off trail (rugged terrain) walk to gain access onto the glacier. At the glaciers' edge guests gear
up with helmets, harnesses and crampons. After safety lessons and crampon practice by skilled and experienced glacier guides, groups travel onto (and
sometimes under!) the glacier and have about several hours to explore the amazing Ice features (blue ice, crevasses, ice caves, moulins, etc.). The
time spent paddling and on the glacier includes many photo and rest stops to learn about interesting local wildlife, Alaskan natural history and glaciology.
At camp: you will have dinner on the glacier, camp in a Space Station tent with cots, sleeping bags, pillows and a bucket-toliet. The next morning
you will have a hot breakfast on the glacier, before getting picked up off the glacier for a helicopter ride back to Hotel Alyeska in Girdwood.
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.