Comet Heli Hiking & Rafting

$649.00 per person

Join us on a most memorable Chugach Adventure – this is a true Alaskan full day adventure.  Get lifted up into the beautiful Alpine of the Chugach National Forest in an Alpine Air R44 Helicopter.  View Cirque Glaciers, Hanging Glaciers, Rock Glaciers, Retreating Mountain Glaciers & more.  Land 2,000 feet high next to Comet Glacier & work your way downhill to Spencer Glacier Lake for a Rafting Iceberg Tour.  Jump on the AK Railroad – Glacier Discovery Train – at the end of the day for a return to Girdwood at 5:30 PM.

Start date & start location is dependent upon winter snow pack, and spring weather.

Tour Details

Itinerary:

  • 8:00 AM –  Girdwood Arrival Time (If needing transporting from Anchorage, the cost is an additional $80 per person).
  • 8:45 AM –  Alpine Air Helicopter Departure.
  • 9:10 AM Comet Glacier Landing into Spencer Bench Alpine (Dependent on Time of Year)
    • Helicopter Landing Zone dependent on Weather and Snow Pack Conditions
  • 9:15 – 1:30 PM Comet Hike to Spencer Lake (6 + Miles Mostly Downhill Hike).
    • 3 Mile Alpine Hike Thru Snow, Alpine Lakes & Creeks, No Trails.
    • 3 Mile Hike Down US Forest Service Spencer Bench Cabin Trail
      • For a Shorter Hike, we can land closer to the Spencer Bench trail and Spencer Glacier Overlook.  Your flight will view comet glacier, however, you would not land next to it.
      • Please let us know your hiking experience to determine if you are ready.
      • There is no easier way to get from the Chugach Alpine thru the impenetrable alders to Spencer Lake,  than by utilizing an awesome trail
      • Trail was completed in 2011.
    • Catered Lunch & Hot Drinks provided along the hike.
  • 2:00-4:30 PM  Explore the Icebergs on Spencer Lake and Raft 7 River Miles Down the Placer River Valley.
  • 4:45 PM         Board the AK Railroad Glacier Discovery Train to Portage Station
  • 5:05 PM         De-board Train at Portage Station for CA Shuttle to Girdwood Accommodations
  • 5:30 PM         Return Arrival to Girdwood

Additional Details:

  • Minimum of 2 Guests per booking party.
  • 20 minute unforgettable scenic flight of the surrounding Chugach Mountains to Comet Glacier.
  • Additional Scenic Flight Time available for additional cost.  Please let us know if you’d like a longer scenic helicopter ride or glacier landing.
  • Catered lunch, drinks and snacks provided.  Please let us know ahead of time of any dietary restrictions, vegetarian, gluten-free options.
  • Rain ponchos, rubber boots, personal flotation devices / life jackets provided for the rafting portion of the tour.  We have a base camp at Spencer Lake with this equipment.
  • Placer River is a Class I & II (With High Water) braided river, no big rapids.  Most guests will not get splashed with water.  If you are concerned about getting splashed you can request a spot in the raft that is NOT “splashy” when speaking to your guide.  This trip is suitable for ages 12 & up.

What to Bring:

  • Hiking Boots.
  • Warm clothes (wear synthetic layers)
  • Rain Jacket
  • Warm hat
  • Gloves
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Please let us know what you have and what you will need to get fully outfitted and prepared for the trip.
  • Trekking Poles and Snowshoes Provided if Needed.

CA Cancellation Policy
Cancellations made up to 7 days in advance will receive a 50% refund. For cancellations within 48 hours NO refund will be given. Cancellations made 8 days or more in advance will receive a full refund minus a 5% transaction fee.

 

1 review for Comet Heli Hiking & Rafting

  1. There is a reason why National Geographic’s “Ultimate Survival AK” visited Spencer Glacier in the season 3 episode “Devil’s Due”–the picturesque beauty and unforgiving bushwhack made it an ideal shoot location for a survival race. http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/ultimate-survival-alaska/episodes/devils-due/

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