Glacier Ice Trek

$449.00 per person

This trip operates Sunday – Thursday at Spencer Glacier via the AK Railroad’s Morning Coastal Classic.

Paddle up to Spencer Glacier via raft or kayak and venture out onto the Glacier Ice.  Access onto Spencer Glacier is always changing and this trip does not guarantee that you will be walking on the glacier or see a blue cave, although we will explore as much as we can.  As of June 15, 2019 there is very easy access and you can walk onto the glacier, but during the summer months as the glacier melts and recedes this access can & will change.  The exploration and search for blue pools, caves, and amazing glacial features will impress.

Tour Details

This trip is available ONLY on Sunday – Thursday for the Summer of 2019.  The trip is NOT AVAILABLE on Fridays & Saturdays of 2019.

MINIMUM of 2 Guests required to book this trip.  Solo Travelers, please contact our office so that we can let you know if space is available.

This trip is limited to only 8 guests per outing, with a max guide to guest ratio of 1 to 4.  This trip is often private per booking party.


RIDE Both Glacier Discovery & Coastal Classic AK Railroad Trains:

This tour utilizes 2 AK Railroad trains:  the Glacier Discovery & Coastal Classic.  Ride the Coastal Classic in the Morning to the Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop, and return via the Glacier Discovery Train.


Itinerary: Coastal Classic with Glacier Discovery Return (select dates only see above.)

* You can begin this trip from either Anchorage or Girdwood.  Please let us know where you will be starting so that we can book your train tickets accordingly.

6:45 AM – Coastal Classic departs Anchorage

8:05 AM – Coastal Classic departs Girdwood

9 AM – Arrive at Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM – KAYAK or RAFT Tour on Spencer Lake to the Glacier.

10:30 – 1 PM+ – Trek onto  Spencer Glacier, Look for Blue Ice Caves & Explore.

1-4:30 PM – CUSTOM OPTIONS Depending on your group’s desires.  Your guide’s discretion & advice, as well as the weather of the day will determine your options below.

#1 –  Do a 7 Mile Scenic River RAFTING Float down the Placer River.

#2 – Continue Exploring the Glacier and get more time Exploring on the ice.

#3 – With inclement weather, jump aboard the AK Railroad’s Glacier Discovery Train and go to Grandview–the most scenic section of the AK Railroad.

5:15 PM – Arrive in Portage and board motor coach back to Anchorage or Chugach Adventures’ Shuttle back to Girdwood

5:45 PM – Arrival to Girdwood

6:45 PM – Arrival to Anchorage


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • A catered sack lunch is provided (sandwich, fruit, dessert & bottled water).  Veggie or other dietary requests are welcome, please notify us ahead of time.
  • We provide splash tops, spray skirts & Personal Flotation Device (life vest) for all kayak tours.  Life Vests & rain ponchos if needed for all raft trips.
  • We will provide ice crampons or ice cleats for your glacier walk depending on glacier conditions & your footwear, and trekking poles.
  • Bring warm clothes & layers, plus warm socks to wear.
  • Most guests bring their cameras, we can’t guarantee that they won’t get wet, but you should get amazing photos.
  • We require all guests to sign a release of liability on the rafting/canoe/kayak/glacier tours.
  • Spencer Lake Distances:  2 miles one way to glacier.  It takes anywhere between 20 Minutes (With Calm Perfect weather) to 1 hour to paddle across the lake.
  • Spencer Glacier walk distances:  We will tailor the glacier distance dependent on your group’s experience and desires and can hike less than .5 miles or up to 2 miles.
  • Spencer Lake & Placer River Float:  The Placer River Float originating from Spencer Lake to our River Takeout at Luebner Lake is approximately 7 River Miles if you opt to do a scenic rafting trip in the afternoon.
  • Maximum weight for kayaks is 230 lbs.  Maximum height is 6’5″.  No Maximum weight for rafts.
  • There are restrooms on the train and at the Spencer Whistle Stop.  There are no restrooms once we are on the glacier or river, backcountry options only

Weather and Trip Adjustments
Water levels, wind, and other natural environmental factors beyond our control may cause us to alter your trip.  We do not operate kayaks or canoes on whitecap days on the lake for your safety and enjoyment.  In this situation (which is very rare in the mornings) we would offer an extended raft tour.  We have other options with hiking, rafting, and a shortened kayak tour to provide a safe and enjoyable tour alternative under inclement weather.  It is up to the guide’s discretion and safety experience to determine what is the most appropriate decision for the day based on weather.


Chugach Adventures’ Cancellation Policy:
Any cancellation made up to 3-9 days in advance will receive a 50% refund.  For cancellations within 48 hours, NO refund will be given.  Cancellations made 10 days or more in advance will receive a full refund minus a 5% transaction fee.

AK RAILROAD Cancellation Policy & Change Fee Information:  All paid bookings are subject to a 10% change fee for the Railroad portion of the trip cost, if a date change is requested within 30 days.


Gratuity / Tip
Our guides are expected to go above and beyond for this trip and greatly appreciate any & all gratuities.