Heli Glacier Trek & Kayak Adventure


Join us on one of our most adventure-packed helicopter tours to Spencer Glacier- the Heli Glacier Trek & Kayak Adventure.

  • A Private & Exclusive Tour for your party!  Minimum of ONLY 2 Guests Needed.
  • An unforgettable Alpine Air R44 Helicopter flight thru the glaciated Chugach & Kenai Mountains
  • A 1.5 to 3-mile customized hike for your group, possible since this is private for your group.
  • Kayak trip amongst icebergs on Spencer Glacier Lake
  • A Glacier Trek onto Spencer Glacier’s ice, AND
  • A scenic return train trip from Spencer Glacier via the AK Railroad’s Glacier Discovery Train.

If you prefer to go rafting instead of kayaking join us for the Comet Heli Hiking and Rafting Trip for the same tour, but using a raft to explore the lake instead of tandem kayaks!  This is our only Heli Tour that goes onto the glacier with crampons.

Summer 2021 Dates: May 29 – September 10, 2021

I have guided multiple kayak, raft and hiking tours throughout Alaska in the past 14 years. The Heli Kayak trip is hands down a culmination of the best parts of all those trips combined. The trip starts with a mind-blowing scenic flight from Girdwood, over Turnagain Arm, up Placer Valley and finishing with a landing in front of the majestic Spencer Glacier. Hiking around Spencer Glacier’s moraine lends itself to some of the most photogenic opportunities possible in Alaska with its giant towering blue ice walls and dramatic cracks and contours found in the glacial ice. After exploring the moraine, it’s a casual 1.5 mile hike on the lake to where we launch off on our kayak adventure. Paddling through the iceberg “ice maze” and up to the face of Spencer Glacier is another once in a lifetime experience with amazing photo ops!  

Corey Anderson- Chugach Adventures’ Lead Kayak Guide Since 2013.

Limited availability for 2021.

Please reach out to us directly at alaskanrafting@gmail.com with your requested dates and number in your party.


Approximate Tour Itinerary for your Heli Glacier Trek and Kayak:

Total Time Kayaking & Glacier Trekking is determined the day of by your ambition,  the weather, and your guide’s recommendations:
  • 8:00 AM – Girdwood Arrival
  • 8:45 AM –  Alpine Air Helicopter Departure from the Girdwood Airport for your Heli Glacier Trek and Kayak Adventure
  • 9:10 AM – Landing at Spencer Lake (Dependent on your groups custom hiking desire & time of year)
  • 9:15 – 10:30 AM / 12:15 PM Heli Hike to Spencer Lake (1.5 to 3 + Miles Hike to your kayaks).
  • 11:00-12:00 PM  Glacier Blue Kayak around Icebergs at Spencer Lake and up close to the Glacier Terminus Face
  • 12:30-3:30     Glacier Trek onto Spencer Glacier.
  • 3:30- 4:30      Return By Kayaks Across Spencer Lake to our basecamp
  • 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:

  • A minimum of 2 guests needed to book this Heli Glacier Trek tour.
  • A 25-minute scenic flight of the surrounding Chugach Mountains to Spencer Glacier.
  • Additional Scenic Flight Time available for an additional cost.  Please let us know if you’d like a longer scenic helicopter ride or helicopter glacier landing.
  • Catered lunch, drinks, and snacks provided.  Please let us know ahead of time of any dietary restrictions, vegetarian, gluten-free options.
  • The maximum weight for kayaks is 240 lbs.  The maximum height is 6’5″.  We can provide a raft lake tour for guests that don’t meet weight & height restrictions and provide a similar tour via raft.
  • Rain ponchos, kayak splash tops, personal flotation devices/life jackets provided for the kayaking portion of the tour.  We have a base camp at Spencer Lake with this equipment and will get you outfitted when we arrive.
  • Crampons, Helmets & Other Glacier Gear provided for Glacier Trek.

What to Bring:

  • Hiking Boots or a good pair of sneakers that you can hike with.  Good Footwear with a Good Sole is best for a work with contact strap-on BD Crampons.
    • Please let us know if you have a very large or small foot size so that we can accommodate the necessary glacier trekking gear.
  • 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 (provided if needed)

Cancellation Policy for Day Tour Bookings:

Cancellations made 10 days or more in advance are 95% refundable (there is a 5% non-commissionable cancellation fee that covers credit card processing fees and other charges). Any cancellations made between 3 to 9 days in advance will receive a 50% refund. For cancellations within 48 hours, no refund will be given. 

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.