Heli Kayak & Glacier Trek


Join us in the Chugach Mountains for one of our most adventure-packed helicopter tours- the Heli Kayak & Glacier Trek Adventure.  Includes a scenic R44 Helicopter flight thru the glaciated Chugach National Forest, a 1.5 to 3-mile hike customized for your group, a glacier kayak trip amongst icebergs on Spencer Glacier Lake, a Glacier Trek onto Spencer Glacier’s ancient ice, and a scenic return trip via the AK Railroad’s Glacier Discovery Train.

If you prefer to go rafting instead of kayak 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!

Summer 2021 Dates: May 29 – September 15, 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.


Approximate Tour Itinerary:

(Total Time Kayaking & Glacier Trekking is determined day of by your ambition,  the weather, and your guide’s recommendations):
  • 8:00 AM – Girdwood Arrival
  • 8:45 AM –  Alpine Air Helicopter Departure.
  • 9:10 AM – Landing at Spencer Lake (Dependent on your groups custom hiking desire & time of year)
    • Helicopter Landing Zone dependent on Weather and Snow Pack Conditions
  • 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:

  • Minimum of 2 Guests per booking party.
  • 20-minute scenic flight of the surrounding Chugach Mountains to Spencer Glacier.
  • Additional Scenic Flight Time available for 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.
  • Maximum weight for kayaks is 230 lbs.  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.