Matanuska Glacier Advanced Ice Fall Trek
Having an appetite for adventure is one of the most impressive traits that a person can have, and if you are an outdoor adventurer there is nothing more satisfying then mountain climbing and especially ice climbing. There are quite a few different tours around the country that will take you first hand in ice climbing or zip climbing, but due to safety concerns it is important to find one that is pretty reputable. There is nothing worse then equipment failures, or even worse a catastrophic injury from faulty equipment or a tour guide who doesn't have adequate training. The Matanuska Glacier Advanced Ice Fall Trek is a one of a kind tour that takes guests on an extensive ice trek, and the beauty of this tour is that you will not have to buy the equipment or pay costly rental fees.
The tour costs about $25 a person, and currently the minimum age is 8 years old. This is quite a fun experience and it will give you a true vision of what the worlds ice glaciers look like first hand. A lot of people don't understand the beautiful nature of ice glaciers, even with all of the talk about climate change and global warming. Now it a better time then ever for us to get out and enjoy these beautiful marvels of man, and with the Matanuska Glacier Advanced Ice Fall Trek you'll get to experience them first hand. This is also a very educational family outing and it definitely trumps going out and getting pizza, or even sitting at home watching the TV all day. The Matanuska Glacier Advanced Ice Fall Trek is an affordable and fun family outing.
You will be picked up from your Anchorage hotel and start the trip to Matanuska Glacier, an extraordinary place to experience beauty and adventure in the wilderness of Alaska. This tour starts in Anchorage with a 2-hr scenic drive along the Matanuska Valley.
With some and instructions and time to get all the necessary gear on, your hike starts at the toe of the terminal moraine and follows the path of the receding ice up the glacier. Once you arrive at the glacier, your guide will help you put your crampons on and explain how to navigate the glacial landscape. The ice fall trek features close-up views of the best accessible features of the glacier including crevasses, seracs and unique ice formations, as well as a high point with views of the beautiful ice fall. Even if the sky is grey or rainy the power of the glacier is still beautiful and amazing.
ACTIVITY LEVEL: This is MODERATE/STRENUOUS activity: Guests should be able to walk 3-4 miles on uneven ground. The longest required walk is three to four miles round-trip over a rugged terrain. Tour participants must be able to walk this distance. To get the most out this experience, we recommend that you are in relatively in good physical shape. Approximate time hiking is 4-5 hours.
Pickup & Return:
Any local Anchorage area hotel. Please note that we do not pick up at private homes; apartments or B&B's. If this is your case, please contact us for the nearest pickup location.
Tour concludes with drop off at your hotel.
Departure Times: This tour departs at 7:30am. Hike begins at 10:0am
Daily Departures from Anchorage. Travel time from Anchorage to the glacier is approximately 2 hours (one way) PLEASE BE PROMPT.
Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time
- Anchorage hotel pickup and drop-off (can drop-off at the airport at the conclusion of the tour)
- Professional Local Guide
- Glacier Trek
- Crampons (for walking on ice)
- Trekking pole (optional)
- Light Snacks & Bottled water (please note that this tour does not stop for lunch)
Does not include:
- Food and drinks (this tour does not stop for lunch)
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Minimum age is 8 years old. We do not allow children carried in arms, backpacks, strollers or anything else.
- Operates in most weather conditions, please dress appropriately. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund. Please bring the following:
- Heavy Snacks
- Warm layers (could be cold/chilly/windy at the glacier)
- Hat and gloves
- Good rain gear (top and bottom)
- Small day pack to carry your extras
- Hiking Boots (we have some for loan)
- Sunglasses (could be bright at the glacier)