Anchorage Ice Climbing

Excursion Overview

Experience the thrill of ice climbing near a glacier!

This breathtaking helicopter flight and ice climbing tour offers a great opportunity to explore the Knik glacier. Fly down the Great Gorge of the Knik, awarded National Landmark status for its beauty.

Your journey begins from the Knik River Valley Lodge where safety briefing and gear are provided. Guests will need to try on dry climbing boots before exiting the lodge. Once arrived at your location near the Knik glacier, your guide will assist you with the gear preparation and give you a lesson on how to ice climb on the vertical frozen waterfall.

This tour is recommended to adventurous people who are 18 and older with a moderate level of fitness to climb with ice tools. No ice climbing experience is necessary. Your group size will be small and the tour can be personal and catered to you based on your fitness level and desires. Snacks, hot drinks, and extra warm gear will always be provided along with all of the gear necessary to have a safe trip. At the end of your guided ice climbing, you will take off for your return flight back to the heliport. This Anchorage Ice Climbing is one you will always remember.


For this adventure, you are required to be properly dressed for all types of weather. You will be exposed outside for 3.5 hours and if not properly dressed it will affect your experience. You are required to bring the following:

-WARM LAYERS (can be bought on site)
-HAT & GLOVES (can be bought on site)

Your tour will require you to do the following:

-Hike on uneven glacial terrain
-Climb on a rope system with provided gear

Please note: We are climbing frozen waterfall ice near a glacier, not on the glacier. Temperatures can shift and become extreme without warning. Guests should be expected to feel cold at times.

Things You Need to Know


  • Ice climbing instruction
  • Knowledgeable glacier experts
  • Small guided group ratios 5:1
  • Gear: crampons, harness, helmet, ice climbing axes, boots, ropes, and hardware for top-rope climbing
  • Waterproof clothing, body warmers, and extra warm gear if needed
  • Water, granola bars/snacks


  • Minimum of 2 passengers required to book
  • Minimum age: 18 years old
  • Maximum weight: 290lbs
  • Signed liability waiver (You can sign this on-site during the safety briefing)
  • Appropriate clothing per weather

Duration: 4 hours (Roundtrip from the Alaska Glacier Lodge in Palmer, AK)

  • 10 minutes - preflight safety briefing and preparation
  • 20 minutes - scenic helicopter flightseeing over the Knik Glacier
  • Up to 4 hours - ice climbing and glacier exploration
  • 20 minutes - reboard helicopter and fly back to the heliport
  • 10 minutes - arrive at heliport and de-gear

Meeting Instructions:

  • This tour meets at the Alaska Glacier Lodge which is at least an hour's drive from downtown Anchorage. Roundtrip transportation is not offered at this time and guests must drive or arrange transportation to the lodge. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.

ADA Accessibility of Tour:

  • This tour is not wheelchair or limited mobility accessible.

Refund Policy:

  • You may cancel for any reason up to seven (7) days prior to the date of the tour for a full refund.
  • Please see our Refund Policy Page for complete details.

Frequently Asked Questions

The pilot balances the helicopter based on the weight and number of passengers. We cannot make any promises for specific seat because safety cannot be compromised. If you have a preference ask the pilot and when it is safe the pilot will try to accommodate you.

This tour goes to the Knik Glacier.

The average temperature is between 15-20°F cooler than on the ground.

Wildlife is abundant in Alaska and sightings are possible on any tour. Typically we see moose, dall sheep, mountain goats and sometimes bears depending on the time of year. However, this is not a designated wildlife tour and nothing can be guaranteed.

Yes, guests must be at least 18 years old to participate.

You can bring your own preferred snacks. Alcohol is not allowed on this tour.

Alaska has extreme weather conditions and it can change often. We recommend wearing layers, a weatherproof outer coat, sturdy hiking boots, hat, gloves, and sunglasses (as it gets very bright near the snow-covered glacier) for cold wind and possible rain.


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Duration: 4 hours

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Duration: 4 hours

Min of 2 req to book

Adult (Ages 18+): $999.00