Take a helicopter to our remote glacier camp for the ultimate Alaska experience.
Overnight Matanuska Glacier Adventure
Explore our secret stash of glacier awesomeness that’s unreachable by the day-trippers.
Learn to ice climb, explore the best Alaska glacier features, get some amazing photos or just enjoy our comfortable camp where you’ll have a glacier cocktail, a delicious hot dinner and relax around the campfire, on ice!
The next morning enjoy fresh brewed coffee with the serenity of the remote Matanuska Glacier. After a hearty breakfast you’ll fly back to complete your experience or explore more of the glacier with your Guide.
$799 for 2 people – $350 for each add’l person – 2 person minimum – Minimum age 12 years.
Our Glacier Camp is situated to access some of the coolest features of the glacier and provide solitude. Too far for all but the most hard-core hikers, you’ll enjoy a small group of new friends sharing this unique experience.
The Glacier Overnight Adventure is a joint effort of MICA Guides and Alpenglow Luxury Camping; combining the expertise to bring you the ultimate in adventure and comfort.
And did we mention the helicopter?
Glacier Helicopter Tour in Matanuska Valley, Alaska
With our basic package, you’ll be sleeping in a mountaineering tent like you would use climbing Denali. You’ll crawl in and out, but won’t be sleeping on the ground.. a thick, comfy pad, warm sleeping bag and pillow ensure a comfortable night’s sleep and will change your perception of camping.
Deluxe Glacier Tent on Matanuska Glacier
Or upgrade to our Deluxe Tent with room to walk around, chairs to relax, a queen size bed, luxurious sheets and a down comforter for a cozy night.
All tents are planned for two-person occupancy, shared only within your group. If you have an odd number of people, someone will get their own mountain tent for the night at no charge. Or you may request additional mountain tents when you make your reservation.
You’ll board an R44 Helicopter for your flight to camp. This little flying sports-car has 4 seats and everyone has a view. We can take up to three guests on each flight.
Helicopter Landing in Matanuska Valley
It takes about 10 minutes to fly to our camp or climbing drop-off point. You also get the option of adding an extra 20 minutes to your flight for a stunning scenic experience looking for wildlife, enjoying mountain views and getting a great perspective on the Matanuska Glacier.
Space is limited so what you bring to camp will need to be very minimal.
Maximum passenger weight of 235 Pounds or a sur-charge will apply.
If you add one of our glacier climbing or exploring trips you’ll experience the glacier with one of our professional MICA Guides; the leaders on the Matanuska Glacier since 1999.
Your Guide will get you to the coolest features, teach you to climb ice, drop you into a bottomless crevasse (and get you out!) or just help you get that perfect photo.
MICA Tour Guide anchoring from above
Camping on a glacier is an extraordinary experience but since you’re out there you might as well make the most of it with an adventure add-on. Book one of the activities below to make your Alaska adventure unforgettable. When you book your experience here on our website, you’ll see the price for optional add-ons available for your group.
Note that the glacier is a hazardous environment and your safety is our top priority. While you’re our guest, your travel and activities will be restricted to the “safe zone” of our camp which will be clearly marked. Travel beyond this boundary without a Guide is strictly prohibited.
Your first day with us will be our signature Ice Climbing day with a progression catered to the skills and endurance of the group. Our professional guides will teach you the basic skills needed to climb on moderate ice slopes, and then help you refine your climbing techniques to move towards more challenging and spectacular terrain throughout the day.
No previous climbing experience is necessary, although a strong level of physical fitness is required.
At the end of the day you’ll be strolling over to your comfortable camp for the night.
Check-in at the MICA Guides Base at 9:30 AM on the first day of your overnight adventure for this add on.
The Heli Explorer allows you to experience our Advanced Trek without having to hike 2 miles on the moraine. Guests can expect to spend up to 3 hours on the white ice, utilizing ropes to scramble up walls, hike beside crevasses, and enjoy the beauty of moulins and blue pools. One of our highly trained guides will help you experience the most the glacier has to offer!
This guided hike will allow you to visit some of the glacier features near our camp. Learn about the glacier and get some great photos to round out your overnight experience. Approximately 1.5 hours.
The Ultimate Overnight
Take your glacier experience to the next level with the Ultimate option which includes:
Personal adventure concierge to plan all the details of your experience.
VIP Check in at our MICA Guides Base
Priority helicopter loading
Extra 20 minutes scenic flight
Private ice climbing on Day 1
Lunch on Day 1
Private glacier exploring on morning of Day 2
This experience is like the Ultimate Heli Adventure and Heli Explorer combined and private just for your group. One of our top Guides will tailor your experience to your ability, pace and interests.
Because of the efficiency of the overnight, you’ll have up to 5 hours more climbing and exploring than you would with two day trips without the helicopter.
Check-in at the MICA Guides Base at 9:30 AM on the first day of your overnight adventure for this add on. Scheduled return to “civilization” on Day 2 will be at approximately 1:30 PM.
Of course no camping adventure is complete without some delicious food.
Matanuska Glacier Tour Meals
Dinner and Breakfast is included with your stay and we pride ourselves on tasty fuel for your adventure. From homemade granola to reindeer sausage our menu has something for almost everyone.
Please note that our remote camp is supplied only by helicopter. While we strive to provide delicious and healthy food for our guests, options are by necessity limited.
Cross contamination of foods may be impossible to avoid and those with serious anaphylactic allergies should consider the risks. Emergency evacuation may be delayed or impossible.
Camp on a Glacier in Alaska
The base price includes:
Direct helicopter flights to and from camp
Twin share accommodation in a mountaineering tent
“Glacier Cocktail”, Dinner and breakfast
To get a total cost with any of your desired add-ons, simply start the booking process (with no obligation). You’ll see rates and availability for your size group and preferred date.
For climbing or exploring options, all technical gear and instruction is provided.
For the Glacier Overnight without Ice Climbing or Explorer add-on, you would check in at our MICA Guides Base at 2:30 PM for a flight to camp at around 3:30 PM.
Check out the next morning will be at around 10:30 AM when your helicopter picks you up. (Unless you’ve signed up for the Ultimate Overnight).
We recommend that you stay in the area before and/or after your trip. Have a great night’s sleep and soak in the hot tub at Alpenglow Luxury Camping before or after your glacier overnight!
For the overnight adventure you’ll need:
Long pants. Ideally quick dry clothing (not cotton). Usually a good pair of hiking pants works great. Ski pants and jackets are not necessary
Rain gear, even if it isn’t raining
Extra warm layers, “puffy coat” and long underwear
Extra socks (wool)
A sense of adventure! Although our glacier camp is comfortable, it’s not for everyone. You’ll be sleeping in a small tent but will be warm and comfortable. The “bathroom” is in another small tent with a little portable toilet. The “dining room” is a large dome like you would find on a Denali Expedition.
What NOTto bring:
More toiletries than a toothbrush.. it’s just one night!
You’re welcome to bring a small amount of alcohol for camp.
For the Ice Climbing or Explorer option you’ll also need:
Long synthetic or wool socks
A change of base layer clothing to put on at night. This must be wool or synthetic, top and bottom. No cotton.
Hiking boots that cover your ankles if you have them, as they are needed for the approach to the climbing area or for the explorer (we have some available for loan).
Lunch, snacks, and water bottle or a packed lunch ORDER HERE
Solo travelers may be accommodated at our Camp and in our add on activities if other guests are already booked.
Please contact us for rates and details. Email your preferred date and activities to add on to [email protected]