Our most popular guided Matanuska Glacier tour! If you are able to walk at a very moderate pace for 3 hours or so, this is the trip for you. Take the guess work out of your glacier experience with our well trained and professional glacier guides. With multiple time slots per day, our Ice Fall Trek fits well into any Alaska vacation.
Since 1999, we’ve helped thousands of visitors explore the Matanuska Glacier on our Ice Fall Trek.
This trip is appropriate for adventurous travelers seeking a full day of glacial exploration. Our experienced guides will take you to a remote area of the glacier and use a variety of rope and anchor systems to safely access some of the most spectacular features on the Matanuska Glacier! Features may include moulins, crevasses, and blue pools.
No previous glacier experience required, although a moderate level of fitness is required.
A day of Ice Climbing with MICA Guides consists of 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. This trip is best suited for people looking for the most challenging and technical Matanuska Glacier experience.
Trekking and Ice Climbing both happen on the Matanuska Glacier, but follow different routes. While climbers will see many of the great glacier features and have the opportunity to take photos on the hike to the climbing areas, the focus of their day is on climbing and not on exploration like our Matanuska Ice Fall Trek.
All trekking and climbing trips travel on uneven ice and rock terrain with moderate ups and downs. We take plenty of breaks for photos and learning about the glacier. Our climbing trips require over an hour of hiking on difficult terrain to reach the climbing spots.
The Ice Fall Trek and Ice Climbing can be Private Trips, exclusively for your group and tailored to your needs.
Matanuska Glacier Helicopters
If you want to explore the Matanuska Glacier by foot and by air, consider a Helicopter Adventure. Matanuska Glacier Helicopters provides the best overall view of the glacier. Each tour includes 30 minutes of flight time, and the more advanced tours provide up to 3 hours on the ice, climbing and trekking. Matanuska Glacier Helicopters is a joint venture with MICA Guides and HeliAlaska Inc.
We do not take infants on any of our trips under any conditions (backpacks, strollers, or carried in arms).
Please call us in advance if pregnant.
All participants on our trips must follow our procedures and sign a waiver. Only parents or legal guardians may sign for minors. You may preview this document and learn much more about our risk management at Your Safety on the Matanuska Glacier.