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Glacier Hiking in Alaska

Are you brave enough to feel the power of ice? If so, come to Alaska and discover the breathtaking beauty of glaciers

Best time: May–September

Glacier Hiking
Glacier Hiking
Glacier Hiking

​If you are traveling to Alaska, don’t miss a unique chance to see one of the most impressive miracles of nature. Alaskan glaciers are considered to be the most beautiful in the world!

The best time to hike is from May to September when the weather conditions are the most favourable. ​Spencer Glacier, Raven Glacier, McBride Glacier, and Portage Glacier are the most famous among them. Though there are numerous less known ones as well. You can order special guided tours; there are plenty to choose from. Decide whether you want a half-day or a full day hike and set off on an adventure!​

Practical info

What are the most famous glaciers to hike in Alaska?

There are several glaciers that are famous for hiking in Alaska such as Spencer, Raven, McBride, and Portage Glacier. However, there are also other stunning lesser-known ones like Matanuska Glacier. These destinations are less crowded and offer exceptional hiking experiences that are breathtaking. Show more

When is the best time of year to hike Alaska's glaciers?

During the warmer months from May to September, the best time to hike Alaska's glaciers is when the weather is most pleasant. Hikers can enjoy minimal rainfall, snowmelt, and warmer temperatures which create towering waterfalls and streams. During this period, hiking is much more comfortable and enjoyable. However, Alaska may have changing weather conditions that can be unpredictable. Show more

What should I pack for a glacier hike in Alaska?

Be prepared for changing weather conditions when packing for a glacier hike in Alaska. Packing a set of warm clothing layers, waterproof boots, gloves, a hat, sunglasses, and sunblock is essential. A backpack to carry extra clothing layers, food, and water is also important. Additionally, bringing a first-aid kit and a flashlight or headlamp is recommended in case of a prolonged hike. Show more

Are there any restrictions or prerequisites for glacier hiking tours?

A moderate level of fitness and appropriate gear is essential for glacier hiking tours. Climbing steep hills and walking on uneven terrain require some level of confidence. Some tours have a minimum of 8-10 years of age, and minors require adult supervision. Tour guides should be informed of any pre-existing medical conditions or concerns. Before starting a hike, a waiver must be signed, and height and weight restrictions may apply. Show more

Where can I find the best guided glacier hiking tours in Anchorage?

Ascending Path, Alpine Air Alaska, and MICA Guides are some of the well-known providers of guided glacier hiking tours in Anchorage. To avoid any problems, tourists should research ahead and select tour providers with the required permits, insurance, and professional guides. Additionally, choose a package that suits your needs and abilities, whether a beginner, intermediate, or experienced hiker. Show more

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