Alaska Glacier Hikes / Treks and Ice Climbing

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Alaska Glacier Hikes / Treks and Ice Climbing
Trip Type: Glacier Hikes and Ice Climbing Instruction.
Season: May 16 - Sept. 2
Start Time: 9:00 am, 2:30 pm, 7:00pm check-in
Duration: Hikes - 3.5 hours approx.
Adventure Trek and or Ice Climbing - Full day - 6 hours approx.
Location: Matanuska Glacier, 100 mi. NE of Anchorage.
Age Limit: Min 12 years, and min shoe size 4 mens USA
Price: 3.5 hr. approx, Glacier Hikes / Treks - $75/person + private park fee
6 hr. approx. Adventure Trek - $159/person + private park fee
Intro. to Ice Climbing - $149/person + private park fee
Private trips available, contact us about this offering.
Save $20 when Combined with Lion Head Rafting:
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Our Matanuska River trips and Glacier Hikes check in at our Hicks Creek facility, 38100 W Glenn Highway, Glacier View, AK 99674. 96 miles from Anchorage on the  Glenn Highway National Scenic Byway.


Alaska glacier treks / hikes and ice climbing! Explore the amazing world of the Matanuska Glacier!

NOVA offers guided Alaska glacier hiking tours or hour introductory ice climbing on the Matanuska Glacier, the largest road accessible glacier in Alaska at 4 miles wide by 26 miles long. An unforgettable Alaska adventure, our guided glacier hikes / treks trips offer an up-close encounter with these awesome ice formations. What makes this glacier so special for this kind of activity? The easily accessible terminal face is not abrupt, and the frontal ice formations have many safe routes with spectacular views of crevasses, seracs - ice falls, moulins, caves and surface ponds. This is why the Matanuska Glacier is used extensively for instruction in ice climbing, mountaineering; including cinematography for advertisements and movies.

No experience necessary! We pioneered these glacier tour adventures 25 years ago and have implemented equipment changes and guiding protocols to enhance our clients experiences while exploring this glacier. Since clients come with a variety of ages, physical abilities and expectations, we offer private and group trips based on these categories. Our client to guide ratio, helps match similar abilities and desires and allows the guides to customize routes and physical exposure so everyone gets the most out of their adventure.

For details visit our "NOVA Glacier Guides" website.

Hikes check-in at 9:30 am, 2:30 pm and 7:00 pm. Adventure Treks check-in at 9:00 am and 2:30 pm.

All you need is a sense of adventure, some suggested personal clothing and snacks. We provide hiking boots for those who need them; crampons, helmets, all glacier hardware.
Combine any of our Matanuska Glacier trips with a Lion Head - Matanuska River whitewater trip for a full days outing at a discounted price and save $20 per person.

"It’s hard to believe that your people can put in 18 hour days and still be very pleasant and gracious to your guests. Their ability to interact with various personalities of guests on the trip made everyone relaxed. Food was super! We had an excellent experience with your company from trip registration through trip completion. "

Phyllis Bennett, Georgia

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River ClassificationsX

So you can better understand the classification of rivers and decide whether it will be suitable for you, we have listed the six classes as provided by the American Whitewater Affiliation, along with our professional opinion and policy for suitability. (Please note: these descriptions and ratings listed for individual rivers, can vary considerably with differing water levels. Please use the ratings as a general guideline only).

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Class I

Easy. Fast-moving water with riffles and small waves. Suitable for anyone age 5 and older, including the physically challenged.


Class II

Straightforward rapids with wide, clear channels. Occasional maneuvering may be required, but rocks and medium sized waves are easily avoided. Suitable for same as class I.


Class III

Rapids with moderate, irregular waves which may be difficult to avoid. Large waves and strainers may be present but are easily avoided. Injuries while swimming are rare. Suitable for those who don't mind getting a little wet, otherwise same as class I and II.


Class IV

Intense, powerful but predictable rapids requiring precise boat handling in turbulent water. Depending on the character of the river, it may feature large, unavoidable waves and holes or constricted passagesdemanding fast maneuvers under pressure. risk of injury to swimmers is moderate to high, and water conditions may make self rescue difficult. Suitable for those 12 and older, in good physical condition, and comfortable with the remote prospect of swimming for self rescue. With NOVA's experienced guides, this level is recommended for first-timers as well as those with prior experience.


Class V

Obstructed or very violent rapids which expose a participant to above average endangerment. Drops may contain large, unavoidable waves and holes or steep, conjested chutes with complex, demanding routes. Rapids may continue for long distances between pools, demanding a high level of fitness. Suitable for those who are comfortable with water, able to swim and in good physical condition. NOVA requires all participants to engage in a supervised practice self rescue river swim ( with lifejacket and dry suit, of course) before the trip to help demistyfy the experience. Minimum age 16 years.


Class VI

These runs often exemplify the extremes of difficulty. Experts only! Rescues may be impossible. This class does not represent drops thought to be unrunnable, but may include rapids which are only occasionally run.