From June until mid- September you can enjoy the thrill of a helicopter flight combined with high alpine walking and photography in South-central Alaska. Come and experience the rugged Chugach Mountains away from the crowds! We offer guided tours for small groups of 2 – 5 people, so you’ll have plenty of quality time in the wilderness with outstanding opportunities to see wildlife. This tour can easily be upgraded to be a photographers dream: we add a relocation with the helicopter to explore two different areas and bring in our professional photographer/guide to help take your picture taking skills to the next level.
Amazing scenery and great guides
Veteran pilots operate our modern R44 helicopters, so you can be assured that you are in the best hands. Your tour starts at Knik River Lodge where meet your guide and pilot. After a quick safety briefing and gear check you’ll board the helicopter and whisk off to the alpine meadows, well above timberline. Your guide is an experienced naturalist, knowledgeable about the area and the abundant wildlife and vegetation. June is mating season for the bears and they’ll be very active after a long winter hibernation. In July expect endless wildflowers, in August and September it’s
berry galore plus the vibrant colors of fall. We often see bears, moose and Dall sheep on our hikes and your guide will make sure these are safe and enjoyable encounters for our guests and the animals alike.
Hike on top of the world
The helicopter will drop you off in the high country where spectacular scenery surrounds you. Together you determine ahead of time how long and strenuous you wish to hike. Some people just want to stretch their legs and take pictures for one or two hours while others want to scramble all the way to the top of Mount Palmer and spend up to 4 hours in the mountains. Full day adventures are available at a small surcharge and inlcude a hearty lunch.
While the heli-hiking tour offer plenty of ‘Kodak’ opportunities, the true photographer may be tempted to add some fight time and have the helicopter relocate you to a second location where you’ll have a totally different view of the area. On this tour you’ll be accompanied by a professional photographer who can teach even the most seasoned landscape and wildlife photographer some new skills to really maximize the potential of your equipment. Our guests
always come back with a very big smile from this tour…
Prices Heli Hiking
$575 per person, 2 person minumum. Child rate $525, valid for children 11 and younger if escorted by at least 1 adult. Children under 2 are free on parents lap but you'll have to carry the baby. Included: helicopter flights, 4 hours expert naturalist guide, complimentary beverages.
Prices Photography Tour
$675 per person, 2 person minumum. Included: 50 minute helicopter flight with one relocation, 5 hours professional photographer/guide, complimentary beverages.
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Discounts of 20 - 40% available if you combine multiple helicopter tours. Ask us about the details.
June 1 – Sep 15
Morning and afternoon departure available daily. Due to limited availability of the photographer / guides we recommend planning this tour on a weekday and to reserve your spot as early as possible.
Why book this tour?
• Helicopter tour with spectacular scenery
• Private guided tour: just your party plus a guide
• Photography tours guided by renowned professional photographers & naturalists
• Better weather than Seward, Juneau, Haines and Skagway