Hikers traversing the ice with Exit Glacier Guides ona helicopter tour
Hole in the glacier during a helicopter trip
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In 2011, we were rated as one of the top 10 adventure tours in the world by Trip Advisor

Seward, Alaska's Premier Hiking and Climbing Guides

Update: Due to the mild winter, most of our trips will be offered early for the 2014 season! We plan to open at the end of May — that's good news for all of you early visitors!

We are a Seward based guiding and hiking company focused on providing affordable Alaskan Adventures on the mountains and glaciers of Alaska.  This season will be our 10th year guiding folks on Ice Hiking and Ice Climbing tours in Seward.  We pioneered glacier guiding on the Kenai Peninsula and have the most experience to safely guide our clients onto the glaciers of Kenai Fjords National Park and the Chugach National Forest.

Our tours allow adventurous folks to ice climb and ice hike directly on the surface of the glacier. Our two playgrounds are Exit Glacier and Godwin Glacier, where we either hike in or approach by helicopter.  The helicopter tours allow folks to experience the ice on their terms, either hard charging or more laid back, easy going.  

We also offer an inexpensive ride to Exit Glacier from Seward via an hourly, eco-friendly $10 shuttle. The rangers at the park offer free tours of the lower area 3 times a day.

Feel free to check out our tours, videos and reviews to see more of the Exit Glacier Guides experience.  Recently ranked #8 in the top 10 Adventure Tours in the world by Trip Advisor, we think you'll find the Alaskan Adventures you're looking for.  

The Shop Blog

Wanna see what our guides are up to in the off season? Check out the latest posts from our adventurous, wandering professionals...
05/29/2014 - 7:00pm

I was supposed to have my first Mountain Marathon Shakedown / Breakfast on the Mountain trip, but unfortunately the clients were a no show.  Bummer for them.  I figured what the heck, I'd take myself and my dog Paisley to  see how all the systems worked.

The trip is designed for clients that would like a quick, early, rigorous hike up about 1000 feet to the bench then come down by 9:30... in time to make the boat trips or trip back to Anchorage.  The teaser is the coffee and bagels on an overlook above town.  Breakfast on the Mountain...what a concept.

It turned out to be a spectacular day....misty, a bit foggy, and cool tempertures for a quick ascension up the 'Bench Trail' of Mount Marathon.  Paisley and I made it up to the Bench... Read more

05/29/2014 - 3:57pm

During the seasonal migration to Seward I had the opportunity to meet up with Brian Dodd and Ross Downer  in the Wind River Range for a bit skiing and exploring in some of the most impressive mountains the Rockies have to offer.  The Winds stretch for about 100 miles, contain 19 of 20 of Wyoming's 13,000 ft. summits, and makeup three of the state's designated wilderness areas.  After notable snowfall in the region throughout the winter, early May looked like a great time to visit.


We accessed the mountains via the Elkhart... Read more

The Silver Sherpa
05/29/2014 - 8:44am

Check it out! The Trip Flip episode where we took the Travel Channel folks ice climbing on Godwin Glacier just aired last night. The episode is called "Surviving Alaska." There's some video and photos on the travel channel's website from the episode. Thanks to Kim Barnard from the Sugar Mountain crew for letting us know it aired!

05/28/2014 - 7:30am


Last couple days I was up on the ice with the other guides training.  What a kick.  I haven’t done technical climbing much less on a glacier.  It was quite the rush rappelling into a crevasse.  Was cool beyond words.


Since my main job is to lead the day hikes I spent the second half of yesterday scoping out the Harding Ice Field Trail.  When people ask, I describe the “HIT” as a ‘life hike’…simply you’re not likely to do anything like it in your entire life.  It climbs 3000 feet roughly paralleling Exit Glacier up the valley.  The views are intense and, really, are hard to describe.  I’ve taken families up the trail, and although it is a strenuous hike, once they... Read more

The Silver Sherpa
05/26/2014 - 10:26am

Trevor displaying some glacier dexterity skills during an early season scouting run on Godwin glacier. Don't try this at home!