Flying over the Chugach mountains and glaciers for over 10 years we have found that some places are always teeming with wildlife. One of these places is a steep, hidden valley near the Knik glacier, which has quickly become one of favorite secrets. The valley is very scenic, dotted with alpine meadows and flanked by precipitous rock faces and bold peaks. We almost always see black bears, moose, Dall sheep and mountain goats, so in 2017 we did some tours specifically geared towards viewing wildlife and it was a tremendous success so are very exited to present this brand new tour option for 2018.
You fly by helicopter to an alpine meadow where you and your guide get dropped off. When the helicopter disappears on the horizon the silence embraces you and we’ll get the binoculars and spotting scopes out to observe the animals without disturbing them. We have camp chairs and a shelter stashed so it’s a comfortable way to spend a few hours and to enjoy a gourmet lunch. If you are a photographer, bring all the lenses you have as the landscape is amazing wherever you look. This is a unique opportunity to observe wildlife in a spectacular setting while really having the time to look around and realize how lucky you are to experience this.
Remember, unlike Africa most of the wildlife in Alaska is solitary, so expect small groups or individual animals spread out along the slopes. Have said that: we have observed wolves, lynx and wolverine in this valley; animals even most Alaskans never get to see!
- Helicopter flight over the majestic Chugach Range into a hidden valley where very few people venture
- High alpine meadow location with camp chairs, shelter and picnic lunch
- Views of the Knik and Colony glaciers
- Small group size, very personal tour with expert guides
Take a look at some of our most recent photos from this tour.
We were in Anchorage the for a few days the week of June 12th....my husband Ed (an airplane and helicopter pilot) and his buddy Jim booked the 2 hour excursion. They were flying high from the experience. Super easy to book; Anchorage Helicopter Tours did the pickup and drop off at the hotel; and the experience and scenery incredible!
See Alaska from a new point of view!!
First off, I'm a local, born and raised Alaska but this is one touristy thing I strongly suggest everyone does. Absolutely impressed. So cool to see Alaska from a new perspective. Anchorage Helicopter Tours has a good selection of tours to go on. Our pilot Matt was awesome, friendly and you can tell he has a passion to fly. He did a great job explaining what was going on and pointing out interesting sights. Live life and do it!