Portage Glacier Raft & Hike

Experience this unique adventure to Portage Glacier with our small group tour. How we get there is part of the adventure! Your group can raft across the 3 mile lake if conditions allow or hike Portage Pass then hop into a raft for a more intimate glacier experience. We want to customize this trip to your group’s abilities and get the most out of this spectacular area. Plan for a 5-7hr excursion with us, lunch and snacks provided, wear waterproof hiking shoes and bring waterproof layers. Extra layers and backpacks available upon request. Departure time is 730am from Girdwood. Minimum booking is 2, maximum is 102.

*This trip is weather dependent and may alter the trip plan, we will be in touch a day before your tour for final trip plan

**Portage Pass has an elevation gain of 800ft in 1.5miles and the trail is 4 miles round trip.

May to September

Duration 5-7 hrs

7:30am Daily (or custom itinerary)

Adult $289 / Child (Under 14) $199

Tour Information

Full Tour Description

An Alaskan experience for all ages! Your group can help your guide paddle across the vast Portage Lake with dramatic mountain views leading to the reveal of Portage Glacier, or let the guide do all the work and sit back to relax! Learn how glaciers and weather formed the landscape to give you an appreciation of the power of ice.

Your group can choose an extended shore excursion or hike Portage Pass with views of the glacier and Prince William Sound.

We are specialized in small or private groups with decades of experience as Alaskan guides.


Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made using our online booking system, over the phone by calling 907-382-1050 or by emailing us. A credit card will be required to secure your reservation, however, it will not be charged until the date of your tour pending cancellation within 7 days.

Tour Price & Inclusions

Portage Glacier Raft & Hike – Adult $289 / Child (under 14) $199

This is a full-day experience, lunch, snacks and hot drinks are covered.

*Guide gratuities are not included in the tour price. If you like the ride, Tip the guide!

**All tours on USFS land are subject to a $7 land use fee per person

What to Wear

Come prepared with waterproof hiking boots or shoes and waterproof layers.

Lifejackets and extra layers (if needed) are provided.

Additional Options

Add a visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center for $49 per person.

Physical Requirements

The hike has a moderate elevation gain of 750ft in one mile.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation within 7 days of your scheduled departure will be charged full price unless medical emergency with documentation – NO EXCEPTIONS.

A cancellation prior to 7 days will receive  90% price of tour refund.

There is no charge if the weather prevents your trip from happening. Glacier City’s guides determine weather cancellations and there is no refund for partial trips due to weather or client issues.

Weather Disclaimer

This trip is always weather dependent as strong winds at the lake may create an alternative trip plan.


We are located in Girdwood, Alaska approximately 35 miles south of Anchorage on the corner of the New Seward and Alyeska Highways. Take the New Seward Highway “1” south out of Anchorage to mile marker 90. Girdwood is the biggest town you will come to after leaving Anchorage. You will see signs for Girdwood and the Alyeska Resort. Turn left (the only left into town) onto the Alyeska Highway and then make an immediate right into the Tesoro Gas Station & Mini-mall. There are several shops attached to the gas station. Our shop is the Great Alaskan Tourist Trap located next to the Ice Cream Shop. Its an upscale gift shop with a humorous twist. This is where we will, “Suit ya and boot ya”


Glacier City Snowmobile Tours provides free transportation in the Girdwood Valley. Options from Anchorage include all major car rental agencies or private transportation. If you prefer private transportation, we recommend Four Seasons Transportation – call Dave at 1-907-744-4946. Cost is $138 each way for up to 4 people. There is no public transportation from Anchorage.


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