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question regarding heli-hike or other guided hike

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question regarding heli-hike or other guided hike

While we would love to do the heli-hike, it puts us substantially over budget (though we're still considering it), would anyone recommend a guide hike (not heli) such as the fox trot half day walks to save us some money? or is it possible to do our own hiking on the glacier or is strictly guided tracks only?

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1. Re: question regarding heli-hike or other guided hike

access onto the glaciers is stricktly guided only. This is particularily in line of several fatalities when individuals have ventured to the hazardous areas and ignored signs with disasterous consequences.

The half day guided walk gives you an excellent glacier experience.

you an walk up he valley for a short distance from the car park and view the glacier from a great distance, but that doesnt quite cut it compared to venturing on to the only glaciers in the world which decend down into a temerate rain forest

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2. Re: question regarding heli-hike or other guided hike

I've walked to the terminal face of both glaciers many times. You must stay behind the rope barriers for your own safety, but you certainly can see the glaciers....they're not nearly as pretty from the ground as from above, but I think the freedom walk is well worth the effort, and a reasonable alternative for the budget busting helihike and guided hikes. No walking ON the glacier without a guide though as mentioned above. Too dangerous.

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