We are going Fox Glacier in mid April and thinking to join the Heli Hike tour. We travel with 2 kids (9 & 12 yr old) & a bit concerned 2～3 hours hiking on the glacier will be to much/ difficult for my 9 years old.
Has anyone taken the their children to the Heli hike tour? Could you please give us some advices.
Would not be concerned about that. Easy hike adapted to the group young or old. 9 years is a great age ti explore and will love it going through the 'caves'. More challenging for 50+ than for 9 years ...do take different clothing options and decide last minute what to wear. They provide water proof boots,socks, pant,jackets... you might want to check sizes for the kids. Enjoy and no worries its fun and relaxing not intensive hiking...more walk talk..
If you go up then it will be awesome and memorable I am sure, however there is a slight risk of disappointment....Have a backup plan for an afternoon walk. We had two lots of 30-40 minutes preparing (getting a briefing, getting boots, jackets etc) and then it was called off at last minute. We were told by one of the guides that around 50% are cancelled at that time of year (Early Jan 2018). You will get a full refund if you dont take off.
Also, although our two attempts in January was called off... the lot who went before were stuck on the ice for 4hrs or so before they could come down...(I understand they keep them safe whilst they wait for the weather to clear but it must be dull as they have to keep them together and just wait).
I do not have any kid so unfortunately I cannot be of much help, but what I can tell you is that the hike, in reality, is a walk on mainly plain surfaces of the glacier, with no major difficulties involved and with plenty of "pauses" to admire the scenery and listen to the guide. In my group there was an aged person (over 65 years of age) and had no difficulties in following the group.
The only "challenge" might be, in the beginning, to walk with the crampons, but again, is something that is easily mastered, especially by youngsters.
Hope this is somehow useful. Enjoy your holidays!
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