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Ultima Thule Lodge combines the wild adventure of an Alaska wilderness lodge with all the creature comforts expected with high-end hotels. Add in the daily plane safari adventures and the customized experiences for groups of just two people, and you will find yourself feeling like family at this remote Alaska lodge. Experience the beauty of Wrangell - St. Elias National Park with small group flight-seeing, hiking, kayaking and other adventures each day. Giests are able to customize activities to suit your preference and skill level. Retreat each evening to gourmet meals of fresh local ingredients and relax after a day of exploring. Ultima Thule Lodge keeps groups small and guests to a maximum of 12. Enjoy a truly unique and intimate Alaska adventure with the Claus family at Ultima Thule Lodge.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Fly McCarthy - Ultima Thule Lodge
Days 2-4 : Flight Safari Adventures
Day 5 : Return McCarthy


  • Enjoy custom flight-safari adventures each day during your stay
  • Relax comfortably in your private cabin overlooking the Chitina River
  • Spot a variety of wildlife in the largest untouched wilderness areas on Earth
  • Try a variety of activities, including hiking, kayaking, and even skiing

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Trip Type

  • Independent

Activity Level

Easy Active

Trip Snapshots

Spot the Northern Lights. Credit Arturo Polo Ena. Flight Seeing over the glacier. Credit Arturo Polo Ena. Hiking Wrangell- St. Elias. Credit Arturo Polo Ena. Flight Seeing Adventures. Credit Arturo Polo Ena. Plane on the lake. Credit Arturo Polo Ena. Flying over Wrangell - St. Elias. Credit Arturo Polo Ena. Overlooking the lake. Credit Arturo Polo Ena. Aerial view of the lodge. Credit Arturo Polo Ena.

Day 1 Fly McCarthy - Ultima Thule Lodge

The flight shuttle in McCarthy will pick you up at 4:00 PM for the transfer to Ultime Thule Lodge. This remote lodge is located 100 miles from the nearest road near Wrangell - St. Elias National Park, one of the world's largest tracts of untouched wilderness. Touch down and get a glimpse of your remote Alaska surroundings. Each of the lodge's private cabins overlooks the meandering braids of the Chitina River. Spend this evening in the main lodge, enjoying your first taste of the freshly prepared gourmet Alaskan cuisine. 

Day 2-4 Flight Safari Adventures

  • Hotel
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Rise each morning and make your way to the grand room to discuss the plans for the day's adventures with your guide. Daily options can be customized depending on the weather conditions and your own preferences, interests, and skill level. Split up your larger group if you wish to accommodate all varying interests. Private adventuring in groups as small as two is included in your stay at Ultima Thule Lodge.

The Wrangell Mountains are notorious for their difficulty to navigate on foot, even for experienced hikers in the summer. Enjoy the private access you have to these untouched lands within the lodge planes that transport you tp the middle of some of the most breathtaking landscapes on the planet. 

Adventure options at Ultima Thule include flight-seeing, glacier exploration, sledding, photography, beachcombing, fishing, bear-viewing, rafting, and hiking in a variety of habitats. Downhill skiing and snowboarding in untouched powder can sometimes be arranged in spring months.  Spend your days exploring this pristine Alaska wilderness before retreating at the end of the day for some delicious food and needed rest.

Day 5 Return McCarthy

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Today you set out on your final flight safari adventure, enjoying lunch in the field before returning to McCarthy around 3:30 PM to connect with your flight back to Anchorage. Travelers may choose to add some time in McCarthy or Kennicott as you prefer. 

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Trip insurance is strongly recommended for this itinerary.
Charter flights to McCarthy from Anchorage, Denali, Fairbanks, Seward and other nearby cities are available for this tour, please inquire.
A liability release waiver is mandatory to sign upon arrival to the lodge.


  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 4 Nights Accommodations
    • 4 Nights Lodge
  • 4 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are included.
    Pickup in McCarthy. Contact us for arrangements from other cities.
    Dropoff in McCarthy. Contact us for rates for dropoff to other cities.
  • Gear Rental
    • Any specialty equipment for adventures is provided.
  • Meals not Included
    • House wine and beer are complementary. Other specific alcohol requests must be made in advance of your trip and may have additional cost.
  • Park Entrance Fee


  • Internal Flights
    • $280 Round trip Commercial Flights Chitina - McCarthy - Chitina
    • Flight cost is subject to change
  • International Flights


  • $300 Optional Excursions
    • Special activity requests (such as camping) must be arranged in advance and may have an additional fee.
  • $800 Gratuities
    • Recommended 8-10%
  • $80 Fishing License
    • Licenses vary between $25-80 per day
  • $150 Possible pre or post hotel night
    • Anchorage Hotel Approximate Cost (per person)
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
Meyer Smolen

When to Go

Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.
Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.

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