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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. Guests 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 unique and intimate Alaska adventure with the Claus family at Ultima Thule Lodge.
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.Spot the Northern Lights. Credit Arturo Polo Ena.
Highlights
  • 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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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. 

Accommodations

Ultima Thule Lodge

Spot the Northern Lights. Credit Arturo Polo Ena.
Cabin interiors. Credit Arturo Polo Ena.
Aerial view of the lodge. Credit Arturo Polo Ena.

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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.
Included
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 4 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Park Entrance Fee
  • Gear Rental - Any specialty equipment for adventures is provided.
  • Arrival Transfer - Pickup in McCarthy. Contact us for arrangements from other cities.
  • Departure Transfer - Dropoff in McCarthy. Contact us for rates for dropoff to other cities.
  • House wine and beer are complementary. Other specific alcohol requests must be made in advance of your trip and may have additional cost.
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fishing License - Licenses vary between $25-80 per day

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