Stretching from Canada’s Yukon Territory to the Pacific Ocean, The Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is part of the largest protected land mass on earth. But most people will never see it. Although the land surrounding Ultima Thule Lodge is deep in a national park, it is utterly inaccessible and almost entirely unvisited.
Here in the heart of the wilderness, a hundred miles from the end of the road, bears roam glittering sandbars. Moose feast on wild vegetation. Dall sheep tread their ancient mountain paths and eagles soar from cliff to spruce. With a maximum of 12 guests at a time, you will find the lodge is an oasis of relaxation and personal experience.
Upon arrival at the lodge and once you are settled, you will meet with your pilot guides for a general orientation and set your plans for the following days. You will have the afternoon to begin your adventures.
Each private cabin is uniquely appointed, with stained glass windows, a cherry writing desk, plush and elegant leather Craftsman furniture, and a quintessentially Alaskan devotion to primal comforts. Although every touch of civilization was either hand made on site or carefully selected and flown here, it’s hard to picture that armchair strapped into the back of the little plane you rode in. Not to mention the wrought-iron stove. The attention to detail and unique wilderness charm of each cabin instantly make you feel at ease and at home. There is also a cedar sauna/self-spa that makes for a great place to relax after a full day of adventuring.
Dining is in the main lodge building and features gourmet meals prepared with fresh Alaskan ingredients. There is a large organic garden on site where most of the veggies are grown, and salmon and wild game is harvested locally. Special dietary needs can be accommodated.
Great care is taken to ensure that you can relax with every comfort and enjoy the best that the wilderness has to offer!
The philosophy of the Claus family, who have owned and operated the lodge since it was built in the 1950’s, is “Wilderness is the unexpected. We let nature lead us, not the other way around, so every day here is different.”
There is no itinerary here. When you wake and make your way to the grand room at the main lodge, the Claus family is already studying the skies. The Clauses and their experienced Alaskan wilderness guides can help you discover the perfect activity to match your experience level and your interests.
“In these Piper Super Cubs we can land you anywhere,” says Paul, one of the most celebrated bush pilots in Alaska. “We can fly you up into a mountain valley, put you down on a sandbar at the edge of the forest, and guide you on a hike that literally no one has ever done before.”
One day, you may fly to explore an abandoned gold mine. Or kayak and fish for salmon in a glacial fed river. Or hike in pursuit of Dall sheep across a mountain ridge. The next day you may find yourself landing in the middle of the largest non-polar glacier in the world, the Bagley Icefield, for an undisturbed view of the earth’s most massive pile of rock and ice—Mt. Logan.
Or maybe your pilot will take you flying over the pinnacle of Mount St. Elias, the largest vertical rock face on Earth. You’ll dust Elias’ snowy peak, then dive down over the glacier fields, breeze over the grassy plains, and glide out to the Pacific Ocean. Land on the beach and eat the gourmet picnic lunch sent along in the back of the plane.
There is no added or hourly charter cost for flying – it’s part of the experience. There is really no other way to see this land.
All activities at Ultima Thule Lodge are 100% tailored and customized to each person’s interests, desires, and fitness levels.
Some adventure examples:
> Air Safari Adventures
> Glacier Exploration and Hiking
> Hiking and Trekking – Alpine Tundra, or Boreal Rainforests
> Bear and Big Game Wildlife Viewing
> Bird Watching
> River Rafting
> Beach Combing
> Wilderness Discovery and Immersion
> Downhill Sledding on Glaciers (anytime of the year!)
> Visit Gold Rush Era Historic Sites
> Wine & Cheese Luncheon on the Icefield
> Comfort Camping (sleep out in a cozy camp away from the lodge)
“My wife and I wanted to travel through Chile, Bolivia and Peru and were slightly daunted by the logistics of organising such a varied trip.John Resse, USA
Chris was incredibly helpful not only mapping out the most exciting and engaging trip, but also using his extensive personal knowledge of the best things to do. They were reassuringly efficient in organising the trip, monitoring how we were doing during the trip and making adjustments to improve the trip.Tracy Williams, UK
Chris’s passion and enthusiasm encouraged us to do things we wouldn't have thought to do, which gave us fantastic memories of the trip of a lifetime.”Tony Thomas, USA
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