(Anchorage, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve)
Experience Anchorage with your private guide before you experience a gateway to the ultimate wilderness adventure within Alaska's vast Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. Upon arrival to the lodge, there is no itinerary. Each morning when you wake, lodge staff is already studying the skies and ready to plan a unique adventure for your day. Experienced wilderness guides will help you discover the perfect activity to match your experience level and interests. 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'll 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. In the lodge's small bush planes, you can land practically anywhere. You can be flown up into a mountain valley, put down on a sandbar at the edge of the forest, and guided on a hike that literally no one has ever done before. Every activity is unique when you let wilderness and nature guide you. Thrive on the unexpected in remote Alaska. What a wonderful opportunity to discover Alaska's remote wilderness area.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.
Located in the heart downtown Anchorage, the Hilton Anchorage (4*) stands out for its convenience and comfort. Guests will find countless recreation, shopping, dining and cultural opportunities easily accessible during their stay at this hotel. The Hilton Anchorage is just a 15 minute drive from Ted Stevens International Airport, two short blocks from the Alaska Railroad Depot and within easy walking distance of the Anchorage Convention District.
Meet your driver-guide for a private half-day tour of Anchorage, Alaska's largest city. Full of interesting sites, picturesque scenery, and history, Anchorage makes for a great sightseeing tour. Your tour will pass attractions like the Log Cabin Visitor Center, the Alaska Railroad Depot, and the Museum of Art & History. Visit Resolution Park and the Captain Cook Monument as well as Ship Creek Viewpoint, which overlooks Cook Inlet. Return transfer to your hotel included. Admissions (if desired) payable on spot.
Take a flight from Anchorage to Valdez.
Located within the largest National Park in the United States, the Ultima Thule Lodge can only be accessed by small aircraft, as there are no roads within the park.You'll board a small aircraft at a designated departure point, and be transfered to the lodge on an incredibly scenic flight. Duration will range up to 1.5 hours.
Ultima Thule Lodge is nestled on the shore of the Chitina River, a hundred miles from the nearest road. You are in good company at Ultima Thule. Harpers Abroad named the lodge one of the 150 Best Places on Earth. Women’s Adventure Magazine calls it “a world class lodge.” National Geographic Traveller proclaims it a Best Place to visit. But it’s the words of their guests that mean the most to your hosts. Your cabin is nestled on a hillside alive with flowers and the lodges' abundant vegetable garden. A river-rock path winds along the hillside to the next cabin, and up the slope to the main lodge.
The Wrangell/St. Elias mountain ranges are a geological paradise – volcanos, glaciers, gold, copper – and the highest coastal mountain range on earth. Today you'll set out in a bush plane with a guide, and embark on a one of a kind experience.
“No human being has ever stood here,” says your guide.
You stand on the rocky peak of a mountain with no name. The sun is warm on your back. The glacier here is receding, and the stone beneath your feet has only been bare for a few days. Glacial runoff thunders down from the mountain in a massive waterfall. Vast clouds of vapor glitter in the sunlight. You watch as the glacier calves a huge, jagged shard of ice, and it drops down into the valley below.. crashing into the Chitina river. You’ll drink that tonight.
Behind you, the two-seater Piper Super Cub waits silently, its steel propellor glinting in the sun, its massive, rubbery bush-wheels perfectly suited for a landing at the top of the world.
Share in the unique lifestyle of the adventure-centric family of pilots, guides and world traveled outdoors people who run the lodge. Discover the incredible attention to detail and human comforts at their home in the heart of the Alaskan wilderness.Every day is unique. Perhaps today you'll be flown over the pinnace of Mount St. Elias, the largest vertical rock face on Earth. You'll dust Elias' snowy peak, then drive down over the glacier fields, breeze over grassy plains and glide out to the Pacific Ocean. Land on the beach and eat a gourmet picnic lunch set along in the back of the plane. Sit on an iceberg in the sun and watch huge chunks of glacier ice crash into waves. No itineraries you have to chose from ahead of time here. No set schedule of events. This is adventuring as it's meant to be, in its puerest form, adhering to the laws of nature while respectfully marveling at her grandeur. Ebrace the remote beauty and unique flexibility this wilderness escape offers.
Depart the Ultima Thule Lodge on another scenic flight by small aircraft. Keep your eye out for some of the area's wildlife along the way.
Take a flight from Valdez to Anchorage.
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