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.
Ultima Thule Lodge is nestled on a hillside between the towering McColl ridge – a 7,000 feet vertical rock face – and a 3-mile-wide stretch of the Chitina River. “The only way to get here,” says lodge keeper, guide and pilot Paul Claus, “is to fly with us.” You are immersed in nature. Surrounded by tall evergreens, the smell of woodsmoke, the radiant glow of sunlight on the mountains, eagles and songbirds. With a maximum of 12 guests at a time you will find the lodge is an oasis of relaxation and personal experience.
Each cabin has two bedrooms, a full bathroom and an amply furnished sitting room with amazing views of the Chitina River and surrounding mountains. Includes: fresh, Alaskan gourmet meals, house beer and wines complimentary, private, multi-room deluxe cabin(s), personal guides and necessary equipment/gear, all bushplane flights and a different, unforgettable adventure each day.
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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 vegetables are grown. Salmon and wild game are also harvested locally.
At Ultima Thule there are no set itineraries. Everyday is a new adventure according to what the unpredictable nature of the weather and the wilderness allows. Super Cub Safaris are the specialty. Using little bush planes, you are taken on incredible day tours into the furthest reaches of the National Park; stopping to land on glaciers, mountain tops and gravel river bars, there is no limit to the possible activities. Fishing for salmon or trout, hiking and exploring, wildlife viewing and rafting are just the beginning. Unlike many other Alaskan lodges, there are no additional fees for any these daily adventures!
(Anchorage, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve)
Pause to appreciate the significance of being the first human being to stand atop a remote glacier accessible only by private plane as you watch the glacial run-off thunder down the mountainside in a massive waterfall.
As you sit atop a giant frozen glacier with the sun on your back and vast tracts of virgin forest laid out before you, the essence of Alaska will enter your soul in a connection that will remain with you for the rest of your life.
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