My wife and I have been blessed to travel widely and experience a multitude of adventures around the globe, but this place is truly exceptional. From the indescribable vastness of the landscape to the comforting "I'm home" feeling of the lodge and the Claus family and their staff, this place is an absolute must-do experience. Whether your after an authentic Alaskan wilderness experience or specifically focused on serious skiing or mountaineering or hunting, Ultima Thule offers it all in spades.
We stayed 10 days at Ultima Thule in September 2013, about 1/3 our time at the lodge and private cabin, and 2/3 our time in spike camps backpacking in various parts of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Paul and Donna run a first-class outfit, use top-of-the-line gear, feed you with fabulous food and provide an absolutely unforgettable bush-flying experience in the Super Cubs. My wife is not fond of flying, but she was absolutely comfortable with both Paul and Lonnie in our myriad Super Cub flights...and that speaks volumes.
The wildlife in this place is abundant. From Dall sheep, moose, and grizzly bears to wolves, bison and mountain goats, every day was an adventure in wildllife viewing. The fall colors in the tundra were breathtaking, and the plethora of flowers around the lodge a spectacular experience.
I particularly enjoyed the wood-fired sauna and bath-house. It was a noteworthy luxury in a most unexpected setting. The cabins are comfortable, warm and surprisingly well-appointed in this extremely remote place. And the food--well, let's just say this is the only extended backpacking trip on which I've ever gained weight. My hat goes off to Granny--she's a baker-extraordinaire!
The Claus family makes you feel like one of their own, and this is an experience you don't want to miss.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "Alaska's most authentic and adventure centric wilderness lodge."Located in the midst of 13.2 Million Acres of the wildest landscape imaginable. The Claus family invites you to share their home in one of the most rugged, remote and hauntingly beautiful corners of the world.At Ultima Thule Lodge you will discover an outpost of civilized luxury to crown your experience in the heart of the largest National Park in North America. Come live the dream and discover the hidden beauty of Alaska! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ultima Thule Lodge Alaska/Wrangell-St Elias National Park And Preserve