Ultima Thule

Ultima Thule

100 miles from the nearest road, Ultima Thule is located deep within the largest protected land mass on earth, Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. There’s only one way to experience this region- Bush Plane. Five planes are utilized for access to daily activities and each day’s itinerary is unscripted.

“We routinely go places no human being has ever been” ~Paul Claus

Ultima Thule Lodge

Ultima Thule Lodge is nestled on a hillside between the towering McColl Ridge – a 7,000 foot vertical rock face – and a 3 mile wide stretch of the Chitina River.

Luxurious cabins are tucked into a hillside alive with flowers and Ultima Thule’s abundant vegetable garden. Each private cabin is uniquely appointed, with elegant craftsman furniture and a quintessentially Alaskan devotion to primal comforts. The attention to detail and unique wilderness charm of each cabin instantly make you feel at ease and at home.

Meals are served within the main lodge and feature fresh Alaskan game and fish, vegetables harvested from the local garden, and fresh baked bread and pasteries from the ovens.


There are no itineraries at Ultima Thule. The Claus family allows weather and your interests to dictate each day’s activities. The Wrangell Mountains are notoriously dangerous and difficult to navigate by foot, even in Summer. Fortunately, with the Claus Family’s celebrated gift for landing gently in the wild, you can touch this wilderness. Hiking, rafting, fishing, wildlife viewing – each day offers a new adventure!

Expedition Broker & Ultima Thule

We operate as a full service adventure travel agency and often incorporate itineraries to Ultima Thule in conjunction with a charter yacht for clients. Planning travel to remote locations in Alaska is challenging and confusing. We’re able to use our local, first hand knowledge to help create intricately prepared, custom itineraries at no cost to you.


  • Comprehensive pre-departure trip materials
  • 4 nights in a deluxe, private cabin and 4 days of exclusive flying adventures
  • Organic and wild Alaskan gourmet meals and cuisine
  • Unlimited access to sauna and self-spa
  • Light laundry service
  • Senior level guides and any necessary equipment/gear
  • Unrestricted daily bush plane flights!
  • A tailor made, unique adventure each day with the option of a private guide for every 2 people
  • Complimentary selection of house wines and local Alaskan craft beers
  • Transfer to/from the lodge between McCarthy or Chitina, Alaska

Why Go?


  • The only way to truly experience this vast and rugged region
  • A true wilderness adventure by day, and true luxury by night
  • “We routinely go places no human being has ever been” ~Paul Claus



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Guests Up to 10
Location Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
Adventures Hiking, rafting, photography, wildlife viewing, fishing
Available Planes Three Piper PA-18 Super Cubs, 1957 de Havilland DHC-3 Otter, Cessna 185 Skywagon