Tailor-made Town and High Country Tour

Overview

Authentic outpost exploration highlighting McCarthy and Kennecott townsites plus the wild mountain Kingdom beyond. Five day custom getaways from Sunday to Friday, ongoing availability May 15 – September 15.

Availability
June 10 – 14; June 17 – 21; June 24 – 28; Contact us for custom itineraries 
Duration
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Begins In
McCarthy 
Ends In
McCarthy 
Accommodations
Ma Johnson's Historic Hotel, Ultima Thule Lodge 
Transportation
Shuttle and Bush Plane 
Features
Historic cultural tour, tundra and glacier hiking, ice climbing, flightseeing, glacier landings, Dutton-Goldfield Wine 
Priced From
$4,350 

Take a guided walking tour among the 49th states’ turn-of-the-century entrepreneurial beginnings: Kennecott Copper Corporation’s mill building, miners cabins, managers house, cow barn, infirmary and others.

Fly in your private bush plane over the worlds largest concentration of 17,000 foot peaks. Learn to hike on a glacier or to climb its ancient ice. Dine on haute-Alaskan cuisine and fine Napa Valley wine for a one-of-a-kind picnic lunch on a glacier. Slide even deeper into culinary bliss over a 14-course tasting menu at the McCarthy Lodge.

Experience the ruggedly stylish side of Alaska. Here a goat cheese, truffle salt, balsamic, cracker.

 

“… Though the resort’s secluded locale can make getting there a daunting task, Thomas Keller–trained chef Joshua Slaughter has created a famed dining destination that is well worth the journey…”
– The James Beard Foundation

 

Standard on each day of your tour is a basic boxed lunch suitable for the backcountry: sandwich, beverage, fruit, candy bar and cookies or brownie.

Special Offer from Dutton Goldfield and the McCarthy Lodge

We are proud to offer an optional upgrade in partnership with Dutton-Goldfield Winery of Sonoma County, California and the creative chefs of the McCarthy Lodge. The Goldfield Picnic Basket pairs an unique lunch menu with Dutton Goldfield wines. Contact us to learn the available varietals.

 

Itinerary

As with all Wild Alpine adventures, the itinerary for your next Town and High Country Getaway is entirely unique and customized to your interests. These extraordinary adventures can originate in most Alaskan towns.

Contact us to begin planning your tailor made itinerary.

Recommended Five Day Itinerary

Day 1 Afternoon arrival and overnight at Ultima Thule Lodge.
Originating in McCarthy, this unique tour introduces you to the best of both Alaskan worlds: remote, rustic settlements rooted in mineral prospecting and the luxurious comforts of Ultima Thule Lodge. The journey from your point of origin to the Lodge passes through as many as four mountain ranges including the St. Elias, Wrangell, Alaska and Chugach. We call this Day 1 of your Town & High Country Tour as the journey to this corner of Alaska denotes a truly outstanding transition. Decompress with a hot sauna and cold beverage overlooking the Chitna River Valley. Settle in for the next two nights in the lap of wildland luxury.

Day 2 High country flightseeing & hiking tour, picnic lunch, overnight at Ulitma Thule Lodge.
Day two takes you even deeper into the high country wilds of Alaska. Begin with a hearty breakfast and mid-morning departure for your private air safari and guided hiking tour of Alaska’s high alpine landscape. Your pilots and guides will take a look at the weather in the morning, aim for the sunshine and stay away from placing limitations on the possibilities! Maybe you’ll get a birds’ eye view of 18,000′ Mount St. Elias or the sprawling Bagley Icefield, largest of the subpolar icefields in North America. Spend the day exploring rolling tundra, glacier trekking, and enjoying complimentary picnic lunch in this vast and unparalleled wilderness.

Day 3 Leisurely morning hiking, reading, relaxing. Afternoon departure for McCarthy, overnight at Ma Johnson’s Historic Hotel.
Your adventure continues on Day 3 with a 30-minute flight tour to the copper mining outpost towns of McCarthy and Kennecott. Explore by foot some of McCarthy’s historic landmarks including the Copper River and Northwest Railway turning station, local museum, the Wagon Trail. Celebrate your arrival with a burger and brew at the Golden Saloon or a glass of fine wine and 4-course meal at the McCarthy Lodge; rest easy at Ma Johnson’s Historic Hotel, all conveniently located in downtown McCarthy.

Day 4 McCarthy & Kennecott historic town tour, Root Glacier or upland valley trekking, overnight at Ma Johnson’s Historic Hotel.
Your fourth day of wilderness adventuring begins after breakfast in McCarthy. Travel by shuttle four miles up valley to Kennecott for lunch and an afternoon hike through the iconic Kennecott Copper Corporation National Historic Landmark site where a National Park Service naturalist may join you for a peek inside. Venture down to the Root Glacier for an up-close and personal exploration on the ice or up towards Bonanza and Jumbo Mine sites for sweeping views of the valley below. Raise a toast to your final night in this colorful community; rest easy at Ma Johnson’s Historic Hotel.

Day 5 Explore the Kennecott Valley, transfer from McCarthy to your next destination.
Day five marks the conclusion of your Town & High Country Getaway. Enjoy this final day at your leisure before continuing on to your next destination.

 

About the Area

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Ultima Thule Lodge Gear List

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