It’s immense, vast… you get it. Alaska is big. Escape the suffocation of the daily grind, and find space to breathe on this award-winning airborne adventure. Arriving in McCarthy, you’ll travel to your home for the next few days; a rustic family-run lodge nestled into the hillside on the edge on the Chitina river.
From here, you’ll enjoy the luxury of your own private plane, ready to help you explore the waiting wilderness of the Wrangell – St Elias National Park.
Meandering braided rivers, long-stretching sandbars and inhospitable mountains make for unforgiving hiking terrain and road foundations. Equipped with wider and softer ‘bush wheels’, your plane will be capable of landing just about anywhere, offering unparalleled views and a route to the furthest reaches of the park.
- Exclusive use of your own private plane.
- Soar above rivers, marshlands, mountains, forests and glaciers.
- Unlimited adventure potential; hiking, glacier trekking, flying, fishing, river-paddling.
- Look out for bears and moose.
- Freedom to explore the Alaskan wilderness at your own pace.
- Dedicated, knowledgeable pilot.
- Friendly, family run lodge cabins.
- Luxury, off-grid cabin for relaxing after action-packed days.
With the personal use of your plane and local pilot, you’ll spend the next few days doing truly what you please. Take a new hike one day, and keep your eyes peeled from the plane to spot giant grizzly bears the next. Trek the cold grip of the glaciers, or relax by the river with your fishing line and practice the art of patience to earn your catch. There is no itinerary here, rather simple guidance by nature offering you the true spirit of adventure; the unexpected.
Alaska and Wrangell-St Elias National Park
The largest of America’s National Parks, and the convergence of no less than four mountain ranges, Wrangell-St Elias National Park a picture of pure wilderness. Established in 1980, it is nature on a gigantic scale. Aside from the remnants left by gold and copper mining communities, it is virtually untouched by human civilisation. Long, freezing winters have preserved the 150 glaciers that snake across the park, including the Nabesna glacier, the longest valley glacier in the world.
A family establishment, the guides we work with are native to region, and have grown up to understand and respect the environment around them. With over 35’000 flight hours logged, and championship skiers among them, you could say they’ve experienced life a little differently than most. All we know, is there’s certainly no better pilots to show you Alaska by airplane.
Is this Adventure for You?
This adventure has an activity rating of Active to Moderate. Although there’s plenty of time to relax in the comfort of your lodge and beside the river, fishing rod in hand, a good level fitness will ensure you’re able to explore this vast national landscape as much as possible.
Overlooking the Chitina river, the lodge will offer the spectacular views of the surrounding landscape with the height of luxury and comfort. Rest your head in your cosy cabin, before stepping out into the wood-fired sauna, or to dine at the large table in the lodge. Every meal is brought to life by local fish and game and garden fresh vegetables to add a culinary twist to your Alaskan adventure.
Adventure by Design
Get in touch to receive the Travel Brief to discover our recommended itinerary, before adapting it to your match your group size, availability and travel preferences. In addition, there are a number of options and extensions available to take your adventure to the next level.
Speak to one of our Adventure Experts today for more information on general departures, and fully customised adventures designed with you in mind.