Sitting 10 miles from the summit of Denali, the Sheldon Chalet gives you an unparalleled view. Denali, formerly known as Mount McKinley, is the world’s tallest land-based mountain, topping out at 20,310 feet above sea level (measured base to peak, Denali is actually taller than Everest, but because Everest’s base starts at a higher elevation, it claims the title of being the highest point on earth). Built on a nunatak—an isolated outcropping of rock that breaks the surface of inland ice or snow—the Sheldon Chalet is perched on an outlook that cannot be recreated, including a view of the Aurora Borealis on clear winter nights.
Just as the name “chalet” suggests, the Sheldon Chalet is luxurious. The octagonal suite features every amenity you might imagine for a remote, cabin get-away. With five bedrooms, the chalet can accommodate up to 10 guests at a time. Sitting at 6,000 feet above sea level, the chalet is exposed to winter conditions, so guests would be wise to bring multiple layers of clothing, including winter jackets and long underwear, year round. Speaking of a high elevation, the only way to access the chalet is by air. That may not sound very amenable, but the chalet more than makes up for any harsh weather. The Sheldon Chalet is completely equipped with running water, electricity, and heating. You’ll also enjoy fine dining as you take in the breath-taking views from your room or the observation deck. There’s even a sauna for relaxation, or de-frosting.