ANTARTIC ADVENTURE CRUISE
Backcountry Ski touring in Antarctica Ski. Explore.

Length Trip
13 days

Season
Octover / November


Level
Begginers to advanced


Style
Ski touring/ ski Mountaineering

DETAILS

Since 2009, once a year we leave from Ushuaia along the Beagle Channel and across the Drake Passage in a large boat and navigate along the west side of the Antarctic Peninsula. The plan is to ski in different bays out of the ship accessing by zodiac boats to shore, ski all day, see wildlife such a leopard seals, penguins, orcas, humpback whales and all kind of albatross, petrels

The ship change location every day to see as much as possible in a total trip of 13 days. If you are interested in looking in a map the locations we normally go are: The group of the Shetlands Islands, Livingston and King George Island Cierva Cove Lamaire Channel, Neumeyer Channel, Port Lockroy, Anvers Islands, Brabant Island

This trip is an unique adventure with five stars cruise ship service! A luxurious mountain trip! If you have a place you would like to go, please, email us to explore together.

ITINERARY

Day 1
Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina. Meet the team and your ski guide or trekking guide. Welcome Dinner. Overnight in Ushuaia.

Day 2
Board the Sea Adventurer and set sail down the Beagle Channel.

Day 3-4
Drake Passage. Sperm, fin, and humpback whales, along with skies of seabirds will accompany our journey.

Day 5
Ski at Neko Harbour. Zodiac cruises, penguin rookeries, hiking.

Day 6
Ski Anvers and Wenke Islands. Port Lockroy scientific base and museum. Visit gentoo and adelie penguin habitat.

Day 7
Ronge/Island/Mt. Britannia. Visit penguin rookery at Georges Point.

Day 8
Ski and trekking objectives in Paradise Bay. Zodiac excursions.Visit penguin rookery and Almirante Brown Station.

Day 9
Lemaire Channel/ Mt. Scott/ Mt. Demaria/Mt. Mill ski descents. Visit the Ukrainian Vernadsky scientific station. Killer whale and leopard seal sightings.
Day 10 New ski descents and nature cruises of Charlotte Bay; begin journey north in the evening.

Day 11-12
Sail Drake Passage; pass the dramatic cliffs of Cape Horn.

Day 13
Disembark the in Ushuaia, Argentina.
*Flexibility is necessary for all Antarctic travel. This program is subject to change throughout the journey depending on ice, weather and local conditions.

The group of the Shetlands Islands, Livingston and King George Island Cierva Cove Lamaire Channel and Neumeyer Channel, Port Lockroy, Anvers Islands are some of the places that are normally skied.

THIS TRIP WILL SELL OUT

HOW IT WORKS?

Ski teams are guided by UIAGM-IFMGA mountain guides and you will meet your team in Ushuaia.

Once we reach the peninsula, there will be ski objectives for all levels; something for those with little experience to objectives that will require stamina, experience, crevasse rescue gear. There is about lots of daylight, so there is a long window of opportunity for teams to go out.

Groups are based on your experience. You will need to provide your own AT equipment.

Many ski objectives can be accessed without glacier travel or crampons, almost direct from the zodiac landing. The peaks range from 400 mts  to 1400 mts straight out of the water, although there are peaks that do require significant crevasse travel.

For Ski mountaineering clients will need to have backcountry and safety gear.

Objectives can take 2-3 hours and return for lunch, or  some of the more ambitious teams may stay out all day. At any time, a client may choose not to ski, but rather trek or take part in the other activities offered on the ship.

At night, there will be slide shows, lectures or entertainment and I guarantee entertaining characters!

There will  be daily visits to penguin rookeries, science stations, and whale watching for those not trekking or skiing or should you choose not to ski or trek for a day. We will have an onboard naturalist, marine biologist, historian and ornithologist to answer all your questions and teach you about the history and landscape of this amazing place.  There are as many activities for those not skiing as for those skiing, so this is truly a trip for everyone.

PHOTO GALLERY


On request


1 night pre-expedition shared hotel accommodation in Ushuaia, Argentina. This room includes a continental breakfast.
Group dinner in Ushuaia.
Group transfers from the hotel to the ship on embarkation and from the ship to the airport on disembarkation and all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board
Shore landings and Zodiac excursions as permitted by weather and local conditions.
Presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers.
Expedition certificate.
Photographic DVD chronicling the voyage.
Comprehensive pre-departure information package
Use of a pair of rubber expedition boots on loan for shore landings. These will be returned at the end of the voyage.

Not Included:
Airfares to or from your home city, whether on scheduled or charter flights.
Passport and visa expenses. Tourist entry fees may apply depending on your nationality.
Any government arrival and departure airport taxes.
Ski or trekking equipment.
Any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel and the Welcome dinner on the evening prior to departure.
Baggage, cancellation and travel insurance (emergency medical and evacuation insurance is mandatory.
Excess baggage charges.
Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges onboard the ship or at the hotel.
Telecommunications charges or the customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for stewards, guides, and other service personnel.
Tips for guides and hospitality staff.


November (28 oct- nov 9-2017)

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