This adventure option is offered on voyages departing early at the beginning of the season. This fulfilling experience will take you to discover new terrains and hills while you spend time on the White Continent. Snowshoes, crampons and ropes will be available to guarantee your protection around the glaciated areas as you hike up on the mountains. All participants should be in excellent physical shape. For safety reasons there is a minimum age requirement (actual age depends on the ship) and climbers must speak English.
Frequency – Usually you get to choose from one of four or five half or full-day mountaineering treks per cruise. If there are spots available in a later trek you may be able to head out again. Usually there is a limit of 12 passengers per trek – this is a good number for our guides to be able to keep track of you to make sure you’re safe and having a good time.
What do I need? – Some ships require you bring your own mountaineering boots.
Experience – Some ships require previous climbing experience. In terms of physical fitness you’re going to want to be in good enough shape that you’re up to the task of walking for four or more hours over fairly rugged terrain that includes hills. Most people can pick up snowshoeing almost immediately after the first hilariously fun awkward steps. So don’t worry if you don’t have prior snowshoeing experience. Guides reserve the right to refuse somebody a spot on a mountaineering trek if there are concerns about their health.
Period – [Available on selected Antarctica Voyages from November to March. Space is limited.]
SPECIAL NOTES: The treks are booked on a first-come first-served basis. The exception is found in the basecamp voyages where one mountaineering hike is included free of charge.