Climb Antarctica

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Fly to South Pole to see Emperor Penguins

Climb new routes in untouched alpine terrain – Antarctica’s best kept secret

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be first? The first to stand on top of an unnamed peak or the first to climb a new route that has never been climbed before? Have you ever imagined doing these things in the most remote and pristine place on planet Earth?  Welcome to Climb Antarctica!

Climb Antarctica is a mountaineer's dream. Explore the amazing, untouched alpine terrain of the Heritage Range, cradled within the Ellsworth Mountains. Steep ice couloirs, classic ridge traverses, icy crests, rock pyramids and hidden valleys – the Heritage Range has it all.  Whatever your level of experience or grade, there is something here for you.

Over the last couple of seasons there has been a flurry of activity and our guests have made some amazing first ascents – Mount Dolence, Linder Peak, the north face of Mount Rossman, and Mount Sporli, the highest peak in the range. Even so, many peaks remain to be climbed and many valleys still await their first human footprint. With new routes, stunning scenery and unlimited climbing potential it is no coincidence that Climb Antarctica is our guides’ favorite trip!

Accommodations

Union Glacier Camp
The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming at our main Antarctic camp at Union Glacier. You’ll find roomy, double occupancy sleeping tents; a spacious dining hall; fresh delicious meals; and a spectacular setting. You’ll be surprised how comfortable Antarctica can be! Our full-service camp is designed for Antarctic conditions and with best environmental practices in mind. It operates during the Antarctic summer (November through January) and is dismantled at the end of each season.

Field Camps
Our Emperor Penguin, ski expedition, climbing and other field camps are more basic. Equipment must be lightweight and portable, yet still strong enough to withstand Antarctic conditions. We sleep in mountaineering-style tents and eat a combination of fresh-frozen meals, prepared by our chefs at Union Glacier; and de-hydrated meals.

Strenuous

Strenuous trips include skiing, climbing, and trekking trips where you spend several days or more in remote field camps and you are active for 6-8 hours a day over steeper, more rugged terrain. They can involve climbing and camping at altitude and in extreme weather conditions. These trips can be tailored to your skills and abilities, however a good level of fitness is essential and some technical skills may be required.

Day 1: Fly to Antarctica

Fly from Chile to Antarctica by private transport jet. Land on our ice runway and settle in at Union Glacier Camp.

Day 2-3: Acclimatization and Planning

Spend the first couple of days brushing up on skills and getting acclimated to the Antarctic conditions. We will practice ropework, crevasse rescue, navigation, weather observations and polar camping skills. During this period, you will discuss and plan objectives with your guide and pack your equipment ready for departure.

Day 4-12: Climbing

After the stunning scenery and unlimited potential, flexibility is the next best thing about Climb Antarctica. What and how you explore is up to you. You can do local day trips and return home each night for dinner at Union Glacier Camp.  Or set out on a 10-day expedition exploring the many valleys and peaks in the region. Numerous ridges and faces await.  Routes vary from technical ascents and easy snow climbs to magnificent ridge traverses with views over the Ronne Ice Shelf and Polar Plateau.

Each experience is unique. And the opportunities for true exploration and discovery are endless. Only a handful of people have passed this way before you and it is exhilarating to think that you may be the first person to stand on a summit or marvel at the view below.

Day 13: Return to Punta Arenas, Chile

The aircraft from Punta Arenas will arrive with a new collection of avid explorers and you depart for the final leg of your Antarctic experience. Our staff will meet you at Punta Arenas airport and transfer you to your hotel.

Please Note:

No two Antarctic experiences are the same. This is part of the excitement and adventure of Antarctic travel. The itinerary above highlights typical activities and experiences. Exact timeline and details will vary from trip to trip. Trip length may vary by departure.

Please anticipate delays and do not plan anything for at least a week after your scheduled return. Allow yourself to enjoy this unique experience without the stress of pending commitments.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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