True adventure, vast wilderness and abundant wildlife

Antarctic Peninsula - Yacht Based Expedition

The vast and remote Antarctic environment is rich in amazing wildlife and untouched mountain landscapes. We access the pristine mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula on a specialist Antarctic yacht in a small group of between five and ten members.

Due to the size of the vessel, we have exclusive access to remote anchorages that are off-limits to larger ships allowing us an unlimited degree of flexibility. Expedition participants can choose to climb mountains or ski tour around the region, or just spend time observing the abundant wildlife.

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Difficulty Level Low ?
Fitness Level Low ?
Duration 30 days
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Fabulous ski touring - Mark Sedon

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Stunning natural ice features - Mark Sedon

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Led by qualified and experienced Antarctic Guides - Mark Sedon

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Wildlife abounds - Mark Sedon

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Climbing on Charvez Island - Mark Sedon

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Crossing the Drake Passage - Mark Sedon

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Beautiful sunsets - Mark Sedon

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Ready to load the zodiac at Rongé Island - Guy Cotter

From November to March
Departs from Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina
RATIOS 30 DAYS
Group of 6 (Approx price per person) $25,500 USD $
  • Overview

    • The last frontier
    • True adventure, vast wilderness and abundant wildlife
    • Climb and ski from comfortable sailboat accommodation


    Our yacht based expeditions are suitable for private groups and due to the forward planning and the popularity of the yacht, you need to plan and book very early for this trip.

    The expeditions are aimed at small groups as this allows the specific goals during the expedition to be very flexible depending on the desires of the actual participants.

    A multitude of peaks exist in the region, which are mostly unclimbed and all have new route potential from the less technical to the extreme!

  • Why AC?

    Adventure Consultants is renowned for the quality of its service and strategy applied to expedition climbing. Our reputation is attributed to meticulous planning and experienced logistics coordination. We have a philosophy of investing in every expedition to offer our climbers the best possible chance of a safe and enjoyable trip.

    We employ strong and specialised expedition leaders and support staff, who are some of the most pre-eminent in the industry. We pride ourselves on operating with small teams, the best back-up and support available. This includes nutritious and ample quantities of food, comfortable base camp facilities (the Yacht), reliable communications systems and the necessary medical back up.

    Many of our expedition members come to us because they have seen us in action on a previous trip and decide to opt for our level of service and proven experience. Others return because they know we do our very best to make expeditions safe and successful.

  • Payment Conditions

    Inclusions

    The price of your trip includes the following:

    • Adventure Consultants mountain guides
    • All expedition organisational requirements
    • Airport transfer in Ushuaia if arriving on scheduled flight
    • All lodging, food and non-bottled drinks ex Ushuaia
    • Group climbing equipment, food, tents and fuel
    • All yacht charter costs
    • Dispatch page for family and friends to follow the progress of the expedition
    • Access to our satellite phone and email facilities


    Exclusions

    The price of your trip does not include:

    • Personal clothing and equipment
    • Entry Visa for Argentina
    • Personal travel insurance and travel cancellation insurance
    • Rescue insurance and any rescue costs
    • Any costs associated with early departure from the expedition
    • International round trip travel costs into and out of Ushuaia, Argentina
    • Hotel and meals in Ushuaia
    • Spending on personal items such as gifts, alcohol etc
    • Excess baggage charges and airport taxes
    • Costs of satellite phone calls or data time
    • Tips and Gratuities

    Account Information

    All payments should be made by bank transfer to the following bank and account:

    Bank of New Zealand
    Offshore Branch
    1 Willis Street
    Wellington
    New Zealand

    for the account of Adventure Consultants Limited

    Account # 1000-594771-0000
    Account Type: US Dollars
    Swift Address: BKNZNZ22

    Note: All bank transfer charges are for the remitters account.

    We can also accept your deposit and balance payment by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex), plus a 3% credit card fee.

    Deposit

    A non-refundable deposit of US$9,500 is payable to secure a place on the expedition.

    Balance

    The balance is payable 120 days prior to trip start date.

    Cancellation & Refund Policy

    An expedition member may cancel his/her participation on the following basis:

    • Cancellations outside of 120 days will result in the loss of the trip deposit.
    • For cancellations made within 119 - 90 days of the trip commencement date we reserve the right to retain 50% of the balance payment fee.
    • For cancellations within 89 days of the departure date a cancellation fee of 100% of the full fee applies.

     

    Trip Cancellation Insurance

    Team members should take out private insurance if they wish to be covered against cancellation due to medical or personal reasons. This is called Trip Cancellation and can be obtained through your normal travel agent.

  • Trip Notes

    Antarctic Peninsula YachtThe Trip Notes provide detailed information and background for the Adventure Consultants Antarctic Peninsula Yacht Based Ski Touring Expedition.

    You can view the trip notes online by clicking the image or download a pdf by clicking the following link:

    Antarctic Peninsula Yacht Based Expedition

    Team Membership

    The team will have a maximum size of 7 climbers and 2 guides.

    Our Guides

    You will find the Adventure Consultants mountain guides companionable and strong expedition leaders with considerable power and willingness to see you achieve your goals. The number of guides is determined by the team size and the yacht used but the normal ratio of guides to members for Antarctica Peninsula is 1:3 or 1:4.

    Head Office Support Team

    Running successful journeys and expeditions is more about experience, knowledge and strategic management than any other factors. As an organisation, we place a substantial amount of time and resources into ensuring our trips are well planned and supported. You can be assured that the AC staff will provide you with friendly advice and knowledgeable support throughout the planning stages of your trip and we will be there to provide backup while the trip is running.

    Kelly MclarenKelly McLaren, Client Liaison

    Kelly brings a vast knowledge of AC expeditioning to her role as 'Rest of the World' Client Liaison. Having worked for AC since 2004 Kelly oversees those trips outside of New Zealand, Europe or the Himalaya. 


     

    AC Team 2016 Landscape

     

    Your Health

    Expedition members will be provided with pre-trip medical advice and a medical questionnaire and asked to visit their family physician to receive a full medical examination. This information will be sighted only by the expedition leader and our medical adviser and treated with full confidentiality.

    Level of Experience Required

    Both mountaineering and/or ski-touring options are available on this expedition.

    For mountaineering objectives on the Antarctic Peninsula you need to be physically fit, have an adventurous attitude, and be proficient in general mountaineering techniques. Expedition members can expect to be exerting themselves for about six to twelve hours per day and be capable of carrying a 10 to 20 kg pack. Our climbing days are sometimes long, to make the most of good weather spells, although you can always take a day off climbing to relax on the yacht and watch the wild life. 

    For ski-touring you will need to be a confident off-piste skier, proficient in backcountry ski touring techniques and some climbing experience is desirable and prior use of ice axe and crampons advantageous.

    A good level of fitness is essential for either activity, see our Fitness Training Programs for information on how we can help you prepare for the expedition.

    This expedition is not suitable for those who are new to mountaineering or ski-touring, but we can organise pre-expedition training programmes through our international climbing schools in New Zealand, the European Alps or North America to get you ready. Contact us for more information.

    Food

    While on the yacht all meals will be supplied by the boat staff. This will be high quality cuisine served in the heated and very comfortable saloon.

    While climbing on the Peninsula your guides will supply snacks and lunches supplemented by food, such as sandwiches, from the boat staff.

    Clothing & Equipment

    A full clothing and equipment checklist will be sent to all expedition members once their booking is confirmed. The expedition leader will be available prior to the trip to discuss individual equipment questions.

  • Itinerary

    Day  
    1 Briefing in Ushuaia in evening
    2 Load and board the Yacht.  Depart for Drake Passage, sailing to Puerto Williams, Chile 
    3-6 Sail across the Drake Passage
    7 Continue to Port Lockroy. Instruction session and short climb or tour.
    8 Climb Mt Lopez (525m) on Doumer Island or climb Jabet Peak, or other.
    9-20 Head down the Graham Coast, possibly as far south as Prospect Point, visiting climbing areas and generally explore and climb, eventually working our way back north to Paradise Harbour.
    21-24 Be in position to sail back to South America. Climb and ski tour in region or north around Danco and Rongé Islands. 
    25-29 Sail back to Puerto Williams. Debrief at "Micalvi" Puerto Williams and/or go for overnight hike in mountains behind town.
    30 Trip ends in Ushuaia - Depart for home.

    PLEASE NOTE: Due to the unknown nature of the Drake Passage crossing we may find ourselves back in Ushuaia a few days early. The trip will end upon our return so please buy changeable air tickets if you want to return home as soon as we arrive back. Otherwise there are numerous hikes and areas to explore around Ushuaia which you are welcome to explore at your own pace.

    Our Antarctic journeys begin in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, on the southern tip of Argentina. Ushuaia is a bustling port town and its 40,000 inhabitants are nestled between the cold mountains, and an even colder sea. ‘Downtown’ has plenty of shops including internet cafes, cafes, clothes shops, chemists and an array of good restaurants.

    After gear checks and initial briefings, the group will take the ferry from Ushuaia to Puerto Williams, to load the yacht for the expedition. For 2017/18 expeditions we plan to utilise an ice-reinforced aluminium yacht that can accommodate around 8 passengers in style.

    Sailing the Drake Passage is an unforgettable and unique sailing experience in itself and a great way to start our expedition. The crossing usually takes three or four days, and once we’re into the more sheltered waters of the Peninsula our first stop will most likely be Port Lockroy, for some instruction and/or re-capping of general mountaineering skills.

    Our itinerary for these trips are flexible, combining climbing and skiing time with exploring on the yacht, which in turn, depends mostly on weather and sea ice conditions. The yacht is fitted with the latest weather forecasting technology, satellite phone and e-mail facilities to monitor conditions and to keep in touch with home, if you so wish.

    We plan to work our way down the coast towards the Lemaire Channel, climbing and skiing whatever we like the look of on the way. The opportunities are endless and have hardly had their surface scratched by mountaineers.

    Another unique feature of these expeditions is that we are able to return to the yacht’s heated saloon, hot showers (occasionally), warm beds and great food after the day’s activities.

    Our guides have an intimate knowledge of the various hidden gems in and around the Peninsula. Some of the peaks we may climb include Mt Shackleton, Mt Scott, Mt Francais, and literally hundreds of others. We will also seek out our own unclimbed peaks, as the boat will be on hand to transport us to whatever looks ‘on’.

    Most of the time we will be doing day trips from the boat, as staying overnight on shore can be quite time consuming, and requires logistically a huge effort to carry equipment. We are taking tents though as some mountains may require a night or two to climb and it allows us flexibility to explore further inland.

    We will continue further south as the trip progresses depending on sea ice conditions and weather. We may get as far south as Prospect Point which has an amazing array of unclimbed peaks and great ski touring. The sea ice will vary from season to season, and even day to day, so a major consideration as to what peaks we climb will depend on exactly where we can land a boat.

    After approximately 14 days of exploring the endless climbing and/or skiing opportunities we will reluctantly have to move north up the Peninsula to the Paradise Harbour region to be in a position to cross the Drake Passage. The Drake is renowned for extreme weather so we need to allow some time to pick the best suitable time to cross back to South America. If the weather is not favourable in the Drake, it might still be good on the Peninsula so we’ll just keep on climbing until the conditions are right.

    The sail back across the Drake always presents an interesting challenge. The oceans are severe and unforgiving so you’ll appreciate the experience of the crew. There is time to learn the ropes and help out with the sailing if you are well enough!

    Rounding Cape Horn under sail ticks another box in every adventurer’s wish-list. There is nothing like making landfall in the unique beech forests of Patagonia after weeks of just snow and ice, whilst debriefing with a few Pisco-sours at the ‘Micalvi’, the sunken ship which serves as a bar in Puerto Williams.

    If we cross back early there may be time for an overnight hike from Puerto Williams which is exceptionally beautiful with dozens of lakes and a non-technical rock spire to climb.

    The whole trip is an experience of a life time, and one of our most special explorative expeditions.

  • Travel & Rescue Insurance

    Adventure Consultants recommends the following travel insurance and rescue insurance option when travelling to Antarctica or the Arctic's North Pole region. Once you book on a trip with AC, your Client Liaison will help you by sending through advice on your options for;

    • Travel insurance
    • Trip interruption
    • Trip cancellation
    • Medical Evacuation and Rescue Insurance

    RIPCORD RESCUE TRAVEL INSURANCE

    Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance Logo webRipCord is the leading medical evacuation program offering elite evacuation and rescue services. With their new partnership with TravelEx, they can also now provide the benefits of a traditional travel insurance product with their just released, RipCord Rescue Travel Insurance™. This is specifically designed for the adventure enthusiast with unique trip cancellation/interruption, medical expense, sporting equipment and other coverage benefits to protect your financial investment.

    RipCord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, an elite team of special operations veterans, Stanford Medicine affiliate physicians, paramedics, nurses, former intelligence officers and other medical/security experts comprising the most experienced team in the industry. They will rescue you from the field wherever your emergency occurs and evacuate you to your home country hospital of choice.

    RipCord rescues you from the field if you have an emergent medical condition that will result in significant permanent injury and/or death, but does not require hospitalisation.

    RipCord are proud to partner with Adventure Consultants to provide RipCord’s industry leading rescue, evacuation and travel insurance coverage to its clients.

    Adventure Consultants can also assist with purchasing polar cover for Antarctic and Arctic expeditions and if interested in this, please contact RipCord directly for a specialised quote.

  • FAQ

    • Contact Us

      The following is to serve as a helpful guideline on our Antarctic Peninsula Yacht Based Expeditions. feel free to contact us if you have any further questions. Our team is here to help!

      info@adventure.co.nz
      US: +1 866 757 8722 (Freephone from North America)
      NZ: +64 3 443 8711 (Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm PST + 19 hours)

      Please note you will be emailed a set of Team Reference Notes upon registration. This extensive booklet includes detailed information to assist in the planning of your trip, from travel and medical advice to equipment lists and photography tips.

    • Choosing a Provider

      How long has Adventure Consultants been in operation?
      Adventure Consultants started in 1990 and we have been guiding internationally ever since. You can read more on the history of Adventure Consultants here.

      A few outfitters claim to have the same level of experience and prestige as Adventure Consultants. What makes you the first choice for your climbers travelling to Antarctica?
      In December of 1992, Adventure Consultants founders Rob Hall and Gary Ball ran their first commercial expedition to Antarctica in conjunction with Adventure Network International (ANI). Rob had already climbed Antarctica's Vinson Massif in 1989, a feat that he repeated along with Gary in 1990. Adventure Consultants has continued guiding in this remote part of the world ever since and has established a strong relationship with our partner in this region, Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions (ALE). The 2018/19 season will mark Adventure Consultants' twenty-fifth year of expeditions to this continent. We are, therefore, experts in all of the intricacies of travelling to Antarctica.

    • Food, Accommodation & Facilities

      What showers and laundry facilities will be available on the expedition?
      Showers are available at the Ushuaia hotel prior to and after the expedition, and once aboard the yacht, she has a couple of bathrooms. As this is a small vessel, please do not expect to shower everyday.

      Would you let us know what food will be available?
      Nutritious and filling food will be served onboard ship as well as when camping. During the planning stage we will ask you for your feedback in advance, in order for us to adjust our menus to your specific requirements or tastes.

      What is the food like?
      When onboard the yacht, the crew will cook all of the meals for the team and this will be nutrious of high quality. When out skiing, your guides will bring along packed lunches, snacks and hot drinks.

      If we get "stuck" on the ice, what do we eat? Have you ever run out of food?
      As this expedition is partially yacht based, once we get dropped off on the peninsula the yacht is never too far away. Your guides will take along additional equipment in the event that you are unable to return to the yacht or whatever reason. This will include tents, food and items required to spend a night on the ice.

      What are the hotels like?
      We always book centrally located comfortable mid-range hotels. Once on your expedition program and aboard the yacht, you will be staying in reasonably close quarters with the other team members, crew and guides.

    • Travel

      Do I need to arrive the day before the trip starts?
      Please arrange to arrive on Day 1 of the itinerary to allow time for gear check, briefings and for any delayed baggage to arrive before we set sail.

      When should I book my ticket?
      We generally ask you to wait until 120 days prior to your trip start date to ensure your trip has met the minimum numbers and will operate. If you see a good deal and want to book your flights then ensure you can make changes to your tickets and it is a good idea to purchase trip cancellation insurance, in the event that you need to cancel.

      Can I get a cheap ticket online?
      We highly recommend purchasing an open, fully changeable air ticket given the remote nature of where we are, the weather and possible delays. In today’s world there are few places where the environment still affects our plans and the Antarctica Peninsula one of them!

      Where do we meet? Will I be picked up?
      For our Antarctic Peninsula departures, please plan to fly in to Malvinas International Airport (USH) in Ushuaia. It is most likly that you will have to clear customs prior at either Santiago or Buenos Aires airport. Where possible there will be an AC representative waiting to meet you but should they be tied up with the final preparations for the expedition, you will be able to catch a taxi from the airport to the hotel. Please refer to the 'Trip Notes' above and if you have any queries, do let your friendly client liaison know.

      What if I am arriving early or departing late?
      We can assist you with booking extra hotel room nights if you arrive early. However, on these trips YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO ARRIVE LATE, as we have to adhere to the yacht's timetable and departure date.

    • Clothing & Equipment

      Do you have a recommended list of clothing we should bring?
      Yes, you will be sent a personal clothing and equipment list once our office has received your trip registration form and deposit. We do also have a dedicated equipment coordinator that is happy to provide advice and answers to any questions you may have.

      Do I really need all the equipment on the equipment list?
      Yes, these lists have been carefully prepared and you must bring everything on the list, as there are very limited options if additional equipment needs to be purchased in your departure cities.

      How warm do we need our sleeping bags to be?
      This will be clearly stated in your recommended gear list, however temperatures on the Peninsula are not as cold as on the Antarctic Continent, thus a sleeping bag rated to -10°C (14°F) will suffice.

    • Guides & Team Members

      How many guides will be assigned to our group? 
      One or two guides will be assigned, depending on your group size.

    • Health & Fitness

      What are the skills/prior experience required for this expedition?
      To climb and ski on the Antarctic Peninsula you need to be physically fit, have an adventurous attitude and be proficient in general mountaineering techniques. Those wishing to ski on the Peninsula should be able to ski/snowboard to at least an intermediate level.

      What kind of physical condition should I be in for the expedition? 
      To make the most of our time in this spectacular and remote location, we ask that you are in good condition and have a moderate fitness at the least.

      How heavy will my pack be? 
      As you will only be carrying the equipment required for each climbing/skiing day, this should be approximately 10kgs on most days, or up to 20kg if we plan an overnight on land. Team members can expect to be exerting themselves for anything from 6-12 hours a day. The climbing/ski days can be long so as to make the most of the good weather.

    • Communication & Electronic Devices

      What type of communication is available on the expedition?
      Your expedition guide will have an Iridium satellite phone and you are welcome to use this at US$4 per minute.

      I want to contact my friend or relative, who is on one of your trips, how can I reach them?
      Your guide will send daily internet dispatches, and the Adventure Consultants NZ office receive updates from our guides while they are in the field. The best place to reach a loved one is through our office.

      Will there be any power source for charging batteries, etc available throughout the expedition? What voltage requirements?
      Once onboard the ship, your cabin will have a power supply of 240V / 50Hz.

    • Insurance

      What insurance do we need to get?
      In addition to evacuation & medical insurance we recommend to all our expedition members to buy trip cancellation insurance on sign up for your expedition. We also highly recommend purchasing a comprehensive travel insurance policy to provide cover for trip interruption, baggage loss, damage or theft, delayed flights or other such incidents that may occur during your trip. Contact us for advice or visit our expedition insurance webpage.

      Do I need evacuation insurance?
      Absolutely! Evacuation from the Peninsula can cost be costly and you need to be insured accordingly, as well as having coverage for repatriation and travel medical expenses.

      Who do you recommend for insurance?
      You will be sent information specific to your expedition as part of your welcome package and requirements differ depending on where you are travelling and your home location, so be sure to discuss cover with your Client Liaison before purchasing a policy.

      What is Trip Cancellation Insurance?
      Trip cancellation insurance is an option that may allow you to cancel your trip without losing the total cost of the trip. Adventure Consultants highly recommends cancellation insurance for all expeditions. If circumstances cause us to cancel a trip (e.g. minimum numbers are not reached) then we refund your fees paid but trip cancellation insurance covers your airfare and any other costs you may have incurred.

    • Fees & Payments

      Can I pay by credit card?
      We can accept both the trip deposit and balance payment on credit card. Please note that there is a 3% fee for all card transactions. Please contact our office or visit our online payment system.

      What is included in the cost of my trip? Does it include airfare?
      Please see the 'Payment Conditions' section above for the inclusions and exclusions for this particular trip. There is also a downloadable pdf document in the 'Trip Notes' section above. International airfares are not included in the trip price. We can however recommend excellent travel agents whom we have worked with in your country, should you require help with arranging your international airfare.

      Why are you sometimes more expensive than other operators?
      Many of our trips are very similar in price to our competitors. Some companies even wait for us to set our prices and use ours as a guideline!! Some of our main selling points, which sometimes do cost more, are internationally qualified Western guides, proven dependable local operators, small groups sizes and safe client-to-guide ratios, quality equipment and high summit success rates, among other things. You do get what you pay for which is why we stand out from the rest. Many clients come to us after failing on one of our competitors ‘cheaper’ trips.

      How do I sign up for a trip?
      The best way to reserve your space on a trip contact our office or complete our online booking form (click 'Book Now' below). Your deposit can be submitted by bank transfer (please see 'Payment Details' in the 'Payment Conditions' section above) or via our secure online payment system.

      info@adventure.co.nz
      US: +1 866 757 8722 (Freephone from North America)
      NZ: +64 3 443 8711 (Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm PST + 19 hours)

    • Photography

      I love the photographs in your brochure and on your website, are they for sale?
      Yes, our images are available for licensing or purchase. Please contact our office for more information.

    • Employment

      I want to become a mountain guide, where do I start?
      Those with limited experience generally start by taking an alpine climbing course and then go out and climb for a few years. You generally should have at least 5 years of climbing and/or teaching/guiding experience. You need avalanche and medical training and then you can apply to do a NZ Mountain Guides Course or the equivalent in your country, aligned with the IFMGA. Check the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association web pages for a complete description.

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I have been very impressed with all my contact and dealings with AC. It has always been timely, pleasant and professional. As an organization you clearly understand what these type of adventures require and have delivered a smooth running, trouble free and most enjoyable journey.
Antarctic Peninsula Yacht Based Expedition 2011

Fraser Harding
New Zealand
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A fantastic trip, well organized and managed in a very professional manner.
Antarctic Peninsula Yacht Based Expedition 2011

Nat Craig
New Zealand