Arrive in Ushuaia (Argentina). Orientation with ski or trekking guide at glacier. Welcome Dinner. Overnight in Ushuaia.
Board the Sea Adventurer and set sail down the Beagle Channel.
Days 3 and 4:
Cross the Drake Passage. Sperm, fin, and humpback whales, along with skies of seabirds will accompany our journey.
Ski and trekking objectives at Neko Harbour. Zodiac cruises, penguin rookeries, hiking.
Ski and trekking objectives at Anvers and Wenke Islands. Port Lockroy Scientific Base and Museum. Visit Gentoo and Adelie penguin habitat.
Ronge/Island/Mt. Britannia. Visit penguin rookery at Georges Point.
Ski and trekking objectives in Paradise Bay. Zodiac excursions.Visit penguin rookery and Almirante Brown Station.
Lemaire Channel/ Mt. Scott/ Mt. Demaria/Mt. Mill ski descents. Visit the Ukrainian Vernadsky scientific station. Killer whale and leopard seal sightings.
New ski descents and nature cruises of Charlotte Bay; begin journey north in the evening.
Days 11 and 12:
Sail Drake Passage; pass the dramatic cliffs of Cape Horn.
Disembark the Sea Adventurer 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.
* 1 night pre-expedition shared hotel accommodation in Ushuaia, Argentina. This room includes a continental breakfast.
* Group dinner in Ushuaia.
* Group transfer from hotel to 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 the Sea Adventurer.
* 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.
* 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. Ice Axe can help you to arrange this insurance if you need assistance.)
* 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.
* Each participant must have the current year´s federal mountain license, valid for mountain skiing in the area where the activity is carried out.
* The practice of mountain skiing poses dangers. Each participant on this journey assumes responsibility individually.
* The mountain guide reserves the right to modify the program accodirng to the climatic, nivological, group factor or any other cause that he believes may be decisive.
Please contact Tuc Mountain Guides on the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
For the outdoor activity that you plan to be successful it is very important that it accommodates to your level, both physical and technical. Here we present some guidelines so that you can get an idea of what your level is according to the programs we propose. However, we recommend reaching to us so we can help you personally and adapt the program to your conditions.
- 1 = Beginner. Never ski toured before. Is a regular ski resort skier that occasionally goes off-piste. Black runs are not a problem for its level.
- 2 = Starter. Has experienced ski touring, climbing with skins (skinning). Is familiar with all the ski touring gear. Capable of uphill kick turning on not very steep terrain. Knows how to place and use ski crampons. Ski climbs safely through all kinds of snows on a trace. Skies down efficiently on ungroomed terrain, even on steep but wide slopes.
- 3 = Intermediate. Regular touring skier, . Trained on the basic techniques of skinning and uphill kick turn. Can change directions on slopes of 35º. Able to place ski crampons and crampons in an autonomous way. Skies down effectively on all kinds of ungroomed terrain and steepness.
- 4 = Advanced. Masters the technique of skinning on slopes up to 40º - 45º. Moves safely with skins on steep and icy slopes. Basic knowledge of mountaineering, use of crampons and ice axe as well as rope work. Skies down safely on every snow condition and steepness.
- 5 = Very advanced. Extensive experience in touring and mountaineering ski. Moves effectively changing direction on all kind of terrain, even on exposed places. Very good skier on every snow condition and steep terrain, as well as in exposed passages. Goes frequently on one-day or multi-day ski tours, spending the nights in huts. Familiar using the ice axe and crampons on all types of mountain domain. Knowledge and training on rope work, protection and self-arrest.
- 1 = Able to ascend 600 meters of elevation gain skinning for 3 hours carrying a light backpack of about 5 kg.
- 2 = Able to ski tour for 4 or 5 hours overcoming 800 meters of elevation gain with a backpack of about 5 kg at a 300 meters an hour pace.
- 3 = Able to accomplish 5 to 7 hours routes and 1000 meters elevation gain with a backpack of about 7 kg at a 300 meters an hour pace.
- 4 = Able to succeed on alpine routes of up to 8 hours and 1200 meters of elevation gain with a backpack of about 8 kg at a 400 meters an hour pace.
- 5 = Able to carry out alpine routes of more than 8 hours long and between 1500 and 2000 meters elevation gain with a 10 kg backpack at a 400 meters an hour pace.