Mountaineering - Antarctic

Participants, using crampons or snowshoes and the occasional use of an ice axe, will find themselves hiking up the angled slopes of mountain glaciers and high peaks.

The Mountain Trek adventure option in Antarctica takes participants over glaciers, snow, rock, scree and talus. We’ll use a rope whenever the group treks across a glacier or if the terrain is too steep. Client safety is always paramount. Team spirit is also an important factor as the entire group pulls together to summit a mountain peak or to reach a vantage point to take in the incredible polar views.

Duration: Up to 4 hours

Elevation: Up to 500 metres

Guide to client ratio: 1:5

What’s the level of difficulty?

Moderate: Expect uphill hiking and scrambling on low- to moderate-angled terrain of a low technical nature. This could include snow, ice, rock and scree and talus. Ropes are used when traversing glaciers and occasionally for short steeper sections of terrain if required.

What fitness level is required?

Moderate: The Mountain Trek program is open to those who exercise regularly, can carry a light pack (10kg/22Ib) and are capable of moving for several hours at a stretch with short stops every hour. Participants should be in good health and have no preexisting injuries or medical issues that could possibly cause problems or difficulty during the activity.

The following gear will be provided:

  • Plastic mountaineering boots
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • Snowshoes
  • Trekking poles
  • Trekking backpack

Other recommended gear/clothing:

  • Baselayers
  • Mid-layers
  • Socks
  • Small fleece or wool glove liners
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses/goggles
  • Scarf/buff/neck warmer
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera

 

Photo taken by a Quark passenger

Watch your step on the way down

Photo taken by a Quark passenger

Photo taken by a Quark passenger

Witness the vastness of the continent from a special lookout point

Photo taken by a Quark passenger

Photo taken by a Quark passenger

Savouring the moment

Photo taken by a Quark passenger

Photo taken by a Quark passenger

Celebrating the moment at the top of the moutain

Photo taken by a Quark passenger

Photo taken by a Quark passenger

Group photo with your fellow mountaineers

Photo taken by a Quark passenger

Get in on the adventure.

Subscribe today for all the latest news on the polar regions including stories, inspiration and exclusive deals!

We respect your privacy. You may unsubscribe from our communications at any time. Please refer to our Privacy Policy for full detail.