An imposing caldera in a remote corner of Antarctica

Mount Sidley

Soaring high above the polar ice cap at over 4,000m, Mount Sidley is Antarctica’s highest volcano and one of the Volcanic Seven Summits, comprised of the highest volcanoes on each of the seven continents.

Boasting a huge caldera and giant, other-worldly snow mushrooms jutting from the summit ridge, this expedition will quell your desire to really discover the Antarctic interior by standing on the summit of a remote and rarely climbed peak.

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Difficulty Level Medium ?
Fitness Level High ?
Duration 16 days
Elevation 4,285M / 14,058FT
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Group photo in whiteout conditions, on the summit of Mount Sidley - ALE

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ALE base camp in Mount Sidley's caldera. The sheer wall of the Weiss Amphitheater rises up behind. - ALE

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Route finding through snow rime 'mushroom's on the summit ridge of Mount Sidley - ALE

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Mount Sidley summit and caldera - ALE

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Final steps to the summit of Mount Sidley - ALE

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Route finding through snow rime 'mushrooms' on Mount Sidley's summit ridge - ALE

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On the summit of Mount Sidley - ALE

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Climbers cross blue-ice area on Mount Sidley's east ridge - ALE

From Jan 06 to Jan 21, 2019
Departs from Punta Arenas
$58,400 USD $
  • Overview

    • Climb one of the Volcanic Seven Summits
    • Join the very few to have stood atop Antarctica's highest volcano
    • Experience the blue ice of the upper slopes and massive caldera within


    Mount Sidley is one of the most remote summits on earth, jutting 2225m/7300ft out of the polar ice cap to a summit elevation of over 4,000m.

    First summited only in 1990 by New Zealander Bill Atkinson, the mountain did not see its second ascent until 2010 and even today many lines remain unclaimed.

    With its fantastical snow formations, gaping caldera and sheer walled amphitheater, this is an expedition of expeditions.

  • Why AC?

    Adventure Consultants is renowned for the quality of its service and strategy applied to high altitude expedition climbing and polar travel. 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 success.

    We employ strong and specialised expedition leaders and support staff, whom 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, 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:

    • Flights to and from Union Glacier in Antarctica 
    • Flights from Union Glacier to Mount Sidley Base Camp and return 
    • All group climbing equipment 
    • All expedition organisational requirements
    • Tents and food while in Antarctica 
    • Mountain guides
    • Use of the expedition satellite telephone for outgoing calls
    • Dispatch web page updated throughout the trip for friends & family to follow
    • Transport of 23kg of personal equipment


    Exclusions

    The price of your trip does not include:

    • Air travel to and from Punta Arenas, Chile
    • Hotel accommodation and meals in Punta Arenas
    • Chilean visa and airport fees 
    • Personal insurance – full travel, medical and rescue insurance is required as well as personal trip cancellation insurance. Medical evacuation insurance cover of US$300,000 is required.
    • Personal clothing and equipment
    • Excess baggage transportation charges of US$75.00 per kg for any baggage exceeding the personal equipment weight limit.
    • Cost of satellite telephone calls whilst on expedition

    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 payments by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex), plus a 3% credit card fee.

    Deposit

    A non-refundable deposit of US$5000 is payable to secure a place on the expedition.

    Balance

    The balance is payable 120 days before the trip start date.

    Cancellation & Refund Policy

    Once you have paid your deposit your trip is confirmed, subject to payment of the balance of fees owing 120 days prior to your trip commencement date. An expedition member may then 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 cancellation insurance if they wish to be covered against cancellation due to medical or personal reasons. This is called Trip Cancellation insurance and can be obtained through your normal travel agent. We will also provide advice regarding travel and rescue insurance and trip cancellation insurance.

  • Trip Notes

    Mount Sidley

    The Expedition Trip Notes provide detailed information and background for Adventure Consultants' Mount Sidley Expeditions.

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

    Mount Sidley Expedition Trip Notes

    Team Membership

    The team will have a minimum size of 4 members and 1 guide and a maximum size of 10 members and 2 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 but the normal ratio of guides to members is 1:5.

    Logistics

    Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions (ALE) provides the logistic support and safety backup for our Mount Sidley expedition. The ALE staff have considerable experience and a strong involvement in Antarctica. They operate the charter planes to and from the ice, as well as the connecting flights to Mount Sidley Base Camp. You will receive several documents from our office that ALE requires before our expedition.

    Our Guides

    The expedition leader will be scheduled approximately six months out from the trip start. All of our Antarctic expedition trip leaders have extensive experience and a proven record of safety, success and compatibility. Our 2017/18 Vinson expeditions will be led by:

    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.

    Your Health

    Expedition members will be provided with pre-trip medical advice and a medical questionnaire and asked to visit their family physician and receive a full medical examination. This information will be treated with full confidentiality.

    Level of Experience Required

    To climb Mount Sidley you need to be physically fit, have strong mental stamina and be capable of strenuous exercise for several days’ duration. Expedition members can expect to be exerting themselves for about six to ten hours per day and be capable of carrying a 25 kg pack.

    While the route is quite long, it is not a technically difficult climb, so members with modest mountaineering backgrounds can join this expedition so long as they have some overall cold camping experience, solid cramponing skills, and have mastered basic mountaineering skills including crevasse rescue training. Having some experience climbing at moderate altitude (above 4300m) may be helpful and it is essential to arrive sufficiently ‘pack’ fit for long days with big loads.

    Preparing for Your Trip

    Effective high altitude mountaineering requires a good (specific) physiology for the activity and a solid mountaineering background. It is often unknown who will perform well up high and who will not. There have been many instances of technically brilliant mountaineers not being able to climb at altitude whilst less experienced climbers, who do operate well up high, excel.

    Of course, there is much we can do to enhance the attributes we have and these are best achieved by specific high altitude training. Check out our Fitness Training page for more detailed information.

    History

    The Canadian company Adventure Network International (ANI) opened up this area to private expeditions and operated regular flights to its summer camp at Patriot Hills from 1985. In 2003/2004 they withdrew their Antarctic operations and Antarctica Logistics & Expeditions (ALE) stepped in. ALE is run by some of the same people that initially started ANI back in the 1980s and they now use a new camp at Union Glacier as their base to operate from in Antarctica.

    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 Meet in Punta Arenas, Chile
    2 Weighing & loading of gear
    3 Expedition Briefing
    4 Fly to Union Glacier, Antarctica
    5-6 Expedition preparations
    7 Fly to Mount Sidley Base Camp
    8-13 Climb Mount Sidley
    14 Return to Union Glacier
    15 Depart for Punta Arenas
    16 Leave for home destination

    Please note: Flights to and from Antarctica are subject to weather. Delays can and often do occur therefore it is important to allow some flexibility with airline travel arrangements at the end of the expedition.

    There are several different routes on the mountain which will be determined based on the pilots assessment of safe aircraft landing sites at the time of the expedition. There is approximately 7300ft / 2225m of elevation gain from base camp to the summit of Mount Sidley and the team will climb alpine-style, with intermediate camps established on the mountain and all food and equipment transported by the team itself. 

    The expedition members will gather at Punta Arenas in Chile. Regular daily flights on LAN Chile and Ladeco Airlines connect with Santiago and other points north.

    Prior to departure from Punta Arenas for Antarctica there are planning obligations that must be achieved and the food and gear finalised. The gear is then collected for loading onto the aircraft one day prior to departure and all visitors to Antarctica are obliged to attend the expedition briefing the evening before departure. Team members must therefore arrive on Day 1 of the expedition.

  • Travel & Rescue Insurance

    Adventure Consultants recommends the following travel insurance and rescue insurance options, although this is only just a start! Once you book on a trip with AC, your Client Liaison will help you by sending through advice on your options;

    • Travel insurance
    • Trip interruption
    • Trip cancellation
    • Rescue / Evacuation / Medical insurance

    COVERMORE INSURANCE

    CoverMore LogoIndulge your spirit of adventure, but protect yourself against all of those unforeseen events that can occur prior to or whilst on your trip with Adventure Consultants. Together with CoverMore Insurance, Adventure Consultants are now offering advice and assistance in purchasing CoverMore policies. With quality travel insurance cover, comes peace of mind and the freedom to venture around the world with confidence, in the knowledge that you will have the support and assistance of CoverMore, if you need it.

    Adventure Consultants highly recommends the Options Plan as this gives you the highest level of cover and benefits available. This includes cover for trip cancellation and amendment which protects your travel investment, medical and dental emergencies, lost luggage/personal belongings and travel delay, amongst other things.

    You can tailor your cover further by adding on winter sports, annual multi-trip cover, scooter riding and working holidays to name a few.

    Why CoverMore?

    • They provide cover where others won’t. e.g. terrorism scares, natural disasters, civil unrest and redundancy.
    • Protect your travel investment by choosing cancellation/interruption cover that meets your needs.
    • The option to increase your cover on valuable luggage items such as cameras and laptops.
    • Adventure Sports Cover for a variety of activities. Trekking is automatically covered, provided that reasonable care is taken, and you are not using ropes or other mountaineering equipment.
    • Free Global SIM card.
    • 24 hour emergency medical and travel assistance centre that is staffed by specialist doctors, nurses and case managers. This now includes the new Travel GP service, allowing you to talk in person to an Australia-based GP.


    Who and what trips is the policy suitable for?

    • Non-New Zealand residents travelling inbound to New Zealand – suitable for cover when travelling around New Zealand, but mountaineering or climbing is excluded.
    • New Zealander's travelling outbound on a trekking adventure e.g. Everest Base Camp Trek, Khumbu Trek, Kilimanjaro, Tour du Mont Blanc Trek and Mustang Horse Trek.


    For more information or assistance, please contact your Client Liaison at Adventure Consultants. Policies can also be purchased directly at CoverMore.

    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.

    Tusker Trail founder, Eddie Frank, describes his experience with Redpoint Resolutions’ RipCord Travel Protection:

    “We [Tusker Trail] only have one or two evacuations a year and they occur because of life-threatening emergencies. Emergencies that are immediate and now. There is zero room for hesitation or error. Redpoint Resolutions founders Ted Muhlner and Tom Bochnowski are two guys who understand commitment. When they say they’re going to do something, they do it. I chose their Ripcord Travel Protection program for my climbers and trekkers because Tom and Ted come from the military, where your word and your handshake mean everything. Tom Bochnowski joined me on our recent Kilimanjaro Climb for Valor. During this climb two of our climbers suffered high altitude emergencies. Tom worked hand in hand with me to ensure the successful helicopter evacuation of the two climbers. Redpoint’s Stanford Medicine-affiliated physician Avi Patil, who was also climbing with us, assisted me with critical medical decisions that helped prevent a bad outcome. The teamwork and the level of care and commitment provided to my climbers and me during these recent evacuations has only further cemented my team’s partnership with Redpoint and their RipCord Travel Protection program. After more than 39 years and 51 successful climbs, recommending RipCord for my climbers is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.” - Eddie Frank, Tusker Trail

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

    Check out their latest promotional video or click here to learn more.

    GLOBAL RESCUE MEMBERSHIP SERVICES

    Global Rescue SnipAdventure Consultants also recommends the rescue evacuation and security membership/services provided by Global Rescue, which provides transport from the point of illness/injury back to your home countries hospital of your choice. TotalCare provides real-time access to medical information and coming soon, this includes urgent card and speciality consultations from some of the world’s health physicians at the Elite Medical Group and John Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore.

    Recently Global Rescue has released a new travel insurance product, the Signature Travel Insurance option. This has no height limitation and gives comprehensive cover for trip cancellation/interruption, medical and dental expenses, delays, lost luggage as well as optional add-ons to ‘cancel or interrupt for any reason. This is currently only available to US Residents.

    Click here to find out more about this insurance cover which covers climbing and is thus suitable for many of our expeditions.

  • FAQs

    • Expedition Documentation

      Please note you will be emailed a set of the Mount Sidley 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. The following is to serve as a helpful guideline but please feel free to call or e-mail if you have any further questions. Our team is here to help!

    • Choosing a Provider

      How long has Adventure Consultants been in operation?
      Adventure Consultants started in 1990 and we have been guiding internationally ever since.

      A few outfitters ‘claim’ to have the same level of experience and prestige with that of Adventure Consultants. In this league, what makes you a 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 and previous to this, Rob and Gary climbed Vinson Massif in 1990, and Rob also earlier in 1989. Adventure Consultants have continued guiding ever since to this remote part of the world, and have an established relationship with ALE (Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions), who supply our transport to and from Antarctica and the logistic support and safety backup for our Mount Sidley expedition. Adventure Consultants has been running expeditions to Antarctica for over 20 seasons and over this time, we have developed our well-established ascent methodology and a flawless ascent record.

    • Food, Accommodation & Facilities

      What showers and laundry facilities will be available on the expedition?
      Showers and laundry facilities are available at the Punta Arenas Hotel prior to and after the expedition. There may be the chance for a shower at Union Glacier, so bring a lightweight towel and small wash kit for this eventuality. We advise people to bring wet-wipes for an impromptu wash while on the expedition.

      What is the food like?
      Our guides will prepare high quality food from a pre-planned menu with food items from New Zealand and Chile. On the mountain, we also eat fresh food plus MRE's - meals ready to eat. This is real food, vacuum sealed, so you just heat and eat! We are happy to cater for specific dietary requirements, so do let us know in advance.

      Will I be sharing a tent or room with other climbers? Is a single supplement available?
      Typically you will have your own hotel room in Punta Arenas and on the mountain, you will share a tent with one other member. Due to the severe weight restrictions on the flight to Antarctica and heavy load carrying requirements on the mountain, a single supplement is not available while in Antarctica.

    • Travel

      Do I need to arrive the day before the trip starts? And when should I book my flight to leave as I have heard that there can be long delays trying to get to, or get back from the ice?
      As the group gear must be weighed and loaded at least 1 day prior to departure to Union Glacier as well as attend the expedition briefing, you are advised to schedule your arrival in Punta Arenas accordingly. Thus we recommend arriving on Day One of the expedition. Flights to and from Antarctica are subject to weather, therefore delays can and sometimes do occur, so it is very important to allow some flexibility with airline travel arrangements at the end of the expedition.

      When should I book my ticket?
      For the majority of our expeditions, we advise you wait until the 120 day balance payment date 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 please ensure that you can make changes to your tickets. At this time, we highly recommend that you also purchase trip cancellation insurance, in the event that you need to cancel.

      Can I get a cheap ticket online?
      Even though our expeditions are just over 2 weeks long, you MUST purchase an open, fully changeable air ticket, as trips can be extended by a week or more. Given the remote nature of where we are landing, both at Base Camp and at Union Glacier, the weather must fall within certain parameters to be able to fly and you can be assured the reasons for flight delays are for safety. In today’s world, there are few places where the environment still affects our plans and Antarctica is one of them!

      Where do we meet? Will I be picked up?
      Upon arrival into Punta Arenas, you will have to catch a taxi from the airport to the hotel as your guide will be busy with the final packing for the trip down to the ice. Once you have arrived at the hotel, please do let your guide know that you have arrived safely as he/she will be expecting you.

      Why is this two week trip so expensive?
      One sentence sums it all up: The flight to and from the ice. This will be the most expensive, no frills flight that you will ever take. The plane is a Russian-built Ilyushin 76, designed for work in Siberia so it is well suited for taking off and landing on the ice. However, the interior will be jammed with cargo for the Base Camp, our gear, climbers, scientists and polar explorers, etc. Despite the low frills, it is a fun and exciting flight, especially the landing!

      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 this trip YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO ARRIVE LATE, all equipment must be weighed and loaded one full day in advance of the flight to Antarctica. If you miss this deadline, or your bags get lost, you will not be able to come on the expedition.

    • Clothing & Equipment

      Do you have a recommended list of clothing we should bring?
      Yes, you will be sent a personal clothing and equipment/packing 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 Punta Arenas.

      How warm do we need our sleeping bags to be?
      This will be clearly stated in your recommended gear list. In particular for camping on the ice, you will need a sleeping bag warm enough for you in conditions that can be as cold as -40oC (-40oF) We cannot recommend enough as to buying a sleeping bag big enough to allow you to wear some clothes in if it is especially cold.

      How much weight can we carry on the expedition?
      In general you can expect to carry around 15kg (35lbs) pack and haul an additional 12kg (25lbs) in your sled. On summit day, your pack is light at less than 8kg (17lbs).

    • Acclimatisation

      I will be climbing at altitude, so does Adventure Consultants take this into consideration?
      On all of our programmes, we seriously take into consideration the altitude and ensure that all of our itineraries allow for sufficient acclimatisation and rest days, if required.

      What altitude medication will be available on the expedition? Do we need to take tablets before/ during the trip?
      All our guides carry extensive medical kits including medication for altitude illness. Unless you have experienced previous issues with acclimatisation there is likely no need to take Diamox prophylactically. You need to bring any medications you regularly use (don’t forget to tell us about them) plus extra. Also bring a small first aid kit including a blister kit and mild headache medication for the normal altitude headaches

    • Guides & Team Members

      How many guides will be assigned to our group?
      On the Mount Sidley expedition, the team will have a minimum size of 4 members and 1 guide and a maximum size of 10 members and 2 guides.

      Can I contact other climbers or guides on this expedition?
      Sure! Before the expedition, contact our office and we can pass on your details to the other climbers. Due to our privacy policy, we leave it up to individual team members as to whether they want to get in touch.

      Who goes on your trips?
      Our climbers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, interests, nationalities and skill levels ranging from those seeking skill development, to those seeking assistance with the world's highest mountains or purely adventure.

      I would like to arrange a private trip, is this possible?
      We are happy to arrange a private group trip to the destination of your choice, and even to remote destinations such as Antarctica. There is no specific group size, but obviously larger groups are more cost effective.

    • Health & Fitness

      What are the skills/prior experience required for this climb?
      Members should have some solid cramponing skills and have mastered basic mountaineering skills including crevasse rescue training. Some overall cold camping experience and experience at moderate altitude (above 4300m) may be helpful and it is essential to arrive sufficiently ‘pack’ fit for long days with big loads. If you are interested in this expedition but feel that you may not have quite enough experience, please contact our team to chat over the skills you have and we can also easily arrange additional training around the world, if need be.

      What kind of physical condition should I be in for an Antarctic expedition?
      Given the remote location and altitude, we ask that you are in very good physical condition. Cardiovascular fitness is very important on this climb and you should be able to climb for about six to ten hours per day carrying a 25 kg pack. You will also need strong mental stamina.

      How can I best prepare for the cold? Isn’t it the coldest place on the planet?
      Yes, if the wind picks up and you are in the shade, it can get very cold indeed. The best way to prepare for these temperatures, barring standing in a walk in freezer, would be to get out during the winter months if you can, and anticipate how your body will respond to the change in climate. To give you an idea of just how cold places down there get, the lowest ever recorded temperature by humans was at Vostok on July 21st 1983 was -89°C!

      Adventure Consultants can assist in sourcing gear and ALE may be able to rent some clothing items for particular trips. If interested, please enquire with your client liaison.

    • Communication & Electronic Devices

      What type of communication is available on the climb?
      Your expedition guide will have an Iridium satellite phone and you are welcome to use this at US$4 per minute. As we rely on solar power and cannot guarantee that the phone will be available 24hrs a day. Cold severely affects the system and delays can occur for re-warming. If you anticipate that you may need to make frequent or long calls then please make arrangements before the expedition through our office.

      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 receives 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?
      We take solar panels and sometimes battery power packs on our expeditions. Our first priority is to charge our satellite phones and expedition electrical equipment. If your equipment has a cigarette lighter type car charger (12V DC/DC charger capable of plugging into a 'female' cigarette lighter socket), bring that as this then gives you the option to charge items at Union Glacier. We do NOT recommend bringing rechargeable digital cameras; they tend to run out when power is not available. Use cameras with replaceable batteries and we recommend lithium batteries. We can cater for special power requirements at an extra cost - please enquire with our office.

    • Weather Forecasts

      What insurance do we need to get?
      When travelling to Antarctica for a Mount Sidley expedition Search & Rescue and medical evacuation insurance to a minimum value of US$300,000 is required. You should also arrange cover for at least 7 days BEYOND your expected return date to Punta Arenas. This should cover you for any costs incurred in the event of any illness, medical emergency or evacuation that occurs while on expedition and we also recommend insurance for trip cancellation, baggage loss, damage or theft, or any other mishap that can occur.

      Do I need evacuation insurance?
      Absolutely and as it is so imperative for departures to Antarctica, as your insurance cover is double checked prior to be allowed to travel down to the ice.

      Who do you recommend for insurance?
      When you have booked on an Antarctic departure, we will send you information on the insurance option which will serve you best for obtaining the best coverage in line with what is required.

      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 expeditions to Antarctica. 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.

    • Insurance

      What insurance do we need to get?
      When travelling to Antarctica for a Mount Sidley expedition Search & Rescue and medical evacuation insurance to a minimum value of US$300,000 is required. You should also arrange cover for at least 7 days BEYOND your expected return date to Punta Arenas. This should cover you for any costs incurred in the event of any illness, medical emergency or evacuation that occurs while on expedition and we also recommend insurance for trip cancellation, baggage loss, damage or theft, or any other mishap that can occur.

      Do I need evacuation insurance?
      Absolutely and as it is so imperative for departures to Antarctica, as your insurance cover is double checked prior to be allowed to travel down to the ice.

      Who do you recommend for insurance?
      When you have booked on an Antarctic departure, we will send you information on the insurance option which will serve you best for obtaining the best coverage in line with what is required.

      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 expeditions to Antarctica. 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 the expedition deposit and balance payment on a credit card although, this does incur a 3% credit card fee. Please contact our office or visit our secure credit card page to send us your credit card details.

      What is included in the cost of my trip? Does it include airfare?
      Each specific trip page on the website has a section as well as a downloadable pdf document with exactly what is and what is not included on the trip. 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 group sizes and safe client: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 is to call our office or complete our online booking form. Return this with the trip deposit either through a telegraphic transfer (information is on our trip notes downloaded from the specific trip page) or by using our secure credit card page. Phone our New Zealand head office on +64 3 443 8711 (Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:30pm PST + 19 hours) or Freephone 1-866-757-8722 from North America.

    • 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.

      What is the best equipment for photography in Alpine environments?
      There is an extensive section in our reference notes, which are sent out on receipt of your trip registration form and deposit, explaining about photography in the mountains.

      Remember photos are wonderful records of your expedition but keep camera gear simple and light to best enjoy the trip you are on. Disposable and digital cameras are the lightest weight, but all cameras have maintenance issues that need to be carefully considered before bringing them to high elevations.

    • 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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