Antarctica Trekking

If you enjoy walking in lands that are amazingly beautiful and utterly pristine, then Antarctica trekking is for you. While trekking in Antarctica was something that was left up to the bravest of explorers in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, it is now something that virtually anyone in good health can enjoy. November through March, which is the warm season down here, is the only time to visit, unless you are staying through the winter to work at a research station. Trekking, or hiking if you prefer, in the middle of the Antarctic winter isn't really an option due to the lack of sunlight and the fiercely cold temperatures. In the summer, on the other hand, it still gets pretty cold, but things are definitely more alive, thanks in part to the extended daylight hours. Summer in Antarctica means winter up in the northern hemisphere, so you'll want to plan accordingly.

December and January are typically the warmest months in Antarctica, and as such, these months are arguably the best for Antarctica trekking tours. The trekking tours in Antarctica can be very intense, in that they can see you hiking for two to six hours a day for an extended period of time. The sights that you will see while hiking in Antarctica warrant the time and energy if you have them to spare, and you won't want to forget your camera. Breathtaking snapshots are to be had everywhere you go. Some of the best Antarctica trails can be found on the Antarctic Peninsula, which is where most visitors spend the bulk of their time. Perhaps you'll head to McMurdo Sound instead to do some trekking on the famous Ross Ice Shelf. The South Shetland Islands are also ideal places to go hiking in Antarctica, and you'll also want to consider the more northerly Falklands and South George Island, which are destinations that figure on many cruise itineraries.

If you're not up for extended trekking tours in Antarctica, you can always stick to day hikes. Overnight backpacking adventures are available for the more adventurous, but you certainly don't have to go the backpacking route if you don't want to. Should your Antarctica cruise offer hiking opportunities, knowledgeable and experienced guides will be there with you every step of the way. This isn't the kind of place where wandering off on your own is generally recommended. That kind of Antarctica trekking is left up to those who know where they are going. You wouldn't want to try to trek to the South Pole without a guide or a mountain of provisions.

Should your idea of hiking in Antarctica involve scaling mountains, there are plenty of them here to scale. One of the most popular mountains that you can climb in Antarctica is Mt Vinson, which rises to an elevation of 16,860 feet above sea level. Interestingly enough, this tallest peak in the land isn't as hard a climb as you might think, though it's definitely not for inexperienced climbers. You're better off sticking to flatter land when it comes to Antarctica trekking if you're not a seasoned climber or hiker. Wonderful sights await you regardless of which Antarctica trails you stick to, and if you're lucky, you might stumble upon a penguin colony or happen upon some seals. Chances are good that you will. This is especially true when you stick to the Antarctica trails that are close to the sea, which is what most tours involve.

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