Penguins and Mountains of Antarctica

Antarctica's pick of visual feasts

A visual feast of Antarctica

Camp next to one of the greatest spectacles on Earth, Antarctica's majestic Emperor penguins, and visit the towering peaks of Wolf's Fang and Hollow Fang.

  • Gateway Cape Town, South Africa
  • Distance no ski
  • Nights 9
  • Trek days no ski
  • Daily Distance no ski
  • Sled Weight no ski
  • Temp. Range -5 to -20°C
  • Challenge 3 What's this?
  • Conditions cool coastal
  • Challenges some cold exposure, altitude on flight and at Pole

Trip Itinerary


Arrive Cape Town. Meet your guide and check-in to hotel


Review itinerary, equipment and food. Pre-flight briefing.

Day 1

Free time then late evening Boeing 757-200 flight to ALCI Airbase in Antarctica.

Day 2

Arrive ALCI Airbase, transfer to Oasis Guesthouse. Local walk. Also a buffer day for bad weather

Day 3 to 5

Flight to Emperor penguin colony, remain 2 nights. Two excursions to the penguins. Return to Oasis Guesthouse

Day 6

Day trip to Ice Tunnel on Lazarev Ice Shelf 

Day 7 to 8

Flight to and exploration of mountain region, remain 1 night . Return to Oasis Guesthouse

Day 9

Return to Cape Town

Please note: the schedule must remain adaptable to weather, flight conditions and to the actual duration of your selected trip. We always prioritise 1. Emperor penguins, 2. Mountains, 3. Ice Tunnel and then remainder of activities.


  • Cape Town briefing & gear check followed by refreshments 
  • Cape Town airport transfers for Antarctic flights
  • Private jet return flight Cape Town to ALCI Airbase
  • 22kg hold luggage, 8kg hand luggage allowance
  • Oversnow transfer Airbase to Oasis Guesthouse
  • Meals and accommodation at Oasis Guesthouse
  • Return flight Airbase to Emperor penguin colony
  • Two nights meals and tent accommodation at Emperor camp 
  • Return flight Airbase to mountain camp
  • One night meals and tent accommodation at mountain camp
  • Use of specialist clothing and equipment 


  • Travel to and from Cape Town, South Africa
  • Hotel transfers for non-Antarctic flights
  • Accommodation and meals in Cape Town
  • Excess baggage above the allowance
  • Additional costs due to changes beyond our control ie. weather delays
  • Evacuation, hospitalisation and repatriation costs and/or insurance
  • Satellite telephone airtime
  • Commercial use of footage or images provided by Icetrek

This trip combines two of Antarctica's most visual feasts - a magnificent trip to an Emperor penguin colony and a visit to the iconic Wolf's Fang mountains. 

In Cape Town we board a private jet and fly 5.5 hours over the Southern Ocean to the ALCI Antarctic Airbase near Russia's Novolazarevskaya station. We drive a short distance to your accommodation at Oasis Guesthouse. Situated on Schirmacher Oasis, an ice-free area 14km from the runway, the wooden houses of our heated Guesthouse are warm and cosy and offer comfortable beds, dining room, a cinema, bathrooms and an authentic banya (Russian sauna).

After your long overnight flight you have time to sleep or relax. After lunch we may visit the permanent research station, Novolazarevskaya (Novo). You will have a chance to speak to the scientists and learn about life and work at an Antarctica base.

At the Guesthouse a host of activities are available at your leisure, including local walks and sightseeing, games and entertainment, lectures about Antarctica and of course the Russian Banya (sauna). And you have plenty of time to indulge yourself in reading, music, socialising or just resting.

Further afield we undertake exploratory walks in the Schirmacher Oasis, search for Adelie penguin rookeries, visit the spectacular ice tunnel, climb local peaks, trek on the ice waves of the iceshelf or build an igloo.

With good weather we fly 2.5 hours by Basler aircraft to the Crown Bay Emperor penguin colony. We camp here for two nights so you have plenty of time to observe and photograph the penguins and their chicks, and to walk to castle-like icebergs trapped by the fast ice. It is a truly magical place and the highlight of your trip.

Equally spectacular are the Drygalski mountains featuring Holtanna (Hollow Fang) and Ulvetanna (Wolf's Fang). They rise starkly out of the ice, their faces providing dramatic backdrops to our high camp. Here we can do inspiring but easy walks to these cliff faces, peer down toward the coast and south towards the Antarctic plateau. 

The following day we return to the Guesthouse where we celebrate our achievement with good food and wine.

After 9 days of adventuring, relaxing, socialising and learning about the southern continent we bring you to the ALCI airbase for your flight back to Cape Town. This is truly an adventure to remember.

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Many airlines fly to Cape Town, South Africa, including South African Airways, British Airways, KLM, Qatar, Lufthansa, Air France, Singapore and others.


Penguins and Mountains of Antarctica

November 11 to 20, 2020 Availability: Available
Ex-Cape Town
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