South Pole Extreme Ski - via South America
Ski One Degree to the South Pole
Duration: 13 days on ice
Minimum group: 4
Temperature Range: -20 to -35C
Challenge Level: 4
Punta Arenas is the classic gateway to Antarctica. The Ilyushin-76 flight takes you to Union Glacier camp from which you fly onward to the most common route across the plateau to the South Pole.
We spend two days at Union Glacier camp where we acclimatise to the cold, do some local ski training and complete final preparations for our ski expedition.
A Twin Otter aircraft takes us on a magical flight across Antarctica to 89 South where we set up camp and acclimatise to the altitude. The following day we begin the great journey south.
A unique wilderness experience, the Antarctic plateau is like no other place on earth. With temperatures between -20 and -30C the cold is ever-present but comfortably so in state-of-the art cold weather clothing and equipment. In true polar fashion, you tow manageable sleds containing all your food and equipment (approximately 40kg).
You will experience twenty-four hour daylight so there's no shortage of time to really see and feel the true Antarctica. We average 15 kilometers per day as we make our way to the South Pole, working as a team, immersing ourselves into the Antarctic elements, camping in expedition tents, seeing the high Antarctic hinterland as it has been for millennia.
On arrival at the bottom of the Earth we are escorted around the South Pole station before setting up camp for a night at the Pole. The following day we are collected by Twin Otter and flown back to Union Glacier where we celebrate our achievement in style. We return to Punta Arenas the next day.
The carbon emissions of all polar flights south of Punta Arenas have been offset automatically and are included in the price. We encourage you to offset the remainder of your travel from home to Punta Arenas, including flights and accommodation, using our calculator.
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