Ski South Pole - Hercules Inlet

The Ultimate Challenge

Embark on an expedition that will test your strength, endurance, and resolve and join an elite group who have arrived at the Geographic South Pole under their own power. Ski South Pole is the ultimate challenge, a journey that spans an entire Antarctic season and traverses 702 mi (1130 km) from Hercules Inlet, on the edge of the frozen Antarctic continent, to the Geographic South Pole.

Duration
56 Days
Activity Level
Price
$68,850
Upcoming Departures
Nov. 15, 2016

Overview

Embark on an expedition that will test your strength, endurance, and resolve and join an elite group who have arrived at the Geographic South Pole under their own power. Ski South Pole is the ultimate challenge,a journey that spans an entire Antarctic season and traverses 702 mi (1130 km) from Hercules Inlet, on the edge of the frozen Antarctic continent, to the Geographic South Pole.

You’ll travel by ski for 7-10 hours a day and pull a sled with all of your supplies that weighs 132-177 lb (60-80 kg). You’ll experience all types of weather, facing constant winds, fields of sastrugi, and white-out conditions. The route takes 50-60 days and climbs gradually to more than 9300 ft (2800 m). Days are filled with 24-hour daylight and an intense solitude and tranquility that can be found almost nowher eelse on Earth.


Weather

The interior of Antarctica has a cold, dry, windy climate. Average mid-season temperatures at our base camp range from 10F to 25F (-12C to -4C ). On a sunny windless day it can feel quite warm but, when the wind blows, you will be glad of warm layers and a wind jacket. Temperatures can drop as low as -22F (-30C) in early November.

At the South Pole temperatures range from -13F to -40F (-25C to -40C) with wind chill down to -50F (-50C).


Activity Level

Extremely Strenuous

Extremely strenuous trips include skiing and climbing expeditions in the most remote corners of Antarctica, where physiological altitude may exceed 11,000 feet (3350m) for many days in a row, and temperatures may drop below (–40°F / –40°C), with severe wind chill and storms. You will be active for 8-12 hours a day carrying or hauling heavy loads for many days in a row. You must have the physical ability to cover a minimum daily distance and the mental stamina to continue in extreme conditions when you are physically tired. Technical skill, a high level of strength and aerobic fitness, and commitment to a dedicated pre-trip training program are required.


Inclusions

What's Included
  • Airport transfers in Punta Arenas, Chile
  • Round trip flight to Antarctica from Punta Arenas
  • Flight to Hercules Inlet from Union Glacier
  • Flight to Union Glacier from South Pole
  • Meals and tented accommodation in Antarctica
  • Camping equipment, sled, and harness
  • Expedition Guide
  • Celebration dinner and Certificate of Achievement
  • Checked luggage up to 66 lb (30 kg)
What's Not Included
  • Insurance coverage—personal, medical,evacuation, or otherwise
  • Commercial flights to and from Punta Arenas
  • Airport transfers outside of Punta Arenas
  • Meals and accommodation in Punta Arenas
  • Additional flights within Antarctica
  • Personal equipment and clothing
  • Expenses incurred due to delays
  • Luggage over 66 lb (30 kg)
  • Satellite phone charges
Arrival Day: Punta Arenas, Chile

Pre-departure Days: Gear Check and Briefing

Day 1: Fly to Antarctica

Day 2-4: Expedition Preparations

Day 5-33: Hercules Inlet to Thiel Skiway

Day 34-53: Thiel Skiway to South Pole

Day 54: Arrive at the South Pole

Day 55: Return to Union Glacier

Day 56: Return to Chile

Flexible Departure Day: Fly Home

*Subject to change based on weather and flight conditions.

Trip Code SKSP-HI
To Antarctica Nov 15 2016
From Antarctica Jan 09 2017
Duration 56 Days
Cost $68,840
Availability Waiting List
Pricing Note

We reserve the right to revise our prices in the event of significant changes in the price of aviation kerosene and aircraft charter rates.

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