Ski South Pole - Axel Heiberg

In the Footsteps of Amundsen

Test your limits on an extreme expedition marked by deep snow, steep climbs, and complex route-finding. Traverse the same terrain Amundsen discovered more than 100 years ago. Climb the steep Axel Heiberg Glacier, bounded by majestic peaks on both sides, and navigate your way around the infamous maze of crevasses known as the Devil’s Ballroom.

Duration
34 Days
Activity Level
Price
$89,000
Upcoming Departures
Nov. 26, 2017

Overview

Test your limits on an extreme expedition marked by deep snow, steep climbs, and complex route-finding. Traverse the same terrain Amundsen discovered more than 100 years ago. Climb the steep Axel Heiberg Glacier, bounded by majestic peaks on both sides, and navigate your way around the infamous maze of crevasses known as the Devil’s Ballroom.

While Amundsen traveled by dog sled, you’ll travel by ski for 7-10 hours a day and pull your own sled, weighing 132-177 lb (60-80 kg). The challenges continue on the polar plateau where elevations reach almost 10,500 ft (3200 m) and temperatures plummet.

You’ll experience all types of weather, facing constant winds, fields of sastrugi, and white-out conditions. The rewards for your effort are tangible as you reach the Geographic South Pole and follow in the footsteps of Antarctica’s great explorers.


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 Axel Heiberg Glacier 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 5-14: Axel Heiberg Glacier

Day 15-31: The Polar Plateau

Day 32: Arrive at the South Pole

Day 33: Return to Union Glacier

Day 34: Return to Chile

Flexible Departure Day: Fly Home

*Subject to change based on weather and flight conditions.

Trip Code SKSP-AH
To Antarctica Nov 26 2017
From Antarctica Dec 29 2017
Duration 34 Days
Cost $89,000
Availability Available
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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