Ski South Pole - Less Traveled


While many teams choose to start their Ski South Pole expedition at Hercules Inlet or the 'Messner Start', there are a number of less-traveled routes to entice explorers. In West Antarctica, these include starting from the northern edge of Berkner Island or from Constellation Inlet. Starting from the remote Ross Ice Shelf, teams can follow the Leverett or the rarely traveled Reedy Glacier, or pioneer new routes through the Transantarctic Mountains. Contact us to discuss these less-traveled options.

40-60 Days
Activity Level
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Upcoming Departures


Whether you are a lone adventurer looking to take on an unsupported Antarctic crossing, or a group of like-minded explorers interested in a supported one-way expedition to the South Pole, ALE can design a Ski South Pole Experience tailored to your goals.

We’ll help you choose the route best suited to your skills and experience and the level of logistic support to help you achieve your goals. Below are some of the route options available. Contact us to discuss your Ski South Pole dreams today.

  • Reedy Glacier – A 400 mi (650 km) route from the grounding line of the Reedy Glacier and the Ross Sea ice shelf, through the Trans-Antarctic Mountains, to the South Pole. The route was first traveled in 2016 and has seen few repeats.
  • Leverett Glacier – Follow the South Pole Overland Traverse route to the South Pole via the Leverett Glacier. The 360 mi (578 km) route starts at the grounding line of the Leverett Glacier and the Ross Sea ice shelf and climbs from sea level to the polar plateau, through the Trans-Antarctic Mountains.
  • North Berkner Island Start – Ski 838 mi (1,349 km) from the outer coast of Antarctica to the South Pole.



The interior of Antarctica has a cold, dry, windy climate. Average mid-season temperatures at our base camp range from -12°F to 30°F (-24°C to -1°C ). 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 -22°F (-30°C) in early November.

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

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.


What's Included

Please contact us to discuss a custom package of services.

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 (other than those included in the itinerary)
  • Personal equipment and clothing
  • Expenses incurred due to delays
  • Luggage over the checked luggage allowance
  • Satellite phone charges

40-60 Days

*Subject to change based on weather and flight conditions.

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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