Degree Antarctica: Skiing to the South Pole

63,000.00

In the expedition you are waiting for extreme conditions and overcoming difficulties, as well as the bonds of friendship with like-minded people, built through a common challenge. When you reach the ultimate goal — the most southerly point of the planet — you will know that you did it through your own efforts and determination. Such a trip will be remembered for a lifetime!

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Description

An incredible expedition for brave men – those who dare to overcome 111 km of the ice continent on skis and reach the South Pole in the same way as the discoverers of Antarctica did.
The program starts in the city of Punta Arenas (Chile), from where you will arrive on the IL-76 plane to the mainland, where the unique journey to the southern center of the Earth will continue.

In Antarctica, the opposite is true: it is not the glaciers that drain from the rocks, but the rocks that stick out of the glaciers. You will witness the impeccable beauty and silence of the ice fields and feel yourself in the role of a pioneer.

In the expedition you are waiting for extreme conditions and overcoming difficulties, as well as the bonds of friendship with like-minded people, built through a common challenge. When you reach the ultimate goal — the most southerly point of the planet — you will know that you did it through your own efforts and determination. Such a trip will be remembered for a lifetime!

You need to go because:
you will overcome 111 km of Antarctic ice fields in the company of like-minded people
reach the South Pole and receive a certificate of this memorable event
be able to test yourself, your strength and endurance in extreme conditions
in the expedition you will understand the essence of polar exploration and feel yourself the discoverer of Antarctica
You will be surrounded by endless expanses of ice fields – a great reboot and rest from civilization
This is an ideal option for those who want to visit Antarctica and live in a polar expedition without a longer period of departure.

INFORMATION

Date: december, january 2020
Location: South Pole
Number of participations: max 10
Price: 63000 Euro

Itinerary

Thread route: Punta Arenas (Chile) – camp at Union Glutcher – South Pole – camp at Union Gletcher – Punta Arenas (Chile)

Day 1: Arrival in Punta Arenas

Arriving in Punta Arenas, you will be accommodated in a 4 * hotel.
Then meet with the guide.

Day 2: Preparation

On this day, the guide buys products for the upcoming transition and audits all the necessary clothing and equipment. You will need to inform in advance that you need clothes and equipment and specify the size correctly.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: Instruct

On this day you will be instructed. You will be told about the weather conditions during the expedition, as well as the features of the route and behavior in Antarctica and in extreme conditions.
Overnight at the hotel 4 *.

Day 4: Fly to mainland Antarctica

You are expected to fly to the mainland of Antarctica. Travel time – 4.5 hours.
You will land at the Union Glacier airfield. Then stay in the camp.

Day 5: In the camp of Union Glacier. Preparing for the ski crossing

You will be instructed in the Union Glacier camp. You will prepare for the upcoming ski crossing, try out the equipment.
Night in tents.

Day 6: Skiing to the South Pole

From this day begins our autonomous journey to the center of the continent. In the sleigh, which is specially attached to the body, you will carry tents and food. The group is crowded and all participants are expected to assist in cooking and setting up camps.
Overnight in tents.

Day 7: Skiing to the South Pole

Journey to the center of the continent continues. In the sleigh, which is specially attached to the body, you will carry tents and food. The group is crowded and all participants are expected to assist in cooking and setting up camps.
Overnight in tents.

Day 8: Skiing to the South Pole

Journey to the center of the continent continues. In the sleigh, which is specially attached to the body, you will carry tents and food. The group is crowded and all participants are expected to assist in cooking and setting up camps.
As you acclimatize, the active part of the day becomes longer and longer.
Overnight in tents.

Day 9: Skiing to the South Pole

Journey to the center of the continent continues. In the sleigh, which is specially attached to the body, you will carry tents and food. The group is crowded and all participants are expected to assist in cooking and setting up camps.
As you acclimatize, the active part of the day becomes longer and longer.
Overnight in tents.

Day 10: Skiing to the South Pole

Journey to the center of the continent continues. In the sleigh, which is specially attached to the body, you will carry tents and food. The group is crowded and all participants are expected to assist in cooking and setting up camps.
As you acclimatize, the active part of the day becomes longer and longer.
Overnight in tents.

Day 11: Skiing to the South Pole

Journey to the center of the continent continues. In the sleigh, which is specially attached to the body, you will carry tents and food. The group is crowded and all participants are expected to assist in cooking and setting up camps.
As you acclimatize, the active part of the day becomes longer and longer.
Overnight in tents.

Day 12: Skiing to the South Pole

Journey to the center of the continent continues. In the sleigh, which is specially attached to the body, you will carry tents and food. The group is crowded and all participants are expected to assist in cooking and setting up camps.
As you acclimatize, the active part of the day becomes longer and longer. At the end of the journey, the crossings take about 8 hours a day.
The Amundsen – Scott research station is visible for almost 30 kilometers, so a deceptive impression is created about the proximity of the end point.
Overnight in tents.

Day 13: Skiing to the South Pole

Journey to the center of the continent continues. In the sleigh, which is specially attached to the body, you will carry tents and food. The group is crowded and all participants are expected to assist in cooking and setting up camps.
As you acclimatize, the active part of the day becomes longer and longer. At the end of the journey, the crossings take about 8 hours a day.
The Amundsen – Scott research station is visible for almost 30 kilometers, so a deceptive impression is created about the proximity of the end point.
Overnight in tents.

Day 14: Arrival at the South Pole. Flight to Union Glacier camp

On this day you will reach the South Pole.
Then you will be flown to the Union Glacier camp and celebrating the trip to the South Pole. In the camp at will you can relax or take part in active programs.
Night at the camp.

Day 15: Return to Punta Arenas

On this day, departure from the Union Glacier camp to Punta Arenas.

Day 16: Departure home

This is included

transfer from / to the airport;
information support in place;
guide and support guide during the trip;
flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica and back;
all scheduled flights in Antarctica;
food and accommodation in the Antarctic camp at Union Gletcher;
Equipment and meals for the group at the time of skiing (all equipment for installing intermediate camps and living in them), sledges, belt harness;
holiday dinner after arriving at the South Pole;
ANI official customs certificate of the South Pole;
25 kg baggage allowance for flights to Punta Arenas – Union Gletcher.

This is not included

flight to Punta Arenas and back (from 134,800 rubles);
food and lodging in Punta Arenas;
baggage allowance to Antarctica over 25 kg ($ 70 for each extra kg);
personal equipment and clothing (clothes can be rented in Punta Arenas), skis, boots, ski poles;
additional costs associated with delaying the flight to Punta Arenas;
insurance – personal, medical, evacuation insurance or any other.

Good to know

Necessary clothes and shoes
windstopper hat
balaclava
sleeping cap
storm jacket and pants
Thinsulate warm jacket and pants
thin synthetic underwear, for example, from Polycolon (2 pairs)
Polartec Power Stretch Expedition Underwear
pants and jacket from Polartec 200
expedition gloves
warm fleece gloves
windpro gloves
Expedition Socks Thick (2 Pairs)
expedition shoes
boots or chuni, or Gore-Tex tent socks
casual wear in the city
the necessary set of clothes can be rented on the spot, having previously specified the desired size of clothes and shoes

Special equipment

bowl (with a capacity of 2-3 cups)
mug (plastic with a tight fitting lid)
strong plastic spoon
stainless steel thermos (1 liter)
knife
conventional carbines (2 pcs.)
bag or backpack for travel (1-2 pcs.)
sleeping bag liner
available for rent (included in price):
tent (one for 2 people)
skis with mounts
ski poles
cargo sleigh
sleeping bag at -30 degrees
sleeping mats
primus
kitchenware
garbage bags

Tourist equipment

sunglasses (100% UV & IR)
SPF 40 sunscreen (big tube)
hygienic lipstick SPF 40 (at least 2 pcs.)
personal first-aid kit (medications that you usually take, as well as aspirin, patch, bandage, etc.)
toiletries (including toilet paper, toothbrush, etc.)
plastic bottle with a wide neck

Documents

Passport valid for 6 months after the expedition.
To visit Chile, Russians do not need a visa. Upon arrival in Punta Arenas, you will need to show your passport, return tickets and documents confirming solvency, as well as fill out a migration card in English or Spanish.

Transport

The flight from Punta Arenas to the Union Glacier camp is carried out on an IL-76 plane.

Accommodation

In Antarctica – overnight stay in camping tents, double occupancy.
In Punta Arenas, you will be accommodated in a 4 * hotel (paid separately).

Nutrition

On the route – the joint preparation of food purchased by the guide for the transition. Breakfasts: light meal with milk, butter and fruit; biscuits, cheese, salami; a cup of coffee or tea. Lunch on the menu. In the breaks during the transition, you can drink and eat energy bars / chocolate. Dinner is the main and most high-calorie meal of the day.

Staff

All guides are experienced, past polar routes, athletes.

Weather

On the mainland of Antarctica cold, dry, windy climate. The average temperature in the middle of the season at base camp ranges from -12 to -4 degrees Celsius. A sunny, windless day may seem rather warm, but when the wind blows, you will be glad that you put on many layers of warm clothing and a windproof jacket. In early November, the temperature may drop to -30 degrees Celsius.
At the South Pole, the temperature rarely rises above -25 degrees Celsius, and with weak and cold winds it reaches -40 degrees.

Other

Insurance and medicine

The cost of the tour does not include insurance, but its registration is mandatory. This could be, for example, a full medical evacuation insurance with a minimum coverage of 150,000 EUR, of which 100,000 EUR is the limit for transportation (helicopter and plane) and 50,000 EUR is the limit for medical expenses. The treatment of exacerbation of a chronic disease is limited to EUR 1,500; dental care is provided for an amount not exceeding 150 EUR.
The guide has a first aid kit for medical care. We also recommend that you bring your own first-aid kit with specific medicines.

Additional Information

A ski expedition to the South Pole is a complex task, which should be prepared both physically and psychologically. It is much better to enjoy the campaign than to suffer from it. In order to calculate your strength and properly prepare, you need to understand what awaits you.
You will have to move on skis or on foot (depending on the condition of the ice) for 8-10 hours a day for 8-10 days. In addition, you will need to carry a sleigh with expedition equipment, fuel and products weighing 40-50 kg. The surface of the ice is mostly uneven, so it is not necessary to expect a smooth and pleasant slip. Temperatures typically range from -20 to -35 degrees Celsius. In addition, the weather can be very windy, and the cooling effect of the wind must be taken into account.

You must have the physical ability to cover the minimum daily distance and mental stamina to keep going in extreme conditions when you are physically tired. Technical skills, a high level of strength and aerobic fitness will be required.

Consult your doctor before deciding whether to participate in the expedition. You will greatly benefit from the experience of various hikes, climbing and winter field overnight stays. Winter sports are welcome.

A responsibility

An expedition to the North Pole is an extreme adventure associated with the risk to life and many random factors. The guide accompanying you ensures safety only if all the participants comply with the rules and safety regulations, so we recommend listening to his opinion and advice.
During the program, and especially in critical situations, participants must fully and undoubtedly follow the recommendations and guides of the guide. All actions and decisions on the route during a situation that threatens the safety of participants are solely the responsibility of the guide accompanying the group.
During all of our programs, the guides carry with them the necessary group equipment, a mobile phone with the numbers of the region’s rescue services, as well as a first-aid kit for first aid.
Security for us remains the main condition for fulfilling obligations to the client!

The timing and schedule of expeditions may vary due to bad weather and / or ice conditions, general physical fitness of the group, political situation, strikes, wars, revolutions, terrorism, and / or other uncontrolled factors. Such decisions will be made in the interests of all participants and their personal safety.

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