North Pole - Ski Last Degree

North Pole - Ski Last Degree


Altitude 10m Grade: 2D

If you have always dreamed of a journey to the top of the world, but could not afford the cost or have the time to invest in a full 60 day expedition.

Adventure Peaks offers an exciting two week alternative: North Pole Last Degree Expedition.

Unlike the journey to South Pole the North Pole Last Degree is across dynamic pack ice that requires you to be flexible to deal with the many obstacles that you will face; open water, huge pressure ridges and extreme weather. The expedition begins in the remote village of Longyearbyen in Norway, well above the Arctic Circle, from where we take a charter flight close to latitude 89 degrees north. From here we set out for the Geographic North Pole an incredibly beautiful and breathtaking journey that will be a tough test of endurance in temperatures as cold as -35°C. In less than two weeks you have arrived at the top of the globe, before a helicopter picks you up for your return journey.

Return flights MUST be alterable, and booked for one week after the date shown to allow for possible delays in flying back from the Arctic.
Photo Copyright: Sebastian Merriman

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What's Included

  • International flights from London (Flight inclusive package)
  • A British expedition team leader. Small groups may use a local leader. 
  • Permits, charges, importation taxes and levies payable to the Local Authorities in connection with the expedition. 
  • Food, fuel and cooking equipment.
  • Hotel and other accommodation in Longyearbyen  on a Bed & Breakfast basis (2 nights at the start only)
  • All tents and other communal equipment necessary for the expedition. 
  • Medical safety equipment and supplies. 
  • Communication equipment. Each member on a Grade 3B or above are normally provided with a radio whilst on the expedition
  • 90 - 120 litre kit bag for expedition members for UK based clients. A logoed top will be substituted for all clients residing outside of the UK and for returning customers. 
  • 15% discount off the RRP on equipment and clothing purchased from Adventure Peaks shop.

What's Excluded

  • Hotel nights in Longyearbyen at the end of your trip.  
  • Personal climbing clothes and equipment.
  • Personal insurance, visas, departure tax and inoculations.
  • Drinks and hotel or guest house meals, unless specified.
  • Personal medical supplies and personal use of communication equipment.
  • Excess baggage.
  • Costs associated with an expedition finishing early.
  • Costs associated with you leaving an expedition early.
  • Costs associated with extending a trip due to bad weather or other circumstances 

Itinerary

Days 1 - 2

Travel to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergan Arrive in Longyearbyen and transfer to your Guest House/Hotel in the beautiful mountain village of Longyearbyen. Unpack and expedition welcome meeting.

Day 3

Gear Check and final preparations A full day getting to know each other, reviewing expectations, checking personal gear to ensure nothing has been missed and preparing all our kit and equipment for the flight. The rest of the day is free to explore the town. (H.B)

Day 4

Fly Longyearbyen to Barneo Ice Camp Flight to the Russian research camp “Barneo” located at approximately latitude 89 degrees North, the exact location varies due to the floating pack ice. The flight is 600 miles and takes approximately 21/2 hours. On arrival we will either depart immediately or set up our tents and depart the following morning.

Days 5 - 13

Ski to the North Pole. We ski to the North Pole over the next six to eight days, skiing between 12 and 18 kilometres per day (six to ten hours) manoeuvring our way around open water and over pressure ridges. The duration will vary according to the weather, ice conditions and the amount of drift. At night we will sleep on the drifting ice and cook meals in our tents. all team members will be required to assist in all aspects of the expedition (after training), including setting up camp, cooking and using stoves to melt water.

Day 14

Return flight to Longyearbyen.

Day 15

Return flight home.

Insurance

It is essential for a trip of this type that you are adequately insured. When researching insurance options, please ensure the policy covers you for the following:

  • Cancellation or curtailment
  • Helicopter rescue (most insurance companies will no longer cover for ‘search and rescue’ but providing you stay with the group, they will assist with ‘rescue’)
  • Repatriation
  • The altitude that you are expected to attain
  • The location especially when travelling to Antarctica
  • Grade of trek/climb/expedition
  • Medical cover

Adventure Peaks partners with Global Rescue to offer the world’s leading travel protection services.  Medical and security emergencies happen. When they do, we rely on Global Rescue to provide our clients with medical, security, travel risk and crisis response services. Without a membership, an emergency evacuation could cost over $100,000. More than one million members trust Global Rescue to get them home safely when the unexpected happens. We highly recommend our clients enroll with Global Rescue:
https://partner.globalrescue.com/adventurepeaks/



We are aware the following provide insurance:

For UK based clients:

HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC sales@hccmis.com  Tel: 1-800-605-2282
Travelex Ins. Services: www.travelexinsurance.com  Tel: 1-800 228 9792
True Traveller Ins: www.truetraveller.com  Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
Austrian Alpine Club (UK) www.aacuk.org.uk  Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
Rothwell & Towler: www.world-first.co.uk  Tel: 0345 908 0161 (under 6400m)
Campbell Irvine: www.campbellirvine.com  Tel: 0207 938 1737 (Not for treks/climbs with ropes – OK for Aconcagua)
J S Insurance: www.jsinsurance.co.uk  Tel: 0844 848 1500
Snowcard: www.snowcard.co.uk  Tel: 01295 660836
The B.M.C.: www.thebmc.co.uk  Tel: 0161 445 6111 (call and speak to Jim. Please note the BMC cannot cover Mt Damavand)
Dogtag: www.dogtag.co.uk  Tel: 0800 036 4824 (Check excess etc)

For non-UK based clients:

HCC Medical Insurance Services: LLC sales@hccmis.com  Tel: 1-800-605-2282
Travelex Ins. Services: www.travelexinsurance.com  Tel: 1-800 228 9792
True Traveller Ins: www.truetraveller.com  Tel: 0333 999 3140 for treks including over 4500m
Austrian Alpine Club (UK): www.aacuk.org.uk  Tel: +44 (0)1929 556870
AXA Worldwide Travel Ins: www.axainsurance.com  Tel: +44 (0)844 874 0360
Ingle International: www.ingleinternational.com  Tel: (USA) 1.800.360.3234
Insure for Less: www.insure4less.com.au (Australian clients)

You do not have to use any of the above, but if you make your own insurance arrangements documentary evidence of your own policy is required.

Please forward the details of your Insurance as soon as you have it: we need the insurance company’s name, their 24 hour emergency telephone number and your insurance policy number – admin@adventurepeaks.com

 

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