The South Pole - Ski Last Degree

The South Pole - Ski Last Degree


Altitude 2,800m Grade: 2D

Experience the challenges that faced early explorers as you ski from 89°S to the South Pole.

Please note, the final payment is based on the equivalent of $65,050 (£52,040) on an exchange rate prevailing at the time of making your final payment. Current price calculated x-rate of 1.25. The price of Ski Last Degree is $42,250 (£33,800) when combined with Mt Vinson.

The Last degree journey to the South Pole can be done independently or in conjunction with our Mt. Vinson climb. Experience the vast wilderness and the challenges faced by early explorers as you ski across Antarctica’s icy floor on this polar expedition. The journey begins at 89° South and you travel by ski and sled for over 100kms to the most southerly point on Earth – the Geographic South Pole.

This South Pole - Ski Last Degree trip starts and finishes in Punta Arenas

Dates shown below are the advertised dates you fly to and from Antarctica, however you will need to arrive in Punta Arenas at least 48hrs (2 days) in advance of these dates (e.g. 4th Dec for 7th Dec). Return International flights should be booked at least four days after your return from Antarctica to allow for possible delays in flying back from Antarctica. If doing a Vinson & Ski Last degree you would already be on Antarctica when other Ski Last Degree only clients arrive.

Dates & Prices

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What's Included

This particular expedition will require your involvement with collective responsibilities. You will need to have a good level of fitness and be prepared to share the camp chores of cooking, water collection and movement of equipment. This will undoubtedly add to your experience of being self-sufficient in this most un-spoilt of landscapes.

  • 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 whilst on the mountain.
  • Transfer to your hotel on arrival  
  • Hotel and other accommodation in Punta Arenas on a Bed & Breakfast basis (3 nights at the start only)
  • All tents and other communal equipment necessary for the climb. 
  • Medical safety equipment and supplies. 
  • Communication equipment (each member on a Grade 3B or above are normally provided with a radio whilst on the mountain and the team is often supported with a Satellite telephone and e-mail facilities on extended expeditions at Base Camp). 
  • 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

  • International flights to and from Punta Arenas
  • Hotel nights in Punta Arenas at the end of your trip. 
  • Transfer to the airport on departure
  • 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.
  • Tips for porters and local guides.
  • 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

Day 0

Arrive in Punta Arenas

Day 1

Briefing and free day

Day 2

Flight to Antarctica and Thiel Mountains

Day 3

Short ski trip and preparations (Day 3-5 may need to be condensed according to the weather forecast re flight to 89 degrees)

Day 4

Mini expedition around Union Glacier

Day 5

Fly to 89 degrees South

Days 6 - 10

Skiing then setting up camps

Day 11

Arrive at the South Pole

Day 12

Return to Union Glacier (weather permitting)

Day 13

Fly in the Ilusion to Punta Arenas (weather permitting)

Day14+

Return International flights. Extra time needs to be allowed for after day 14 in case of weather delays.

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:
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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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