The South Pole – Ski Last Degree

Altitude 2800m, Grade 2D

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

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Please note, the final payment is based on the equivalent of $62,250 (£46,450) on an exchange rate prevailing at the time of making your final payment. Current price calculated x-rate of 1.34. The price of Ski Last Degree is $42,250 (£31,525) 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.

Trip dossier

The South Pole – Last Degree

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

It is vitally important that you have adequate travel insurance for your trip with Adventure Peaks. We recognise the complexity and variety of choice in the insurance market and know that many of you either have your own preferred insurer or have annual multi trip cover in place already. If this is the case, please ensure that your insurer is aware of your Adventure Peaks itinerary and can agree to cover the activities being undertaken.

Adventure Peaks do not provide any advice on travel insurance, although it is a requirement of our booking conditions that you have travel insurance which covers the activities which you are likely to be undertaking on your holiday. Cover must include emergency medical, helicopter evacuation, repatriation and rescue expenses.

It is strongly recommended that suitable cancellation insurance is purchased at the time of booking as all deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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The Initial Deposits for this booking will be :£5000 per Person


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