Moscow - Punta Arenas - Union Glacier - South Pole– Union Glacier – Punta Arenas-Moscow
Why go there?
In this magnificent land of wide open landscapes, majestic beauty and rugged tales of exploration, we introduces the challenging expedition-style program, Ski Last Degree. Ski Last Degree captures the essence of polar exploration in a 2-3 week trip. It is ideal for those who want the serious challenge of a polar expedition, but do not have the time or resources to commit to a full-length expedition from the coast.
This incredible journey allows you to experience at first hand some of the challenges and insights that faced the early explorers, as you travel by ski the last 60 nautical miles, to reach the most southerly point on earth - the Geographic South Pole. The rewards for your effort are tangible - the bonds of friendship built through shared challenge and the knowledge that you have arrived at the ultimate destination, the South Pole, through your own effort and determination.
||Arrival in Punta Arenas. Hotel accommodation.
||Buying food and equipment and test equipment.
||Briefing in the office. Sorting out and packing the equipment.
||Flight to Antarctica to the camp Union Glacier, accommodation in the camp.
||Instructions before departure at the 89th degree, preparation for departure and the ski trip.
||Flight to latitude 89 South. Skiing to South Pole.
||Arrival to the South pole, return flight to Union Glacier.
||The flight from Antarctica to Punta Arenas
||Arrival to Punta Arenas
||The flight home (may be a delay in departure from Antarctica due to bad weather)
Briefing with refreshments in Punta Arenas
Transfers to/from airport in Punta Arenas
Return flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica
All programmed flights within Antarctica
Meals and accommodations while in Antarctica, Full Board at Patriot Hills camp.
Group camping equipment, sleds and harnesses
Expedition guide and doctor for the whole expedition
Luggage allowance of 55lbs (25 kg) on all polar flights.
Price does not include
Flights to and from Punta Arenas other than to Patriot Hills
Meals and accommodation in Punta Arenas
Transfers in Punta Arenas other than for the Antarctic flights
Personal equipment and clothing, skis, boots, ski poles
Personal extra expenses while in Punta Arenas due to delays
Overweight on the Antarctic flights
Satellite phone while in Antarctica
Tips guidelines (important information!)
You entrust your life, health, your time and money to the guides. And the guides take this responsibility for you and for the success of the whole trip. They are doing this 24 hours.
10-20 USD per day is expected as the normal amount of tips for the Guides and the staff of the program. If you liked everything about the trip, please don't forget to thank them. You can give the tips directly to the Main Guide and he will distribute it among the staff.
Necessary travel papers (documents)
Filled out special forms for visiting Antarctica
Chilean multi visa
By air and by land
All Antarctica flights with luggage allowance of 25 kg
Any hotel in Punta Arenas will be booked on your request and we will provide you with the list, rating from ** to ****. Accommodation expenditures are paid directly to the hotel.
In Antarctica we stay in good strong tents, 2-3 members to a tent.
In Patriot Hills we cook and have meals in a big mess tent.
For the skiing part the members buy food-stuffs in Punta Arenas and cook for themselves with the help of the guide(s).
For cooking 4 liters of white gas per person are provided.
One guide to 3-5 members
Health and medical insurance
Every group must have a first-aid kit
Every participant must have insurance up to 150 000 USD per police
Antarctic summer: on a calm sunny day you can count on 0+10C in a tent. Yet, sudden snow storms are frequent visitors here.
Hotel in Punta Arenas: 30-60 USD per day
Meals in Punta Arenas: 20-40 USD per day
Luggage over 25 kg – 70 USD per 1 kg
"IRIDIUM" satellite phone only
Shared equipment for BC (provided by 7 Summits Club)
Tents (2-3 members to a tent)
Kitchen utensils (gas-stoves, pots and pans)
Satellite phone (5 USD per 1 minute)
Rucksack (40-50 liters)
Video camera and accessories
Down or synthetic fibers filled parka with a large hood (with secure fixing), good for -40°C, -40°C. Our suggestion: “North Face Baltoro” or “Marmot 8000 M. Parka”
Breathable windproof jacket with large hood and pockets (Gore Tex is not recommended!). We suggest “Wintergreen Designs Anorak”. You can sew a long-fur ruff to the inside edge of the hood, which will keep your face reasonably warm even in strong wind.
Breathable windproof pants with full side zips: UN-coated Nylon, Pertex, or Ventile (windproof cotton). Gore Tex not recommended! One-piece wind suit will do as well, but it must have a drop seat or a circle zip for toilet use.
Set of lightweight thermal base layer, top and bottom. Merino wool, Capilene, or other high-quality synthetic. A zipped T-neck is best for the top. Our suggestion: Patagonia, North Face, Marmot, Icebreaker brands. No cotton!
Set of expedition weight thermal base layer, top and bottom. Wool or synthetic, the same brands as above.
Pair of fleece or pile skiing pants, made of Polartec 200 or Softshell fabric. A one-piece suit must have a drop seat or center zip for toilet use. Arc’teryx, North Face, or Mountain Equipment Coop.
Mid-weight wool, pile, or fleece sweater, made of Polartec 200.
Warm fleece jacket with pockets (the latter are a must!). Polartec 200-300, “Puffball” or “Softshell”. Our suggestion: Arc’teryx Gamma MX hoody, Patagonia Houdini, or North Face Denali.
Thick wool or wool or wool blend socks – 4 pairs
Thinner wool or synthetic liner socks – 2 pairs
Pair of vapour barrier socks. Our suggestion: Black Diamond or Climb High.
Pair of insulated down or synthetic camp booties with non-slip soles, for short outings from the tent.
Windproof fleece hat with good ear flaps and preferably a built-in visor: Columbia or Outdoor Research.
Lightweight wool or fleece hat as a reserve
Fleece neck warmer. This can double up to give a variety of ear, face and neck protection, or be used as an eye shade (24 hour sunlight in Antarctica). Buff brand “Polar Buff” works well.
Lightweight fleece or synthetic balaclava
Pair of windproof, breathable over-mitts (no Gore Tex!). We suggest Lilisport brand.
Fleece or wool mitts to fit inside windproof over-mitts – 2 pairs
Several pairs of lightweight liner gloves
Pairs mid-weight fleece or wool gloves – 2 pairs. Liners should fit inside and both should fit inside over-mittens.
Pair of 100% UV protective sunglasses with a safety cord and side flaps. No metal frames!
Pair of good quality ski goggles with extra lens
Neoprene face mask or Outdoor Research Gorilla Mask.
Handkerchiefs or bandanas for your nose (low temperatures will make it run continuously)
Expedition weight sleeping bag (good for -40°F, -40°C), down-filled preferably. Get a full length mummy bag with a large hood and easy fastening system. We suggest North Face Inferno or similar Marmot or Integral Designs.