One of the world’s ultimate adventures

South Pole - All the Way

Of the ample adventures to dream of in this world, there are very few which appeal to the spirit more than an opportunity to travel unencumbered in the Antarctic continent.

This incredible journey to the southernmost point on earth involves an expedition of up to 66 mesmerising days.

An expedition of unspoiled beauty and isolation not often found in today’s world; this is a highlight trip for those with a healthy work ethic and a genuine sense of adventure!

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Difficulty Level Low ?
Fitness Level Very High ?
Duration 54 to 66 days
Elevation 2,835M / 9,301FT
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Leifur Orn Svavarsson

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Arrival at the Pole - Leifur Orn Svavarsson

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Fly into Union Glacier before flying to Hercules Inlet - Mark Sedon

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Food and equipment is hauled on sleds - Leifur Orn Svavarsson

From Nov 13 to Jan 17, 2025
Departs from Punta Arenas, Chile
$89,250 USD $
From Nov 13 to Jan 11, 2025
Departs from Punta Arenas, Chile
$86,100 USD $
From Nov 13 to Jan 05, 2025
Departs from Punta Arenas, Chile
  • Overview

    • One of the world’s ultimate adventures
    • Choose from three route incredible options
    • Achieve a truly unique and committing objective
    • Incredible vistas to the end of the world

    This is anything but an expedition for the lighthearted as it entails vigorous activity for a very extended period.

    Once established at the edge of the Antarctic continent, we travel totally non-mechanised, with all team members hauling sledges and becoming fully immersed in the challenge.

    This expedition is open to all outdoors people with experience in cold conditions and a background in climbing or backcountry skiing coupled with an ability to be a valuable team member.

  • Route Options

    We offer 3 different route options by which to achieve this journey:


    The route from Hercules Inlet is the ultimate challenge; a journey that traverses 1,130km/702 miles from the edge of the Ronne Ice Shelf to the Geographic South Pole. It is an expedition that will allow you to join an elite group who have undertaken this adventure under their own power.


    This scenic route is inspired by Reinhold Messner’s 1989 epic Antarctic crossing and offers a shorter but more committing alternative to the Hercules Inlet route. You’ll skirt the western flank of the massive
    Foundation Ice Stream and the Transantarctic Mountains then turn south toward your final goal, the South Pole.

    Traverse the same terrain discovered by Roald Amundsen more than 100 years ago on a route marked by deep snow, steep climbs and complex route-finding. Climb the steep Axel Heiberg Glacier, bounded by majestic peaks on both sides, and navigate your way around the infamous maze of crevasses known as the Devil’s Ballroom.

  • Why AC?

    Adventure Consultants is renowned for the quality of its service and strategy applied to high altitude expedition climbing and polar travel. Our reputation is attributed to meticulous planning and experienced logistics coordination. We have a philosophy of investing in every expedition to offer our climbers the best possible chance of success.

    We employ strong and specialised Expedition leaders and support staff, whom are some of the most pre-eminent in the industry. We pride ourselves on operating with small teams, the best back-up and support available. This includes nutritious and ample quantities of food, comfortable base camp facilities, reliable communications systems and the necessary medical back up.

    Many of our expedition members come to us because they have seen us in action on a previous trip and decide to opt for our level of service and proven experience. Others return because they know we do our very best to make expeditions safe and successful.

  • Payment Conditions


    The price of your trip includes the following:

    • Adventure Consultants guides
    • All expedition organisation requirements
    • Transport within Antarctica where applicable
    • Food and tented accommodation ex Punta Arenas (twin share)
    • Expedition food and equipment
    • Tents, stoves, sleds & harness
    • Dedicated dispatch webpage updated throughout the trip that you can post onto your own website for friends & family to follow
    • Transport of 30kg/66lbs of personal equipment to Union Glacier


    The price of your trip does not include:

    • Air travel to and from Punta Arenas, Chile
    • Personal clothing and equipment
    • Personal travel, medical, rescue insurance
    • Hotel, meals and personal expenses in Punta Arenas
    • Personal insurance – full travel, medical and rescue insurance is required as well as personal trip cancellation insurance. Medical evacuation insurance cover of US$300,000 is required.
    • Excess baggage transportation charges of US$77 per kg for any baggage exceeding the personal equipment weight limit.
    • Cost of satellite telephone calls whilst on expedition

    Account Information

    All payments should be made by bank transfer to the following bank and account:

    Bank of New Zealand
    Offshore Branch
    42 Willis Street
    Spark Central
    New Zealand

    for the account of Adventure Consultants Limited

    Account # 1000-594771-0000
    Account Type: US Dollars
    Swift Address: BKNZNZ22

    Note: All bank transfer charges are for the remitter's account.

    We can also accept your deposit and balance payments by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex) plus a 3% credit card fee.


    A non-refundable deposit of US$15,000 is payable to secure a place on the expedition.


    The balance is payable 120 days before the trip start date.

    Cancellation & Refund Policy

    An expedition member may cancel their participation on the following basis:

    • Cancellations outside of 120 days will result in the loss of the trip deposit.
    • For cancellations made within 120 days of the trip commencement date we reserve the right to retain 50% of the balance payment fee.
    • For cancellations within 90 days of the departure date a cancellation fee of 100% of the full fee applies.

    Trip Cancellation Insurance

    We strongly recommend you take out trip cancellation insurance via your travel agent if you wish to be covered against cancellation due to medical or personal reasons. We will also provide advice regarding travel and rescue insurance.

  • Trip Notes

    South Pole ATW Trip Notes CoverThe Expedition Trip Notes provide detailed information and background for Adventure Consultants' South Pole All the Way Expedition.

    You can view the trip notes online by clicking the image or download a pdf by clicking the following link:

    South Pole All the Way Trip Notes

    Team Membership

    The team will have a minimum size of 4 members and 1 guide and a maximum size of 8 members and 2 guides.

    Our Guides

    The Adventure Consultants team includes experienced Arctic/Antarctic guides whose knowledge and expertise is imperative in making these expeditions a success. The guides for each trek are confirmed 6 months prior to departure time.

    Head Office Support Team

    Running successful journeys and expeditions is more about experience, knowledge and strategic management than any other factors. As an organisation, we place a substantial amount of time and resources into ensuring our trips are well planned and supported. You can be assured that the AC staff will provide you with friendly advice and knowledgeable support throughout the planning stages of your trip and we will be there to provide backup while the trip is running.

    Hayley Furze Profile April 17Hayley Furze, Client Liaison

    Hayley joins the AC team with a wealth of experience working in the tourism and hospitality industry along with a love of travel. She works as Client Liaison on a number of our European and international ascents, treks and expeditions.


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    Your Health

    Expedition members will be provided with pre-trip medical advice and a medical questionnaire and asked to visit their family physician to receive a full medical examination. This information will be sighted only by the expedition leader and our medical adviser and treated with full confidentiality.

    Level of Experience Required

    The South Pole All the Way expedition is for the most dedicated of polar travellers. You need significant skiing and cold weather camping experience, along with a very high degree of fitness. Typically candidates will have participated in cold weather ski expeditions of some length such as North Pole or South Pole Last Degree expeditions or the Greenland Crossing.

    A high degree of discipline and diligence must be maintained throughout the expedition, skiing for 8-10 hours per day for 50-60 days in a row, with team members helping to set up camp and prepare meals. Rigorous daily training must be undertaken for 3-6 months prior to the expedition start. See our Fitness Training Programs for information on how we can help you prepare for the expedition.

    We require all participants to submit a resume of their ski expedition experience so that we can make appropriate suggestions for further training and ensure you get the most out of your expedition.

    Difficulty Rating

    Each of our trips is individually rated according to its physical and technical difficulty, displayed in the icons towards the top of each trip page. You can click on the accompanying question mark for additional descriptions and the full run-down of our grading system is available on our Difficulty Ratings page.

    Preparing for Your Trip

    Effective work at high latitudes requires a good (and specific) physiology for the activity and a solid outdoors background. Of course, there is much we can do to enhance the physical attributes we have and these are best achieved by specific training. See our Fitness Training Programs for information on how we can help you prepare for the expedition.

    The physical issues endured by polar travellers are the sheer amount of physical output required on a daily basis, and repetitive strain injuries incurred from said activity. Weight loss often occurs through the sheer inability to eat the amount of calories you burn up in a day. There are ways to try to minimise this through diet, pace and regular snacks throughout each working day. However, on the longer trips, the result of all the effort is a lower level of performance and, consequently, the muscular system deteriorates through a calorific deficit. It is worth anticipating muscle loss and therefore you should train to ensure you have a bit extra before you leave.

    Being generally fit, healthy and strong is paramount to doing well on these travels. Training should focus on developing cardiovascular capability and strength training for specific muscle groups. There is no training for pulling sleds like pulling sleds! Sport specific training will ensure your ligaments and tendons are conditioned for the stresses of expedition work so if you can get an old tractor tyre out and drag it around behind you in a field then that will ultimately be of some benefit. However, this can be difficult to do and many polar travellers have focused on other ways to simulate the strains to be experienced in the polar regions. Being overweight places more stress on your system so ensure that you are not putting yourself at a disadvantage before you start. It is recommended that you focus on strength development and stamina training as your body is constantly stressed through sled hauling and dealing with the cold. Lots of gym work is recommended and a physical trainer will assist in working on any areas of weakness you may have. Additionally, a lot of long-duration exercise like hill walking (with a pack), mountain biking on hills and swimming are beneficial. Be careful not to over-train just prior to the trip as you will need all your reserves and you don’t want to 'peak' too early. The fact that you are looking at losing (sometimes) considerable body mass indicates the need to be quite heavy at the start of the trip so do not over-do it prior to the expedition.

    Aerobic exercise should not be ignored either as you do not want to turn up fully bulked, but not able to perform short duration bursts of energy expenditure where necessary, like when you set out and are feeling cold. During aerobic training, it is necessary to monitor your heart rate to ensure you are training your cardiovascular system. This can be achieved by using a heart rate monitor or by manually measuring heart rate during exertion. A basic formula is 220-Age=heart rate (HR) maximum. Operating at 70-85% of your HR max will ensure you are exercising to enhance cardiovascular fitness.

    For all the effort that goes into training the body, the mental attributes are worth some analysis and attention also. The most important of these are a strong work ethic, an ability to pace one’s self for a long duration project, strength of character and—above all—the ability to get on with others. If you are not a 'team player' or you find that you often come into conflict with others (even if you do think it is their fault) then you should not consider taking part in polar expeditions, unless you do it solo!

    Adventure Consultants also offers a specific Polar Training Course to introduce the essential skills and techniques you’ll need to prepare for a polar expedition. Based in the New Zealand mountains, this is a 4-10 day course designed to give you greater confidence in the judgment and decision making aspects of polar travel. While no course can prepare you fully for the real thing, this course offers a variety of terrain that enables you to develop the essential skills you will need.

    What You Carry

    Each member will have a high tech sled built specifically for Arctic/Antarctic use. These will be loaded with personal gear as well as a share of the expedition equipment. We utilise three pre-placed food caches en-route to minimise the weight of our sleds. Each sled is estimated to weigh around 50-60kg/110-130lbs at the beginning of the phase and reduce over the duration of the expedition as food and fuel is consumed. The complete load is carried on the sled rather than carry a backpack.

    Rescue Considerations

    It is possible for evacuations to take place along the route if necessary. However there are areas with sufficient sastrugi to make aircraft landings impossible and anyone needing evacuation would need to be transported to a sastrugi free area for a pick up which may take days of travel. For this reason expedition members need to fully understand that evacuation is not an ‘on demand’ service and weather conditions can preclude flights for days or even weeks at a time. The best way to protect oneself against problems of this nature is to be fully prepared, both physically and mentally for an adventure of this magnitude. Additionally, an aircraft rescue can be very expensive and we require expedition members to be insured against this possibility.

    Clothing & Equipment

    For most of the trek members need only be clad in fleece clothing with windproof shells. Warm expedition mittens and hats will be necessary in addition to a facemask and fur ruff around the jacket hood to keep wind and blowing snow at bay. Lightweight down clothing will help members endure the cold starts and be additional warmth (if needed) in the sleeping bag.

    We will supply all of the team equipment and you will only need your personal equipment. We supply sleds, tents, stoves, pots, food and fuel, ropes and sled harnesses, GPS and communication equipment.

    You will need to supply all your own clothing, sleeping gear and ski equipment. If you wish we can assist with the purchase of equipment and clothing suitable to the expedition.

    A full equipment list will be sent to you on confirmation of booking.

    Communication & Messages

    We intend to carry the latest in satellite communication equipment facilitating good contact with the outside world. This also improves safety in that we have instant communications with ANI in the unlikely event an evacuation is required. It is possible for you to utilize our equipment or you may bring your own but we request you confirm with us to establish power requirements can be met.


    The effective temperature is defined by the strength of the wind and we are battling against the catabatic winds descending from the polar plateau. Temperatures will be in the range of – 40 degrees C and F to 0 degrees C (32 degrees F). The temperatures will rise during the season but it is near the end of the expedition when we gain higher altitudes near the pole that we will have the colder temperatures. Ultimately a lot will depend on the season and the general weather patterns. Weather analysis will be provided by experts in Polar meteorology, which will assist us in being forewarned of major weather systems.

  • Itinerary




    Meet in Punta Arenas, Chile.


    Preparation of food and equipment, review the route and expedition plan, weighing & loading of gear and briefings.


    Fly to Union Glacier, Antarctica.


    Acclimatisation and training days.


    Fly to Hercules Inlet to begin ski tour.


    Daily ski touring towards the Thiel Mountains.


    Thiel Mountains to the South Pole.


    Pick up from the South Pole, return to Union Glacier.


    Fly to Punta Arenas, Chile.


    Expedition ends, depart for home.

    1 Meet in Punta Arenas, Chile.
    2–6 Prepare food and equipment, review the route and expedition plan, weigh and load gear, briefings.
    7 Fly to Union Glacier, Antarctica.
    8–9 Acclimatisation and training days.

    Fly to Messner Start and ski to Thiel Corner Skiway.


    Ski from Thiel Corner Skiway to the South Pole.

    58 Pick-up from the South Pole, return to Union Glacier.
    59 Fly to Punta Arenas, Chile.
    60 Expedition ends, depart for home.
    1 Meet in Punta Arenas, Chile.
    2–6 Prepare food and equipment, review the route and expedition plan, weigh and load gear, briefings.
    7 Fly to Union Glacier, Antarctica.
    8–10 Acclimatisation and training days.

    Fly to the base of the Axel Heiberg Glacier.


    Ski tour across the Axel Heiberg Glacier.

    21–50 Ski across the Polar Plateau.
    51 Arrive at the South Pole.
    52 Pick-up from the South Pole, return to Union Glacier.
    53 Fly to Punta Arenas, Chile.
    54 Expedition ends, depart for home.
  • Add Ons

    Climb Antarctica 2023 24 Trip Notes CoverComplete your Antarctic experience with our Climb Antarctica Expedition, the ideal Add On following your South Pole Expedition. Climb Antarctica has been hailed as the continent's best kept secret, and presents mountaineers with the opportunity to climb in the world's most remote and pristine environment.

    The terrain is unlimited and varied, from technical ascents to easy snow climbs and ridge traverses that offer views over the Ronne Ice Shelf and Polar Plateau. This unique experience of climbing in Antarctica has only been undertaken by a handful of people and the opportunities for attempting new routes and first ascents are a real possibility.

    The cost of the Climb Antarctica Add On ex Union Glacier, Antarctica is US$12,750.

    The Expedition Trip Notes provide detailed information and background for Adventure Consultants' Climb Antarctica Expeditions.

    Please click on the image to view the trip notes online, visit our Climb Antarctica page or contact us for more information.

    Ski Antarctica Dateless Trip Notes CoverWhy not finish your Antarctic trip with our Ski Antarctica Expedition, a brilliant Add On following your South Pole All the Way expedition. Ski Antarctica offers some once-in-a-lifetime backcountry skiing in an out-of-this-world environment.

    The Heritage Range that will be our playground for this expedition has the breadth of terrain to suit any experience level, with unparalleled views in all directions and options for multi-day trips or day tours from our base at Union Glacier Camp.

    The cost of the Ski Antarctica Add On ex Union Glacier, Antarctica is available on application.

    The Expedition Trip Notes provide detailed information and background for Adventure Consultants' Ski Antarctica Expeditions.

    Please click on the image to view the trip notes online, visit our Ski Antarctica page or contact us for more information.

    Polar Training Course Dateless Notes CoverWe have Polar Training Courses based in Greenland, Iceland, Europe and New Zealand, each designed to introduce you to the skills and techniques you’ll need to prepare for a polar expedition to give you greater confidence in the judgment and decision making aspects of polar travel. You will learn skills such as food preparation, navigation, camp management and even how to go to the toilet in a storm! While no course can prepare you fully for the real thing, this course offers a variety of terrain that enables you to develop the skills you will use in polar environments.

    Please contact us for more information.

    We offer Privately Guided Expeditions in Antarctica and have been fortunate enough to work with many private groups over the years with exceptional results. Contact us for further information and pricing. 

    Three Glaciers Camp is an exclusive retreat nestled deep in the Ellsworth Mountains of Antarctica, at the base of Mount Sporli and at the head of the Schneider, Schanz and Driscoll glaciers. It can be booked as an accommodation experience for members on Mount Vinson, Mount Sidley or Climb Antarctica expeditions, as well as Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp Voyages. 

    3 glaciers camp

    Each of the eight guest tents is heated, furnished with cozy sitting areas and equipped with a charging station for personal electronics. Three suites feature king beds and five have two extra-long twin beds. Double-walled tents and window shades create a dark retreat after long days in the Antarctic sun. There are even shower facilities, with melt snow gathered straight from the glacier to maintain a piping hot supply. Guests can enjoy unobstructed views of mountains and glaciers from the warmth of their private patio.

    In the dining room and lounge area, a private chef will create original dishes with fresh ingredients flown in from Chile. In between meals, you can relax on the sofa with a book from the polar library or enjoy a coffee from a leather lounge chair.

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    Custom itineraries can be crafted to achieve almost any Antarctic objective including flights to Vinson Base Camp, technical climbing, ski touring, and snowmobile traverses.

    Please contact our office for more information on this option.
  • Travel & Rescue Insurance

    Finding the right travel and rescue insurance for your adventure to Antarctica or the Arctic's North Pole region can be tricky! Rest assured when you book with the expedition specialists here at Adventure Consultants we'll help by sending through advice on what you'll need, including:

    • Travel insurance including trip interruption and cancellation cover
    • Medical Evacuation and Rescue Insurance

    For further information check out our Travel and Rescue Insurance page or contact us.

  • FAQ

    • Contact Us

      The following is to serve as a helpful guideline on our South Pole expeditions. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions. Our team is here to help!

      [email protected]
      NZ: +64 3 443 8711 (Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm PST + 19 hours)

    • Choosing a Provider

      How long has Adventure Consultants been in operation?
      Adventure Consultants started in 1990 and we have been guiding internationally ever since. You can read more on the history of Adventure Consultants here.

      A few outfitters claim to have the same level of experience and prestige as Adventure Consultants. In this league, what makes you the first choice for polar travellers?
      In December of 1992, Adventure Consultants founders Rob Hall and Gary Ball ran their first commercial expedition to Antarctica in conjunction with Adventure Network International (ANI). Adventure Consultants has continued guiding in this remote part of the world ever since and has an established a strong relationship with Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions (ALE) who provide the logistical support and safety backup for all our Antarctic expeditions initiating in Punta Arenas, Chile. Adventure Consultants has been running expeditions to Antarctica for many seasons and over this time we have developed our systems and honed strategies for success in this harsh environment.

    • Food, Accommodation & Facilties

      What food will be available?
      Food is one of the most crucial factors on a South Pole expedition. We serve nutritious and filling food that will sustain you well for the journey, and during the planning stage we will ask you for your feedback in advance in order for us to adjust our menus to your specific requirements or tastes.

      What is the food like?
      As food and equipment has to be hauled in sleds by each team member, the weight-to-calorie value of food is critical. Evening meals will be freeze-dried meals in big portions, lunches are crispbread with cheese, salami, dried meat, fish and lots of butter, and for breakfast a high-calorie muesli. These foods are supplemented with muesli bars, chocolate, other snacks, and plenty of hot drinks.

      What are the hotels like? Can I have my own room?
      Prior to and after this expedition, we stay in a fantastic hotel right in the centre of Punta Arenas. This hotel offers classical elegance and its friendly helpful staff always look after the AC teams exceptionally well. Facilities include a restaurant, Wi-Fi and laundry service. Personal items can also be left in the hotel's secure storage while travelling to Antarctica.

    • Travel

      Do I need to arrive the day before the trip starts? And when should I book my flight to leave?
      It is very important to arrive in Punta Arenas on the indicated arrival date, with at least two full days prior to the scheduled flight to Antarctica (for Ski The Last Degree, four days for All The Way). This allows time for preparing food and equipment, reviewing the route and expedition plan, and attending the necessary safety and environmental briefings. All of the group gear must be then weighed for loading at least one day prior to departure for Union Glacier. Flights to and from Antarctica are subject to weather, therefore delays can and often do occur so it is very important to allow some flexibility with airline travel arrangements at the end of the expedition.

      My travel agent says I can just get an ‘e’ ticket (electronic ticket) and will not need to be actually issued a physical ticket.
      'E' tickets are the standard practice these days and are now acceptable in most locations. Do ensure you print your itinerary and have your booking number with you, as this allows you to change your flight in the event that this is required.

      When should I book my ticket?
      We generally ask you to wait until 120 days prior to your trip start date to ensure your trip has met the minimum numbers and will operate. If you see a good deal and want to book your flights you should ensure you can make changes to your tickets and it is a good idea to purchase trip cancellation insurance.

      Can I get a cheap ticket online?
      Specifically for this expedition, we strongly advise against buying a ticket online. Please remember to purchase flights that give you the ability to change dates should you need to reschedule. Internet fares and frequent flyer fare purchases often have limited or no flexibility should you need to change and the ticket may be exempt, should a change need to be made for whatever reason.

      Where do we meet? Will I be picked up?
      Upon arrival into Punta Arenas' Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Campo International Airport, you should catch a taxi from the airport to the hotel as your guide will be busy with final packing for the trip down to the ice. Once you have arrived at the hotel, please do let your guide know that you have arrived safely as he/she will be expecting you.

      What if I am arriving early or departing late?
      Adventure Consultants can make reservations for you and can often make recommendations in regards to sightseeing that you can enjoy. Please let our office know your specific plans.

    • Clothing & Equipment

      Do you have a recommended list of clothing we should bring?
      Yes, you will be sent a personal clothing and equipment list once our office has received your trip registration form and deposit. We also have a dedicated equipment coordinator who will be happy to provide advice and answers to any questions you may have.

      Do I really need all the equipment on the equipment list?
      Yes, these lists have been carefully prepared and you must bring everything on the list. There are very limited options in Punta Arenas if additional equipment needs to be purchased.

      How warm do we need our sleeping bags to be?
      You will need a sleeping bag rated to -40°C (-40°F). We highly recommend buying a sleeping bag with some additional room inside to store water bottles, batteries and other items that you don’t want to freeze during the night.

      How much weight will we carry on the expedition?
      All expedition food and equipment must be hauled in sleds. On the Ski The Last Degree Expedition, these will typically weigh 30kg. On the All The Way Expedition we will pre-place two or three resupply caches which will reduce the total weight of food that needs to be carried at each stage. Typically our sleds will weigh 50-60kg.

    • Guides & Team Members

      How many guides will be assigned to our group?
      On our South Pole All The Way expedition there is a minimum guide-to-client ratio of 1:2 and a maximum ratio of 1:4. On our South Pole Last Degree Expedition there is a minimum guide-to-client of 1:4.

      Who goes on your trips?
      Our expeditioners come from a wide variety of backgrounds, interests, countries and skill levels ranging from those seeking skill development to those seeking assistance with the world's highest mountains or purely adventure.

      I would like to arrange a private trip, is this possible?
      We are happy to arrange a private group trip to the destination of your choice, and even to remote destinations such as Antarctica. There is no specific group size, but obviously larger groups are more cost-effective. Please contact the office for more information or visit our Private Customised Expeditions page.

    • Health & Fitness

      What kind of physical condition should I be in for the expedition?
      You should train on a daily basis for at least 3 months prior to the start of the Ski The Last Degree Expedition, and up to 6 months for the All The Way expedition. It is recommended that you focus on cardiovascular training as the cardiovascular system is constantly stressed whilst on the move. Running, hiking and tyre-dragging combined with strength, core stability and flexibility training are the best types of exercise to incorporate into your programme. It is important to ensure long duration aerobic exercise, gradually increasing your endurance to maintain 8-10 hours of vigorous activity a day for the duration of your expedition.

      How do I know this is the right trip for me?
      We offer trips to suit all levels of ability and ambition, from your first mountain experience to extreme ascents and everything in between. To help you navigate the choices available, our trips are graded by both the level of physical exertion and the level of skill required, allowing you to find your perfect expedition match. These ratings are displayed in the icons at the top of each expedition page, with a further explanation available by clicking on the accompanying question mark. A full run-down of the categories can be found on our Difficulty Ratings page and our team is more than happy to discuss your experience to find the right trip for you.

    • Communication & Electronic Devices

      Will there be any access to a satellite phone? If so, what are the charges for usage?
      Your expedition guide will have an Iridium satellite phone and you are welcome to use this at US$4 per minute. We rely on solar power and cannot guarantee that the phone will be available 24 hours a day. Cold severely affects the system and delays can occur for re-warming. If you anticipate that you may need to make frequent or long calls then please make arrangements before the expedition through our office.

      I want to contact my friend or relative, who is on one of your trips, how can I reach them?
      Your guide will send daily internet dispatches, and the Adventure Consultants NZ office receives updates from our guides while they are in the field. The best place to reach a loved one is through our office.

      Will there be any power source for charging batteries, etc. available throughout the expedition? What voltage requirements?
      We take solar panels and sometimes battery power packs on our expeditions. Our first priority is to charge our satellite phones and expedition electrical equipment. For this expedition, we recommend that you bring a personal solar panel suitable to charge the devices you will be carrying and are happy to advise accordingly.

    • Weather Forecasts

      Which weather reporting service do you use? How often do you receive weather reports?
      During the expedition, your guide will receive daily weather updates from the team at Union Glacier as well as updates from the Adventure Consultants' office.

    • Insurance

      What insurance do we need to get?
      Travelling to Antarctica requires very specific specialised insurance and requirements include minimum medical evacuation cover of US$300,000. We also highly recommend trip cancellation insurance to cover for cancellation due to medical or personal reasons.

      Do I need evacuation insurance?
      Absolutely. This is imperative for departures to Antarctica. Your insurance cover will be double-checked prior to being allowed to travel down to the ice.

      Who do you recommend for insurance?
      After receiving your booking we will send you information on insurance options which will serve you best for this expedition.

      What is trip cancellation insurance?
      Trip cancellation insurance is an option that may allow you to cancel your trip without losing the total cost of the trip. Adventure Consultants highly recommends cancellation insurance for expeditions to Antarctica. If circumstances cause us to cancel a trip (e.g. minimum numbers are not reached) then we refund your fees paid but trip cancellation insurance covers your airfare and any other costs you may have incurred.

    • Fees & Payments

      Can I pay by credit card?
      We can accept both the trip deposit and balance payment on credit card. Please note that there is a 3% fee for all card transactions. Please contact our office or visit our online payment system.

      What is included in the cost of my trip? Does it include airfare?
      Please see the 'Payment Conditions' section above for the inclusions and exclusions for this particular trip. There is also a downloadable pdf document in the 'Trip Notes' section above. International airfares are not included in the trip price. We can however recommend excellent travel agents with whom we have worked should you require help with arranging your international airfare.

      Why are you sometimes more expensive than other operators?
      Many of our trips are very similar in price to our competitors. Some companies even wait for us to set our prices and use ours as a guideline!! Some of our main selling points, which sometimes do cost more, are internationally qualified Western guides, proven dependable local operators, small groups sizes and safe client-to-guide ratios, quality equipment and high summit success rates, among other things. You do get what you pay for which is why we stand out from the rest. Many clients come to us after failing on one of our competitors ‘cheaper’ trips.

      How do I sign up for a trip?
      The best way to reserve your space on the expedition is to contact our office or complete our online booking form (click 'Book Now' below). Your deposit can be submitted by bank transfer (please see 'Payment Details' in the 'Payment Conditions' section above) or via our secure online payment system.

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      NZ: +64 3 443 8711 (Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm PST + 19 hours)

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I have had this dream since I was 13, and it is only with your help that I have been able to achieve it. Adventure Consultants is a company, a business, but it is something that also goes well beyond that and I thank you immensely for helping me with my dream.
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