Discover Antarctica’s vast interior

South Pole - Ski the Last Degree

One of the ultimate adventures on earth has to be Antarctica’s Ski the Last Degree expedition. This incredible journey involves skiing the final ten days of the trek to the South Pole, using sleds to haul our provisions.

Each day we face the big white expanse of the polar plateau working our way inexorably towards our ultimate destination; the southernmost point on earth.

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Difficulty Level Low ?
Fitness Level Very High ?
Duration 16 days
Elevation 2,835M / 9,301FT
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Camping - Guy Cotter

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At the Pole - Guy Cotter

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The Ilyushin 76 that transports climbers and skiers to and from Antarctica - Guy Cotter

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Sled hauling - Leifur Orn Svavarsson

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Celebrating after an epic journey - Leifur Orn Svavarsson

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Arrival at the Pole - Leifur Orn Svavarsson

From Dec 15 to Dec 30, 2018
Departs from Punta Arenas, Chile
$63,000 USD $
In combination with the Vinson Massif Expedition: $84,500 USD $
From Dec 31 to Jan 15, 2019
Departs from Punta Arenas, Chile
$63,000 USD $
  • Overview

    • Travel by ski to the South Pole
    • Discover Antarctica’s vast interior
    • A short but fully encompassing adventure to the bottom of the world!

    On the South Pole – Ski the Last Degree expedition, you will fly over the vast white interior of the continent to reach the starting point at 89º South.

    Our arrival into the South Pole itself is often an emotion-generating moment, signifying the transition from the austere beauty of the great white south to the imminent comforts of civilisation and homeward travel about to commence. Join us on this exceptional journey.

  • 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:

    • Flights to and from Union Glacier in Antarctica
    • Flights from Union Glacier to 89º South and from South Pole back to Union Glacier camp
    • All group equipment including sleds, cooking gear etc
    • Skis, poles & skins
    • Tents and food while in Antarctica
    • Mountain guides
    • Access to our satellite telephone for outgoing calls
    • Dispatch webpage updated throughout the trip for friends & family to follow
    • Transport of 23kg/51lbs of personal equipment


    The price of your trip does not include:

    • Air travel to and from Punta Arenas, Chile
    • Hotel accommodation and meals in Punta Arenas
    • Chilean visa and airport fees
    • 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.
    • Personal clothing and equipment including ski boots (a full equipment list is provided on booking)
    • Excess baggage transportation charges of US$66.00 per kg for any baggage exceeding the personal equipment weight limit.
    • Cost of satellite telephone calls whilst on expedition
    • Personal expenses incurred on the expedition
    • Gratuity

    Account Information

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

    Bank of New Zealand
    Offshore Branch
    1 Willis Street
    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 remitters 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$10000 is payable to secure a place on the expedition.


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

    Cancellation & Refund Policy

    Once you have paid your deposit your trip is confirmed, subject to payment of the balance of fees owing 120 days prior to your trip commencement date. An expedition member may then cancel his/her participation on the following basis:

    • Cancellations outside of 120 days will result in the loss of the trip deposit.
    • For cancellations made within 119 - 90 days of the trip commencement date we reserve the right to retain 50% of the balance payment fee.
    • For cancellations within 89 days of the departure date a cancellation fee of 100% of the full fee applies.


    Trip Cancellation Insurance

    Team members should take out private cancellation insurance if they wish to be covered against cancellation due to medical or personal reasons. This is called Trip Cancellation insurance and can be obtained through your normal travel agent. We will also provide advice regarding travel and rescue insurance and trip cancellation insurance.

  • Trip Notes

    South Pole Last DegreeThe Expedition Trip Notes provide detailed information and background for Adventure Consultants' South Pole Ski the Last Degree Expedition.

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

    South Pole Ski the Last Degree Trip Notes

    Team Membership

    The team will have a minimum size of 4 members and 1 guide and a maximum size of 10 members and 2 guides.


    Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions (ALE) provides the logistic support and safety backup for our Last Degree expedition. ALE staff have considerable experience and a strong involvement in Antarctica. You will have received several documents from our office that ALE requires before our expedition. They operate the charter planes to and from the ice, as well as the connecting flights to Last Degree start point and back from South Pole.

    Our Guides

    Adventure Consultants are the longest serving guiding company in Antarctica and were integral in pioneering early ascents and journeys on the continent. You will find the Adventure Consultants guides companionable and strong expedition leaders with considerable power and willingness to see you achieve your goals. The number of guides is determined by the team size but the normal ratio of guides to members is 1:5.

    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.

    Kelly MclarenKelly McLaren, Client Liaison 

    Kelly brings a vast knowledge of AC expeditioning to her role as 'Rest of the World' Client Liaison. Having worked for AC since 2004 Kelly oversees those trips outside of New Zealand, Europe or the Himalaya. 


    AC Team 2016 Landscape

    Level of Experience Required

    To partake in the Ski the Last Degree Expedition you need to be physically fit, have strong mental stamina and be capable of strenuous exercise at altitude for several days duration. You don’t necessarily need to be an experienced skier as there is little technical requirement on the flat, however the days will be physical and you must train well before joining to ensure you have an enjoyable trip. Expedition members can expect to be exerting themselves for about eight hours per day with another hour establishing camp and another hour preparing food and drinks.

    Your Responsibility as a Team Member

    Your guides will train you in the techniques and skills to enjoy the adventure. They are there to guide you and to educate you in the requisite skills. It is however up to you to absorb that training and to follow their leadership and instructions. Failing to do so will likely lead to serious consequences. We are, after all, in one of the most extreme habitats on earth.

    Your survival and well-being requires you to manage yourself responsibly and to be extremely vigilant in your personal self care. It is up to you to regulate factors such as your food and hydration levels to ensure you have sufficient energy to complete the journey. There will be sufficient food and fluids available for you to ingest but you must discipline yourself to eat and drink. Insufficient intake can lead to a deteriorating condition. You must take extra care when exposed to the elements to not remove gloves and other protective layers at the wrong time as this may lead to frostbite. Your feet will also require diligent attention to ensure you do not get blisters. You will have to pay particular care to not allow a single blister to occur as they will likely get worse rather than better as the trip progresses. A seemingly small oversight by you in looking after yourself can lead to you failing to complete the trip or suffering personal damage. These considerations consume us as we travel and our responsibility to the group is to ensure we stay in good shape to continue on towards the objective.

    You also have social responsibilities to the other team members. There may be stresses on the journey that you are not familiar with and it is important that you join the expedition on the understanding that you will contribute to the emotional and physical well being of the other team members.

    Conviviality and respect for others is tantamount to a successful expedition outcome.

  • Itinerary

    1 Meet in Punta Arenas, Chile
    2 Weighing and loading of gear.
    3 Expedition Briefing
    4 Fly to Union Glacier, Antarctica
    5 Acclimatisation day
    6-7 Training Days
    8 Fly to 89º South
    9-12 Ski to the South Pole
    13 Arrive at the South Pole
    14 Fly South Pole to Union Glacier
    15 Return to Punta Arenas, Chile
    16 Depart for home

    PLEASE NOTE: Flights to and from Antarctica are subject to weather. Delays can and often do occur therefore it is important to allow some flexibility with airline travel arrangements at the end of the expedition.

    Every effort will be made to ensure the expedition itinerary is adhered to but Antarctica is the most remote and isolated continent on earth. The above program is subject to change such as may be affected by weather conditions and aircraft serviceability and other factors out of the hands of Adventure Consultants or its staff and contractors. While every effort is made to ensure the expedition is run to schedule, acceptance onto the expedition is based on your acceptance of those conditions. Having stated that, our track record in Antarctica is impeccable but it is a sign of our respect of Antarctica’s environmental omnipotence that we alert you to those possibilities.

    The group meets in Punta Arenas at the tip of South America for briefings and gear checks prior to flying into the interior of Antarctica.

    From Punta Arenas, we fly by Ilyushin 76 aircraft to the ALE base at Union Glacier. Here the aircraft makes a wheeled landing on a natural blue-ice runway.

    Our flights to Antarctica are operated by Antarctic Logistics (ALE) who are the sole providers of aircraft access into the region. We have worked with them since their inception in the early 1980’s when AC founder Rob Hall provided them assistance establishing the Vinson Massif routes and camps.

    The Union Glacier camp, situated at 80 degrees South, is a small collection of tents. The dining and kitchen tent has a wooden floor and is heated with a kerosene stove. We sleep overnight in our own mountain tents but gather for meals in the warmth of the dining tent.

    Your guides will hold a briefing on the logistics and safety protocols of the upcoming adventure and cover all aspects of the trip not already addressed in the initial briefing held in Punta Arenas. We pay special attention to the environmental considerations required to leave the continent with as minimal an impact as possible. Following the briefing we will sort sufficient kit for an overnight practice tour to consolidate the skills need for the trip itself. This is an ideal time to sort out last minute equipment queries and to familiarise yourself with the environment and how we best manage ourselves when we are out in it.

    Following our tour we will finalise packing of the group supplies and equipment and divide this amongst the team onto sleds. We must then await sufficiently fine weather to start the long flight to the beginning of the trek. Conditions need to be clear and calm along the route with good visibility for landing and taking off. There can be delays of several days and sometimes more so it is vital you are prepared for this eventuality and that you can relax at these times. Antarctica is not predictable or tameable and no amount of enthusiasm or pressure to get started will change her.

    Once the weather forecasters give us the green light we load into ski-equipped Twin Otter aircraft for the six hour flight south into the heart of Antarctica. Along the way we stop at the Thiel Mountains to refuel the aircraft from a specially placed fuel cache, we then fly the remainder of the distance to 89° South.

    As we will be arriving high onto the polar plateau we will encounter effects of altitude that may make us feel a little weak to begin with. Everyone will be towing a sled loaded with their personal and expedition equipment and we will have a short day to stretch our legs then establish our first camp. We will begin slowly on the expedition to bring everyone up to an optimum pace for remainder of the journey. There will be no rushing as it is vital that we avoid injury and burnout and that we have the stamina to finish the expedition.

    Each day we will awake around 7.30am for breakfast and hydration before we begin to break camp and pack our belongings. We travel for around 8 hours every day with a break every hour for food and drink. Everybody travels together and the pace will be slow and steady and not hurried. The objective is to maintain an optimum body temperature; too cold and we burn too much energy - whilst too hot will cause sweating that promotes hypothermia when you stop, in addition to dehydration issues. At the day’s end you will have travelled 10-15km (6-10miles).

    On arrival at a camp site the group will set up tents and build protective snow walls and contribute to snow melting and meal preparations. Everyone is involved and working to get the camp ready for habitation. The bonus is that you will stay warm by helping out! Once inside your tent you will be sheltered from the wind and the 24 hour daylight will enable clothes to be dried in the midnight sun.

    We follow this routine for seven days as we journey towards the Pole. Finally, the South Pole station will come into view from about 24km (15 miles) out.

  • Add Ons

    Climb Mount Vinson

    Take the opportunity to combine your journey to the end of the earth with an ascent of Mount Vinson, the highest peak in Antarctica and one of the famous Seven Summits.

    Vinson MassifVinson Massif with the Ski the Last Degree to South Pole option:
    Dates: December 4 - 30, 2018 (Combines Vinson Trip 2 and South Pole Last Degree Trip 1)
    Duration: 27 days
    Departure: ex Punta Arenas, Chile
    Price: US$84,500

    There is also the option for a stand-alone Mount Vinson expedition and you can view the trip notes online by clicking the image or download a pdf by clicking the following link:

    Vinson Massif Expedition Trip Notes

  • Travel & Rescue Insurance

    Adventure Consultants recommends the following travel insurance and rescue insurance options, although this is only just a start! Once you book on a trip with AC, your Client Liaison will help you by sending through advice on your options;

    • Travel insurance
    • Trip interruption
    • Trip cancellation
    • Rescue / Evacuation / Medical insurance


    CoverMore LogoIndulge your spirit of adventure, but protect yourself against all of those unforeseen events that can occur prior to or whilst on your trip with Adventure Consultants. Together with CoverMore Insurance, Adventure Consultants are now offering advice and assistance in purchasing CoverMore policies. With quality travel insurance cover, comes peace of mind and the freedom to venture around the world with confidence, in the knowledge that you will have the support and assistance of CoverMore, if you need it.

    Adventure Consultants highly recommends the Options Plan as this gives you the highest level of cover and benefits available. This includes cover for trip cancellation and amendment which protects your travel investment, medical and dental emergencies, lost luggage/personal belongings and travel delay, amongst other things.

    You can tailor your cover further by adding on winter sports, annual multi-trip cover, scooter riding and working holidays to name a few.

    Why CoverMore?

    • They provide cover where others won’t. e.g. terrorism scares, natural disasters, civil unrest and redundancy.
    • Protect your travel investment by choosing cancellation/interruption cover that meets your needs.
    • The option to increase your cover on valuable luggage items such as cameras and laptops.
    • Adventure Sports Cover for a variety of activities. Trekking is automatically covered, provided that reasonable care is taken, and you are not using ropes or other mountaineering equipment.
    • Free Global SIM card.
    • 24 hour emergency medical and travel assistance centre that is staffed by specialist doctors, nurses and case managers. This now includes the new Travel GP service, allowing you to talk in person to an Australia-based GP.

    Who and what trips is the policy suitable for?

    • Non-New Zealand residents travelling inbound to New Zealand – suitable for cover when travelling around New Zealand, but mountaineering or climbing is excluded.
    • New Zealander's travelling outbound on a trekking adventure e.g. Everest Base Camp Trek, Khumbu Trek, Kilimanjaro, Tour du Mont Blanc Trek and Mustang Horse Trek.

    For more information or assistance, please contact your Client Liaison at Adventure Consultants. Policies can also be purchased directly at CoverMore.


    Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance Logo webRipCord is the leading medical evacuation program offering elite evacuation and rescue services. With their new partnership with TravelEx, they can also now provide the benefits of a traditional travel insurance product with their just released, RipCord Rescue Travel Insurance™. This is specifically designed for the adventure enthusiast with unique trip cancellation/interruption, medical expense, sporting equipment and other coverage benefits to protect your financial investment.

    RipCord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, an elite team of special operations veterans, Stanford Medicine affiliate physicians, paramedics, nurses, former intelligence officers and other medical/security experts comprising the most experienced team in the industry. They will rescue you from the field wherever your emergency occurs and evacuate you to your home country hospital of choice.

    RipCord rescues you from the field if you have an emergent medical condition that will result in significant permanent injury and/or death, but does not require hospitalisation.

    Tusker Trail founder, Eddie Frank, describes his experience with Redpoint Resolutions’ RipCord Travel Protection:

    “We [Tusker Trail] only have one or two evacuations a year and they occur because of life-threatening emergencies. Emergencies that are immediate and now. There is zero room for hesitation or error. Redpoint Resolutions founders Ted Muhlner and Tom Bochnowski are two guys who understand commitment. When they say they’re going to do something, they do it. I chose their Ripcord Travel Protection program for my climbers and trekkers because Tom and Ted come from the military, where your word and your handshake mean everything. Tom Bochnowski joined me on our recent Kilimanjaro Climb for Valor. During this climb two of our climbers suffered high altitude emergencies. Tom worked hand in hand with me to ensure the successful helicopter evacuation of the two climbers. Redpoint’s Stanford Medicine-affiliated physician Avi Patil, who was also climbing with us, assisted me with critical medical decisions that helped prevent a bad outcome. The teamwork and the level of care and commitment provided to my climbers and me during these recent evacuations has only further cemented my team’s partnership with Redpoint and their RipCord Travel Protection program. After more than 39 years and 51 successful climbs, recommending RipCord for my climbers is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.” - Eddie Frank, Tusker Trail

    RipCord are proud to partner with Adventure Consultants to provide RipCord’s industry leading rescue, evacuation and travel insurance coverages to its clients.

    Check out their latest promotional video or click here to learn more.


    Global Rescue SnipAdventure Consultants also recommends the rescue evacuation and security membership/services provided by Global Rescue, which provides transport from the point of illness/injury back to your home countries hospital of your choice. TotalCare provides real-time access to medical information and coming soon, this includes urgent card and speciality consultations from some of the world’s health physicians at the Elite Medical Group and John Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore.

    Recently Global Rescue has released a new travel insurance product, the Signature Travel Insurance option. This has no height limitation and gives comprehensive cover for trip cancellation/interruption, medical and dental expenses, delays, lost luggage as well as optional add-ons to ‘cancel or interrupt for any reason. This is currently only available to US Residents.

    Click here to find out more about this insurance cover which covers climbing and is thus suitable for many of our expeditions.

  • FAQ

    • Contact Us

      The following is to serve as a helpful guideline on our South Pole Ski the Last Degree Expedition. Please feel free to call or e-mail if you have any further questions. Our team is here to help!

    • Choosing a Provider

      How long has Adventure Consultants been in operation?
      Adventure Consultants started in 1990 and we have been guiding internationally ever since.

      A few outfitters ‘claim’ to have the same level of experience and prestige with that of Adventure Consultants. In this league, what makes you a first choice for polar travellers?
      In December of 1992, Adventure Consultant's founders Rob Hall and Gary Ball ran their first commercial expedition to Antarctica in conjunction with ANI. Previous to this, Rob and Gary climbed Vinson Massif in 1990, and Rob earlier in 1989. Adventure Consultants has continued guiding to this remote part of the world since, and have an established a relationship with Antarctic Logistics and Expeditions (ALE) who provide the logistic support and safety backup for all Antarctic expeditions initiating in Punta Arenas, Chile. The 2017/18 season will mark Adventure Consultants twenty forth year of expeditions to Antarctica, over which 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 for 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 all food and equipment has to be hauled in sleds by each team member, weight as well as calorific and nutritional value of food supplies is critical. Evening meals will be freeze-dried meals in big portions, lunches are crisp bread with cheese, salami and other dried meat and fish and lots of butter, and for breakfast a high calorie muesli. These food 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?
      When travelling to Punta Arenas for the start of the expedition, it is very important to arrive on Day 1 of the itinerary and with at least 2 full days prior to the scheduled flight to Antarctica (for Ski The Last Degree, 4 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?
      For the majority of our expeditions, we generally ask you to wait until 90 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, in the event that you need to cancel.

      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 will have to catch a taxi from the airport to the hotel as your guide will be busy with the 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 do also have a dedicated equipment coordinator that is 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 if additional equipment needs to be purchased in Punta Arenas.

      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.

    • Guides & Team Members

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

      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,  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.

      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 Antarctica.

    • 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 All The Way. 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.

    • Communication & Electronic Devices

      Will there be any access to a satellite phone? If yes then what would be 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 a 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 and as it 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 the insurance option which will serve you best for obtaining the best coverage in line with the expedition requirements.

      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?
      For this expedition we only accept payments by bank transfer - please contact us for account details.

      What is included in the cost of my trip? Does it include airfare?
      International airfares are not included in the trip price. Should you require help with arranging your international airfare, we can recommend excellent travel agents whom we have worked with in your country.

      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: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 a trip is to complete our online booking form or call our office at +643 443 8711 (Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:30pm PST + 19 hours) or Freephone 1-866-757-8722 from North America.

      You may pay your trip deposit either through a telegraphic transfer (information here) or by using our secure credit card page by selecting this option on the booking form.

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