There where the African nights turn to 24 hour sunshine days, we offer you the opportunity to learn from one of the most experienced and accomplished explorers from our time.
The highlights of this most incredible journey? Learn to drive on incredible routes over seemingly impossible terrain! Master the art of cross-country skiing passing huge cliff faces, wind scoops and iridescent blue ice. Delve into ice tunnels and caves. Sleep in a luxury igloo camp.
Group: max 12 people
Day Before departure
Safety briefing in Cape Town. This is where we will check all your polar clothing and prepare you for your flight south.
The flight to Antarctica is 5hrs, crossing the thousands of icebergs spread over the southern ocean. Halfway through the flight we cross into the polar circle and into 24hrs continuous daylight.
Landing on the specialist ice runway, you will be surrounded by the Wolf’s Fang range, a true spectacle of the continent. We spend the afternoon amongst kilometre-high monoliths of rock, before connecting to our igloo camp.
Ben will draw on his polar experience to teach you how to survive and even be comfortable in Antarctica. Our first adventure begins atthe base of a stunning ‘nunatak’ mountain. With crampons on your feet and an ice-axes in your hands, we will scale a vertical wall of ice and ‘top out’ on the summit.
returning from the summit, you will be collected by a fleet of Arctic truck 6x6 vehicles and discover just how capable these machines are in this environment. learn to drive on incredible routes over seemingly impossible terrain!
Tonight we camp out! To prepare you, Ben will help you pack your sled and ensure you are ready for one of the most remote campsites on earth. We will cross country ski (or walk) into the mountains, passing huge cliff faces, wind scoops and iridescent blue ice. As you zip the door of your tent closed, you will experience what it is like to be a true explorer.
We delve into the ice tunnels and caves near our camp, where the white landscape betrays nothing of the extraordinary environment just beneath the surface. created by melt water, the caves extend for hundreds of metres and are a magical place to explore. Later that day, we climb across a 200ft rock face that overlooks the ice waves. While the walk is is not technically difficult, it might get the adrenaline pumping, and will prove the perfect way to complete this unique experience.
* This itinerary is entirely subject to weather conditions in Antarctica and is meant as a day-by-day guide of what you can expect. Exact dates and types of plane may vary.
Ben Saunders is a polar explorer, endurance athlete and motivational speaker who has covered more than 7000km of Arctic and Antarctic terrein in the past two decades.
As the leader of the longest human-powered polar journey in history, Ben will impart his incredible knowledge of what it takes to survive in Antarctica and teach you the skills of a true Polar Explorer.
The most effective and versatile vehicle in the polar regions is the Arctic truck 6x6. You will learn the nuanced skills of handling one of these machines on the glaciers and rocks of the schirmacher oasis.
Learn how to properly traverse a glacier using crampons and ice axes. crevasses pose one of the great dangers of exploring in Antarctica sand Ben will explain the basics of rope work asnd keeping you safe.
Antarctica is the last frontier with many unclimbed peaks waiting to be conquered. learn how to scale walls of ice in the most extraordinary environment.
In this cold environment your body will burn calories at a tremendous rate. Using the latest dehydrated food we will teach you to eat well despite the conditions.
When man-hauling to the pole, your sled is your lifeline. everything you need will have to fit inside your sled and Ben will teach you how to stay warm and comfortable for our night’s camp out.
The trip will culminate in a night camping out on the glacier. the perfect opportunity to put your polar skills to the test and appreciate what it takes!