Very few people have ever stood at the southernmost point of our planet. To join their ranks requires facing some of the most inhospitable conditions this planet has to offer, but with the right physical and mental training, this goal can become attainable. At WWTrek we are eager to help you accomplish this lofty goal of skiing the last degree to the south pole. We are proud to offer a comprehensive and well-rounded suite of trips to prepare you for your expedition. Once you sign on for this trip we will begin our training in Winnipeg, Canada a month before the official trek to the South Pole Begins.

SUMMARY

TRIP TYPE: Trek

ACTIVITY LEVEL: Strenuous

TRIP LENGTH:

Winnipeg Training: 10d/ 9n

South Pole: 16d/15n

SPACES AVAILABLE: 16

DATES & PRICES

Winnipeg Training Trip

February 1- 10, 2019
$6,500

Ski the Last Degree

December 31, 2018 – January 15, 2019
$70,000

Custom Dates Available

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the Southern most point of the planet
  • Experience a place that few humans have ever seen
  • Benefit from consistent support and thorough preparation & training

VIDEOS

MAP

 WINNIPEG TRAINING ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive to Winnipeg, Canada

  • Arrive by 12:00 to transfer to the hotel
  • Welcome orientation and presentation: Goals for the South Pole Training
  • Group Dinner
  • Overnight: Winnipeg Hilton Hotel
  • Meals: D

Day 2: Indoor Skills Training | Outdoor Practical Training

  • Morning Session:
    • Gear Check
    • Transfer to Lake Winnipeg Cabin
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Session
    • Orientation
    • Seminar: Polar/Winter tent introduction and assembly skills training
    • Tent styles, strengths and weaknesses, and etiquette
    • Deadmans, ice screws, guy lines, and snow flaps
    • Tent races
  • Dinner
  • Seminar: Sleeping below zero
    • Sleeping in tents, sleeping pads and sleeping bags: down vs synthetic
    • VBL’s
    • Staying warm
  • Presentation: Melting: Last Race to the Pole
  • Overnight: Campout
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 3: Indoor Skills Training Day - Outdoor Practical Training

  • Early morning breakfast
  • Morning Session:
    • Seminar: Winter Expedition Layering: wicking, insulation, wind protection, hands & feet, sweat mitigation
    • Seminar: Polar Travel
      • Ski techniques, harness fitting, sled pulling 101
    • Outdoor Practical: Polar Expedition Skiing
      • Ski on Lake Winnipeg, videotape techniques
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Session:
    • Seminar: Expedition Safety
      • First aid overview, minimizing the variables, hypothermia & frostbite, blisters 101
    • Outdoor Practical: Expedition Stove Use
      • Introduction to MRS XGK stove, stove board, pot assembly, use, and maintenance
      • melting snow, cooking, and safety considerations
    • Seminar: Becoming Betsy Ross – Make your own nose beak
  • Expedition Dinner
    • Seminar: You, a rope, and half an hour
      • Knot tying 101, an overview of knots, the best knots for certain situations
    • Presentation: North Pole versus South Pole
  • Overnight: Campout
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 4: Indoor Skills Training Day - Outdoor Practical Training

  • Early morning breakfast
  • Morning Session
    • Seminar: Food is Fuel
      • Expedition Nutrition Overview
      • Menu planning and food selection
    • Indoor Practical: Lake Winnipeg Expedition Packing
      • Planning and packing for your expedition on Lake Winnipeg
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Session
    • Seminar: Hopelessly Lost, but Making Good Time
      • Overview fo expedition navigation and various travel styles
      • Overview of navigation tools and techniques
      • Safety beacon tracking
      • Whiteout travel
    • Outdoor Practical: Ski Orienteering
      • Utilizing navigation and travel style skills on Lake Winnipeg
  • Dinner
  • Overnight: Campout
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 5: Indoor Skills Training Day - Expedition Travel Day

  • Early morning breakfast
  • Morning Session:
    • Seminar: Frozen Fingers Photography
      • Still photography and video techniques, camera settings, and batteries
      • Telling your story
    • Outdoor Practical: Sled Packing 101
  • Lunch
  • Expedition Travel
    • Spend time practicing all the skills you will need for your trek to the South Pole
    • 4-5 hours of skiing on the lake
  • Overnight: Campout
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 6: Expedition Travel Day

  • Spend time practicing all the skills we will need for our trek to the South Pole
  • 6-8 hours of skiing on the lake
  • Overnight: Campout
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 7: Expedition Travel Day

  • Spend time practicing all the skills we will need for our trek to the South Pole
  • 6-8 hours of skiing on the lake
  • Overnight: Campout
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 8: Expedition Travel Day

  • Spend tie practicing all the skills we will need for our trek to the South Pole
  • 6-8 hours of skiing on the lake
  • Overnight: Campout
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 9: Expedition Travel Day

  • Spend time practicing all the skills we will need for our trek to the South Pole
  • Arrive at Lake Winnipeg Cabin
  • Transfer to hotel in Lake Winnipeg
  • Training Seminar Debrief: Recap the skills learned, provide personal evaluation, & preparation goals for South Pole Expedition
  • Farewell dinner and celebration
  • Overnight: Winnipeg Hilton
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 10: International Departures

  • Final briefing and overview of South Pole Expedition
  • Departures to airport
  • Meals: B

TRAINING TRIP OVERVIEW

For those hardy adventurers who will be joining our South Pole expedition, or for anyone interested in polar travel, this training will focus on crucial skills, knowledge, and team building. We’ll travel to Winnipeg, Canada, one of the coldest cities in the world and the perfect training ground for polar conditions. Here, we will settle into a warm, cozy cabin on Lake Winnipeg, which will serve as our base camp. Splitting our time between indoor learning, and outdoor practice, we’ll cover everything you need to know to succeed in polar environments, including layering for extreme cold, sub-zero camping, knots and rope management, and expedition skiing techniques. Special emphasis will be placed on the dynamics of the group and the importance of traveling and working together. The trip will culminate in an expedition onto the frozen lake, where we will put together everything that we learned, practice our new skills, and learn how to succeed as a team!

TRAVEL NOTES

Arrivals & Departures:

This trip will begin and end in Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport (YWG).

Recommended Flights:

There are many flight options into and out of Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport (YWG). WWTrek has an expert travel agent that can help you with all of your travel arrangements. We utilize Danny Genung at Harr Travel to book all of our flights. He can be reached at: danny@harrtravel.com or 909.266.0117. The benefit of using a travel agent is in the event of itinerary changes, the travel agent will find the best flight connections, and land arrangements, for you. Though third-party travel websites are convenient, they are not recommended, due to instability in the itineraries.

We recommend that you protect your flight with travel insurance and a refundable ticket.

Travel Insurance:

We recommend purchasing travel insurance, which will protect you in the event of an unanticipated cancellation of your trip, and depending on the plan you choose, can refund all the costs already paid (including flights, trip costs, and your payment to us). Please note: you must purchase this plan within 14 days of your deposit payment. There are three plans that we recommend choosing from: Cavalry, Rip Cord or Harbor. Please send us a copy of your plan if you choose to purchase one.

Accommodations:

We will begin and end this trip with nights at Winnipeg Hilton, we will then begin our training and have our first winter camping experience.

Gratuities:

In many parts of the world, gratuities are given in appreciation for a job well done. Our guides will take care of tipping service personnel along the way so that you don’t have to think about it.

For any additional services outside of our itinerary, plan to tip 10% (transport, restaurants, baggage, lodges, etc). We will provide you a tipping guide once you sign up for a trip.

At the trails end you will have the opportunity to contribute to a group tipping pool that will be presented to your WWTrekking guides and trekking staff as we say our goodbyes.

Time Zone:

Central Time Zone (UTC -5)

 SOUTH POLE ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile

  • Transfer to the hotel
  • Welcome orientation and presentation: Goals for South Pole!
  • Group Dinner
  • Overnight: Cabo de Hornos or comparable
  • Meals: D

Day 2: Preparation

  • Preparation Day: Gear check, weigh gear loads, & orientation
  • Group Dinner
  • Overnight: Cabo de Hornos or comparable
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 3: Outdoor Field Training Day

  • After breakfast, we will pick up our baggage and begin our training day
  • Overnight: Cabo de Hornos or comparable
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 4: Travel to Antarctica!

  • Fly to the ALE base at Union Glacier Antarctica (80˚ South) on a Llyushin 76 aircraft
  • We will head to the ALE’s basecamp where we will sleep overnight in our expedition tents and gather for meals in the dining tents, which have wooden floors and kerosene heat.
  • Overnight: Union Glacier Base Camp
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 5: Training

  • Team training day, ALE Base, Union Glacier
  • Overnight: Union Glacier Base Camp
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 6: Training

  • Team training, ALE Base, Union Glacier
  • Overnight: Union Glacier Base Camp
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 7: Depart for the 89th Degree

  • Once the weather forecasters give us the green light we will load into a ski-equipped Basler (ex-DC-3) aircraft for the 6-hour flight. This will take us into the heart of Antarctica.
  • Along the way, we will stop at the Thiel Mountains to refuel the aircraft at a fuel cache.
  • Fly the remainder of the distance to the 89˚ South.
  • Overnight: Glacier Camp
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 8: Ski to the South Pole

  • Ski 8-10 hours daily
  • Overnight: Glacier Camp
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 9: Ski to the South Pole

  • Ski 8-10 hours daily
  • Overnight: Glacier Camp
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 10: Ski to the South Pole

  • Ski 8-10 hours daily
  • Overnight: Glacier Camp
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 11: Ski to the South Pole

  • Ski 8-10 hours daily
  • Overnight: Glacier Camp
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 12: Ski to the South Pole

  • Ski 8-10 hours daily
  • Overnight: Glacier Camp
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 13: South Pole!

  • Arrive at the Last Degree! South Pole Station Tour
  • Overnight: Glacier Camp
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 15: Departure to Punta Arenas

  • Return via airplane to Chile
  • Celebration Dinner!
  • Overnight: Cabo de Hornos or comparable
  • Meals: B/L/D

Day 16: Departures

  • International Departures
  • Meals: B

TRAVEL NOTES

Best Time of Year to Travel:

Antarctica is only accessible for tourism from November to March, during the southern hemisphere summer. Although these summer days have 24 hours of daylight, you can expect temperature highs in the 50’s(F). These temperatures feel welcome compared to the winter months, when the sun never shines and temperatures can plummet below -40˚F.

February through March are when many penguin chicks can be spotted.

Arrivals & Departures:

This trip will begin and end in Punta Arenas, Chile. After trip preparation, the whole group will then fly into the ALE base on Union Glacier (included).

Recommended Flights:

There are many flight options into and out of Puntas Arenas Airport (PUQ). WWTrek has an expert travel agent that can help you with all of your travel arrangements. We utilize Danny Genung at Harr Travel to book all of our flights. He can be reached at: danny@harrtravel.com or 909.266.0117. The benefit of using a travel agent is in the event of itinerary changes, the travel agent will find the best flight connections, and land arrangements, for you. Though third-party travel websites are convenient, they are not recommended, due to instability in the itineraries.

We recommend that you protect your flight with travel insurance and a refundable ticket.

Customs, Visas, and Immigration:

U.S. Citizens are not required to obtain a visa for travel in Chile. Since no country owns Antarctic, no visas are required.

*Please Note: You will need a passport valid for more than six months after your trip. Make two copies of your passport. Leave one at hime and bring the other with you to Chile in case of an emergency. Ensure you provide a color copy of your passport to WWTrek 90-days prior to your departure date. Carry two extra passport photos when you travel.

Travel Insurance:

We recommend purchasing travel insurance, which will protect you in the event of an unanticipated cancellation of your trip, and depending on the plan you choose, can refund all the costs already paid (including flights, trip costs, and your payment to us). Please note: you must purchase this plan within 14 days of your deposit payment. There are three plans that we recommend choosing from: Cavalry, Rip Cord or Harbor. Please send us a copy of your plan if you choose to purchase one.

Accommodations:

We will begin and end this trip with nights at a beautiful hotel in Punta Arenas. Once we land on the Antarctica Continent we will be staying in top-of-the-line expedition tents. Each day of the expedition we will work as a team to set up tents, build protective snow walls, and contribute to snow melting and meal preparations.

Transportation:

All of our flights are operated by Antarctica Logistics and Expeditions (ALE), which is the sole operator of aircraft access into the region. We will fly on a Llyushin 76 aircraft from Punta Arenas to the Union Glacier on Antarctica. From the base we will take a ski-equipped Basler (ex DC-3) aircraft into the heart of Antarctica. During the expedition we will travel on skis, pulling sleds.

Gratuities:

Gratuities are a symbol of a job well done. Your guides will take care of any service style tips throughout the trip.

WWTrek Staff: At the trails-end you will have the opportunity to contribute to a group tipping pool that will be presented as we say our goodbyes. 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Continent:

Antarctica is governed by the 1958 Antarctic Treaty, which establishes the continent as a cooperative international research zone. There are no true cities or towns on the continent, though there are about two dozen research stations and one private seasonally operated camp. The laws of each nation apply at their research station.

Population:

Depending on the time of year, the total population of all research stations combined range from 1000-4000.

Flora & Fauna

This is the only continent on earth with no significant plant life and little animal life. With no native land mammals, reptiles, or amphibians most of life lies below the ice sheets and in the frigid waters surrounding the continent. This continent is most notably known for the adorable waddling birds, penguins are the most prevalent life to be found on the Antarctic ice sheets. There are no polar bears in Antarctica, those are only found at the north pole.

Time Zone:

The ALE base uses the time zone of Punta Arenas, Chile (UTC -3)