South Pole 20k Ski Expedition

Ski the "final dash", the last 20 kilometers to the South Pole!

The 20k Ski Expedition is the perfect choice for individuals with busy schedules or those who are not interested in a longer ski expedition. Join us if you feel the urge to explore and revel in one of the world's wildest and most beautiful environments! The South Pole beckons to adventurous souls.


  • Itinerary
  • Equipment List
  • Qualifications
  • Dates & Rates
  • Trip Insurance
  • Testimonials
  • Blogs

South Pole 20K Ski Expedition Daily Itinerary

Day 1-2
Arrive in Punta Arenas. Gear check and pre-flight briefing.
Day 3
Weather permitting we'll fly to Antarctica.
Day 4
Spend the day at Union Glacier basecamp.
Day 5-6
Weather permitting, we'll fly to the South Pole during this time.
Day 7-8
These days are built into the itinerary to give you time to explore the area surrounding Union Glacier basecamp, and also to allow for weather delays with the South Pole flight.
Day 9
Weather permitting we'll depart for the return flight to Punta Arenas. The following morning head out to explore this beautiful region, or head to the airport for your flight home.

South Pole 20K Ski : Equipment List

Upon registration, you will receive a PolarExplorers comprehensive gear guide that explains the importance of each item as well as gear recommendations from our past participants.

  • 1 insulated parka with hood (available to rent)
  • 1 pair insulated pants (available to rent)
  • 1 pair snow pack ski boots (available to rent)
  • 1 pair wool, silk, or synthetic long underwear tops and bottoms.
  • 2 pair heavy wool or synthetic socks
  • 1 wool or fleece sweater (mid weight)
  • 1 wool or fleece sweater (heavy weight)
  • 1 neck gaiter
  • 1 pair wool or synthetic gloves
  • 1 pair wool or fleece mittens
  • 1 pair sunglasses or snow goggles
  • Casual clothing for Punta Arenas (shirt, pants, socks, pajamas, underwear, etc.)
  • 1 pair slippers for inside the mess tent
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, etc.)
  • Personal medications (with prescription for customs!)

South Pole 20K Ski Expedition Qualifications

Our North and South Pole Flights are for people who want to experience the North & South Poles, but don't have the time, energy or funding to do a full expedition. People on these Flights have ranged in age from 1 to 81 years! All of these trips require that you can climb several stairs into and out of the plane as well as being able to walk across the uneven terrain of the ice. We can assist you as necessary.

The South Pole Flight requires you to sleep in a tent (with a very warm sleeping bag). To best enjoy this adventure you should be in moderate shape. Contact us if you have any questions or to register for this great trip of a lifetime here.

South Pole 20K Ski Expedition Dates & Rates

2015 Dates

December 31, 2014 – January 14, 2015


Please contact us for pricing


Includes all accommodations and meals while in Antarctica, guide(s), permits, communication & safety gear.

Expeditions Trip Insurance

Trip cancellation insurance is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for every PolarExplorers expedition.

Medical Evacuation insurance with a minimum coverage of $300,000 USD is required on every PolarExplorers expedition.

Select a policy below to receive a quote or purchase a policy:

I live in the USA or Canada

Travelex Insurance

Choose the TRAVEL SELECT policy and add the ADVENTURE PLUS PAK to receive appropriate medical evacuation coverage.

Travel Guard

Trip Cancellation & Medical Evacuation Purchase the policy within 14 days to get a pre-exisisting medical condition wavier.

Single Trip Medical Evacuation

Important! You must include the optional Adventure Sports coverage upgrade if you are climbing any mountains or traveling in rope teams. (Pre-existing medical coverage is not available with this policy.)

I live Outside the USA or Canada

Travelex Insurance

Important! Add the ADVENTURE PLUS PAK to receive appropriate medical evacuation coverage.

South Pole 20K Ski Testimonials

Tony ValukisA wonderful trip, with a truly extraordinary group of people . It was absolutely a delight traveling with our Dirk (our PE Guide) he couldn’t have been more helpful and encouraging.  He certainly knows how to fry polish sausage in butter.

Tony Valukis

Scott AndersonMy first glimpse of the Pole marker as we were approaching on our skis will stay with me forever. It's a place I'm unlikely to be again. Even if by some strange chance I find myself there again, to see it for the first time, and to have made it there myself on skis, it's a feeling I don't think I will ever duplicate.

Scott Anerson

  • Meet our 2015 North Pole Dogsledders!

    We'd like to introduce you to the adventurous people on our 2015 North Pole Dogsled Expedition!


    Name Bio
    Duncan Paul South Africa

    I’m 60 years in April, married with two daughters and five grandchildren.  I’m a self- employed entrepreneur.

    I enjoy extreme outdoor adventure challenges more specifically in remote wilderness areas around the world.  I love mountains and climbed Kilimanjaro numerous times, also Mt Meru Peak in the Himalayas.  Some of the amazing adventures of my life was skiing the last degree to the South Pole in 2010, trekking in the remote rain forests of the Congo Basin after Gorillas.  I’ve paddled in the Arctic North, the Zambezi River, have completed many Duzi Canoe Marathons, and with my partner was the first South Africans to complete the Yukon Quest,  a 740 km canoe race, in the Canadian Rockies.  My latest adventure was participating and completing in fourth place, the longest and unsupported canoe race in the world, the Yukon 1000, a 1600 km race which starts in Canada and finishes in Alaska.  The common highlight of all of the above is often the pristine untainted wilderness of my adventures and on the human side the special bonds and friendships forged, more often than not, under adverse conditions between myself and my fellow team members on our different expeditions.  Whilst my motto is “Do it while I can and it is still there”, age dictates that the pace may be slower but the distances can be longer!

    Nick Stammers UK

    I’m 51 and live with my wonderful partner Katie.  I have 2 amazing teenagers Ben and Sophie and I am very excited that Ben is accompanying me on this expedition.  In 2013 I walked the last degree to the South Pole and climbed Mount Vinson.  I am a passionate skier and love high mountain ski touring.  I have skinned up many peaks in the alps including Mont Blanc and Mont Rosa.  Another passion of mine is flying and I have been flying Hang Gliders and Paragliders for over twenty five years. These days I mainly fly Microlights (Ultralights). Fitness is important to me, I run by run regularly and exercise at the gym. My business is in the software industry working mainly on mobile devices and other high-tech electronics.  I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to visit this very remote, extreme and beautiful part of the world.

    Ben Stammers UK

    I’m 19 years old and I’m a Business and Management student currently on a gap year.  I am a keen skier and grew up downhill racing.  This winter I have completed some of my ski instructors qualifications in Val D’Isere (France).  Keeping fit and working out at the Gym are important to me.  I am excited to be going to the North Pole and sharing this adventure with my Dad.

    Dan Dahlgren USA

    I’m Dan Dahlgren, age 77, married, two sons/their families, six grandkids.  Really enjoy the outdoors—hiking, kayaking, back packing, running—er, shuffling—horse riding (limited), and dog sledding among other activities.  Have some experience in polar lands—Greenland, South Georgia, Antarctica, northern Yukon, and Svalbard.  Looking forward to a great experience!

    Chris Maher USA
    Chris Maher loves cold weather and the two activities that go best with it - skiing and running dogs. His passion for the adventurous life has led him to Greenland where he has guided expeditions on both coasts and has lived in Scoresbysund. When he's not guiding or training his own dog teams you'll find him along the Canadian border running freight by dog teams for the US Forest Service. Chris is easy to like, positive, and he's got enough energy to power the sun on a cloudy day. Join him on an expedition and you'll rarely see him in a tent - he much prefers sleeping out under the 24 hour polar sun.
    Chris Paustian USA
    Chris Paustian loves the cold and always prefers to be on the water, even if it's frozen. During winter storms Chris likes to play "surf & turf", that's an hour of surfing the swells followed by an hour of skiing. He loves to share his passion for the outdoors with other adventurers, especially in the Arctic. If you like spicy food, be sure to sit near Chris at mealtimes. He is the official PolarExplorers hot sauce thaw-master. When he's not on expedition, you can find Chris kayaking, paddleboarding and surfing on the west coast.
    Written on Wednesday, 01 April 2015 21:49 in 2015 North Pole 2 Degree Dogsled Expedition
  • The 2015 North Pole Season is HERE!


    We wait all year for April to come so that we can do what we love most... skiing, dogsledding or flying to the North Pole!

    This season we have five expeditions departing from Longyearbyen Norway. We hope you will  be virtual participants by following our daily updates.  Choose an expedition from the list on your right, and enjoy the adventure!

    Written on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 21:39 in Expedition Updates


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