The Messner Start, named after the famed mountaineer Reinhold Messner, lies on the edge of the Ronne Ice Shelf and extends 911km to the South Pole. Test your limits on this demanding Antarctic expedition.
Arrive Punta Arenas. Check-in to hotel
Meet with Icetrek guide. Review itinerary, equipment and food. Preparations for departure to Antarctica.
Briefing with ALE
Fly to Union Glacier Camp in Antarctica (weather dependent). Stay at Union Glacier and finalise preparations, including sled packing and pulling, skiing, camp procedures, equipment tweaks.
Flight to Ronne Ice shelf coast, begin ski expedition to South Pole
Ski across the Antarctic plateau to the South Pole
Arrive South Pole. Depending on flight schedule, we may remain at South Pole camp for a night or two.
Flight to Union Glacier
Flight to Punta Arenas
After final preparations at Union Glacier Camp in Antarctica we fly by Twin Otter aircraft to our start point on the edge of the Antarctic continent, Hercules Inlet.
From Hercules Inlet we ascend sharply away from the coast through crevasse fields before swinging south towards the Thiel Mountains and South Pole.
With 70-80kg sleds we slowly make our way up the Foundation Ice Stream and onto the Antarctic plateau covering 20-25 km's daily. After a few days we find our rhythm and become a part of Antarctica, skiing, resting, eating and sleeping to a routine that has been time honoured by over a century of explorers. We aim for the Thiel cache where we pick up a resupply of food and fuel before heading onto the high plateau.
The Antarctic plateau is a forbidding place - cold, windswept and remote, with rarefied air. This of course is part of the attraction of skiing to the South Pole, to experience one of the most exacting environments on earth. By now we are a well-oiled team, we have developed specific skills to match the challenge and our professional equipment serves us well. We rely implicitly on all that surround us.
This 911km expedition should only be considered by the most committed adventurers, willing to undertake a rigorous daily training schedule for several months prior to their trip. Messner Route to South Pole is a serious undertaking requiring supreme skill, fitness, mental strength and teamwork.
Latam Airlines fly daily to Punta Arenas, Chile.