SOUTH POLE Full Ski Messner Start

Trip Information

Location: Antarctica
Days: 56
Dates: November 11, 2017 - January 3, 2018
Skill Level: Advanced, Skiing and Winter Skills
Maximum Group Size: 4 Clients
Cost of Trip: USD $70,000

Trip begins in Punta Arenas, Chile

We plan on running a full South Pole Ski expedition in the 2017 season.Contact us for details on joining the trip.

Our small team of guides brings significant polar expedition skills from past South Pole, North Pole, and Greenland expeditions.

The South Pole

Our South Pole Expedition for 2016 Season

  • Incredible opportunity to work with Polar adventurer guide staff
  • Full expedition from the Hercules Inlet to the South Pole
  • Guide staff with multiple South Pole ski expeditions

Highlights of our Trip

  • Veteran American Polar Ski guide Ryan Waters / Ski Traverse of Antarctica, Full North Pole 
  • Access to satellite phone and email, dispatches of the team progress on our news site
  • Emphasis is placed on providing high end logistics, staff, equipment and services to a small team of skiers


Trip Description

The South Pole Ski trip is a unique opportunity to complete one of the worlds greatest adventures. Mountain Professionals is well positioned to offer polar expeditions because our staff includes polar adventurers with in-depth experience including multiple North Pole, South Pole, and Greenland expeditions.

In 2010, guides Ryan Waters and Cecilie Skog completed the first unsupported/unassisted ski traverse (no resupplies, no kites, only human power) of Antarctica covering 1,800 kilometers in a 70 day expedition. Polar guide Eric Larsen is one of just a few Americans to lead or guide expeditions to both the North and South Poles. Join our qualified Mountain Professionals guides for an unsupported full ski trip to the South Pole via the Messner start.

Our adventure begins in Punta Arenas, Chile, where we prepare our expedition sleds, food, fuel and supplies. We take great care in our pre-expedition planning to develop a strong and efficient team. It crucial to have a well prepared, highly functional team for travel in Antarctica.

Polar Travel

We fly from the southern tip of Chile to Union Glacier on the continent of Antarctica. Here we make last preparations to gear and our expedition sleds. We will take several days to acclimate to Antarctica and to enjoy some beautiful "warm up" ski tours around the surrounding landscape prior to the flight to our starting point.

The Messner start is one of the traditional launching points for full ski trips and traverses some 911 kilometers (566 miles) over the Antarctic continent to reach the South Pole at an elevation of 2,835 meters (9,306 feet). This challenging route begins at the coast of Antarctica along the Ronne Ice Shelf and works its way through the Foundation Ice Stream. Skiing onwards we cross large expanses of wind carved snow and ice features before navigating through the isolated Thiel mountains and on to the Pole.

Our team goal will be to reach the geographic South Pole in good style. This is a very challenging expedition and requires team-members to work together to overcome extreme challenges on a daily basis for an extended period of days. The pre-expedition training regime is demanding and is very important to a successful ski expedition of this length.

Team Member

Trip Cost Includes

  • Mountain Professionals polar guide.
  • Flights from Punta Arenas, Chile to Union Glacier, Antarctica and back.
  • Accommodations in Antarctica in tents.
  • All transportation, according to the program.
  • Personal specialized gear - skis, binding, sleds, pulling harness.
  • All permits and fees.
  • All meals according to the program after leaving Punta Arenas.
  • Group equipment, tents, stoves, safety, etc.
  • Navigation equipment, compasses, GPS, maps.
  • Communication, satellite phones, dispatches.
  • Group insurance and emergency permits.


Price does not include

  • International Airfare to and from Punta Arenas, Chile.
  • Food, beverages, while in Punta Arenas, Chile.
  • Lodging costs in Punta Arenas, Chile.
  • Cancellation, Medical, and travel insurance (which you must provide yourself).
  • Personal clothing and equipment.
  • Expenses of personal nature.

Please contact us for a full expedition information packet and detailed itinerary.