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Almost a Century has gone by since Sir Ernest Shackleton led The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, also known as the Endurance Expedition, considered the last major expedition of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.
Despite having failed in the attempt to complete the first land crossing of the Antarctic continent, this epic feat of endurance was described by Shackleton as "one great main object of Antarctic journeyings" and still nowadays this journey remains achievable for just a few.
Want to raise your adrenaline to unsuspected levels and be part of this exclusive elite of the Antarctic conquerors?
Trovel makes the impossible to possible, putting at your fingertips the possibility of crossing the Antarctica driving a highly specialized and reliable 6×6 vehicle. A once-in-a-lifetime experience that will dig up your physical and mental potential by exposing you to extreme conditions.
This is a real team building activity, highly recommended for companies that want to build strong relationships among their employees.
A 7 to 10 days expedition, subject to weather conditions, that will start taking off from Punta Arenas (Chile) to land on a runway made of solid ice in the Antarctica, just for a short stop at the Base Camp at Union Glacier, and back to the sky to finally reach the Amundsen Coast. Here is where the adventure begins!
660 km is the distance between the Amundsen coast and the South Pole. Two intense days of driving where you may have the opportunity to visit the Amundsen Scott South Pole science station.
After reaching the South Pole you will drive all the way back to the Base Camp at Union Glacier. 1200 km of stunning views and rich history going through the Thiel’s Corner and Ronny’s Ice Shelf.
There is no other place on Earth as clean and pure, and it’s all for you!
The Antarctic continent is a land mass with an ice coverage on top of to 4 km thick. There is some exposed rock and just a few small plants such as mosses and lichens. This is the driest, windiest and coldest continent in the world.
Once you have landed in Antarctica you will have the sensation of being in an “untouched” environment. For the first 200 kilometers towards the South Pole, the mountain scenery is unlike any other place on earth. This enormous, mysterious continent is ever-changing, sculpted by high winds, extreme temperature and snowfall. As you are surrounded by the awe-inspiring elements, you will feel a sense of humility and admiration for the tenacity and sheer bravery of the early explorers who first stepped onto the Antarctica the first time.
A Driving Expedition
Be part of the expedition group that will cross the Antarctica driving in a 4x4 or 6x6 vehicle. Feel the adrenaline of driving in a rough terrain like the Antarctic Plateau. The available vehicle’s fleet has been used to accompany scientists, researchers and skiers on expedition. The inside of the vehicles is fully equipped so the driving experience is comfortable. The vehicles, Toyota Hilux model, have undergone significant modifications to make them stronger and to fundamentally alter their performance so that they are capable of travelling over Antarctic terrain. All vehicles are automatic and drive like a regular off-roader with the normal steering and brake setup. This makes them very instinctive to pilot and you can drive them yourself. Due to the changing weather conditions you will be accompanied at all times by experienced guides that will provide you advice and counseling. Get ready to cross the Antarctica driving a four-wheel-drive!
Camping on Ice
This is a lifetime expedition where you will put yourself in the shoes of the early adventurers that reached the South Pole a hundred years ago. Sleep in tents, eat and socialize with the rest of the group in the remotest area of the world.
Test yourself against the elements
In this stunning adventure you will be required to prove your strength and potential. Most of your journey will be about overcoming difficulties together with the rest of the group. This team building activity is highly recommended for companies that intend to make stronger relationships among their employees.
Immortalize your adventure
Antarctica Challenge in 6x6 is an epic adventure and with Trovel you’ll be able to capture it and reproduce it as many times you want. One team of professional cameras with experience recording while practising extreme sports will accompany you through the whole expedition recording the most memorable moments. There will also be a DJ who will make your adventure’s soundtrack.
Union Glacier (Base Camp)
The main Antarctic camp is located in the southern Ellsworth Mountains, on the broad expanse of the Union Glacier. The camp provides a relaxed environment in a spectacular setting and a spacious and comfortable accommodation for you to rest after the route.
The Union Glacier is located 3010 km from the southern tip of Chile and Mount Vinson, the highest peak in Antarctica. The elevation is 700 m above sea level. Here you will have the opportunity to make scenic excursions, technical climbing and ski tours.
In Route accommodation: Tents
While en route, you will camp 6 to 7 times. Sleeping in expedition tents specially designed to capture the warmth from the sun and keep the cold at bay. The double-walled sleeping tents are roomy and comfortable. These tents are suited to the Antarctic conditions, so they are prepared to resist adverse climate conditions. You will sleep in your polar sleeping bag with double mattress, pillow and linen. The tents are naturally heated by the 24-hour sunlight and interior temperatures range from 4º to 20ºC.
The dining tent is the heart of the camp, fitted with a full kitchen and dining area that serves as a gathering place for meals, activities and conversation. You will enjoy fresh-cooked meals and tantalizing desserts prepared by their chefs. Snacks and beverages are available anytime. Fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, meats and a variety of beers and Chilean wines from Punta Arenas (Chile) are also offered.
The whole route is normally made in 7 to 10 days, depending on weather conditions. The unpredictable weather conditions may cause some delays.
Day 1: Fly to Antarctica
The first day you will fly from Punta Arenas (Chile) to Antarctica where you will land on a runway made of solid ice. After a short rest at Union Glacier Camp (Base Camp) a sky airplane will take you and your fellow adventurers to the Amundsen Coast. A refuel stop will be made at Thiels Corner during the transfer. The expedition will start from the moment you arrive to Amundsen Coast.
Days 2-3: The way to the South Pole
From Amundsen coast you will head with the group to the South Pole. There are approximately 660 km and it will take 2 days to arrive. During this section of the journey, you may have the opportunity to visit the Amundsen Scott South Pole science station.
Every day, as long as the weather conditions allow, you will be expected to travel around 8 to 12 hours. Enjoy the cleanest and purest landscape in all the whole planet earth.
Days 4-8: Way back to Union Glacier
After reaching the South Pole you will drive 1200 km back to the Base Camp at Union Glacier. This usually takes up to 4 days. The way back is surrounded by stunning vistas going through the Thiel’s Corner and Ronny’s Ice Shelf.
Day 9: Return flight to Chile
The skyaircraft will transfer you from the Base Camp to Punta Arenas.
Regarding the Route please take into account the following details:
- No two Antarctic experiences are exactly the same.
- The timeline and details will vary between one trip and the other (the trip length is subject to weather conditions).
Cars used for this expedition are usually Toyota Hilux 6x6 or 4x4 models. These type of cars are specially adapted vans used for excursions around the Union Glacier and to offer shuttle services to and from the runway.
These vehicles have covered over two hundred thousand kilometers on the Antarctica plateau, supporting scientists, researchers and skiing expeditions. Their fleet of trucks have traversed the most rugged and formidable grounds around the world.
A fleet of specialized vehicles for snow clearing, runway maintenance and ground transportation is also available and used when necessary.
What is included in the Package?
- Flights from Punta Arenas
- Accommodation in tents
- 4x4 and 6x6 vehicles
- The expedition requires both physical and mental commitment.
- A medical check will be required and a dental check is advised.
- All travellers need to take part on the daily work of camping and cooking.
- Be advised not to plan highly important events close to the planned return arrival.
- You will be active for 8 -12 hour a day in a row where you will combine driving with walking.
- You must have the physical ability to cover a minimum daily distance and the mental stamina to continue in extreme conditions when you are physically tired.
- Technical skill, a high level of strength and aerobic fitness.
- Due to the high cost of evacuation from Antarctica all guests are required to provide medical cover for evacuation.
Due to a harsh environment, a contingency plan has been developed to provide all members, participating in the tour, with the highest levels of security.
- A 24-hour phone is available along the operating season (day or night) in case of emergency.
- Union Glacier Camp has a basic clinic with a selection of medications and equipment for the care and stabilization of patients. The clinic is staffed by a doctor who is specialized in emergency and remote medicine.
- One person of the medical staff accompanies the group in each expedition to the South Pole.
- Field guides hold first aid certification and the rest of the staff has been trained in emergency response.
This tour is operated during the Antarctic summer (from November to January) and it is dismantled at the end of each season. The first expedition is programmed for the 27th of November and the last one for the 3rd of January. It is possible to start a week earlier in case it is needed (on request). We do recommend to book in advance due to limited availability.
Please note that a minimum of 4 people are needed for the tour.