4 Days Explorers Academy

4 Days Explorers Academy


On this four-day adventure, White Desert offers you the opportunity to learn from one of the most experienced and accomplished polar explorers of our time - Ben Saunders.

Departure Date

Day 0. Arrival Capetown

We will host a safety briefing in Cape Town. This is where we will check all your polar clothing and prepare you for your flight south.


Day 1. Flight to Antarctica

The flight to Antarctica is 5 hours, crossing the thousands of icebergs spread over the southern ocean. Halfway through the flight we cross into the polar circle and into 24 hours continuous daylight. Landing on the specialist ice runway, you will be surrounded by the Wolf’s Fang range, a true spectacle of the continent. We spend the afternoon amongst kilometre-high monoliths of rock, before connecting to Whichaway camp.


Day 2. Nunatak

Ben will draw on his polar experience to teach you how to survive, and even be comfortable, in Antarctica. Our first adventure begins at the base of a stunning ‘nunatak’ mountain. With crampons on your feet and ice-axes in your hands, we will scale a vertical wall of ice and ‘top out’ on the summit. Returning from the summit, you will be collected by a fleet of Arctic truck 6x6 vehicles and discover just how capable these machines are in this environment. Learn to drive on incredible routes over seemingly impossible terrain!


Day 3. Camping Night

Tonight we camp out! To prepare you, Ben will help you pack your sled and ensure you are ready for one of the most remote campsites on earth. We will crosscountry ski (or walk) into the mountains, passing huge cliff faces, wind scoops and iridescent blue ice. As you zip the door of your tent closed, you will experience what it is like to be a true explorer.


Day 4. Back to Capetown

We delve into the ice tunnels and caves near Whichaway camp, where the white landscape betrays nothing of the extraordinary environment just beneath the surface. Created by melt water, the caves extend for hundreds of metres and are a magical place to explore. Later that day, we climb across a 200ft rock face that overlooks the ice waves. While the walk is not technically difficult it might get the adrenalin pumping, and will prove the perfect way to complete this unique experience.

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