February 23, 2024
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Saudi businessman is ecstatic after reaching the South Pole as a tourist

South Pole expedition can take two weeks

A Saudi adventurer and businessperson has reached the South Pole, facilitated by Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions. Badr Al Shebani has previously climbed all seven continents’ highest peaks, including Mount Everest. 

Al Shibani, who skied to the last degree of the South Pole, said: “Although the weather is very harsh in the South Pole, I have faced similar conditions on Mount Everest, Dinali, and Vinson.”

The Saudi citizen added that a voyage to the South Pole is an extremely difficult trek that needs rigorous preparation to confront the worst weather and conditions, as well as temperatures that may reach -50°C while carrying a weight of 60kg in a sledge and fighting winds of up to 60 miles per hour. 

Years of experience practising for difficult terrain aided the veteran adventurer’s success on his South Pole trip.

Sample itinerary

An entire expedition to the South Pole can take up to two weeks, beginning with arrival in Punta Arenas, Chile, followed by a flight to Antarctica, two days of preparation and acclimatisation, a flight to 89°s, and eight days of skiing in difficult conditions to reach the South Pole before returning to Union Glacier and flying back to Chile.

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Badr Al Shebani has previously climbed all seven continents’ highest peaks. Image: Badr Al Shebani

Al Shebani’s quest to conquer all seven continents’ highest peaks, as well as reach the South Pole was inspired by Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman’s Vision 2030 initiative, which aims to motivate Saudis to live healthy lives.

Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States, Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions offers air transportation, logistic support, and guided experiences for those venturing to the interior of Antarctica.

The South Pole is a unique blend of pristine landscapes and awe-inspiring beauty. As the southernmost point on Earth, the South Pole offers intrepid travellers an unparalleled adventure to explore the untouched expanses of ice and snow that define this remote region.

The iconic Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station stands as a symbol of scientific exploration, hosting researchers from around the globe who study the Earth’s climate and atmospheric conditions in this extreme environment. The South Pole’s wildlife, though sparse, includes resilient species like seals and penguins.

Featured image: Badr Al Shebani at the geographic South Pole: Image: Badr Al Shebani

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