This story originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Elite Traveler.
You can give your loved one an incredible gift, or take them on a wonderful trip to create lasting memories—or you can combine the two with our specially curated traveler’s gift guide. Perfect for those who have it all and have seen it all, these exclusive itineraries include a mission to the South Pole, elephant tracking in the Zambezi River region and shutting down one of England’s biggest attractions so you and your family have it all to yourselves.
Camping at the South Pole
It may seem counterproductive to head to the bottom of the world to feel like you’re on top of it, but this itinerary from Steppes Travel will have you feeling just that. On this once-in-a-lifetime excursion for the adventurous traveler, you will truly experience this inimitable landscape by camping right out on the snow. You’ll fly out from Punta Arenas, Chile to Antarctica by private jet, landing on a blue-ice runway. You’ll spend two nights at the Union Glacier Camp to acclimatize to the Antarctic conditions while exploring the ethereal landscape. Cross-country ski over the frozen fields of sastrugi (wave-like ridges caused by wind on the surface of hard snow), explore ice pools in Elephant Head Valley, climb the ridge of Mount Rossman or, for the fearless, camp out on the polar plateau. On day three of this seven-day itinerary, you’ll fly to the South Pole. The altitude is roughly 10,830 ft, so you may feel the effects, but a team of specialists are with you to ensure your safety and well-being. On the fourth day, you’ll visit the South Pole markers and the Amundsen-Scott Station before flying back to the Union Glacier Camp for a celebratory dinner. Of course, an adventure this spectacular needs to be documented so there’s ample opportunity to photograph the frozen fields, peaks and ridges—your guide will show you the best spots so you can create an album to show off when you return home.