The Last Desert 2024 Friends and Family Experience


The Last Desert (Antarctica) is the final race in the 4 Deserts Ultramarathon Series. Competitors are invited to The Last Desert when they have successfully completed at least two RacingThePlanet Ultramarathons. At this race we provide a limited number of places to Friends & Family of both competitors and staff, giving them the opportunity to share this unique experience as we recognise that most people will only ever visit Antarctica once in their lifetime. This is available by invitation only.



Activities for Friends & Family: Friends & Family members can share a cabin with their friend who is competing, or with another passenger. On the voyage to and from Antarctica you will share experiences with your friend or family member such as watching wildlife, listening to experts talk about specialist Antarctic topics and enjoying meals on the special expedition ship. Once in Antarctica, the ship will move to a different location each day where competitors will complete up to six stages of the race. As a friend or family member you can choose from a variety of special activities each day:

  • “Normal” tourist activities (such as zodiac safaris, snowshoeing, visiting research bases, photography, wildlife tours, camping, kayaking, etc.);
  • You may also cheer on The Last Desert competitors, volunteer during The Last Desert (this is completely optional);
  • Or just relax on the expedition ship.


Zodiacs in Antarctica

Specific activities include:

  • Special hiking courses set up each day by our experts.
  • Soft climbing up Antarctica’s steep hills.
  • Snowshoe hikes.
  • Exploring the many hundreds of photo opportunities.
  • Zodiac excursions.
  • Land excursions (easy-to-moderate walks and hikes that focus on wildlife).
  • Visits to the manned research stations found in the Antarctic.
  • Kayaking.
  • Camping.

Kayaking in Antarctica

Itinerary: You can download the itinerary from this link.

Application: Please complete this application. Under “Select Registration” choose “Friends and Family” and under “Select Race” highlight “The Last Desert (Antarctica) 2024.

Fee: The cost of the Friends and Family Experience is US$12,900 per person.

Payment Options: You can pay by credit card or bank wire. If you would like to pay by bank wire, email us at [email protected] for instructions.

Terms and Conditions:  To reserve a place, you must pay a non-refundable deposit of US$5,000. The balance payment of US$7,900 is due on 1 May 2024. The deposit and balance are non-refundable. We strongly advise you to take out insurance in case of any cancellation.

*Note: A fuel surcharge of US$25 per night / US$250 may be applied if fuel prices exceed US$100 / Brent barrel, or US$50 per night / US$500 if fuel prices exceed US$150 / Brent barrel.