Antarctica, Deep Lake

Status: Initial Planning Stage

The lowest Point in Antarctica is Deep Lake located within the Vestfold Hills region near Davis Station on the Ingrid Christensen Coast of East Antarctica. Deep Lake is the most challenging of the 7 low points due to its inaccessibility and is going to take some planning to get there.

There would appear to be two possible water approaches to Deep Lake. The first is via Davis Station, which is a research station maintained by the Australian Government. Deep Lake is approximately 10 kms (or 6 miles) from Davis Station over ice-free terrain. The second water approach is from Brookes Hut which is a Field hut attached to Davis Station. Deep Lake is 1.6 kms (1 mile) from Brookes Hut, again over ice-free terrain. There are no regular commercial or private ships traveling to these regions. The Australian government re-supply ship does not take tourists. So a water approach seems difficult.

There is a runway at Davis Station capable of landing a LC-130 Hercules (see above photo). And private charter flights are available to Davis Station from South Africa or South America, but obviously quite expensive.

The plan is to find a way to visit this remote land, but it will take some time to sort out. I plan to keep this page up-to-date with my progress.

The above photo is used with permission under the Creative Commons license. The author of this work is The US National Guard.