TRAVERSE NEW HORIZONS

WITH WHITE DESERT

Follow in the footsteps of a Modern Explorer as we traverse across South America.

A LEGACY IN LUXURY ADVENTURE TRAVEL

White Desert was born twenty years ago during a record-breaking traverse across the icy expanse of Antarctica. Captivated by its stark beauty, Patrick had a vision to share the wonders of the interior of Antarctica with more than just scientists and explorers.

White Desert has since taken the hardship out of exploration, reconnecting our guests with nature in its purest form. Specialising in delivering exclusive, ultra-luxury experiences in remote locations, we have earned the title of the most remote luxury camp on the planet. 

Antarctica, however, isn’t the only place that we have explored. And the urge to traverse new horizons beckons.

OUR EXPLORERS HERITAGE

Patrick, the man behind this dream, embodies the spirit of adventure in every fiber of his being.

Exploration is not just a passion for Patrick; it’s who he is. As a third-generation pilot, he grew up with the hum of aviation in his ears and a preference for rugged airstrips over commercial airports.

His lineage traces back to pioneers of the skies, and he has carried their legacy to the most remote corners of the Earth.

DISCOVERING UNCHARTED TERRITORIES

At the tender age of 20, Patrick embarked on his first major expedition, climbing unnamed peaks in Kyrgyzstan. This initial foray into the unknown was merely the beginning.

His thirst for discovery led him to kayak down an uncharted tributary of the Amazon in Suriname, live among the Pygmy tribes in the Congo, and trek across the vast expanse of Tibet.

He has named mountains in honour of his beloved grandfather and dear departed friend and even retraced Shackleton’s legendary footsteps across Antarctica.

BEYOND THE TITLES

Patrick’s adventures have garnered him several impressive titles. He was part of the youngest and fastest team to reach the South Pole, won the Atlantic Ocean crossing race despite never having sailed before, and achieved the fastest-ever crossing of Greenland.

Yet, titles have never been his true aim. For Patrick, the essence of exploration lies in the discovery of new places and the experience of what few have seen before.

THE JOURNEY IS AS IMPORTANT AS THE DESTINATION

Every year, our Basler DXQ makes a grand traverse from Alaska to Antarctica and back, unveiling some of the most spectacular landscapes on Earth. On one such flight, Patrick, sitting in the jump seat, began to dream. Gazing out the window, he envisioned landing in those untouched places, far from the madding crowds and big airports. 

What if we could explore all these hidden gems at our own pace and uncover the true beauty of South America?

So the idea of the Basler Traverse was born. With our experience in private aviation and remote locations, we aim to minimise transit friction by utilising our luxury custom-fitted Basler DXQ to access rarely seen locations on these adventures.

CURATING LUXURY EXPERIENCES WHERE NO OTHERS CAN

Limited to only 12 spaces, this first-of-its-kind aviation traverse of South America will immerse travellers in ancient cultures and exclusive nature experiences while missing the crowded big airports and avoiding lengthy transit times.

The route is yet to be confirmed, so follow Patrick as he discovers the destinations this September.

NATURAL BEAUTY & WILDLIFE

From sacred Inca trails to Patagonian mountain peaks, our expert guides will lead nature lovers on a journey to commune with diverse wildlife and landscapes.

ARTS & CULTURE

Gastronomic delights and rich cultural histories promise a journey that is as vibrant as it is unforgettable. Every meal becomes a revelation and every step a dance through time.

IMMERSIVE LUXURY RESORTS

Are you tired of trying to find rare, off-the-beaten-track luxury accommodations? Our ability to access remote locations will make it easy to experience the best of these undiscovered locations.

TAKE A GLIMPSE AT PATRICK’S ITINERARY

Follow Patrick as he takes his time to find those harder-to-reach places…the ones that are really worth it when you get there.

1. HIDDEN FORTRESS OF YALAPE

We follow along with renowned anthropologists as we investigate the echoes of the past and learn about the Leymebamba mummies. 

2. SACRED TRAILS OF THE CHACHAPOYAS

Experience the Chachapoyas hiking route and a night in the Gocta Nature Reserve.

For more info on how we chose this destination, as well as details on possible
excursions and accommodation, download our brochure.

3. PARACAS DUNES AT DUSK

We venture to the coast to experience a guided tasting of the flavours of Pisco

4. NAZCA LINES FLIGHT OF MYSTERIES

Ride the Moon and Death valleys during sunset as we make our way to San Pedro Atacama

For more info on how we chose this destination, as well as details on possible
excursions and accommodation, download our brochure.

5. DESERT DAWN: BALLOONING ADVENTURE

After a morning soaring through the skies, we explore Guatin, its hot springs and the Atacama nights.

6. SUMMIT QUEST: TOCO CHALLENGE

Summit Toco at 5600msnm before flying to Santiago for a 19th-century time travel feast. 

For more info on how we chose this destination, as well as details on possible
excursions and accommodation, download our brochure.

7. PATAGONIAN ICE JOURNEY

Follow in the steps of the Gaucho’s as we overland Torres del Paine National Park before a final farewell dinner. 

Discerning travellers who demand the rarest and best won’t want to miss this limited opportunity.

“We are thrilled to embark on this first-of-its-kind Basler Traverse, taking us to the most hard-to-reach locations across South America. The final route is yet to be discovered, so join us on our journey of exploration.”

~ Patrick Woodhead, Co-Founder & CEO

( 3 x Polar World Record Holder)

Patrick Woodhead

“LIFE BEGINS AT THE END OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE.”

NEALE DONALD WALSCH
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