Swiss South African professional explorer and adventurer
Mike Horn is acknowledged as one of the world’s greatest modern day adventurer-explorers. He has undertaken exceptional feats of endurance, determination and courage, which have extended the boundaries of human achievement.
"Because I'm still alive, I have to try to go back and finish this K2, a dream I've had for a very long time"
“If you worry, you die. If you don’t worry, you also die. So why worry?”
“The biggest untapped source of energy today is our youth.”
June – August 2019
In June 2019, Mike will be heading back to K2! After two attempts in 2010 and 2015, Mike and Swiss Mountain Guide, Fred Roux, are not yet ready to give up on their shared dream of reaching the top. Just 237 meters shorter than Mt. Everest, K2 (8’611m) is the second highest mountain in the world. It is located on the border between China and Pakistan and is part of the Karakorum mountain range.
Also known as the “Savage Mountain” due to its high fatality rate among the other eight-thousand-meter peaks, Mike and Fred are not going to let statistics get in their way of making their dream come true. This climb is part of Mike’s Pole2Pole expedition and will serve as a preparation for his upcoming crossing of the Arctic Ocean via the North Pole this coming summer. So, stay tuned for more news soon!
In April 1997, Mike launched his first big expedition: the six-month solo traverse of the South American continent. He left on foot from the Pacific Ocean and climbed to the source of the Amazon River high in the Peruvian Andes. From there he descended the 7,000 km of the Amazon River by hydrospeed, until he reached the Atlantic Ocean.Discover this expedition
Mike gained world fame in 2001 after completing a solo journey around the equator without motorized transport. He left from Gabon in 1999 westwards and crossed oceans and continents by foot, boat, bike, kayak until he reached his point of departure 18 months later.Discover this expedition
In 2002, Mike set off on his next big solo adventure: the circumnavigation of the world via the Arctic Circle. It was a solitary voyage of two years and three months without motorized transport (boat, kayak, ski kite and on foot) on 20,000 kilometers odyssey. Mike left North Cape in Norway and went through Greenland, Canada, Alaska, Bering Strait and Russian Siberia before he reached North Cape.Discover this expedition
North Pole by Night
In a world-first, Mike set off on a 60-day voyage on skis without dogs or motorized transportation during the Arctic night with Norwegian explorer Borge Ousland in 2006. From February to March they dragged pulkas from Cape Artichesky in Russia to the North Pole. For two months the pair walked in total darkness, and often on paper-thin ice.Discover this expedition
In 2008, Mike started the Pangaea expedition for which him and his team launched the Young Explorers Program (YEP). On this 4-year journey around the globe, over 100 Young Explorers were selected to join Mike on his sailing vessel Pangaea to explore the world and implement social and environmental projects along the way – following the motto “explore – learn – act”.Discover this expedition
In May 2016, Mike embarked on a three-year circumnavigation of the globe via the South and North Poles including ocean crossings and overland expeditions. In November 2016, Mike sailed from Cape Town to Antarctica where he became the first person to cross the Antarctic continent at its largest via the South Pole and in record timing.Discover this expedition