The Mount Vinson Climb -

17 days, 16 nights
Visit : Punta Arenas, Vinson Base Camp, Low Camp, High Camp, Vinson Summit, Union Glaciers Camp

On our trip, we let you trek to the highest peak in the Antarctic. Come along and embark on an expedition of a lifetime. With the help of your fabulous gear, and some guidance from us, you'll soon find yourself atop the Vinson Summit. With magnificent and majestic views of the continent, you will remember this expedition forever.

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IS THIS TRIP FOR ME?

  • If you're ready to cross a milestone in life and embark on an adventure all the way to the Antarctic, this trip is definitely for you!
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Price
  • Dates
  • Accommodation
  • Things to Carry
  • Travel Tips
  • Terms & Conditions

Highlights

  • Explore Punta Arenas
  • The famous Vinson Base Camp
  • The most awaited peak: The Vinson Summit
  • Mesmerising views from the summit
Start of Tour

Punta Arenas

End of Tour

Vinson Summit

  • Day 1Arrive Punta Arenas
    • On arrival at the airport in Punta Arenas, Chile, we will be escorted to our hotel. Here, we ensure that everything has been taken and checked including clothing for the Antarctic journey. Later, we discuss the Seven Leave No Trace Principles and understand how to best preserve the pristine wilderness of Antarctic. It's advisable to arrive at an early hour, for a complete gear check.

    • Meals - None (Meals on own your own)
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  • Day 2Punta Arenas
    • We spend our day gearing up for our adventure! We carry out our final preparations, gear check, weigh the gear and step out to explore the city. Later in the afternoon, we have a slide show based on Antarctica and the lecture is conducted by ALE. It includes important information based on our flight south, the weather conditions and what to expect on our arrival there.

    • Meals - None (Meals on your own)
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  • Day 3Punta Arenas - Vinson Base Camp
    • Today we depart Punta Arenas and fly to Antarctica by a private transport jet. This is only after we complete our customs, and immigration formalities. Our journey will take approximately 4.25 hours. We leave our 'city' clothing at the hotel itself. We then transfer to the ski airport and continue to the Vinson Base Camp at 6,900 feet (2,100 m), which is at the Branscomb Glacier.

      From here we will fly to the Union Glacier Camp, and if weather permits, transfer our equipment from the Ilyushin 76 aircraft to the Twin Otter and reach in an hour at the Vinson Base Camp. We will have constant weather updates from our pilot.

      On our arrival at Vinson Base Camp we review the climbing route and rearrange the load for the journey.

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 4Vinson Base Camp
    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • <p> Our day is reserved to relax and recover. In the quiet surroundings of Vinson Base Camp, we can appreciate the beauty of Antarctica while preparing for our climb. We will load our sleds for the days ahead and, if time allows, we shall also take a short hike to gain familiarity with the Antarctic environment and to refine our clothing and equipment choices for the climb.</p>
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  • Day 5Vinson Base Camp - Low Camp
    • We follow the gradual rise of the Branscomb Glacier and make our way to Low Camp. The gentle climb is ideal for pulling sleds, which allows us to lighten the loads in our bags. Due to crevasse hazard, it's safer to travel roped together today and throughout the time we spend on the mountain.
      At Low Camp the guides build a cooking or a dining shelter. Depending on the conditions we may stay and spend the night here or cache equipment and return to base.

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 6Vinson Camp - Low Camp
    • Today we re-ascend from Vinson Base Camp and acclimatize ourselves at Low Camp or continue our climb up the mountain.

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 7Low Camp - High Camp
    • We begin our expedition to High Camp with the use of fixed ropes on the slopes, having an angle of 45 degrees. We ascend when the conditions are suitable and the forecast indicates stable weather ahead. If we wish, we may carry all our equipment in one push or choose a 'load carry'. We then, come back down at Low Camp and spend the night.

      These choices will depend on the weather and group's fitness.

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 8Low Camp - High Camp again
    • We re-ascend today, with lighter loads. Our route takes us up the broad mixed spur at the northern end of the Branscomb Ridge, offering us fantastic views of Mount Shinn and the glaciers below. We ascend fixed ropes on snow slopes up to 35/40°. Snow conditions can vary from soft to hard and windblown with icy patches.

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 9High Camp
    • The fixed lines help us reach High Camp that takes us about 1 to 1 ½ hours, ascending the gentle snow slopes of the summit glacier. This section of the route can be exposed to the wind, which requires care to prevent one from cold injury. The facilities at High Camp are even more basic than at the camps below. We cook and eat simple dehydrated meals in our tents, or outside if the weather is calm. We spend our day resting and acclimatising at High Camp to give everyone the best chance of summiting.

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 10High Camp - Vinson Summit
    • We make our way to the summit in attempt on the best weather day possible as the route is exposed and is subjected to high winds. The majority of our route is along the Vinson Summit Valley, with a short, steeper snow and ice slope leading to the spectacular, rocky, summit ridge.

      The views from the summit are breathtaking. Mount Gardner, Tyree, Epperly and Shinn dominate the foreground. These are surrounded by impressive peaks that rise from the vast white ice sheet below. Here, at the top of Antarctica, the true scale and majesty of the continent are overwhelmingly. Do take time to savour this experience and take photos.

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 11Vinson Summit - High Camp
    • We retrace our steps back to High Camp.

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 12High Camp - Vinson Base Camp
    • The descent to Vinson Base Camp can generally be achieved in one day from High Camp. We retrace our route down with the use of fixed ropes and along the Branscomb Glacier. At Vinson Base Camp we celebrate our summit with a hearty meal and a toast to our team.

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 13Vinson Base Camp - Union Glacier Camp
    • Once we return back to the Vinson Base Camp, the guide will inform Union Glacier Camp and an aircraft will be dispatched to collect us.

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 14Union Glaciers Camp
    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • <p> If you wish you can share your stories and experience with your fellow travellers. You can also interact and meet other adventurers.</p>
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  • Day 15Union Glaciers Camp
    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • <p> If climate conditions are favourable, we can explore few of the scenic peaks near the camp. You can even use these days to climb a little more if you still have adrenaline left in you.</p>
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  • Day 16Union Glaciers Camp - Punta Arenas
    • As the aircraft arrives from Punta Arenas, you will witness avid explorers, while you leave Antarctica. Our staff will meet us at the airport and takes us to our hotel.

    • Meals - None (Meals on your own)
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  • Day 17Depart Punta Arenas
    • We leave Punta Arenas and travel back to our home country with a lot of experiences and memories.

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    • Meals - NA
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Inclusions

  • 16 nights accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Transfers as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Sightseeing as specified in the itinerary.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Professional guide.
  • All trekking arrangements with an experienced guiding team, camp staff, cook etc.

Exclusions

  • Any transportation to / from Punta Arenas. Your tour price starts Ex Punta Arenas.
  • Optional activities.
  • $160 entrance fee to Punta Arenas.
  • Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Personal expenses, tips, laundry, telephone calls, personal medicines, alcoholic beverages, etc.
  • Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
  • Evacuation charges and damage of any nature.
  • Any items / services not specifically mentioned under inclusions.
  • Government Service Tax of 5%.

Price - Valid till 31 Dec 2020

Hub Single Accommodation Twin Sharing Accommodation
Ex Punta Arenas 29,19,000 29,19,000
* These prices are applicable for 8-10 adventurers. But if you’re looking to venture off the beaten path with your own gang, we’ll be happy to craft an exclusive adventure for you!

Dates

Wish to go on this adventure? Just give us a shout and we’ll make it happen for you! Your dates, your budget!

Accommodation

On the course of your trip you will be sharing a 2 person-tent and it can go up to 3 at high camp.

Things to Carry

    • Wool/Synthetic Socks
    • Gaiters
    • High-Altitude double boots
    • Insulated overboots
    • High-Altitude All-in-one boots
    • Booties
    • Short underwear
    • Baselayer bottoms
    • Heavy Baselayer bottoms
    • Baselayer top
    • Midlayer top
    • Softshell pants
    • Softshell jacket
    • Hardshell jacket
    • Lightweight down jacket
    • Expedition down parka
    • Insulated synthetic pants
    • Lightweight Liner gloves
    • Softshell gloves
    • Insulated shell gloves
    • Expedition mittens
    • Buff
    • Sun hat
    • Balaclava system
    • Wool/Synthetic ski hat
    • Facemask
    • Glacier glasses
    • Ski goggles
    • Nose guard

    The following is a list of things that we suggest that you take with you. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.

    • Ice axe
    • Accessory cord or Pre-cut Prussiks
    • Crampons
    • Climbing harness + Two locking Carabiners
    • Standard Carabiners
    • Locking Carabiners
    • Trekking Poles
    • Ascender
    • Expedition backpack
    • -40 Down sleeping bag
    • Inflatable sleeping bag
    • Foam pad
    • Water bottles
    • Knife
    • Camera
    • Toiletry bag
    • Sunscreen
    • Personal First aid kit and medications and prescriptions
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Hand and toe warmers

Travel Tips

  • Type of Food

    Meals in the mountains consist of a diet rich in carbohydrates because our bodies do not process fat and protein efficiently at higher elevations and to compensate the increase in caloric need that high altitude climbing involves. This trip features a classic mix of climbing food and prepared meals. As we ship and purchase all our own food, meals tend to be surprisingly good.

  • Clothes to carry

    • Wool/Synthetic Socks
    • Gaiters
    • High-Altitude double boots
    • Insulated overboots
    • High-Altitude All-in-one boots
    • Booties
    • Short underwear
    • Baselayer bottoms
    • Heavy Baselayer bottoms
    • Baselayer top
    • Midlayer top
    • Softshell pants
    • Softshell jacket
    • Hardshell jacket
    • Lightweight down jacket
    • Expedition down parka
    • Insulated synthetic pants
    • Lightweight Liner gloves
    • Softshell gloves
    • Insulated shell gloves
    • Expedition mittens
    • Buff
    • Sun hat
    • Balaclava system
    • Wool/Synthetic ski hat
    • Facemask
    • Glacier glasses
    • Ski goggles
    • Nose guard

  • Equipment Checklist

    The following is a list of things that we suggest that you take with you. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.

    • Ice axe
    • Accessory cord or Pre-cut Prussiks
    • Crampons
    • Climbing harness + Two locking Carabiners
    • Standard Carabiners
    • Locking Carabiners
    • Trekking Poles
    • Ascender
    • Expedition backpack
    • -40 Down sleeping bag
    • Inflatable sleeping bag
    • Foam pad
    • Water bottles
    • Knife
    • Camera
    • Toiletry bag
    • Sunscreen
    • Personal First aid kit and medications and prescriptions
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Hand and toe warmers

  • Our Crew

    Your expedition leader will be one of our Senior Mountain Guides. They will have along as many assistant guides as necessary to ensure a low climber to guide ratio. Usually 5:1 or less.

  • Flight Information

    Climbers generally fly via Santiago, Chile onward to Punta Arenas, Chile. Climbers that arrive early or depart late will incur in an additional airport pick up fee.

  • Altitude considerations

    At 16,067 feet, the Vinson Summit is an extreme, high-altitude climb. You may suffer from Acute Mountain Sickness (ACM), and may experience some headaches, loss of sleep, nausea, breathlessness, lack of concentration, etc. To avoid this, we will ensure that we are well acclimatised to our surroundings before continuing our journey.

  • Luggage Info

    Be prepared to carry a 55-pound pack but weight may be substantially lighter when we use sleds. Generally you carry 35 pounds in a backpack and 25 pounds on a sled.

  • Books to Read

    The Coldest March by Susan Solomon:
    It tells the tragic tale of Captain Robert Falcon Scott. He along with his British team began their journey across Antarctica, in an attempt to be the one of the first few people to reach the South Pole. However, after trekking nine hundred miles they realised that a group of Norwegians had arrived there earlier. It speaks of adventure and the courage of these brave men.

    Left for Dead: My Journey Home from Everest by Beck Weathers:
    Beck Weathers authored a book that is about his experience. In his book he recalls his miraculous survival after disastrous expeditions he faced in the mountains. He covered the details of his climb, his rescue and how his journey here left an impact on him.

  • Approximate Group Size

    12-15 climbers.

  • Money to carry

    Difficult to say as we can be delayed before flying to Antarctica. Fortunately one can use credit cards for meals and hotel rooms.

  • Tipping

    All tipping is optional and by no means mandatory, however if you feel that your staff and drivers have performed at a good or excellent level, it is a great way to let them know you appreciate their efforts.