Mount Vinson Climb

Technical skills

Moderate

Fitness level

High

Trip length
17 days
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Price starting from
$424
per person, excluding flights

Overview

Mount Vinson is one of the great mountains of the world - wild, unspoiled, remote and likely the coldest mountain in the world. Fewer people have summited Mount Vinson than Mount Everest, because its location deep in the Ellsworth mountain range, some 750 miles (1200 km) from the South Pole, and the logistical complexities required to operate in such an extreme environment. Standing on the summit of Mount Vinson is an experience that one will soon not forget. ...
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Mount Vinson is one of the great mountains of the world - wild, unspoiled, remote and likely the coldest mountain in the world. Fewer people have summited Mount Vinson than Mount Everest, because its location deep in the Ellsworth mountain range, some 750 miles (1200 km) from the South Pole, and the logistical complexities required to operate in such an extreme environment. Standing on the summit of Mount Vinson is an experience that one will soon not forget.
We begin our expedition in the small Chilean city of Punta Arenas where we do final gear checks before flying to Antarctica. Here we will transfer to a smaller plane for the flight to base camp before ascending the peak. Our route consists of low angle glacier walking down low with some moderately steep fixed rope and ridge walking up high. Overall the climbing is incredibly enjoyable, albeit cold, and very “do-able.”
Vinson is a serious undertaking meant for climbers with prior experience in the cold and some climbing skills. Guides will work with clients throughout the expedition to provide logistics, guidance, and information to best ensure the clients summit success.

Trip highlights

  • Flying in a Russian cargo plane and landing on an icy, Antartic runway.
  • Join an amazing community of climbers, skiers, researchers, and adventures in Union Glacier camp.
  • Visit the unique and hospitable city of Punta Arenas at the southern tip of South America.
  • Take in the view of the mighty and breathtaking Ellsworth range from the summit of the tallest peak in Antarctica.

Availability

Custom Adventure
Custom adventures are a great way to push your limits, pick your own route, and design a special itinerary
17 days
From $424/day/person

What's included

  • Guides
  • Flights to Union Glacier, Antarctica from Punta Arenas, Chile and flights to Vinson base camp from Union Glacier
  • Hotels: 3 nights lodging double occupancy in Punta Arenas (2 nights before the expedition and 1 night after). Any additional nights due to delays etc will be at your own expense.
  • Food: All expedition (on Mountain) food is covered including breakfast, dinner, snacks and hot drinks, and breakfast at the Hotel in Punta Arenas.
  • All Team Gear: Four season tents, cooking gear, group duffels, stoves, etc.
  • Satellite Phone: To update the blog and available to clientele at $3/min

Itinerary

Day 1: Fly from home
Day 2: Meet in Punta Arenas
Day 3: Gear checks and climber briefing
Day 4: Fly to Antarctica
Day 5: Transfer to Vinson Base Camp
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Questions & Answers

Climbing Vinson requires serious fitness, an ability to perform well at altitude, the mindset to be away from home for three weeks, and a desire for rugged adventure travel. Antarctica is a very remote and rugged place with few of the creature comforts we have come to expect. We try to give our climbers all of the creature comforts that we can but at the end of the day this is true adventure travel!
Your climbing resume should include: Previous glacier travel experience]
Familiarity with the skills needed for a cold, remote and heavily glaciated peak
Ice climbing skills
Crampon skills on 30 - 50 degree slopes
Team rope travel skills
Knots & slings - Prusik, butterfly, Münter, etc.
Snow and ice anchors (construction & equalization)
Belaying and running belay experience
Crevasse rescue (from both the victim and rescuer perspectives, and considering heavy packs)
Fixed line travel with mechanical ascenders
Ice axe self and team arrest, with and without a backpack
The climber to guide ratio is 4:1
Not Included:
Flights to and from Punta Arenas, Chile
All in town restaurant meals (breakfast is provided) and specialty mountain lunch food
Transportation from and to the airport in Punta Arenas
Personal gear: all personal climbing gear is the responsibility of the client
In the event of a rescue, evacuation, or early departure from the group, any rescue expenses incurred or excess expenses above and beyond our normal trip costs including transport, hotels, evacuation, flight changes, and gear shipping are the responsibility of the client.
Guide Tips (customary but optional)
Costs incurred as a result of events beyond the control of CTSS above and beyond the normal expedition costs
Required trip insurance policy (for trip cancellation, interruption, rescue & evacuation, medical treatment, repatriation, etc.)
Yes, both at base camp and one the mountain tents will be shared accommodations due to the cold and the weight of carrying extra tents. Please plan to share a tent with one of you fellow climbers.
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Trip length
17 days
choose your start date
Price starting from
$424
per person, excluding flights

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