Vinson Massif, located about 1,200 km from the South Pole, is the highest peak in Antarctica at 4,892m above sea level. In winter, temperatures have been known to plummet to -68 degrees Celsius with summer being far milder at anywhere from -15 to -35 degrees Celsius!
Antarctica is unique in that it has no indigenous population, no government and is not ruled by any one country. It is also the highest continent and coldest continent on Earth! The best months for expeditions are December, January and February – trips are usually between 17 and 21 days long, door-to-door.
The climb of Vinson offers little technical difficulty and is considered to be a “moderate” or “intermediate” climb. That being said, the icy temperatures and strong winds add to the challenge of the climb, mitigated by 24 hours of daylight! Mountaineering and roped glacier travel is recommended, as well as cold weather camping skills.
Climbers fly into Punta Arenas in Chile for up to 3 days of exploring, orientation and trip preparation. Day 4 involves a flight to Antarctica to reach Base Camp and plan for your ascent. We reach Camp 1 on Day 6 (2920m), before ascending further to over 3000m on Day 7. Day 8 sees us climb the headwall to establish high camp where we will acclimatize and prepare for our summit on Days 9 – 13 (depending on weather and how well the team has acclimatized). We return to Base Camp on days 15 and 15 before returning to Punta Arenas and flying home.
Visa's and Vaccinations
Please consult with your nearest Chilean Embassy or Consulate.
No immunizations are currently required. However, we suggest you chat to your local Travel Clinic for their recommendations.
|21 days door-to-door|
- All logistics up to the summit and back
- All facilitation costs
- Flights from Patriot Hills to the Vinson Massif Base Camp and back
- 2 nights lodging in Punta Arenas
- Climbing permit
- 25 kgs of personal equipment
- High quality tents on the climb
- All communal kitchen and camping gear
- Sleds and all rigging
- All group climbing gear
- Good quality food on the climb
- Imported high altitude freeze dried food for high camps
- Gas & burners for the climb
- Walkie-talkie sets for the team
- Satellite phone for emergency purposes
- Insurance for all local staff
- Comprehensive first aid kit
- Welcome dinner and celebration meal at the end
- International travel
- Additional nights in Punta Arenas due to flight delays
- All personal climbing gear
- Luggage in excess of 25kgs
- Emergency evacuation
- Personal expenses
- Gratuities and summit bonus
- Personal medical expenses, medical and evacuation insurance
- Any costs arising from flight cancellation/ delays, political disturbance or natural disasters.