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Regions: Antarctica
Objects: Vinson (4897m)
Activities: Mountaineering
Program's difficulty: 4.5, mid easy ( technical 3 + altitudinal 1.5 )
Group size: From 3
Price: 44 900 USD
Deposit for reservations 5 000 USD
Full payment 90 days before
No refund if you cancel less than 90 days!Buy it CHEAPER - TODAY!!!
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The price is fixed at the moment of prepayment.
Dates ( Days 16 / Nights 15 )
December 04 - December 19
December 15 - December 30
December 26 - January 10
January 06 - January 21

Trip overview

Santiago, Chile - Punta Arenas - Patriot Hills - 
Vinson Massif Base Camp – Summit - Vinson Massif BC – 
Patriot Hills – Punta Arenas

Why go there?

An expedition to Vinson Peak is often called the “Key to Seven Summits”. No, the mountain itself does not present serious technical problems, but it is very difficult in terms of getting to it. For that there are two weighty reasons: its utter remoteness and the high price of any expedition there. So, a trip to Vinson Massif is exceptionally interesting and prestigious. So few people have done it!

Our program starts in Punta Arenas (Chile). From there an IL-76 aircraft takes us to Patriot Hills in Antarctica. It is an airstrip belonging to Chile and rented by Americans for their tourist flights. 
From here a small plane brings us to Vinson Massif Base Camp (BC), where we pitch our tents. From here, having fixed Camp 2 and 3, we start for the summit.

Antarctica is an extremely cold place, even in summer (mild winter rather), but as a compensation we will have the sun all 24 hours, will not need head torches and can save on batteries.
We suggest you should arrive in Punta Arenas at least 3 days before the official start of the expedition. Due to the very unstable weather in that area our out-flight cannot be definitely fixed well in advance: the date has to be adjusted to the weather’s whims. The waiting should not be too long (1-3 days), but, alas, a 10 days’ one has been recorded.

Description of the region:
The Vinson Massif is a part of the Sentinel Range (Ellsworth Mountains), lying in the west of Antarctica and overlooking the Ronne Ice Shelf. Discovered in 1935 by the American explorer Lincoln Ellsworth, it is the highest massif on the continent (Mt.Vinson - 16,066 ft or 4,897 m)


Day 1 Arrival in Punta Arenas. Hotel accommodation.
Day 2 Buying food and equipment
Day 3 Briefing in the office. Sorting out and packing the equipment.
Day 4 Flight to Union Glacier
Day 5 Flight from Union Glacier to Vinson Massif. Camp 1 at 2,150m
Day 6 Acclimatisation day. Preparation for the ascent.
Day 7 8 hours walk to Camp 2 (2,900 m)
Day 8 6 hours' walk to Camp 3 (3,900 m)
Day 9 Acclimatisation day
Day 10 6 hours' walk to Camp 3 (3,900 m)
Day 11 Summit day
Day 12 Reserve day to make up for bad weather
Day 13 Descent to BC
Day 14 Flight from BC to Union Glacier
Day 15 Flight from Union Glacier to Punta Arenas
Day 16 Flight home

Price includes

• meeting and seeing off in Punta Arenas (PA)
• booking hotel in Punta Arenas
• briefing before departure to Antarctica
• flights PA – Patriot Hills (PH) – Vinson Massif -  BC – PH – PA
• food and lodging in Antarctica
• group equipment for the climb
• climbing guide and supporting staff, doctor  for the whole trip 
• luggage allowance (25 kg on all flights in Antarctica) 
• jacket (Polartec&Windbloc) with 7 summits Club logo  
• two T-shirts with 7 summits Club logo

Price does not include

• Chilean multi visa 
• flight to Punta Arenas 
• accommodation in Punta Arenas

• personal camping and climbing equipment  
• extra expenses in Punta Arenas entailed by flight delays 
• overweight (over 25kg) 
• insurance covering climbing to 5000m (no less than  
  150 000USD of coverage)

Good advice


Even though the possible delay time for the flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica is from none to 3 days, the cases of 10 days, however rare, are not unknown. As a matter of fact this delay should not affect fatally the expedition itself, but if you run out of the time you have allotted for this expedition, so that you have to leave it prematurely, we cannot offer you any refund.

Tips guidelines (important information!)

You entrust your life, health, your time and money to the guides. And the guides take this responsibility for you and for the success of the whole trip. They are doing this 24 hours. 10-20 USD per day is expected as the normal amount of tips for the Guides and the staff of the program. If you liked everything about the trip, please don't forget to thank them. You can give the tips directly to the Main Guide and he will distribute it among the staff.

Necessary travel papers (documents)

Filled in special forms for visiting Antarctica
Chilean multi visa

By air and by land

Return flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica
Luggage allowance for these flights is 25 kg
Group equipment is divided equally among the members to carry


We can book for you any hotel in Punta Arenas, from 2 to 4 stars. Just name it and pay in cash (or with your credit card) when there.
In Antarctica we stay in strong double tents, 2-3 members to a


We buy all the necessary food-stuffs in Punta Arenas and the members cook for themselves in the mess tent in BC and in their tents on the route. The guide gives a competent hand.
White gas (4 liters per person) is provided for BC and higher.


One guide per 3-5 clients

Health and medical insurance

The group will have a first-aid kit.
Each member must have insurance with 150 000USD coverage.


Antarctic summer: when the sky is cloudless the temperature inside a tent is from 0C to +10C. Snow storms are frequent visitors and then the temperature can drop to -35C (on the tops).

Extra expenses

Hotel in Punta Arenas 30-60USD per day
Meals in Punta Arenas 20-40USD per day
Luggage over 25 kg 70USD per 1 kg

Personal gear

Group equipment for BC (provided by 7 Summits Club)
Mess tent
Tents in higher camps (2-3 members to a tent)
Cooking utensils (gas-stoves, pots and pans)
Satellite phone ($5 per 1 minute)
First-aid kit
Solar battery charger

Group climbing equipment (provided by 7 Summits Club)
kitchen utensils
snow shovels
tents for high camps
rope (50 m)

Personal equipment for BC (not included in the
sleeping bag (good for -40?C)
sleeping mat 2 pax
personal items for washing
personal notebook (if needed)

Climbing equipment
crampons (G12 model recommended)
backpack (50-60 liters)
6mm cord for prussic knots
screwgate carabiners - 4
collapsible ski poles
descender (rappel device)
video camera and accessories
accumulators (batteries)
personal eating utensils for high camps

Clothes and footwear
trekking shoes
climbing boots (Millets Everest recommended)
down jacket + down trousers (or down overalls)
Gore Tex jacket with a large hood
Gore Tex trousers
Polartec Windblock jacket and trousers
jacket Polartec - 100 - 2 items
warm underwear - 2 sets
Polartec gloves 2 pairs
Thinsulate gloves
Thinsulate mittens - 2 pairs
warm woolen socks - 4-5 pairs
warm hat
Polartec Windblock face mask
UV glasses
ski goggles (preferably)
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