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Mt.Vinson 4897m + Sidley 4181m, ANTARCTICA, CLIMBING EXPEDITION

   
An expedition to Vinson Peak is often called the “Key to 7 Summits”. The mountain itself does not present serious technical problems, but it is very difficult to even reach it. Mount Vinson is very remote and therefore any expedition is very expensive. The rewards are great: climbing the highest summit of Antarctica is an incredible experience in itself and for many the final step to reaching their 7 summits goal. A trip to Vinson Massif is ...
27 days
Group: From 3
80 900 USD
Deposit: 10 000 USD
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Day 1
Arrival in Punta Arenas.
Day 2
Buying food and equipment if needed.
Day 3
Briefing in the office. Sorting out, packing and weighing the equipment.
Day 4
Flight to Union Glacier by Ilyushin-76 plane.
Day 5
Flight from Union Glacier to Vinson Massif Basecamp at 2,150m
Day 6
Acclimatisation day. Preparation for the ascent.
Day 7
8 hours walk to Camp 2 (2,900 m) with backpack and sled.
Day 8
6 hours acclimatisation climb to Camp 3 (3,900 m) and return to Camp 2.
Day 9
Acclimatisation day.
Day 10
6 hours climb to Camp 3 (3,900 m).
Day 11
Summit day.
Day 12
Extra day in case of bad weather.
Day 13
Descent to BC.
Day 14
Flight from BC to Union Glacier.
Day 15
Day at BC Union Gletcher
Day 16
Flight to Sydley BC (2150m)
Day 17
Acclimatisation day. Preparation for the ascent.
Day 18
8 hours walk to Camp 2 (2,700 m)
Day 19
6 hours climb to Camp 3 (3,900 m).
Day 20
Summit day.
Day 21
Descent to BC Sidley (2150m)
Day 22
Extra day in case of bad weather.
Day 23
Preparing for the flight
Day 24
Flight from BC to Union Glacier.
Day 25
Day at BC Union Gletcher
Day 26
Flight from Union Glacier to Punta Arenas.
Day 27
Flight home
Date Guides Price Group
December 26, 2020 - January 21, 2021
80 900 USD
3 members
  join the group
Date Guides Price Group
December 26, 2020 - January 21, 2021
80 900 USD
3 members
  join the group
Price includes

Hotel booking in Punta Arenas
Briefing before departure to Antarctica
Flight Punta Arenas - Union Glacier - Punta Arenas
Flight Union Glacier - BC Vinson  - Union Glacier
Flight Union Glacier - BC Sydley - Union Glacier
Food and accommodation in Antarctica
Public equipment for climbing and base camp
Guide from 7 Summits Club to climb in Antarctica
Transportation of 25 kg to Antarctica
Top climb medal
Team jacket (Polartec&Windbloc) with 7 summits Club logo

 

 

Price does not include
  • Chilean multiple entry visa (when we leave for Antarctica, you are going through immigration and officially leaving Chile and will, therefore, need another visa to re-enter after the climb.)
  • International flights to Punta Arenas, Chile (IATA code: PUQ).
  • Accommodation and meals in Punta Arenas (we will reserve any hotel you like, but you are responsible for the costs).
  • Personal camping and climbing clothing and equipment.
  • Extra expenses in Punta Arenas due to flight delays before or after the expedition.
  • Extra expenses due to an early return from Antarctica for whichever reason.
  • Excess weight, over 25kg (which includes hand luggage!); excess weight is currently charged at USD $ 77 per kilo (!)
  • Medical and evacuation insurance covering climbing to 5000m (with at least 150,000USD in coverage)

Trip overview

Santiago, Chile - Punta Arenas - Union Glacier - 
Vinson Massif Base Camp – Summit - Vinson Massif BC – 
Union Glacier – Punta Arenas

An expedition to Vinson Peak is often called the “Key to the 7 Summits”. The mountain itself does not present serious technical problems, but it is very difficult to even reach it. Mount Vinson is very remote and therefore any expedition is very expensive. The rewards is great: climbing the highest summit of Antarctica is an incredible experience in itself and for many the final step to reaching their 7 summits goal.

A trip to Vinson Massif is exceptionally interesting, beautiful and prestigious. So far very few people have done it and for most, it is the highlight of their "7 summits quest".

Our program starts in Punta Arenas (Chile). From there, a special Ilyushin-76 aircraft takes us to the Union Glacier camp in Antarctica and lands on the ice (with wheels). 

From the Union Glacier camp, a small ski-equipped plane brings us to Vinson Massif Base Camp (BC), where we pitch our tents. From here we start the ascent of Mount Vinson, using another 2 intermediate camps before attempting to reach the summit of Mount Vinson, the highest point of Antarctica.

Antarctica is an extremely cold place, even in summer, but as compensation, we will have sunlight all day and night, so 24-hours daylight! You will not need head torches and can save on batteries.

We recommend that you arrive in Punta Arenas (Chile) at least 3 days before the official start of the expedition, so you will be ready for a quick departure to Antarctica. Due to the very unstable weather in the area (we fly over the infamous Drake Passage), our flights cannot be definitely planned in advance; the date and flight time is determined by the weather. Sometimes we leave early, but often there are delays as well. The waiting should not be too long (1-3 days), but rare delays of 10 days have 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 and the highest peak of Antarctica is Mount Vinson - 16,066 ft or 4,897 m. 

Note that the itinerary below is just a guideline. We will adapt it as needed depending on weather conditions, acclimatisation of the team members etc. The flights could be combined on the same day if needed, more time could be spent in some camps or alternatively, the expedition can be much shorter if all goes well and you could be back in Chile ahead of schedule.

Good advice

Important!

The flight times and dates are not fixed and are dependent on the combined weather in Antarctica, the Drake Passage and in Southern Patagonia. Normally the delay is less than 3 days on either side of the expedition, but rare delays of 10 days have occurred in the past, though the changing of main camp position from Patriot Hills to Union Glacier has limited delays a lot.

Any delay will not stop the expedition, but they might start and end later than planned. You should be flexible and should not have vital appointments until at least 2 weeks after the scheduled end of the Vinson Expedition. If you run out of time and cannot join your delayed flight to Antarctica, you will lose your payment and spot and there will be no refund or alternative place on a future climb. 
On the other hand, if the weather cooperates and the climbers are doing well, then we might be back in Chile several days ahead of schedule. So, in any case, make sure you have flexible international flights that allow re-scheduling.

Tips guidelines (important information!)
Вы доверяете гидам свою жизнь и здоровье, и самое главное, ваше время и деньги. А они берут на себя все эти заботы и ответственность за Вас и за успех мероприятия 24 часа в сутки на все время поездки. Гиды и обслуживающий персонал в поездке ожидают от Вас чаевые в размере 10-20 долларов с каждого клиента за каждый день работы. Если Вам все понравилось, Вы остались живы и здоровы, можете заплатить им больше! Все чаевые можно отдать Главному гиду и он сам распределит их между всеми работниками. Не забудьте перед отъездом поблагодарить Гидов и работников. И вы увидите их счастливые и благодарные глаза!
Necessary travel papers (documents)
Загранпаспорт, действительный не менее 3-х месяцев после планируемого возвращения из Республики Чили. Заполненные формы для посещения Антарктиды
Чилийская мультивиза*

*для граждан Российской Федерации безвизовый режим с 2011 года (пребывание на территории Республики Чили без виз в течение общего суммарного срока 90 суток на протяжении каждого периода в 180 суток, считая с даты первого въезда.)

Подробнее: Консульский департамент МИД России
http://www.kdmid.ru/docs.aspx?lst=country_wiki&it=/Чили.aspx

*для граждан Украины безвизовый режим с 2015 года

На границе необходимо предъявить обратный билет.

1. Обязательно уточните у нашего менеджера необходимость оформления визы для въезда в страну

2. Обязательно убедитесь в наличии свободных страниц в Вашем Заграничном паспорте и что действие паспорта заканчивается более чем через 6 месяцев
By air and by land
В стоимость входят все перелёты в Антарктиде.
В стоимость входит бесплатный провоз 25 кг личного багажа в Антарктиду.
Для переноски общественного груза на восхождении и между лагерями мы распределяем его равномерно на всех участников экспедици.
Accommodation
В Пунта Аренасе есть различные гостиницы 2*-4*
Гостиница оплачиваются дополнительно на месте. В стоимость тура входит бронирование гостиницы.
В Антарктиде мы живём в хороших 2-3 местных палатках.
Meals
До вылета в Антарктиду вы питаетесь сами. Перед вылетом в Антарктиду мы закупаем в Пунта Аренасе все необходимые продукты.
В базовом Лагере мы готовим и питаемся в большой базовой палатке кухне-столовой,при восхождении готовим в своих палатках.
На маршруте гид готовит при посильном участии клиентов. Бензин для примусов (по 4 литра на человека) ждёт нас в Базовом Лагере.
Staff
С группой работают гиды из расчёта 1 гид на 3-5 клиентов.
Health and medical insurance
В экспедиции всегда присутствует аптечка.
Однако, Ваши индивидуальные специфические лекарства необходимо привезти с собой.

Каждый участник должен быть застрахован на сумму не менее 150 000 долл. США.
Weather
В Антарктиде ЛЕТО.
Когда солнце не закрыто облаками, то температура в палатках 0-+10С. Возможна пурга.
На вершине Массива Винсона температура достигает -35С.
Extra expenses
Проживание в г.Пунта Аренас 100-150 долларов в день
Питание в г Пунта Аренас 50-100 долларов в день
Провоз багажа свыше 25 кг (70 долларов за 1 кг)
Personal gear
Group equipment for Vinson BC (provided by 7 Summits Club)
• Mess tent
• Shared tents in higher camps (2-3 members per tent).
• Cooking utensils (gas-stoves, pots and pans).
• Satellite phone ($5 per minute).
• First-aid kit.
• Solar battery charger.

Group climbing equipment for the higher camps (provided by 7 Summits Club)
• Shared tents in higher camps (2-3 members per tent).
• Cooking utensils (gas-stoves, pots and pans).
• snow shovels
• rope (50 m)
• walkie-talkies

Personal equipment for BC (not included in the price)
• Sleeping bag (rated -40 degrees C/F)
• Sleeping mattress.
• Personal items for washing (wet wipes etc)
• Personal notebook (if needed)

Climbing equipment
• Crampons for shoes with stiff soles (like the G12 model)
• Backpack (50-60 litres)
• Alpine climbing harness
• 6mm cord for prussic knots
• Screwgate carabiners - 4
• Adjustable ski poles
• Thermos flask
• Descender (rappel device)
• Ice-axe (non-technical)
• Camera
• Batteries
• Personal plate/bowl and eating utensils for high camps

Clothes and footwear
• Trekking shoes
• Cold-weather climbing boots (Millet “Everest” recommended)
• Down jacket + down trousers (or down suit)
• Gore-Tex jacket with a large hood
• Gore-Tex trousers
• Polartec Windblock jacket and trousers.
• 2 fleece Jacket “Polartec - 100”.
• Warm underwear - 2 sets
• Polartec gloves – 2 pairs
• Thinsulate gloves
• Thinsulate mittens - 2 pairs
• Warm woollen socks - 4-5 pairs
• Balaclava
• Warm hat
• Polartec Windblock face mask
• UV glasses
• Ski goggles (UV400)
• Gaiters

1) We have the biggest record of orginizing many commertial technical and altitude expeditions.

2) Our guides are highly experience with guide work on many serious climbs all over the world.

3) We offer the best accommodation and food conditions. Your personal needs any special kinds of food will be considered.

4) You can contact your personal advisor in the gear issue for free consultation. Plus free delivery of your personal rented gear to base camp.

5) We offer the scheme of discounts for loyal clients.

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