Mt. Vinson Climb

Trip Information

Location: Ellsworth Range, Antarctica
Days: 19
Dates: November 23 - December 11, 2018 and December 15, 2018 - January 2, 2019
Cost of Trip: USD $40,600 
Trip begins in Punta Arenas, Chile

Antarctica Payment Policies: Final Balance for Antarctica trips will be due 100 days prior to trip start date

Combine with the South Pole Last Degree Ski Trip: USD $82,000

Combo Vinson / SP Last Degree schedule - Vinson Climb: from November 23 - December 7 with South Pole LD from December 7 - 19, 2018

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Recent Trip Results

  • January - 2018 - Summit
  • January - 2017 - Summit
  • January - 2016 - Summit
  • December - 2015 - Summit
  • November - 2011 - Summit

Join premier mountain and polar guide Ryan Waters on Mt. Vinson and/or the South Pole Last Degree Ski expeditions. Ryan has extensive experience leading expeditions in Antarctica, highlights include: First Unsupported and Unassisted Ski Traverse of Antarctica, Led the largest summit group in the history of Mt. Vinson 24 summits on one day, South Pole unsupported full ski trip guide, First American to ski unsupported to both the North and South Poles, First American Adventurers Grand Slam

We will be guiding expeditions to Mt. Vinson in the 2018-2019 climbing season. Contact us for more details on joining one of the upcoming departures.

Glacier Camp

Our Vinson Expeditions for the 2018-2019 Season

  • Guided the largest single group of summits in the history of Vinson 24 climbers in a single day
  • Climb the highest peak in Antarctica and one of the Seven Summits
  • Perfect training peak to prepare for a future attempt of Everest
  • Vinson veteran American staff that have successfully led previous trips with 100% Summit Success

Highlights of our Trip

  • Veteran American mountain guides with experience in Antarctica and Vinson, to ensure seamless delivery and safety procedures
  • Access to satellite phone and email, dispatches of the team progress on our news site
  • Emphasis is placed on providing high end logistics, staff, equipment and services to a small team of climbers
  • Three Pre-Expedition hotel nights included at the Dreams Hotel Punta Arenas 

Trip Description

Join us for a climb of this pristine Mountain located in the heart of the Sentinels. This remote and demanding expedition is an incredible journey to the end of the earth, just 750 miles from the South Pole.

First climbed in 1966, Mt. Vinson is the highest mountain in Antarctica and an excellent choice for the mountaineer who has experience with extreme weather conditions and a solid background of previous high altitude climbing. This mountain is a common goal for the 7 summits quest to climb all of the highest summits on each of the seven continents. Mt. Vinson is the perfect next step on the road to peaks such as Everest with Mountain Professionals.

Rest on the Glacier

Our trip begins in Punta Arenas, Chile. We will take a 4-hour transport flight to the Union Glacier camp on the Antarctic Continent. As soon as weather permits, we will be transported to the Sentinel Mountain Range and the base of the Vinson Massif via Twin Otter Airplane with all the supplies and equipment needed to make a self-sufficient ascent of the mountain.

The route travels via moderate snow and ice slopes of the Branscomb Glacier and is moderate in technical difficulty, however we climb with extreme care to avoid crevasse dangers while on the lower mountain. Our team will travel using snowshoes and will use glacier travel techniques as a rope team.

We will utilize two camps on the mountain above base camp. Each of these camps will allow us to move our equipment successively higher on the peak to allow us a summit bid from our high camp location at the top of the fixed line headwall. The summit day is an amazing climb in the 24 hour sunlight of the Antarctica Summer. Although the summit day is cold, the climbing route is relatively moderate in technical difficulty and team members with good determination and appropriate training will enjoy a successful climb to the summit of Mount Vinson.



Day 1: Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile. Transport to Hotel Punta Arenas. Packing and planning for expedition

Day 2: Team meeting and gear check, duffle back weigh in and check in of gear to flight company

Day 3: Meeting with ALE (flight company), relaxing in town

Day 4: Flight to Union Glacier Base Camp in Antarctica (4 hours). Possible flight to Vinson Base Camp (weather dependent)

Day 5: Flight from Union Glacier to the base camp of Vinson Massif (7,000 Feet)

Day 6: Carry to Camp 1 (9,500 Feet), Return to base camp

Day 7: Possible Rest Day at base camp

Day 8:  Climb to Camp 1. Sleep in Camp 1

Day 9: Climb to High Camp 2 (12,500 Feet) leave cache here and return to C1

Day 10: Rest and acclimatization

Day 11: Move to Camp 2

Day 12: Summit Day

Day 13: Extra day for contingency

Day 14: Extra day for contingency

Day 15: Extra day for contingency

Day 16: Return flight from Vinson Base Camp to Union Glacier Camp

Day 17: Planned return flight from Union Glacier Camp to Punta Arenas, Chile

Days 18: Extra day allowing for delays in weather for return flight

Day 19: Return flight to your home country from Punta Arenas, Chile

Vinson Base Camp

Trip Cost Includes

  • Experienced Mountain Professionals Vinson Guides
  • All Flights to and from Antarctica (to Union Glacier Camp) via Punta Arenas, Chile
  • Flight from Union Glacier Camp to Vinson Base Camp
  • Support services while in the Antarctic and Search and Rescue Coverage
  • All Meals in Antarctica
  • Weather Reports
  • Tents in Antarctica and all group gear, Navigation, Satellite Phones, GPS
  • All group climbing gear, ropes, tents, snow protection, radios
  • Comprehensive First Aid Kits and Wilderness First Responders
  • Dispatches to Mountain Professionals News Page

Price Does Not Include

  • International round-trip airfare to and from Punta Arenas
  • Evacuation insurance (required for each member)
  • All expenses incurred in the event of early departure (evac fees, transport, extra hotel nights, etc)
  • Any additional Hotel nights due to delays prior to flying to Antarctica
  • Hotel nights in Punta Arenas, Chile
  • Trip cancellation insurance (if applicable)
  • Meals while in Punta Arenas
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays with flights that would effect personal flights
  • Personal expedition clothing and personal gear