Dates: January 7 – 22, 2024
Cost: USD $64,000
Trip begins in Punta Arenas, Chile
Our Mt. Sidley Expedition for the 2023-’24 Season
Join mountain guide and IPGA Master Polar guide Ryan Waters and our team on Mt. Sidley. Our staff has extensive experience leading expeditions in Antarctica, highlights include: First Unsupported and Unassisted Ski Traverse of the Antarctica landmass, Led the largest single day summit of Mt. Vinson 24 summits via 3 Mountain Professionals guided teams, 2 x South Pole unsupported coast to pole ski trips guide, First American to ski unsupported/unassisted to both the North and South Poles, First American True Adventurers Grand Slam.
We will be guiding an expedition to Mt. Sidley in the 2023-24 climbing season. Contact us for more details on joining one of the upcoming departures.
- Climb the highest Volcano in Antarctica and one of the Volcanic Seven Summits
- Perfect add on peak to your Vinson or Last Degree Antarctica trip
- Veteran Antarctica Guide Staff
Let Mountain Professionals take you there
Want to learn more about climbing Mt. Sidley, the highest Volcano in the Antarctica? Contact us today and we will give you all the info you need.
Highlights of our trip
- Veteran American mountain guides with experience in Antarctica and Vinson, to ensure seamless delivery and safety procedures
- Optional add on climb to Mt. Vinson or South Pole trips or as a standalone expedition
Join us for a climb of this pristine Mountain located in the Executive Committee Range of Antarctica. This remote and demanding expedition is an incredible journey to the end of the earth, and an extremely rare mountain climb.
First climbed by New Zealander Bill Atkinson on January 11, 1990, Mt. Sidley is the highest volcano 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 goal for the Volcanic 7 summits quest to climb all of the highest Volcanoes on each of the seven continents.
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 Executive Committee Range and the base of the Mt. Sidley via Twin Otter Airplane with all the supplies and equipment needed to make a self-sufficient ascent of the mountain.
We will utilize one high camp on the mountain above base camp and climb a route toward the East Ridge of the summit crater. 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 Sidley.
For participants interested in a Combo trip with Mt. Vinson and Last Degree South Pole Ski trips: Please note that we strongly recommend that interested participants on south pole last degree trips, plan to take our polar ski training prior to signing up for the actual expedition. Planning ahead is the best way to prepare. With more mountaineers who have taken part in Seven Summits climbs, they often underestimate the difficulty and different skill set required to complete a South Pole Last Degree Ski expedition. We would also recognize similar trainings by a respected instructor or fairly significant cross country ski experience in cold weather environments, or can provide private instruction if needed. So if you are interested in a future Last Degree Ski expedition to Antarctica, the best way to have a safe and successful expedition is to take a polar ski training course. Even having climbed a mountain like Everest, does very little to qualify someone to be a solid team member on a South Pole Last Degree expedition. So please do plan ahead and talk with us about how to gain the skills in advance.
- 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).
- Days 5 and 6: Preparations as at team in Union Glacier camp.
- Day 7: Fly to the base camp of Mt. Sidely
- Days 8 – 13: Ascent of Mt. Sidley.
- Day 14: Return flight from Base Camp to Union Glacier Camp
- Day 15: Planned return flight from Union Glacier Camp to Punta Arenas, Chile
- Day 16: Return flight to your home country from Punta Arenas, Chile
Trip Cost Includes
- Experienced Mountain Professionals Guides
- All Flights to and from Antarctica (to Union Glacier Camp) via Punta Arenas, Chile
- Flight from Union Glacier Camp to Sidley 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
- Rescue Insurance Policy (required) / 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