Dates: December 4 – 19, 2019 (3 open spaces) – Read Trip Reports
December 26 – January 10, 2020, January 6 – 21, 2020
Cost of Trip: USD $41,900
Trip begins in Punta Arenas, Chile
Final Balance for Antarctica trips will be due 100 days prior to trip start date.
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Combine with the South Pole Last Degree Ski Trip:
Cost: USD $84,000
Dates: Vinson Climb: December 29 – January 9, 2019 – ’20
South Pole Last Degree: December 18 – 29, 2019
Our Vinson Expeditions for the 2019-2020 Season
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 2019-2020 climbing season. Contact us for more details on joining one of the upcoming departures.
- 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
Let Mountain Professionals take you there
Want to learn more about climbing Mt. Vinson, the highest mountain 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
- 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
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.
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.
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.
Recent Trip Results
- December – 2018 – Summit
- November – 2018 – Summit
- January – 2018 – Summit
- January – 2017 – Summit
- January – 2016 – Summit
- December – 2015 – Summit
- November – 2011 – Summit
- 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: Rest and acclimatization
- Day 10: Move to Camp 2
- Day 11: Summit Day
- Day 12: Extra day for contingency
- Day 13: Extra day for contingency
- Day 14: Return flight from Vinson 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 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