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Climb Vinson in 16 days
Experience the unique beauty of Antarctica's highest mountain on this 16-day expedition. This shortened climbing program is perfect for mountaineers preferring shorter climbs. During this climb you will have an opportunity to test your skills with help from a professional mountain guide. Amazing scenery, well-equipped Base Camps, perfectly balanced diet and carefully planned program will make this climb one of the most exciting experiences you've ever had.

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Length: 57 kms
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Strenuous climbs at altitudes of 5000-7000 meters. Requires high endurance to walk and climb on a moderate snow and ice slopes for several days for up to 8 hours a day.
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Duration: 16 days
Altitude gain: 4 892 m
16 days program with 2 extra days included in cases of bad weather
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Requires proficiency in basic mountaineering skills including: cramponing, walking on snow, self-arrest, crevasse rescue, and glacier travel on a rope team.
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1. Easy
1-day or multi-day climbs at an altitude up to 3000 meters. Easy, mostly walking terrain. Good for most fitness levels. Also suitable for children and elderly people. Perfect for those who have never climbed a mountain and who want to try it out.

2. Moderate
1-day or multi-day climbs at an altitude of up to 3000 meters with some technical elements. Mostly walking terrain. Requires an average level of physical fitness.

3. Challenging
Multi-day climbs with longer and more exposed climbing areas at the altitude up to 5000-6000 meters. Requires high endurance to walk several days for about 4-6 hours a day. Steeper slopes, many crevasses. Requires an average to above average fitness level.

4. Strenuous
Strenuous climbs at altitudes of 5000-7000 meters. Requires high endurance to walk and climb on a moderate snow and ice slopes for several days for up to 8 hours a day. Continuously steep terrain, wall passages that require great commitment. Requires an above average fitness level and high level of stamina.

5. Extreme
Extremely challenging climbs for experienced mountaineers, high altitudes up to 8848 meters. Requires extremely high level of physical fitness and stamina, as well as great practical experience of technical mountaineering.
CLIMBING/MOUNTAINEERING ACTIVITY LEVELS
What intensity you should expect from this activity and what fitness level is required for this activity
0. No requirements/ minimal requirements
Easy climbs with non-technical elements. No certain knowledge or experience is required for this activity.

1. Beginner
Climbing sections clearly arranged and unproblematic. Might include short steep passages and a few crevasses. Increased step safety is necessary. No prior experience is required, all necessary techniques will be explained by the guide before or during the climb.

2. Intermediate
Good navigational skills and efficient rope handling required, long climbing sections. Basic experience in using crampons and ice axes is required.

3. Advanced
Good sense of orientation en route, efficient rope handling, long climbs, requires securing at halting-points. Requires proficiency in basic mountaineering skills including: cramponing, walking on snow, self-arrest, crevasse rescue, and glacier travel on a rope team.

4. Professional
Extremely steep, partly overhanging wall passages, ice climbing sections. Requires proficiency in basic and advanced mountaineering skills including: cramponing, walking on snow, self-arrest, crevasse rescue, and glacier travel on a rope team.
CLIMBING/MOUNTAINEERING: TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY LEVELS
Some activities might envolve technical elements for which certain practical experience or training is needed.

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Important details

Accommodation

During the climb you will be staying in well-equipped Base Camps where you will have access to heated tents with insulated dining halls and comfortable resting areas.
The facilities at High Camp will be more basic than at camps below.
Please note that accommodation in Punta Arenas is not included in the price of the tour.
Meals

All meals are included in the price of the tour during your trip to Antarctica. Please note that meals in Punta Arenas are not included in the price of this package.
Your guide
Our provider has been guiding on Mt. Vinson with 100% success rate. All guides are certified by Mountain Planet experts for their experience and quality services.
How hard it is
Vinson should not be underestimated, as the combination of isolation and potentially extreme conditions, means you need considerable mountaineering experience to take part. As an overall experience, climbing Vinson can be likened to the top 3,000m of a major 8,000m Himalayan peak, with the cold and commitment, but without the altitude.
Prerequisites
Interested climbers must have experience with climbing on glaciated mountain terrain, winter camping, and expedition climbing in cold temperatures. In addition, be proficient at using crampons, ice axe, self arresting, and rope team travel. Also they must know how to climb fixed ropes with an ascender and rappel skills for descending. Experience on 4000m-7000m mountains should be in their resume. This is a remote mountain, that when climbers show up for the expedition, they must be a team player, know the skills needed for an ascent and work together with the other climbers to help build tent platforms and put up tents, carry some group gear, and have experience at altitude. It is common that climbers on the 7 summits journey have already ascended mountains like Aconcagua, Denali, Elbrus, and some have even already climbed Everest. But 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.
Transfers
This package includes flights to and from Antarctica (to Union Glacier Camp) on a private transport jet.
Medicine & Insurance
In addition to standard medical insurance, we strongly recommend you to purchase specialized insurance for extreme sports. It is important that your insurance covers expenses related to the work of rescuers in the mountains (rescue work) using a rescue helicopter.
Equipment
Equipment to bring
Waist leash, ice axe, accessory cord, carabiners, crampons, alpine climbing harness, trekking poles, ascender, gaiters, high-altitude double boot, insulated overboots, booties, high-altitude all-in-one boot, expedition down parka, insulated synthetic pants, insulated shell gloves, expedition mittens, climbing pack (75-105 liter), sleeping bag (-40C).
We will provide
All group climbing gear, ropes, tents, snow protection, radios, satellite phones and GPS

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16-day program offer

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Group Climbs — Enjoy the view
Enjoy the unique beauty of Antarctica's highest mountain on this 16-day tour. Amazing scenery, well-equipped Base Camps, perfectly balanced diet and carefully planned program will make this climb one of the most exciting experiences you've ever had.
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$41 900 per person
Group climbs are available on fixed dates
Show dates
December 5 - December 21 2020
December 31 - January 15 2021

Dates in 2020-2021 climbing season
What's included
Flights
  • All Flights to and from Antarctica (to Union Glacier Camp) via Punta Arenas, Chile
  • Flight from Union Glacier Camp to Vinson Base Camp
Meals
  • All meals while in the Antarctic
Accommodation
  • Vinson Base Camp Dome with carpet, dining table and chairs, heated
  • High camp cache of tents and group gear for minimal carry to high camp
  • Low camp dome for dining
Support services
  • Support services while in the Antarctic and Search and Rescue Coverage
Equipment
  • Tents in Antarctica and all group gear, Navigation, Satellite Phones, GPS
  • All group climbing gear, ropes, tents, snow protection, radios
Mountain crew
  • Experienced Mountain Professionals Vinson Guides
Comprehensive First Aid Kits and Wilderness First Responders
What's not included
Airfare
  • International round-trip airfare to and from Punta Arenas
Meals
  • Meals in Punta Arenas
Accommodation
  • Any additional Hotel nights due to delays prior to flying to Antarctica
  • Hotel nights in Punta Arenas, Chile
Insurance
  • Evacuation insurance (required for each member)
  • Rescue Insurance Policy (required)
  • Trip cancellation insurance
Additional expenses
  • All expenses incurred in the event of early departure (evac fees, transport, extra hotel nights, etc)
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays with flights that would effect personal flights
Personal items
  • Personal expedition clothing and personal gear
Good to know
Will I be sharing a tent or lodging with other climbers?
Yes, we generally use two-person tents and sometimes three-person tents at High Camp.
How much will my pack weight?
Be prepared to carry a 45-lb. pack but weight may be substantially lighter when we use sleds. Generally you carry 30 lbs. in a backpack and 25 lbs. on a sled.
How is drinking water treated?
All water is boiled or treated.
What will the meals on the expedition be like?
Meals in the mountains consist of a diet rich in carbohydrates because our bodies do not process fat and protein efficiently at higher elevations, and climbers will need to compensate for the increase in caloric need that high-altitude climbing involves. This trip features a classic mix of climbing food and prepared meals. As we ship and purchase all our own food, meals tend to be surprisingly good.
Can I bring some food from home?
You may bring power bars, Gu, Power Gel, cereal bars or similar high energy foods. Powder Gatorade is also recommended to fight dehydration. All meals will be provided on this expedition.
What is the best air route to my destination?
Climbers generally fly via Santiago, Chile onward to Punta Arenas, Chile. Climbers that arrive early or depart late will incur in an additional airport pick up fee.
Are there any entry or visa requirements?
None at this time.
Is there any communication while we are on the mountain?
Guides will carry satellite phones but these are generally not for personal use.
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