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Climb Vinson in 19 days
Unparalleled in its pristine and absolute beauty, the journey to the Antarctic continent and the climb of Mt. Vinson ignites man's primal instincts for wilderness, the elements, and conquest. The sheer magnitude of the continent and the exquisite nature of the ascent is an extreme and remarkable experience. 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: 19 days
Altitude gain: 4 892 m
19-day program with extra days in cases of bad weather and for a better acclimatization
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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.

Itinerary

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. You will cook and eat simple, dehydrated meals in your tents, or outside if the weather is calm.
Meals
You will be provided with a balanced diet while on the continent of Antarctica. This includes time spent at Union Glacier Camp and time spent on Mt. Vinson during the climb. The breakfasts usually consist of eggs, pancakes, oatmeal, and some cereals, along with a hot drink. Dinners usually consist of a carbohydrate, a vegetable, and meat. Examples are rice, pasta, mixed vegetables, chicken, fish, or beef. Hot drinks selection consists of hot cocoa, apple cider, tea, and coffee.
Your guide
Our provider has been guiding on Mt. Vinson for nearly 30 years with about 97% 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
Those wishing to embark on this unique journey should possess previously established climbing skills and be prepared for harsh conditions of extreme cold and, at times, ferocious winds. Climbers must be in strong physical condition and be able to carry 45 lbs. Mountaineering skills required include: self-arrest, glacier travel, and crevasse rescue. Climbers should have successfully completed at least a week-long training course, as well as some other climbs such as glaciated peaks in Washington State or Alaska.
Climbers also need to be skilled at personal maintenance and hygiene. This is more than just having the right gear, but a sense of one's working body, an ability to detect cold and other issues, and a willingness to communicate your level of health with your guide.
Transfers
This package includes flights All 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.
Sustainability
Our service providers are deeply committed to maintaining ecosystems at home and around the world. With each expedition, trek, and course, they not only attempt to leave the environment as they found it, but strive to assist the local population in protecting the land and people indigenous to that region. They reach for the highest ethical business practices at home and abroad.

The mountains are their home and they are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives. On every one of they courses and climbs they teach and follow the environmentally appropriate Leave No Trace principles and practices.
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, radios, satellite phones and GPS

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19-day program offer

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Group Climbs — Enjoy the view
Enjoy the unique beauty of Antarctica's highest mountain on this 19-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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$43 000 per person
Group climbs are available on fixed dates
Show dates
December 4 - December 22 2020
December 17 - January 4 2020
December 30 2020 - January 17 2021
Dates in 2020-2021 climbing season
What's included
Flights
  • All flights to and from the mountain from Punta Arenas
  • All flights to and from the South Pole (for the South Pole ski tour)
Meals
  • All meals while in the Antarctic
Accommodation
  • Lodging in the Antarctic
Support services
  • Support services while in the Antarctic
Equipment
  • All group climbing gear
Services of a mountain guide
  • Guide services and fees
What's not included
Wire transfer fee
  • $25 wire transfer fee (if applicable)
Meals
  • Meals in Punta Arenas
Accommodation
  • Hotels in Punta Arenas
Insurance
  • Evacuation insurance (required by flight service – details in your confirmation package).
  • Trip cancellation insurance
Additional expenses
  • Excess baggage charges and airport taxes
  • All expenses incurred in the event of early departure (evacuation fees, transport, extra hotel nights, etc.)
  • All prices and dates subject to change
Personal items
Good to know
Who is the guiding team composed of (how many guides? climber-to-guide ratio?)
Your expedition leader will be one of our senior mountain guides. They will have along as many assistant guides as necessary to ensure a low climber-to-guide ratio. Usually 5:1 or less.
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 does your gear rental system work?
Those requesting rental gear must submit an expedition rental form with payment by credit card. All rental gear will be mailed to the climber prior to the climb. Climbers are expected to clean all rental gear and return it to the provider by mail following the expedition.
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.
What if I arrive early or depart late? Can you arrange extra night lodging? Is there is a single room option for this expedition?
We are happy to make arrangements such as personalized tours, extra hotels rooms, airport pick-ups, and arrange for private rooms. Please indicate that you would like a private room on your application and we will contact you with information on single room supplement costs (for hotels only). Climbers pay for their hotel rooms until departure to the Antarctic continent.
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.
What happens if I leave the expedition early?
Leaving the trip early is difficult given the remoteness of the continent. All climbers will be directed towards purchasing evacuation insurance for those situations.
Nature and Wildlife Support

Our local providers are deeply committed to maintaining ecosystems at home and around the world. With each expedition, trek, and course, they not only attempt to leave the environment as they found it, but strive to assist the local population in protecting the land and people indigenous to that region. They reach for the highest ethical business practices at home and abroad. The mountains are their home and they are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives. On every one of they courses and climbs they teach and follow the environmentally appropriate Leave No Trace principles and practices.
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