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Mt. Vinson Expedition

Mount Vinson in Antarctica by Transcend Adventures

Mount Vinson


Antarctica – the land of the unexplored and home of the South Pole.

 For centuries, the land was the ultimate destination to explorers from all over the world. Truly a stuff of legends, only a few dared to sail across the freezing waters of the Antarctic Ocean; to set foot on ice-capped continent. And as nature always has it way of surprising the human kind, it had something in store for the incoming explorers. Among the vast ice shelves and gigantic ice bergs, one feature stood nearly 5000m (16000ft) above the sea level: Mt Vinson!

Mount Vinson is the Highest mountain of Antarctica continent standing with an altitude of 4,892mtr.

who can


Climbing Mt.Vinson is a challenge of a different kind. Apart from the requirement of having prior experience of climbing high mountains, it also requires a lot of mental endurance to survive the arctic conditions. This involves excellent physical fitness, technical proficiency, perseverance to endure harsh weather conditions (-60 C), and the ability to stay away from home for extended periods of time.
To make things easier for you, we’ve compiled a list of pre-requisites that are required to climb Mt.Vinson:

Physical Fitness:

This forms the most important aspect of climbing Mt.Vinson. Climbers are expected to have an exceptional level of physical fitness. Consistent, structured training specific to mountaineering over a period of 8-12 months will be a good requirement for anyone looking to climb Mt.Vinson.

Mountaineering Experience:
Climbers must have a substantial amount of mountaineering experience to take part in this climb. We prefer climbers who have already climbed a few peaks in the 5000m-6000m range. Having a winter climb (or our winter training program) under your belt will be an added advantage. This ensures that the climber is well experienced and aware of all the finer aspects of mountaineering like the technical know-how (Rock, Snow & Ice), camping proficiency, and ability to stay & perform for weeks together in a polar environment environment.

Please check out our ‘Training’ page for custom programs for your climbs.


Depart From Your Country of Origin.
You may arrive on this day, to avoid the inconvenience of delayed flights or lost luggage.
Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile.
From the airport in Punta Arenas, you’ll be escorted to your hotel. Please arrive early in the day if possible as we try to complete gear check on this day, by early afternoon.
Gear Check, Final Prep; Slide Show, Gear Weighing, City Exploration.
After final gear preparations; we usually have time to explore the city. Late in the afternoon, we will have an Antarctica slide show and lecture conducted by ALE.

Depart Punta Arenas, Chile. Fly to Antarctica.
Fly 4.25 hours to Antarctica by private transport jet. Transfer to ski aircraft and continue to Vinson Base Camp at 6,900 ft. (2,100 m) on the Branscomb Glacier.

Vinson Base Camp: Acclimatization and Preparations.
This is a day to relax and recover after several days of travel. In the quiet surroundings of Vinson Base Camp, we can appreciate the beauty of Antarctica while preparing for our climb.
Vinson Base Camp to Low Camp.
From Vinson Base Camp to Low Camp we follow the gradual rise of the Branscomb Glacier. The gentle climb is ideal for pulling sleds allowing us to lighten the loads in our packs. Due to crevasse hazard, we will travel roped together today and throughout our time on the mountain.
Low to High Camp (this includes some extra days).
We ascend to High Camp (12,400 ft./3,770 m) when conditions are suitable and the forecast indicates stable weather ahead. We may carry all of our equipment in one push, or we may choose a “load carry,”
High Camp to Vinson Summit.
We make our summit attempt on the best weather day possible as the route is exposed and subject to high winds. The majority of the route is along the Vinson summit valley, with a short, steeper snow and ice slope leading to the spectacular, rocky, summit ridge. We’ll take time to savour the experience and take photos before retracing our steps to High Camp.
Descent to Vinson Base Camp.
The descent to Vinson Base Camp is usually achieved in one day from High Camp, retracing our route down the fixed ropes and along the Branscomb Glacier. At Vinson Base Camp, we celebrate our summit with a hearty meal and a toast to our team.
Return to Union Glacier by Ski Aircraft.
Once we’re back in Base Camp and a full aircraft load is ready, There will be opportunities to meet and trade stories with other adventurers and, if conditions allow, we may explore the scenic peaks nearby camp (these can also be used as extra climbing days as needed).
Return to Punta Arenas, Chile.
Weather permitting, the aircraft from Punta Arenas will arrive with a new collection of avid explorers and you depart for the final leg of your Antarctic experience. Our staff will meet you at Punta Arenas airport and transfer you to your hotel.
Depart Punta Arenas.
Free day
Departure Date Available:
26th Nov 2021, 7th OR 18th OR 29th Dec 2021, 9th Jan 2022.

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    Exclusive Doctor

    An experienced high altitude medical doctor is always with us during every expedition to Mt.Everest. He/she is always available at the Base Camp/ Advanced Base Camp for any medical related concern, however small the condition is. Well, in the mountains it’s the small things that matter the most!


    Weather Forecast

    The weather plays the single most important factor on your probability of reaching the summit. We have 3 independent weather forecasts from the most reliable weather forecasters that ensure that we pick the most safest weather window for your summit attempt.

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