Antartica: Expedition to Mount Vinson (4897m), a trip with a Russian Mountain Guide 7 Summits Club Collection

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Trip overview: Santiago, Chile – Punta Arenas – Patriot Hills – Vinson Massif Base Camp – Summit – Vinson Massif BC – Patriot Hills – Punta Arenas

Why go there?

An expedition to Vinson Peak is often called the “Key to Seven Summits”. No, the mountain itself does not present serious technical problems, but it is very difficult in terms of getting to it. For that there are two weighty reasons: its utter remoteness and the high price of any expedition there. So, a trip to Vinson Massif is exceptionally interesting and prestigious. So few people have done it!

Our program starts in Punta Arenas (Chile). From there an IL-76 aircraft takes us to Patriot Hills in Antarctica. It is an airstrip belonging to Chile and rented by Americans for their tourist flights. From here a small plane brings us to Vinson Massif Base Camp (BC), where we pitch our tents. From here, having fixed Camp 2 and 3, we start for the summit.

Antarctica is an extremely cold place, even in summer (mild winter rather), but as a compensation we will have the sun all 24 hours, will not need head torches and can save on batteries.

We suggest you should arrive in Punta Arenas at least 3 days before the official start of the expedition. Due to the very unstable weather in that area our out-flight cannot be definitely fixed well in advance: the date has to be adjusted to the weather’s whims. The waiting should not be too long (1-3 days), but, alas, a 10 days’ one has been recorded.

Description of the region:

The Vinson Massif is a part of the Sentinel Range (Ellsworth Mountains), lying in the west of Antarctica and overlooking the Ronne Ice Shelf. Discovered in 1935 by the American explorer Lincoln Ellsworth, it is the highest massif on the continent (Mt.Vinson – 16,066 ft or 4,897 m)

Contact: More information about the expedition.

Glory Ivonin 7 Summits Club managers

Manager-guide of 7 Summits Club for east Africa

7 Summits Club Ltd.

B. Sampsonievskiy Av.#45,
St. Petersburg, RUSSIA

+7 (495) 642-88-66 Glory
+7 921 185 25 28 Luba
+7 916 390 88 96 Alex
+7 916 390 88 51 Luda

What's Included

Services included in the prices:

  • Meeting and seeing off in Punta Arenas (PA)
  • Booking hotel in Punta Arenas
  • Briefing before departure to Antarctica
  • Flights PA – Patriot Hills (PH) – Vinson Massif – BC – PH – PA
  • Food and lodging in Antarctica
  • Group equipment for the climb
  • Climbing guide and supporting staff, doctor for the whole trip
  • Luggage allowance (25 kg on all flights in Antarctica)
  • Jacket (Polartec&Windbloc) with 7 summits Club logo
  • Two T-shirts with 7 summits Club logo

Not included:

  • Airfare and airport taxes to and from Mendoza Regular service bus tickets to and from Mendoza
  • Chilean multi visa
  • flight to Punta Arenas
  • Accommodation in Punta Arenas
  • Personal camping and climbing equipment
  • Extra expenses in Punta Arenas entailed by flight delays
  • Overweight (over 25kg)
  • Insurance covering climbing to 5000m (no less than 150 000USD of coverage)

Prices & Dates

From / To

06.01. – 21.01.2023 🟢

» Additional dates available upon request
» Rates may vary from July 26th to 31th for the national holidays

Prices (per person): 44.920,00 USD (3.468,666 Rubles) ✓
Deposit for reservations: * 5.000,00 USD (380.194,00 Rubles) ✓ Full payment 90 days before. No refund if you cancel less than 90 days!
Places: 🟢 *Available
Trip-code: Number
Duration: 17 days
Participants: Minimal: 6 Maximal: 12
Country / Location: Antartida
Mountain Guide: Luda Korobeshko and Alexande Abramov, 7 Summits Club managers
Other dates / additional info: Contact us!

3% early bird discount when booking 6 months prior to departure 2023

Legend Booking-information:
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🟡 On this trip, only a few places left.
🔴 This trip is sold out / closed.


Juventino Albino Caldua

Expert guide certified by IVBV - UIAGM - IFMGA
Co-Founder, Peru Expeditions
Telephone: (+51) 943780600
E-Mail: [email protected]

Good advice

Important: Even though the possible delay time for the flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica is from none to 3 days, the cases of 10 days, however rare, are not unknown. As a matter of fact this delay should not affect fatally the expedition itself, but if you run out of the time you have allotted for this expedition, so that you have to leave it prematurely, we cannot offer you any refund.

Necessary travel papers (documents)
Filled in special forms for visiting Antarctica
Chilean multi visa

By air and by land
Return flight from Punta Arenas to Antarctica
Luggage allowance for these flights is 25 kg
Group equipment is divided equally among the members to carry

We can book for you any hotel in Punta Arenas, from 2 to 4 stars. Just name it and pay in cash (or with your credit card) when there.
In Antarctica we stay in strong double tents, 2-3 members to a tent.

We buy all the necessary food-stuffs in Punta Arenas and the members cook for themselves in the mess tent in BC and in their tents on the route. The guide gives a competent hand.
White gas (4 liters per person) is provided for BC and higher.

One guide per 3-5 clients

Health and medical insurance
The group will have a first-aid kit.
Each member must have insurance with 150 000USD coverage.

Antarctic summer: when the sky is cloudless the temperature inside a tent is from 0°C to +10°C. Snow storms are frequent visitors and then the temperature can drop to -35°C (on the tops).

Extra expenses
Hotel in Punta Arenas 30-60USD per day
Meals in Punta Arenas 20-40USD per day
Luggage over 25 kg – 70USD per 1 kg

Group equipment for BC (provided by 7 Summits Club)

  • Mess tent
  • Tents in higher camps (2-3 members to a tent)
  • Cooking utensils (gas-stoves, pots and pans)
  • Satellite phone ($5 per 1 minute)
  • First-aid kit
  • Solar battery charger

Group climbing equipment (provided by 7 Summits Club)

  • gas-stoves
  • kitchen utensils
  • snow shovels
  • tents for high camps
  • rope (50 m)
  • walkie-talkies

Personal equipment for BC (not included in the price)

  • Sleeping bag (good for -40?C)
  • Sleeping mat 2 pax
  • Gas-stove
  • Personal items for washing
  • Personal notebook (if needed)

Climbing equipment

  • Crampons (G12 model recommended)
  • Backpack (50-60 liters)
  • Harness
  • 6mm cord for prussic knots
  • Screwgate carabiners – 4
  • Collapsible ski poles
  • Thermos
  • Descender (rappel device)
  • Ice-axe
  • Camera
  • Video camera and accessories
  • Accumulators (batteries)
  • Personal eating utensils for high camps

Clothes and footwear

  • Trekking shoes
  • Climbing boots (Millet’s “Everest” recommended)
  • Down jacket + down trousers (or down overalls)
  • Gore Tex jacket with a large hood
  • Gore Tex trousers
  • Polartec Windblock jacket and trousers
  • Jacket “Polartec – 100” – 2 items
  • Warm underwear – 2 sets
  • Polartec gloves – 2 pairs
  • Thinsulate gloves
  • Thinsulate mittens – 2 pairs
  • Warm woolen socks – 4-5 pairs
  • Balaclava
  • Warm hat
  • Polartec Windblock face mask
  • UV glasses
  • Ski goggles (preferably)
  • Gaiters