Vinson Expedition

TRIP INFORMATION

Mount Vinson lies within the northern part of the Vinson Massif in the Southern hemisphere and is the tallest mountain in the Antarctica continent. It stands tall at 4,892m( 4.892km) and is one of the seven summits. The massif was named as ‘Vinson massif’ after Carl G. Vinson. He was one of the congressmen of the U.S.A. who contributed to exploring Antarctica. Mount Vinson stands proudly as the mountain where one can experience the majestic views. The views and landscapes are mesmerizing and exciting. At the same time, the climbers get to experience the untouched beauty of mother nature. The white scenery covered with snow everywhere, the shiny peaks surrounding it and the frozen glaciers that can be seen while climbing this mountain are breathtaking and worth the climb. Also, the gigantic size and shape of this mountain never fails to amaze its climbers. Climbers can satisfy their desire for adventure by climbing this mountain and become very few of the climbers who have won over this mountain.

 

Mount Vinson Climbing Difficulties

Climbing Mount Vinson might be less difficult than climbing mountains like K2 and Nanga Parbat. However, it should never be underestimated. The climb to Mount Vinson doesn’t have much difficult technical climbing training but they need to have expert training in using mountaineering gears like crampons and ice-axe. The climbers should also be well trained to deal with the extreme conditions of the mountains like avoiding avalanches, beside the usual altitude sickness. Climbers have to look out for the challenges caused by the extreme climate of  Mount Vinson even more than its altitude. Even though there is sunlight throughout the day, the temperature still reaches up to -30 degrees. The climber should prepare themselves both physically and mentally to face temperature drops as low as -40 degrees. There is also the constant strong wind blowing through the mountain with snowfalls. This not only gives rise to cases like hypothermia but also increases the chances of avalanches. The remote location and the geography of this mountain add more challenges for its climbers. One needs to be ready and well adjusted to the extreme arctic conditions before attempting to reach its summit.

   

Mount Vinson with the best Expedition company

Climbing Mount Vinson is refreshing as well as once in a lifetime experience. However, it has its own set of challenges that one has to go through to reach the summit. The extreme arctic condition is always a challenge for the climbers. Besides this, they need to be familiar with using gears like crampons and ice axes. Experienced guidance and proper preparation is must to reach the summit and return back safely. This is where Marvel Treks come into the picture. The entire team of Marvel Treks deliberately works to provide the best services and facilities to you and makes sure that you will have a once in a lifetime experience. Taking care of the basic needs, safety measures and legal formalities for the satisfactory and convenient services in the best interest of the clients are the main goals of Marvel Trek. If you want to live your dream of adding adventure to your life with full safety and if you want to take a break from your day-to-day hustle in the most exciting way with trustworthy help, Marvel Treks is there in your service.

 

When is Mt. Vinson usually climbed?

Mt. Vinson is a cold mountain where the winters are very harsh with extreme weather. So the best season for an expedition to Mount Vinson is from November to January when there is summer in the Southern hemisphere. The weather is somewhat less harsh. There is sunlight throughout the day. However, the temperature still reaches up to -30 degrees which is comparatively higher than that of winter. During winter the temperature drops up to -50 to -60 degrees. Also, the weather is comparatively stable during these months, so climbers have to face fewer difficulties.

 

How hard is it to climb Mt. Vinson?

The Mt. Vinson’s climb might not be as hard as that of K2 and Nanga Parbat. However, it can’t be underestimated. One needs to have knowledge of technical climbing. They should be familiar with using different basic mountaineering gadgets like crampons, ice axes. Also, Mt. Vinson has an extreme arctic climate. The temperature drops up to -30 degrees even during summer when there is sunlight throughout the day.  Climbers have to prepare themselves both mentally and physically to face severe conditions before the climb. There are also strong winds blowing everywhere and snowfall. This not only increases the risks of hypothermia but also increases the chances of avalanches.  The remote location, as well as the less inclined snow face which are steep, add more challenges for the climbers. They must be properly prepared and guided during the expedition to reach the summit and descend back safely.

 

How long does it take to climb Mt. Vinson?

Climbing Mt. Vinson might be an adventurous, thrilling and self-refreshing activity yet it is dangerous too, so making a rush might not be the best thing to do considering your safety. The trip will be for 15 days. There will be rest days and short hikes for adjusting ourselves with the high altitude and climate.

 

ITINERARY

Day 1: Flying to Punta Arenas Airport in Chile

COST INCLUDES AND EXCLUDES

Cost includes(Full board service)

Transportation: Includes pickups and drop offs from and to the airport along with the jeep rides and ski plane rides during the trip.

Food and accommodation: Accommodations will be provided in a 4-star hotel as well as in well equipped camps during different stops in the trip. A welcome dinner will also  be held to introduce our team with the clients. Later,3 meals will be served during the trip which will be cooked by talented cooks along with occasional teas and coffees.

Permits and fees: Papers and letters required for VISA will be managed. The company will also take care of different Royalties and permits from government of Chile. Permits will also be added 

Insurance: The company will cover for insurances of all the involved staff in case of accidents.

Equipment: All the tools and equipment that will be needed for the expedition will be transported by the company .In case of unfavorable circumstances, it may also be done through other means.

Guides and porters: Members will be facilitated with guides and porters.

Base camp staffs and equipment: The base camp will be fully equipped with a separate kitchen tent, dining tent, communication tent along with a toilet tent along with all the other necessary items that are needed for a comfortable stay. Solar panels or generators will also be managed for electricity as well as the dining tent and other tents will be equipped with heaters to keep you warm. Expert cooks and porters will be there in the camp to assist you. The base camp will also have a bar and bakery.

Certificate: The members will be honored with a certificate  for their accomplishment of climbing the mountain.

Cost includes(Base camp service)

Transportation: Includes pickups and drop offs from and to the airport along with the jeep rides and ski plane rides during the trip.

Food and accommodation: Accommodations will be provided in a 4-star hotel and in well equipped camps during different stops in the trip. A welcome dinner will also be held to introduce our team with the clients. Later,3 meals will be served during the trip which will be cooked by talented cooks along with occasional teas and coffees.

Permits and fees: Papers and letters required for VISA will be managed. The company will also take care of different Royalties and permits from government of Chile. Permits  will also be added

Insurance: The company will cover for insurances of all the involved staff in case of accidents..

Equipment: All the tools and equipment that will be needed for the expedition will be transported by the company through air cargo and potters. In case of unfavorable circumstances, it may also be done through land or helicopters.

Guides and porters: Members will be facilitated with guides and porters.

Base camp staffs and equipment: The base camp will be fully equipped with a separate kitchen tent, dining tent, communication tent along with a toilet tent along with all the other necessary items that are needed for a comfortable stay. Solar panels or generators will also be managed for electricity as well as the dining tent and other tents will be equipped with heaters to keep you warm. Expert cooks and porters will be there in the camp to assist you. The base camp will also have a bar and bakery.

Certificate: The members will be honored with a certificate for their accomplishment of climbing the mountain.

Cost excludes

International flights: The clients have to bear their flight fees while arriving and leaving Chile.

Visa and insurance: The clients are responsible for their VISA while arriving in Chile. You have to pay for their insurance in case of any accidents.

Meals in Anchorage: While staying in Anchorage, you have to pay for your lunch as well as dinner yourself.

Personal belongings and interests: The clients are requested to arrange their own clothing and required gear while joining the expedition. They also have to arrange the items required to maintain their personal hygiene. They have to bear the additional charges for services like phone calls, hot baths, laundry etc. They have to pay an extra charge in case they want to shoot videos or capture pictures.

Tips and bonuses: It will be highly appreciated if the clients can give some tips and bonuses to the hardworking guides and the base camp workers for their hard work.

Extra services: In case you want any other services that’s not mentioned above like arrangement of single room or a single vehicle ride, then you have to pay extra from your pocket.

 

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