Climbing Antarctica’s Highest Peak Vinson Massif
Vinson Massif with an elevation of 4,892 meters is one of the 7 summits, and although its altitude may seem low, it is one of the most difficult of the 7 summits due to the extreme cold and fierce winds. Vinson Massif’s climbing season is from the end of November until the end of February. It’s climbing route includes a base camp and two high altitude camps. Adding to the difficulty of the climb is infamous head wall between Camp One and Camp Two and the long climb on summit day.
Trekking to the World’s Southernmost Point the South Pole
The South Pole with a latitude 90° south is the southern end of the axis of the Earth, and best known as “The End of the World”. Many adventurers — in order to experience the conditions of the first two expeditions to reach the South Pole led by Roald Amundsen and Robert Falcon Scott respectively — choose to trek the last 110 kilometers from 89° south latitude to reach the geographic South Pole at 90° south latitude. Even today, more than a hundred years after Amundsen first landed on the South Pole, fewer than 100 Chinese have arrived at the South Pole.
Climbing South America’s Highest Peak Mount Aconcagua
Mt. Aconcagua at 6,962 meters is the tallest mountain in the Western and Southern Hemisphere. The best climbing season is December and January which corresponds perfectly with our trip to Antarctica. It’s climbing itinerary includes a base camp and 3 high altitude camps.
Big Three Travel Itinerary
D1- D2 Fly from Beijing or Shanghai to Punta Arenas, Chile
D3-D4 Punta Arenas, Chile
The sharp southern harbor of the world, Punta Arenas, a scenic city, is a jewel embedded in the Strait of Magellan and the southernmost town in the world. Here every year is a gathering place for explorers from all over the world to approach the Antarctic. The focus of our time here is pre-trip expedition environmental training, time to work out trip details, and time to explore the city’s own scenery.
D5 Punta Arenas to Union Glacier Base Camp
Today, we will take a four hour flight to Union Glacier Base Camp. The camp, created in 2010, is the home of many Antarctic expeditions and will be our headquarters during our Antarctic expedition. Managers at camp will explain to our team about the Antarctic weather conditions and arrangements for the Vinson Massif climb and the trek to the South Pole. Also, we will have detailed instructions on safety and rescue measures.
D6 Union Glacier Base Camp to Vinson Massif Base Camp
About a 1 hour flight Vinson Massif Base Camp at 78° south latitude.
D7 Vinson Massif Base Camp (2,100 meters)
Acclimatize and prepare to climb the mountain.
D8 Vinson Massif Base Camp to Camp One (2,700 meters)
The purpose of today is to climb to Camp One.
D9 Camp One
Rest and enjoy Camp One.
D10 Camp One to Camp Two (3,900 meters)
The purpose of today is to climb to Camp Two.
D11 Camp Two to Summit to Camp Two
Summit day, from Camp Two to the Summit requires about 12 hours. After which we will return to Camp Two.
D12 Camp Two to Vinson Massif Base Camp
Return to Vinson Massif Base Camp
D13 Vinson Massif Base Camp to Union Glacier Base Camp
Today we will take a plane about 1 hour to Union Glacier Base Camp.
D14- D15 Union Glacier Base Camp
Contingency days. Rest, prepare to trek to the South Pole, and watch for the best weather.
D16- D24 Trek to the South Pole
Fly about 4 hours to 89° south latitude. Each day weill trek about 15 to 18 kilometers on the ice and then campout. When we arrive at the South Pole (90° south latitude) we will visit the Amundsen – Scott Antarctic Station and fly back to Union Glacier Base Camp the same day.
D25-D26 Union Glacier Base Camp
Contingency and rest days.
D27 Union Glacier Base Camp to Punta Arenas
Flight back to Punta Arenas.
D28 Punta Arenas
Rest and enjoy the food and drink of Punta Arenas.
D29 – D30 Punta Arenas to Mendoza
After finishing our activities in Antarctica, we will fly to Mendoza, Argentina to prepare to climb the tallest mountain in South America, Mount Aconcagua.
D31 Mendoza Rest and Preparation Day
Rest day, equipment check, and day to process the climbing permits in Mendoza.
D32 Mendoza to Puente del Inca (2,725 meters)
Entrance to the mountains as we begin the approach to Mt. Aconcagua.
D33 Puente del Inca to Confluencia (3,300 meters)
Hike from Puente del Inca to Confluencia at 3,300 meters.
D34 Confluencia to Base Camp (4,300 meters)
Hike from Confluencia to Base Camp at 4,300 meters
D35 Base Camp (4,300 meters)
Today is a rest and acclimatization day at base camp.
D36 Base Camp to Camp One (5,050 meters)
Today we will move supplies from Base Camp to Camp One.
D37 Camp One to Camp Two (5,560 meters) to Base Camp
Again, we will continue the process of moving supplies going from Camp One to Camp Two. After reaching Camp Two we will head back to Base Camp.
D38-39 Base Camp (4,300 meters)
Two final rest days at base camp before we begin the summit push.
D40 Base Camp to Camp One (5,050 meters)
The first leg of the summit push from Base Camp to Camp One.
D41 Camp One to Camp Two (5,560 meters)
The second leg of the summit push from Camp One to Camp Two.
D42 Camp Two to Camp Three (5,970 meters)
Continuing the ascent, we climb to Camp Three.
D43 Camp Three to Summit (6,961 meters) to Camp Three
The most anticipated day of our trip, summit day! After reaching the summit we will return back to Camp Three for the night.
D44 Camp Three to Base Camp
Today’s trek is a descent from Camp Three to Base Camp.
D45 Base Camp to Mendoza
Today we will enjoy the pleasures of city life once again in the enchanting city of Mendoza.
Today is a special day to enjoy the finest wines in South American as we visit some of Mendoza’s vineyards.
D47 Mendoza to Buenos Aires
A magnificent opportunity to visit the capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires, home to the most famous steaks in the world and arguably the best dance, the Tango.
D48 Buenos Aires
Today is a wonderful day as we continue to dive deeper into the magical city of Buenos Aires.
D49 Buenos Aires to Beijing/Shanghai
Our trip finishes today and we head back to Beijing/Shanghai with memories to last a lifetime.
Note: Due to weather an other unforeseen circumstances Summit Experiences reserves the right to change or alter the program in any way deemed necessary.
1. At least 18 years old
2. Good health.
3. A good amount of outdoor experience.
The standard cost per participant is 800,000 RMB for a group of 6 or more. But we can offer you a discount of 50,000 RMB per person for a cost of 750,000 RMB per person for a group of 6 or more.
- All food and lodging during the trip itinerary.
- All transportation during the trip itinerary.
- All necessary group and safety equipment.
- All climbing permits.
- Visa fees (Chinese nationals holding US or Canadian visa are exempt from Chilean visa fees).
- Vinson Massif, South Pole, and Mt. Aconcagua Certificates.
Cost Does Not Include
The does not include arrival in Beijing/Shanghai transportation cost, departure from Beijing/Shanghai to respective destination transportation cost, checked luggage above the weight limit, alcohol, private rooms, snacks, personal porters (above Base Camp on the Mt. Aconcagua Expedition), tips for local Argentinian guides (as per local custom each client should prepare about $200 USD), other personal expenses, and costs inquired in unforeseen circumstances, i.e., airline strikes, cancelled flights, natural disasters, etc.