International Mountain Guides Climbing and Mountaineering Expeditions

Vinson Massif Climb

Antarctica  •  16,067'  •  4897m

Vinson Massif Climb with International Mountain Guides

Vinson Massif Frequently Asked Questions

This information should answer many of your initial questions and also guide you through the next stages of preparing for the expedition. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need javascript enabled to view it

How do I get there?

International Mountain Guides has worked for many years with the staff at CTT Destinations to provide professional travel service for participants in our programs. For help with your plans, we urge you to contact Pirjo at CTT Destinations: 800-909-6647 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need javascript enabled to view it

What kind of insurance do I need?

We invest in insurance coverage for commercial liability and medical and disability insurance for our employees while participating on our programs. We cannot insure you for your personal needs, but we do expect you to be as fiscally responsible as we are. We require that you insure yourself against potentially expensive difficulties that may arise. First, Trip Cancellation Insurance may provide financial relief should you be forced to withdraw from the program before it even happens. Next, make sure you have adequate Travel Insurance for coverage should you have a problem during the trip. Medical care and evacuation in remote locations can be expensive. For more information, please see our page on Trip Cancellation and Travel Insurance.

What's included in the expedition fee?

Costs Included in Trip Fee:
  • guide fees
  • flight from Chile to Vinson base camp and return
  • two hotel nights in Punta Arenas prior to the flight to Antarctica and one upon our return
  • all group ground transfers
  • all meals while climbing with the exception of snacks
  • all group equipment.
Costs Not Included in Trip Fee:
  • flights from the U.S. to Punta Arenas and the return
  • hotels nights required due to weather delays
  • restaurant meals
  • visa fees
  • personal equipment and items of a personal nature
International Mountain Guides Antarctic Vinson Climb Expedition
Video: Vinson Expedition

Images from an IMG Vinson Expedition (video by: John DuGene)
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Antarctica: Just the Facts

Temperatures range from 10°C in summer to -89.6°C or -128.6°F (the lowest air temp ever recorded.) In the winter extreme, metal can stick to skin, kerosene turns to jelly and fillings can fall out of teeth.

The cold of the interior, the domed shape of the continent and intense low pressure systems around the coast combine to create Antarctica's powerful katabatic winds, some of the strongest winds on earth, often exceeding hurricane force (120 km/h) for several days at a time. Maximum gusts of more than 250 km/h have been recorded.

Total area: 14 million sq. km (just under 1½ times the US)
Arable land: 0%
Permanent crops: 0%
Meadow, pasture: 0%
Forest, woodland: 0%
Other: 100% (ice 98%, barren rock 2%)

90% of the world's ice (29 million cubic km) and 60-70% of its fresh water is in the Antarctic ice cap.

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