Red Colours Of Patagonia. Argentina
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PHOTO TOUR

Argentina
Red Colours Of Patagonia

Dates: 8-18 April 2019
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Autumn is definitely the most amazing time in Patagonia, especially in the area of the iconic Fitz Roy (Chalten) Mountain.

In the middle of April forests beneath Fitz Roy turn into colorful painting. Red colors mix with orange and green. The season is very calm, almost no tourists visit Fitz Roy this time of the year, so we can enjoy the Autumn splendor in solitude and harmony with nature.

The journey will be organized in the maximum comfortable way possible. We will camp in our private camping ground with tents, kitchen and toilet. You will always have hot water, tea, coffee or hot chocolate. There is no need to carry camping gear up the trail as our guides and porters will arrange everything for us, including warm sleeping bags. We have 2 professional local mountain guides and 1 professional photography guide in the crew. You also can rent porter per 1 or per 2 persons, 20 kg maximum) which will help you to carry your tripods, extra wear and spare gear from camp to camp.

Difficulty

The hike is easy by the well marked prepared trail. First day we have ascend 200 m from the village, per 10 km of hike. Our guides will have a very slow pace, and we can make travel shots on the way to the camp.

Both camps are located in amazing Patagonia forests with awesome views even from tents. All beautiful locations are within 20-30 minutes easy hike from the camp almost without climbing. The third day we have another ascend around 200 m (per 3 km) and then 6 km of hike through the plain valley. The fifth day we descend 300 m hiking 10 km to the El Chalten village. The difficulty could be also with low temperatures. If you did not get used to sleep in tents with 0 C outside, please bring your own very warm sleeping bag (-5 – -10 C comfort). We have +5 C sleeping bags in the camp. It is also possible to use 2 sleeping bags if needed.

Weather conditions may be very unstable, Patagonia is famous for its ever-changing weather. So please prepare for the worst conditions possible as temperature drop to minus 5 in the night (in average it’s +10 at the daytime and 0 C in the night). Snow and rain is possible, so good shoes, waterproof pants and jacket are essential. Down jacket, gloves, hat are essential as well.

There is no power supply, as we hike in national park with very strict rules. So please take at least 4 spare batteries or battery grip for your camera. We will photograph even in the night weather permitting.

Itinerary

Day 1
We pick you up at 14:00 from your hotel in El Calafate. We recommend to stay at Del Glaciar Libertador Hostel & Suites . There is also a pick up option from the airport at 3 4 p.m. this day. But we recommend you to arrive one day before the start of adventure. The road to El Chalten is 2,5 hours drive. We arrive to El Chalten by our private bus and photograph sunset from the Fitz Roy river canyon with views toward wonderful Andes ridge. After check in to our comfortable hotel, we have dinner together. During the dinner we meet with our local mountain guides to instruct you about the upcoming adventure. (//)
Day 2
We photograph sunrise from the road towards El Chalten or from the canyon.
We have breakfast and get ready for hiking. You may leave your suitcases in hotel lobby. You hike only with your camera gear, and with some spare clothes. The hike usually take up to 4 hours by easy trail with numerous viewpoints through the Autumn Patagonia forest. The hike is 10 km long with 200 m ascend.

We have lunch on the way, you’ll have your own lunch boxes with you, so please leave some space in your backpack for a bottle of water and lunchbox. On checking in to our tents we have some rest and then depart to sunset location. We may split in 2 small groups of 6 photographers with one photography guide and one mountain guide to ensure you have your own space at location.

Main spots for photography at camp are – Laguna Torre with amazing icebergs, the infield and clear views to Cerro Torre
– Fitz Roy river framed by autumn leaves with cascades and nice bends


We spend 1 nights in the camp to wait for the weather, changing locations both 1 sunset session and 1 sunrise session. Night photography is also possible if skies will be clear.(B/L/D)
Day 3
Sunrise session in one of wonderful locations in the area. Day rest and evening session at the area. Possible night session (if skies are clear). (B/L/D)
Day 4
After the breakfast we are ready to hike 10 km back to El-Chalten. Day rest. Evening session for asrtophotography.(B//)
Day 5
We photograph sunrise from the road towards El Chalten or from the canyon. Our next private camp, Poincenot. The hike is with 200 m ascent through Patagonia forest and valley with lagoons. Usually it takes around 3 hours to hike from one camp to another. We’ll have lunch on the way if the weather will be nice to us (lunchbox). We check in to our second camp, it’s called Poincenot. From here, we can see magnificent Fitz Roy (Chalten) mountain. The area provides fantastic photography opportunities: forests, rivers, waterfalls, small pools – so many spots to shoot from! Possible night session (if skies are clear).(B/L/D)
Day 6
Sunrise sessions at one of our favorite locations. Breakfast. We live in the Poincenot camp during the day discussing photography topics with optional hike in the area. This morning adventurous hikers can ascend to the famous Laguna Los Tres with incredible view towards Fitz Roy. We need to start this hike 2,5 – 3 hours before sunrise to be at lagoon 40 minutes before sunrise. It’s an average hike with 2 km of trail and 600 m ascend. We may split in 2 groups and those who don’t feel bold enough to go, can photograph not so far from the camp at river cascades. It’s an optional hike, we can offer many more beautiful locations to visit as alternative. We have lunch at the camp.(B/L/D)
Day 7
Sunrise sessions at locations mentioned above. Breakfast (I hope we will deserve it!) We live in the Poincenot camp during the day discussing photography topics with optional hike along the river. We have lunch at the camp.(B/L/D)
Day 8
Spare day for our session at the most favorite locations.(B/L/D)
Day 9
Sunrise session. Breakfast. After the breakfast we are ready to descend to El Chalten. On the way down we may stop in different places to take some travel shots. We are finally in civilization! Ready to depart to el Calafate from El Chalten (2,5 h drive). Drop off to our hotel at el Calafate around 6-7 p.m. and final dinner together in amazing parilla with traditional patagonia lamb. (B//)
Day 10
Our private bus trasfer to Perito moreno glacier.(B//)
Day 11
Departure on ~1 p.m. flight from El Calafate

Included in the price:

- Accommodation in double tents (single supplement fee is applicable).
- Services of 2 professional mountain guides.
- Services of 2 professional photography guides
- Chef services
- Full board: breakfast, box lunch and gourmet dinner with wine and meat
- Transportation from El Calafate to el Chalten and back
- Services of porters
- Hotel accommodation in El-Chalten on day 1,4,9 (single supplement fee is applicable)
- Hotel accommodation in El-Kalafate on day 10 (single supplement fee is applicable)

Not included in the price:

- International ticket to/from El-Kalafate
- Visa fee
- Personal expenses such as drinks, tickets, phone calls, etc;
- Travel Insurance;
- Individual clothing/equipment, backpack, cold-weather clothing, etc (contact us for advice); All services not specified in "Included in the price". - Single accomodation (not provided while staying in the nomad’scamp) 360 USD
Group limit: 8 guests maximum
Dates: 8-18 April 2019
Price: 2950 USD
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What to bring

Gear:

 – DSLR camera with tripod and remote shutter release, its better to use spikes for your tripod

– A wide angle lens. For example, Nikkor 14-24 or Canon 17-40. Best lens for use in wide-angle scenes or architecture photography

– A middle-zoom lens such as a 24-70 mm

– A telephoto zoom lens, such as a 70-200 mm or 100-400mm
Wear:

 – Waterproof and windproof down jacket (consider the average temperatures is 0-10C
– Waterproof pants

– Casual clothes for dinners and lunches
– Sleeping bag

Guide of the tour:

Vladimir Kushnarev Professional photographer, guide. In addition to photography and travel, Vladimir conducts professional workshops on post-processing in Photoshop and Lightroom editors, panoramic photography, night landscape photography. Spending a lot of time travelling, he still manages to take part in some contests.
Here are a few of his latest achievements and awards:
- First place, the National Geographic 2017 Contest in “night landscape” section;
- First place, the National Geographic 2017 Contest “Planet Summer”;
- First place, 35AWARDS International Contest in “day landscape” section;
- Bronze Medal, PSA Arctic Awards 2016;
- Silver Award, Epson International Pano Awards 2017.
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