Ice and Flame
This is how Jules Verne described Patagonia in his unforgettable book “The Children of Captain Grant”: “The Argentinian pampas stretch from 29 to 40 southern latitude. “Pampas” is an Araucanian word meaning “a plain of grass”. This kind of name is the best to go with this place. Mimosa bushes in its western part and magnificent long grass in its eastern part give it a special look. All these plants penetrate with their roots deep into the earth under which there's a layer of red and yellow clay and sandy soil. The American pampas is a very special geographical phenomenon just like the savannas of the Lake District or the Siberian steppes. It is typical for the continental climate of pampas to have more severe winters and more sultry summers than in the province of Buenos Aires.”
The most beautiful places of this planet are probably here, exactly on our route. Fitz Roy, glowing in the morning light, ice lagoons, with huge turquoise pieces of ancient ice-houses, floating in their untroubled waters… Impenetrable acacia bushes burning with autumn fire, and the Chile Cuernos Mountains, standing upright, cutting up with their sharp blades the glorious morning clouds dashing straight into their faces… Words are not enough to describe this! And this is really almost unbelievable… For decades, or maybe even for centuries, the bravest romantic travellers dared to just give a sigh while reading again and again the novel by Jules Verne, whispering and chanting this frightening but still attractive and magnificent word: PA-TA-GO-NI-A.
Autumn is definitely the most amazing time in Patagonia, especially in the area of the iconic Fitz Roy.
In the middle of April forests beneath Fitz Roy turn into colorful paintings. Red colors mix with orange and green.
The journey will be organized in the maximum comfortable way possible. We will camp at our private camping sites with tents, a kitchen and toilets. You will always have hot water, tea and coffee. There is no need to carry camping gear up the track as our guides and porters will arrange everything for us, including warm sleeping bags. We have two professional local mountain guides and a professional photography guide in the crew. You can also hire a porter per 1 or per 2 persons (20 kg maximum) who will help you to carry your gear from the hotel to the camp site.
The hike is easy, along a well-marked prepared track.
On the second day we will have an elevation gain of 350 m during a 10 km hike. Our guides will have a very slow pace, so we will be able to make travel shots on the way to the camp.
All our best locations will be within 5 to 30 minutes walk from our camp almost without climbing.
On the fifth day we will have a 300 m elevation gain during an 8 km hike to the Poinsenot from El Chalten.
On the ninth day we will have a 700 m elevation gain during a 10 km hike.
There can also be difficulties with staying in a camp because of low temperatures. If you are not used to sleeping in tents with 0 C outside, please bring along your own extremely warm sleeping bag (-5-10 C comfort).
Weather conditions may be very unstable, Patagonia is famous for its ever-changing weather. So please prepare for the worst conditions possible as temperatures may drop to -5 C at night (on average, it’s +10 C at the daytime and 0 C at night). Snow and rain are also possible, so good shoes, waterproof pants and a waterproof jacket are essential. A down jacket, gloves, a hat and a rain coat are necessary as well.
Day 1. We will pick you up at 4.00 pm from El-Calafate airport. If you prefer to arrive a day before we recommend you to stay at Del Glaciar Libertador Hostel & Suites.
There is also a pick up option from the hotel.
Checking in. Dinner at a local cafe.(//)
Day 2. After breakfast we will prepare our backpacks and get ready for hiking. You may leave your suitcases in the hotel lobby. We will hike with our camera gear only, and with some extra clothes. The hike usually takes about 3-4 hours along an easy track, it's 8 km long, with a 200 m elevation gain.
When we get to the camp and set our tents we will have lunch and go to the sunset shooting location.
We will spend two nights in the camp, changing our locations depending on the weather. We'll have one sunset session and one sunrise session. Night photography will also be possible if the sky is clear. (B/L/D)
Day 3. Sunrise photo session on one of the most wonderful locations of the area. Day rest and evening shooting on a nearby location. Possible night photo session.(B/L/D)
Day 4. After breakfast we will go back to El-Chalten. Day and evening rest. Lunch and dinner at a local cafe. (B//)
Day 5. We will shoot sunrise from the road towards El Chalten or in the canyon. Our next private camp, Poincenot, is expecting us. The hike will be with a 200 m ascent through Patagonia forest and a valley with lagoons. Usually it takes around 3-3,5 hours to hike from El-Chalten. You will also be able to hire a local porter for 1 or 2 persons in order not to carry your gear.(B/L/D)
Day 6. This morning we will be able to ascend to the famous Laguna De Los Tres with an incredible view on Fitz Roy. We'll have to start this hike 2,5–3 hours before sunrise to be in the lagoon 40 minutes before sunrise. It’s an average 2 km hike with a 600 m elevation gain.
We may split into two groups, and those who are not ready will take a short walk not far from the camp to the river cascades. Breakfast at the camp. Day time rest. Evening shooting on one of our most beautiful locations.(B/L/D)
Day 7. More sunrise and evening photo sessions on locations mentioned above.
Day 8. A spare day for shooting on our most favourite locations.(B/L/D)
Day 9. Sunrise photo session. After breakfast we will have to be ready to descend to El Chalten. On the way down we may stop at different places to take some travel shots. Day and evening rest. Night in El Chalten. Lunch and dinner at a local cafe. (B//)
Day 10. After breakfast our private bus will trasfer us to Perito Moreno glacier. We will spend the whole day there. Lunch in a small local cafe. Sunset at Perito Moreno glacier. Night at El Kalafate.(B//)
Day 11. Our unforgetable Patagonia trip is finished. Goodbye, Patagonia!
Group transfer to El-Calafate airport. (B//)
Patagonia Photo Tour Price Includes:
- Accommodation in double tents (single supplement fee is applicable).
- Services of 1 professional mountain guides.
- Services of 1 professional photography guide.
- Chef services.
- Meals according to the programm.
- Hotel accommodation in El-Chalten on days 1,4,9 (single supplement fee is applicable).
- Hotel accommodation in El-Сalafate on day 10 (single supplement fee is applicable).
Patagonia Photo Tour Price does not include:
- International airfare to/from El-Сalafate.
- Visa fee (if applicable).
- Porter's services.
- Personal expenses, such as: drinks, tickets, phone calls, etc.
- Travel insurance.
- All services not specified in "The tour price includes".
Price $3900 USD
Group limit 6 guests maximum
Your deposit of $2000 USD will hold your place in this workshop. 2nd payment of $1000 USD is due by 15 October, 2020. Further Final payment of $900 USD is due by 15 January, 2021.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
We strongly recommend to get a trip cancellation insurance after booking your trip. If you cancel and workshop is still filled, we will refund full amount you have paid minus $200USD service charge. If you cancel and the workshop doesn't fill you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the workshop.
>180 days before the start date of the workshop: full refund minus $200 service charge
>90 days: 75% refund
>60 days: 50% refund
<60 days: no refund
Attention!!! Due to the current adverse situation, when most countries stop air communication with the outside world, we have changed the payment rules for this tour.
All deposits and payments for this tour will be refunded in full if there is no official information about the opening of the borders and the removal of other restrictions for tourism in the host country – Argentina, in this case, – in 30 days before the start of the tour. After these restrictions are removed the old rules will apply.
We are aware of the fact that travel planning has become incredibly difficult. However, we believe that the situation will change until mid-summer 2020.
What to bring
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 16-35. A middle-zoom lens such as 24-70 mm
.Telephoto zoom lens, such as a 70-200 mm or 100-400 mm
Waterproof and windproof jacket (consider the average temperatures 0+10C,
Casual clothes for dinners and lunches
Warm 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, 35PhotoAwards International Contest in “day landscape” section;
- Bronze Medal, PSA Arctic Awards 2016;
- Silver Award, Epson International Pano Awards 2017.
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