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Patagonia. 13-27.04.2020

Red Colors Of Patagonia.

Description
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-house, 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 painting. Red colors mix with orange and green.
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 and coffee. 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 gear from hotel to camp.
The 2nd part of the trip we will spend in Chilie probably at the most beatiful lake in the world Pehoe. We will spend there 3 nights. All locations are avalable by the car and the most long hike is not longer than 1,5km.

Difficulty
The hike is easy by the well marked prepared trail.
2nd 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.
All beautiful locations are within 5-30 minutes easy hike from the camp almost without climbing. The 5th day we ascend 300 m of 8 km hike to the Poinsenot from El Chalten.
The difficulty of staying at camping 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).

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 and rain coat are essential as well.

Itinerary
Day 1. We will pick you up at 16:00 from El-Calafate airport. If you prefer to arrive 1 day before we recommend to stay at Del Glaciar Libertador Hostel & Suites
There is also a pick up option from hotel. Checking in. Dinner at local cafe.(//)

Day 2. We photograph sunrise from the road towards El Chalten or from the canyon.
After the breakfast we will prepare our backpack 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 takes 3-4 hours by easy trail with. The hike is 8 km long only with 200 m ascend.
When we get camping and set out tents we will have lunch and going to sunset location.
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.(B/L/D)

Day 4. After the breakfast we get back to El-Chalten. Day rest. Evening session for asrtophotography. No hike this evening. Our location is avalable by our private van. (B//)

Day 5.  We shoot sunrise from the road towards El Chalten or from the canyon. Our next private camp, Poincenot is waiting for us. The hike is with 200 m ascent through Patagonia forest and valley with lagoons. Usually it takes around 3-3,5 hours to hike from El-Chalten.   (B/L/D)

Day 6. This morning we can ascend to the famous Laguna De 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 doesn’t feel ready, can go not so far from the camp at river cascades. Breakfast at the camp. Day time rest.(B/L/D)

Day 7. Sunrise and evening sessions at locations mentioned above.
(B/L/D)

Day 8. Spare day for our session at the most favorite locations.(B/L/D)

Day 9. Sunrise session.
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. Check out after the lunch. Night in El-Calafate. (B//)

Day 10. Our private bus trasfer to Perito moreno glacier. All day we spend there. Lunch in small local cafe. Sunset at Perito moreno glacier. (B//)

Day 11. Straight after breakfast we pack our luggage into the van and leave for Chile. Yes, my dear friends, it's like that – by lunch or a bit later we will find ourselves in our hotel. Next there will be a evening and night photo session at Pehoe Lake. (B//)

Day 12. We are going to leave for the mountains while it's still dark to get to the most beautiful lagoon by dawn. Returning to the hotel for breakfast. Having a rest in the afternoon. Evening photo session in our favourite spots on the lake.(B//)

Day 13. A morning photo session at locations near a waterfall. Evening photo session in our favourite spots on the lake. (B//)

Day 14. Straight after the breakfast we check out and leave for the Argentinian border. We'll be in El-Calafate by evening. Night in El-Calafate.(B//)

Day 15. Our unforgetable Patagonia trip ends. Goodbye Patagonia. Group transfer to El-Calafate airport. (B//)




Included in the price

Accommodation in double tents (single supplement fee is applicable).
Services of 2 professional mountain guides.
Services of 1 or 2 professional photography guides (depends on the group size)
Chef services
Meal according to the programm
Hotel accommodation in El-Chalten on day 1,4 (single supplement fee is applicable)
Hotel accommodation in El-Kalafate on day 9,10,14 (single supplement fee is applicable)
Hotel accommodation at Chilie on day 11,12,13 (single supplement fee is applicable)


Not included in the price

International airfare to/from El-Kalafate;
Visa fee (if applicable);
Personal expenses such as drinks, tickets, phone calls, etc;
Travel Insurance;
All services not specified in "Included in the price".


Price 3500 EURO

Group limit 9 guests maximum

Payment terms
Your deposit of Euro1500 will hold your place in this workshop. 2nd payment of Euro 1000 is due by 14 October, 2020. Further Final payment of Euro 1000 is due by 14 January, 2020. In case of impossibility of your participation in this tour, we will refund all payments minus the fee for the transfer of money if there is a replacement for your spot.

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 16-35. A middle-zoom lens such as  24-70 mm
Telephoto zoom lens, such as a 70-200 mm or 100-400 mm
Wear:
Waterproof and windproof jacket (consider the average temperatures  0-10C,
Waterproof pants
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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