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-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 hike is easy by the well marked prepared trail.
2nd day we have elevation gain 350m 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.
Al lour favourite locations are within 5-30 minutes easy hike from our camp almost without climbing. The 5th day we have 300 m elevation gain of 8 km hike to the Poinsenot from El Chalten. Day 9 we have 700m elevation gain per 10 km of hike.
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.
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 a local cafe.(//)
Day 2. 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 our tents we will have lunch and going to sunset location.
We will spend 2 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 and evening rest. Lunch and dinner at a local cafe (B//)
Day 5. We will 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. You can also rent local porter for 1 or for 2 persons not to carry your gear(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. Evening shooting at one of our beautiful location.(B/L/D)
Day 7. Sunrise and evening sessions at locations mentioned above.
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 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. This morning we will hike to one of our secret location. One way distance is about 9km with 600 m ascent. We should start at about 3am to catch sunrise. We should be ready to spend all day and night at this location to have sunset and sunrise session there. Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the campground. Night in the tent. (B/L/D)
Day 11. Sunrise session. After the breakfast we are ready to descend to El Chalten. Day and evening rest. Night in El Chalten.
Day 12. After the breakfast our private bus trasfers us to Perito Moreno glacier. All day we will spend there. Lunch in small local cafe. Sunset at Perito moreno glacier. Night at El Kalafate.(B//)
Day 13. 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 professional photography guides
Meal according to the programm
Hotel accommodation in El-Chalten on day 1,4,9 (single supplement fee is applicable)
Hotel accommodation in El-Kalafate on day 12 (single supplement fee is applicable)
Not included in the price
International airfare to/from El-Kalafate;Visa fee (if applicable);Porter's service
Personal expenses such as drinks, tickets, phone calls, etc;
All services not specified in "Included in the price".
Price $5900 USD
Group limit 8 guests maximum
Your deposit of $2000 USD will hold your place in this workshop. 2nd payment of $2000 USD is due by 15 October, 2020. Further Final payment of $1900 USD is due by 15 January, 2021. 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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