Patagonia hiking photo tour 2018, 16-22 April

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.
We scouted some wonderful spots for sunrise, sunset and even astrophotography.
The journey will be organized in the maximum comfortable way possible. We will camp in our private camping ground with tents, covered kitchen, toilet. Our chef will prepare gourmet meal for us, including steaks, cordero, wine and yummi desserts for dinner. 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 2 professional photography guides in the crew, chef and porters per group (1 porter per 2 persons, 20 kg maximum) which will help you to carry your tripods, extra wear and spare gear from camp to camp.

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.

Day 1 – 16 April

We pick you up at 14:00 from your hotel in El Calafate. We recommend to stay at Kosten Aike hotel. 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.

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 on day 1

Price: 4200 USD

Not included in the price:

  • Airfare
  • Insurance
  • Dinner day 6


What to bring

– DSLR camera with tripod and remote shutter release
– 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

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

Full list of recommended wear will be sent to participants.

Tour leaders

Daniel Kordan

Daniel was born in Moscow area. In his childhood he graduated the art school. After that, he is studied in Moscow institute of Physics and Technology and became an optics physicist. During the study he gain experience not only in physics, but also in mountain climbing and hiking, guiding tourist groups in winter and in summer in Russian mountains. Right after graduation he became a guide of photo-workshops and chief editor of “Continent expedition” magazine. This magazine is about travel and adventures all over the world. He has got several awards in photography: Golden Turtle’ 13 Nature nomination winner, National Geographic Russia contest 2013 and 2014 finalist, Best of Russia’13 and ’14 winner, best photographer’13 finalist and others. He is spending most of his time in Norway, Lofoten islands and in Tuscany at villa Gaia, guiding groups of photographers.
I consider Baikal lake as top place for photographers from all over the world. I will help you to reveal its beauty.

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