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There’s no better time of year to spend in Patagonia than the autumn. This hiking trip has been designed to take keen photographers out into the wilderness, capturing the best possible images of the iconic peaks of Fitz Roy and the surrounding area.
During the month of April the lush forests beneath Fitz Roy begin to transform into a natural canvas of reds, oranges and greens. This emergence, combined with the fact that very few tourists visit the area during the autumn, means that we can enjoy the sights in tranquility.
We will then take a private bus to El Chalten and check in into a comfortable hotel for the evening, have dinner together and meet up with our local mountain guides to talk some more about the upcoming adventure.
Our final destination for the night will be the Thorwood camp, but after setting up the tents we will head back out to one of several magical sunset destinations. After a great sunset session we will have delicious dinner with meat and wine. The Thorwood camp has plenty of geat photography spots nearby, including:
- Laguna Torre, with amazing icebergs and clear views to Cerro Torre
- Fitz Roy river, framed by autumn leaves with plenty of cascades and charming meanders
We will spend one night at the Thorwood camp, changing our shooting locations depending on the weather.
The next camp is around 200m higher up, so we will ascend through Patagonian forest, passing along a valley and several stunning lagoons. This trip usually takes around 3 hours, and we’ll stop for lunch on the way if the weather allows us. From the camp we will have fantastic views of Fitz Roy mountain, while the nearby area has plenty of quality locations for wondrous photography, from autumnal forests to rivers, waterfalls and small pools. As with the first camp, the locations we choose will depend upon the conditions. After a glorious sunset session, we will enjoy a meal together before hitting the hay.
However, this is a 2.5 - 3 hours trip before sunrise to be there as the sun comes up. It's an uphill hike with 2km of trail, so we may split up into 2 groups, to allow for those who don’t feel up to it.
For the rest of the day, we will enjoy lunch and plan out where we want to be for another perfect sunset shoot, followed by a delicious dinner back at camp.
After breakfast we will be ready to pack up and descend to the village of El Chalten. As we go we will make plenty of stops to take in all of the views and angles available. We will have lunch in the village, before departing for El Calafate. We will drop everyone off back to their hotels in the town, and would love to have a final group meal together to celebrate a week of incredible photography and fun.
We highly recommend that you get a travel and medical insurance. Your own domestic medical insurance and private health scheme will not cover you whilst you are overseas. The tour will always dependent on weather, as the weather can be highly unpredictable.
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After graduating from art school he studied at Moscow’s institute of Physics and Technology, which pointed him toward a career as an optics physicist. During his studies he developed expertise not only in physics, but in mountain climbing and hiking.
He regularly led tourist groups during the holidays through the Russian mountains. Right after graduation he became a guide of photo workshops and chief editor of Continent Expedition magazine, a publication about travel and adventures all over the world.
Daniel has received 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, among others. He currently spends most of his time in Norway, scouring the Lofoten islands and in Tuscany, guiding groups of keen photographers.
One of his photos was even elected as one of the best photos in the 10 years history of the organization. Raymond’s work has featured in various publications, from books to newspapers and magazines, and he actively takes on assignments for publishers and advertising agencies.
These days he works as a nature photographer, mostly leading expert tours across the stunning nordic nations. He is an ambassador for the Lucroit filter system, and has won awards in a range of international photography contests.