‘GIANTS OF THE ANDES’ PATAGONIA WORKSHOP - FITZ ROY HIKING ANNEX

Price: $3690 pp (sharing room/tent, price valid until October 30th, 2016) / Deposit: $990 pp

  • ‘GIANTS OF THE ANDES’ PATAGONIA WORKSHOP - FITZ ROY HIKING ANNEX
  • ‘GIANTS OF THE ANDES’ PATAGONIA WORKSHOP - FITZ ROY HIKING ANNEX
  • ‘GIANTS OF THE ANDES’ PATAGONIA WORKSHOP - FITZ ROY HIKING ANNEX
  • ‘GIANTS OF THE ANDES’ PATAGONIA WORKSHOP - FITZ ROY HIKING ANNEX

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12th - 18th April 2017

This week-long annex to the 'Giants of the Andes' Patagonia workshop picks up right after the main workshop ends, and includes a visit to further and more difficult locations: Torres Del Paine base camp and the surroundings of Mount Fitz Roy. Two of the most iconic and photogenic mountain ranges in the world, words can hardly describe these mountains' regal appearences. Joined by professional nature photographer Erez Marom and photographer/trekking expert Andrew Waddington, you will camp on location and spend 6 days hiking to the very best photographic spots in Patagonia.

This Annex is only for people who are fit enough to trek and endure strenuous hikes and wild camping. It will not be extreme in any way but it will require a good deal of physical effort. It is the perfect addendum to the easier main workshop.

MAIN FEATURES

  • Spectacular vistas of the Torres Del Paine and mount Fitz Roy, some of the most iconic mountainous landscapes on the planet.
  • 6 days and 5 nights of trekking and camping in Torres Del Paine base camp and in Campo Poincenot, with food and accommodations taken care of by a professional trekking company
  • Professional photo guidance by esteemed landscape photographers. 
  • Constant supervision by a trekking expert and professional mountain guides.

ITINERARY

Days 1-3 Torres Base Camp

The hiking workshop will commence in Torres Del Paine, right when the main workshop ends. Details coming soon!

Days 4-6 Around Campo Poincenot

After a night in a comfy hotel in El Chalten, we will start the second part of the hiking annex. We will be hauled by car to the easiest point to begin our hike. From there, we'll be carrying our personal equipment - photo bags, sleeping bags and mats - on a 4-hour hike to Campo Poincenot. Upon arrival we'll settle in camp and start exploring the area.

During the next 3 days we'll be hiking to several shooting points with mount Fitz Roy as the majestic backdrop. Tranquil lakes and lagoons will reflect magical pink Alpenglow of the mountain, and beautiful autumn leaves will supply a fantastic color palette to complement the mountains. We will also shoot the mountain with waterfalls and streams in the foreground.

If conditions are favorable, we'll do additional hikes to shoot Glaciar Piedras Blancas, and make the extra effort to shoot Fitz Roy by night.

After a sunrise shoot on day 5 we'll hike back to El Chalten, where we'll eat lunch and take a bus back to El Calafate, where the workshop will conclude.

PRICING AND DETAILS

Total Price: US$3590 per person in double room for participants registering by May 31st, 2016.
$3690 for participants registering between June 1st and October 30th, 2016.
$3790 for participants registering afterwards.

Special offer: Join both 'Giants of the Andes' and the Fitz Roy Hiking workshop and receive a 250$ discount!

Deposit: $990

Single Room/Tent supplement: $690

Maximum Number of Participants: 10

Physical Difficulty: Advanced. There will be plenty of hikes and altitude gains, and your physical fitness is critical for your enjoyment of this workshop. The hike to Torres base camp is about 4 hours long, and the first part of it is a bit steep. The hike to the torres and lagoon is an additional 1-2 hours. The hike to Campo Poincenot is about 4 hours. The hike up to Laguna de los Tres is very strenuous and includes considerable altitude gain. There will be five nights of camping in the wild in tents and without running water or flush-toilets. Weather conditions in Patagonia can be unpredictable, and you should be prepared to withstand temperatures as low as -5 degrees centigrade (at night), in addition to strong winds, but conditions are usually on the calm side this time of year.

WORKSHOP PRICE INCLUDES

  • Tent accommodation in Torres Base Camp and in Campo Poincenot.
  • Hotel accommodation in day 3 (good 3-star hotel in El Chalten).
  • Dinner in a restaurant in day 3.
  • Field breakfast, lunch and dinner in days 1,2,4,5 and 6 (don't expect lobsters, but it will be well made, warm and satisfying). Field breakfast on day 7.
  • Professional photography guidance by two esteemed landscape photographers, one of them a trekking expert with years of experience hiking and shooting in Patagonia.
  • Professional mountain guides with us on location at all times, to keep us safe.
  • Constant radio communication with park rangers to keep us informed and safe.
  • Travels from Torres Del Paine to El Chalten on day 3 and to El Calafate on day 7.
  • Entrance fees if applicable
  • Taxes on all services listed above

WORKSHOP PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Airfare to and from El Calafate airport (Daily flights arrive from Buenos Aires, Argentina).
  • Pickup and dropoff at El Calafate airport (shuttle service is quick, efficient and inexpensive).
  • Reciprocity fee for citizens of Australia and Canada (must be paid online prior to arrival - see link).
  • Thermal clothing and gear. You're required to have all necessary gear, including thermal clothing and ice-spikes, prior to arrival.
  • Porters and horses to carry your bag  (up to 15kg) on the hike to Campamento Torre - not mandatory but recommended. Cost will be arround 150$, more info soon.
  • Porters to carry your bag  (up to 12kg) on the hike to Campamento Poincenot - not mandatory but recommended. Cost will be arround 200-250$, more info soon.
  • Insurance. It is MANDATORY to insure yourself against physical injury, and highly recommended to insure your photo gear. Tour leaders will not be responsible in case of any personal injuries or damage to photographic gear as a result of an accident during the workshop. A good insurance policy can make a big difference should something happen, and ensure a safe return home.
    IMPORTANT: Hospitals in Patagonia are not up to western standards. In the rare case that something happens, you will strongly prefer to be evacuated to Buenos Aires or another major city for treatment. I highly recommend getting insurance that covers medical evacuation to a major city.
  • Accommodation on day 7.
  • Extra hotel accommodations and food in case we have to spend additional nights in El Chalten or in TDP (see below).
  • Alcoholic drinks.
  • Non-meal-time snacks.
  • Non-meal-time soft drinks.
  • Single Room/tent supplement ($690).

WHAT TO BRING

Photography Equipment

  • A digital camera, preferrably a DSLR camera with a full-frame sensor, since these cameras have better low-light capabilities. However, a crop-sensor DSLR will also completely suffice. A compact camera can be used, as long as you understand its limitations.
  • A light, sturdy tripod for shooting in windy conditions.
  • An ultra wide angle lens. For example, a Canon 17-40 on a FF sensor camera, or a Nikon 10-24 on a crop sensor camera.
  • A midrange zoom lens such as a 24-70mm
  • A telephoto zoom lens, such as a 70-200 or 70-300. Doesn't have to have a wide aperture or a stabilizer - an f/4 is more than enough.
  • Recommended: A filter set for landscape photography. I personally use Lee and Heliopan filters. A good filter set is worth its weight in gold for a landscape enthousiast. If you need to consult about buying a filter set, I'll be happy to help.
  • Recommended: A camera remote.


Clothing

  • Full thermal gear is essential. I typically wear a light thermal base layer, a fleece coat and sometimes a down coat.
  • Good quality warm gloves. It's important to use gloves which enable you to operate the camera while wearing them.
  • Water resistant hiking pants.
  • Windbreaker / rain jacket.
  • Thermal long-johns or thermal pants (or both).
  • Thermal socks (2-3 pairs).
  • A good warm hat which covers your ears.
  • Good quality hiking boots.


Other

  • A sleeping bag rated -10 to -15 degrees centigrade for maximal comfort.
  • An inflatable sleeping mat and an inflatable pillow (contact me for help).
  • Headlamp.
  • Ice spikes are MANDATORY to protect yourself from slipping on icy surfaces (contact me for help). Without spikes you will not be allowed on the workshop.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Optional: trekking poles.
  • Optional: water filtration system in case you're not sure you'll be ok with drinking river water.

WORKSHOP LEADERS

Erez Marom

Born in 1980, Erez Marom is a full-time nature photographer, photography guide, writer and traveler-adventurer based in Israel. Specializing in landscape and wildlife photography, Erez spends much of his time in the field shooting the wildlife and scenery of his favorite locations in Israel and overseas.
In addition, Erez publishes articles and instructional texts in leading magazines and websites, and dedicates a considerable amount of his time to sharing his experience and knowledge by lecturing worldwide and traveling several times a year to guide his unique photography workshops.

Andrew Waddington

Andrew Waddington is a landscape photographer from England who grew up in a photographic family, the family business retailed cameras for nearly a half century so even as a child he was never far from a camera. Like so many others the digital age made photography more affordable and so after 15 years of travelling the world Andrew took to photography as a way of slowing down and truly appreciating his surroundings. Andrew has shot the American west for almost three years, he has also photographed Patagonia extensively and is currently on a one year trip shooting in both Los Glaciers and Torres del Paine National Parks.

OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Payment Procedure

In order to secure your spot, you are required to transfer a deposit of $990. This deposit will be refunded only in case the workshop gets cancelled for some reason. For your comfort, the deposit can be paid either through PayPal or a wire-transfer (please contact me for details).
The full amount (after discounts if applicable) must be paid via wire-transfer no later than 90 days prior to the workshop starting date.
In the case you need to cancel your participation, a 75% refund (not including deposit) will be given up to 75 days prior to the workshop starting date, a 50% refund up to 60 days prior to the workshop starting date and a 25% refund up to 45 days prior to the workshop starting date.
I reserve the right to increase the price of the workshop if costs rise due to unexpected changes in fees, taxes or exchange rates.


Disclaimer

Though very improbable, workshop dates might shift a few days here or there, up to 6 months prior to start date. Please contact me if you have schedule limitations.
The tour plan above is subject to change. Weather in Patagonia can be extremely unpredictable, and so in case of harsh weather, we may have to divert from our plan and do something else.
Workshop cost will be partially refunded in case weather prevents us from doing any hikes. In case we are delayed in arrival to Poincenot or early in return to El Chalten due to weather or other conditions, you will be required to pay for your own accommodation and food in those nights.
Important: In order to join the workshop, you will be required to sign a contract that establishes that the tour leaders are not responsible to physical or proprietary damages, and that you understand and accept several behavioral standards (including not taking excessive risk), necessary to ensure the workshop's success and your safe return.

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AVAILABILITY

12th - 18th April 2017