ALPS + DOLOMITES PHOTO TOUR
This tour is sold out. You are welcome to fill in the application form for either session to have your name on the waiting list.
7-day photo tour across the Austrian Alps and the Italian Dolomites
taught by Carmen Huter who will be accompanied by an assistant who is also a professional photographer
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
September 27 - October 3 OR October 7 - 13 (two tours are available)
Price: USD 2195
Participants: 8 + Carmen + Assistant Ryan Domenico De Dominicis
Moderate level of fitness required
10% of profits go to the Malala Fund
WHAT IS INCLUDED
All accommodation (comfortable mountain huts and local hotels)
3x traditional dinners *all food will be vegan-friendly and delicious
- Night Photography (weather dependent, dates were chosen according to moon phases; if you are very keen on astro, I recommend going on the first tour, albeit the second one is still great for astro, the first one takes place during in the perfect stage of the lunar cycle)
- Situational Portraiture
- Guidance on image & exposure analysis in-the-field, as-we-shoot
- Post processing on day 6
Great chat and plenty of unqualified life advice
FB group to connect, answer questions and especially for travellers keen to link up before or after the photo tour starts
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
Your flights and transport to Kufstein and from Innsbruck (I recommend you fly into Munich or Innsbruck)
Photography equipment (between you and I, Sony might help us out with some gear, stay tuned)
Snacks & drinks
ESSENTIAL PACKING LIST
For the hiking parts of this trip, I do not recommend cotton as it will not keep you warm and can be dangerous if wet - opt for merino wool or thermals instead.
- Hiking boots, trail runners are fine too if your ankles are used to it (Danner Boots are great for hiking, Merrell have awesome trail runners)
- Down jacket with hood (Patagonia has beautiful, lightweight ones)
- Gore-Tex / windbreaker jacket
- Thermal shirts & pants
- Fleece layer
- Hiking pants/leggings (Fjallraven, Lululemon, Kathmandu, etc.)
- Thin thermal gloves
- Woollen hat (Will & Bear make a great one, as do Icebreaker)
- Socks & Underwear (Icebreaker is awesome for merino underwear)
- Walking shorts (fingers crossed for lots of beautiful autumn sunshine)
- Day pack (this is what you will carry for all our hikes, I use my Peak Design 32l day bag which is also waterproof - it will need to fit a change of clothing, camera gear, snacks and a waterbottle, a sleeping bag liner and toiletries)
- Sturdy duffel or a small lightweight suitcase - this will be filled with everything you don't need for our overnight hikes. Please keep the size SMALL as it won't fit in our van otherwise.
- Merino or silk sleeping bag liner - this is essential for our two overnight hikes where bedding will be provided, but a liner is mandatory
- Insulated water bottle
- Headlamp, if not solar powered remember to bring batteries
- Polarised sunglasses
- Camera equipment (preferably a DSLR) including a small, lightweight tripod if you would like to tackle astrophotography - I recommend one by Sirui - use NEPALPHOTO at checkout for 15% off
- SPF sunscreen
- Packing cubes or stuff bags - they will help you keep your gear organised since we move locations almost every day
- Personal hygiene products (I recommend as few liquids as possible as they can freeze overnight and are often not biodegradable. Go for solid soap, shampoo and conditioner - i.e. from Ethique and ladies, a mooncup will be perfect)
- Medical kit: tablets for headache, diarrhoea, flu, cough, nausea as well as antibiotics, antihistamines, anti-inflammatory gel or tiger balm to soothe sore muscles, rehydration salts, and plasters (of course, we won't be far from civilisation at any point, but I want you to be prepared. I also ask you to get a general checkup at your GP well in advance of your trip to make sure you are good to adventure.)
- Sunhat or cap
- Playing cards
- Hard copies of passports and other essential docs such as your travel insurance number and flights
- Euro cash (used for tips, showers, drinks)
- Spare SD cards, camera batteries & a lens cleaning kit
- Passport must be valid for 6 months after return date
- Universal plug
- Light, fast drying towel (a small one will suffice)
- Energy/protein bars
- Casual clothing for everday exploring and dinners (and hey, girlfriends, if you want to wear a gorgeous dress or get changed into one at your favourite photo spot, go for it!)
- Sandals or sneakers (think anything from Bikenstocks to Teva sandals or Veja sneakers)
- Swimwear (just in case you feel inclined for a morning swim in a glacial lake)
- Water bottle; Ideally with an inbuilt purifier - go with Grayl.
OPTIONAL PACKING LIST
- Supplements (i.e. B12, Vitamin C)
- Outdoor speaker
- Solar charger
- SPF lip balm
- Pocket knife
- Sleeveless down jacket
- Belt for passport and valuables
- Ziploc bags to protect gear
- Weatherproof sd card holder and lens caps (I recommend those by Polar Pro)
- Earplugs and sleeping mask
- Solid laundry bar (I use one from Ethique)
Day 1: Meet the group in my dreamy hometown Kufstein (a short train ride from Munich or Innsbruck). After a leisurely breakfast at 8.30am, we will go over the plan for the week ahead of us, have a look around town if you haven't already, do some light grocery shopping and drive to our first hike in Fieberbrunn. Tonight, we are staying in our first mountain hut.
Day 2: Wake up to photograph sunrise at our front step. The Wildseeloder is home to a small glacial lake; fancy a morning dip? We'll enjoy breakfast at the hut, walk down and drive to one of my favourite small towns in Tyrol, Rattenberg, for lunch. Continuing our drive, we will get to our second hike of the week. Olpererhuette is also where we will stay overnight. It's magic and should make for some excellent astrophotography too.
PS. Don't worry, all the huts we are going to are fully catered and come with hot showers and comfy beds, rooms are shared.
Day 3: Sunrise at this location is a must; as is a hearty mountain breakfast at the hut. Once we're back at the car park, we'll put our feet up during our longest drive of the trip; 3h to the majestic Lago di Braies. We will stay overnight at a hotel near the lake.
Day 4: We'll kick off the day with likely a bunch of other travel photographers at the lake. I dare you to jump in for that unique composition or just a bit of fun. In all seriousness, yes, this lake is well known but that's for a reason, and after going back many times over the last few years, I believe it's an integral part to a photo tour in the Dolomites. After a slow morning, we'll make our way up to the best car park in the world, Tre Cime di Lavaredo. We'll have lunch at one of my favourites en route. Then it's time to lace those hiking boots up again. Tonight, we are staying at a hut that is just as picturesque as its surroundings; the famous Dreinzinnenhuette.
Day 5: After a quick brekkie, we'll get going to a secret photo spot that will likely blow your mind. Well, it did for me. Once we arrived back at the car before lunch, you will have an option to do an epic albeit sweaty late arvo/sunset hike to Lago di Sorapis or go straight to the dreamy village of Corvara in Alta Badia. Our home for two nights.
Day 6: Time for a sleep-in? I reckon. If you don't, fear not, as there are dozens of sunrise hikes or drives you can go on. We'll take the morning easy, going over all your editing, photo, and social media questions you might have (naturally, you can ask me those all week long) or you might want to go for a walk and stock up on souvenirs. For sunrise, we will go for a short hike up to my secret spot (remember that photo with the perfectly lined up huts and the mountain in the background?).
Day 7: It's almost time to say goodbye. We'll rise early, drive to the picture perfect Alpe di Siusi for sunrise/golden hour and after a final breakfast slowly make our way back to Innsbruck. If you are planning on continuing your travels in South Tyrol, I am happy to drop you off in Brixen too. Otherwise, the Innsbruck city central train station will be your final destination where you will arrive before 3 pm. From there, it's up to you. You can hop on a train across Europe (oebb.at), fly back home ex Innsbruck airport or go on your next mountain adventure. Seebensee, maybe?
This itinerary is open to changes given weather circumstances.
SOME OF THE MANY BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS YOU WILL COME HOME WITH