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The brochures don’t tell you about the places in Chamonix where you’ll go. Together with a guide who knows the valley like the back of her hand, you’ll spend a day exploring and taking pics of hidden paths and backstreets. You’ll drink from centuries-old wells, meet the local animal life, and explore historic sites that played a vital role in the town’s transformation from humble farmland to the cradle of modern mountaineering. This walk will be chronicled with professionally-taken photos, and you yourself can learn how to take the perfect pic! Capture a side of Chamonix that not many get to see with this unique photo walk. Learn more about photo walks from Teresa Kaufman, a photographer, hiking guide, and avid explorer.

  • Avoid well-known trails

    Instead, find Chamonix’s alluring alleyways, shaded servitude roads, and secluded backyards

  • Not just a feast for the eyes

    Learn about the valley’s rich history through fun stories and anecdotes

  • Learn how to take pro pics

    Come back with professionally taken photos and a desire to never leave

Available itineraries

Half-Day Photo Walk Around Chamonix

Come to Chamonix for a half-day (three-hour) tour, exploring and photographing scenic spots. Come alone or take your friends and family with you, and spend three hours capturing the outdoors alongside a guide and a photographer. Together you’ll settle on one of the areas below.

  • Renaissance Photo Walk in the Les Houches Area
    Take in gorgeous vistas on an alpine pasture above the charming village of Les Houches and the sleepy hamlet of Coupeau. Soak up striking views of the Mont Blanc Range sprawling over this lovely area and let a professional photographer capture amazing moments in this heaven-on-earth type of setting. Explore various biotopes which characterize the area and feel positive energy throughout the way as Teresa takes you to the best hidden photo gems of the area.

    Chamonix Photo Walk
    Get a complete sense of Chamonix as you explore the magnificent downtown area and the alpine regions above this lovely town. Let a professional photographer take your photos near fresh-water springs and meadows rife with wild flowers while basking in the warm sun. Learn about the history of the people who live among these towering mountains and capture your happiest moments in the breathtaking area.

    The Tréléchamps Photo Walk
    Spend 3 hours surrounded by some of Europe’s most stunning peaks and let a professional photographer take photos of you on the Tréléchamps walk. Revel in the views of this mountain hamlet situated among lush forests and visit the stunning areas of Montroc and Frasserands. Discover the unique character of Tréléchamps while taking a moment to mingle with the hikers, bikers, and runners as they stop for refreshments on the flower terrasse of the historic auberge.

    The Servoz Photo Walk
    Discover the rustic charm of Servoz, an alpine village packed with phenomenal alpine views. Have your photos taken by a professional photographer as you walk across the farms and breathtaking landscapes this lively village boasts. Admire the famous limestone fountains, bread ovens, red cows, and traditional rural architecture in what many consider to be Chamonix Valley’s best kept secret.

    Switzerland Photo Walk – Finhaut and Giétroz
    Revel in the beautiful Swiss landscapes and let your professional guide take photos of you in the unique villages of Finhaut and Giétroz. Follow a shepherd as he takes his goats to pasture and witness the raw beauty of his ancient alpine pastures. Immerse yourself completely in quaint villages, take in their charm and enjoy your high quality photos with stunning backdrops.

Full-Day Photo Walk Around Chamonix

Come to Chamonix for a full-day tour, exploring and photographing scenic spots. You can either decide on the two areas below by yourself, or you can discuss best options with your guide! Walks through either one of the areas last around 3 hours, so by choosing this full-day option, you'll get to discover two completely different areas and environments in a single day—with lunch time in between. Come alone or take your friends and family with you, and spend a full day capturing the outdoors alongside a guide and a photographer.

  • Renaissance Photo Walk in the Les Houches Area
    Take in gorgeous vistas on an alpine pasture above the charming village of Les Houches and the sleepy hamlet of Coupeau. Soak up striking views of the Mont Blanc Range sprawling over this lovely area and let a professional photographer capture amazing moments in this heaven-on-earth type of setting. Explore various biotopes which characterize the area and feel positive energy throughout the way as Teresa takes you to the best hidden photo gems of the area.

    Chamonix Photo Walk
    Get a complete sense of Chamonix as you explore the magnificent downtown area and the alpine regions above this lovely town. Let a professional photographer take your photos near fresh-water springs and meadows rife with wild flowers while basking in the warm sun. Learn about the history of the people who live among these towering mountains and capture your happiest moments in the breathtaking area.

    The Tréléchamps Photo Walk
    Spend a day surrounded by some of Europe’s most stunning peaks and let a professional photographer take photos of you on the Tréléchamps walk. Revel in the views of this mountain hamlet situated among lush forests and visit the stunning areas of Montroc and Frasserands. Discover the unique character of Tréléchamps while taking a moment to mingle with the hikers, bikers, and runners as they stop for refreshments on the flower terrasse of the historic auberge.

    The Servoz Photo Walk
    Discover the rustic charm of Servoz, an alpine village packed with phenomenal alpine views. Have your photos taken by a professional photographer as you walk across the farms and breathtaking landscapes this lively village boasts. Admire the famous limestone fountains, bread ovens, red cows, and traditional rural architecture in what many consider to be Chamonix Valley’s best kept secret.

    Switzerland Photo Walk – Finhaut and Giétroz
    Revel in the beautiful Swiss landscapes and let your professional guide take photos of you in the unique villages of Finhaut and Giétroz. Follow a shepherd as he takes his goats to pasture and witness the raw beauty of his ancient alpine pastures. Immerse yourself completely in quaint villages, take in their charm and enjoy your high quality photos with stunning backdrops.

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Meet your guide

Teresa Kaufman
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Teresa Kaufman
Teresa is a photographer who's been documenting the traditions and culture of the French way of life ever since she started traveling as a young student. Strongly influenced by the humanistic school of European and American photographers, she strives to bring into the light an aesthetic quality to everyday life.
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A hidden gem off the beaten track!
shevadvisor (source: TripAdvisor)

Teresa is a wonderful guide – we did the ‘Renaissance Walk’ and were truly impressed. We have done many walking tours in lots of different countries and this was the most unique and memorable. We would not have been able to find these hidden treasures ourselves. Teresa has the knowledge of a local whilst keeping the freshness of an outsider perspective. She is also a professional photographer and took some amazing photos of us on the walk which made the experience even more special. She is a very kind person and went out of her way both before and after the tour to give us tips and recommendations for what we needed. Highly recommended!

Engagement Photo Walk
Tate (source: TripAdvisor)

We cannot express how wonderful our time was with Teresa. She is a local photographer with many years of experience with the area. I organized a photo walk with Teresa to surprise and proposed to my fiancé during a trip to Chamonix. The walk was spectacular and she offered several insights that made our entire trip to Chamonix worthwhile. She is knowledgeable, professional, caring, and a true joy to speak with. I highly encourage anyone who is interested in learning more about Chamonix while enjoying nature and the city to experience it with Teresa.

Photo Walk with Teresa
lesanne415 (source: TripAdvisor)

It was everyone’s first time to Chamonix, there were four of us, and even though Chamonix is a ski resort, we went in September to enjoy the summer scenery. My cousin booked a private tour with Teresa since we were traveling with a senior. She was accommodating and also knowledgeable about Chamonix even though she’s not a Chamonix local, she’s actually American who moved to Chamonix in the 70s. Teresa also loves to hike around Chamonix so we were able to go to places where only locals know. We also got a kitchen tour of the Matafan since my cousin is a huge foodie. We truly enjoyed our trip to Chamonix and we want to go back again in the future.

A tour with Teresa is a wonderful and gemütlichkeit experience!
France L . (source: TripAdvisor)

Though I’m an American, I want to use the German-language word Gemütlichkeit to describe the utterly delightful experience I had on two photo walks with Teresa. There’s no word in English that conveys the idea Gemütlichkeit …which is a state or feeling of warmth, friendliness, good cheer, peace of mind, and a sense of well-being (says Wikipedia). And that’s just part of the experience. Teresa’s care, expertise, kindness, and knowledge come together to provide an unparalleled travel experience. She blends her keen photographic eye, cultural anthropology, wisdom, and curiosity to suit your interests and abilities. Spending time with her is a reward in and of itself, and she creates an immersive experience that allows you to capture the stunning scenery with your camera and your heart. Thank you again Teresa for an unforgettable, off the beaten path experience.

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local photographer with extensive knowledge of the area
      • A half or full day of hiking (depending on what you choose)
      • Photos from the hike using the client’s smartphone or camera

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation
      • Airport transfers
      • Accommodations
      • Food
      • Personal equipment

    NOTE: Upon request, your guide can provide the service of a professional photoshoot with a full format camera and 20 high definition files. In that case, the price is not the same. Please contact us to learn more.

  • If you’d like to join this hiking adventure in the Chamonix area, you need to have a decent level of fitness. You’ll be walking for approximately three to six hours (depending on the itinerary you choose) and you’ll have to carry a daypack large enough to fit all the necessary items you’ll need. The walks are not strenuous and are perfect if you wish to explore the area and make stops to have great photos taken!

  • Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

      • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed
      • Hiking poles — optional
      • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
      • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
      • Spare clothes for layering
      • Waterproof rain jacket
      • Sunhat
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
      • Sunglasses
      • Camera — optional (but recommended)

    Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • Regardless of whether you choose the half-day or the full-day tour, these tours are private. It will just be you and your people.
      • Pets are welcome, but in certain cases the itinerary has to be adapted! For further information concerning pets, feel free to talk to your guide after booking.
      • Cost per person decreases as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to hike with friends and family! If 5 or more of you are joining, the price is even lower! In that case, please contact us prior to booking.

    Photo-hiking in the Chamonix area can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Children are permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis and must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to Chamonix, most people fly into Geneva International Airport (GVA), one hour away. Once you arrive, there are several ways to reach your destination, including public transport. Looking to make airport transfers hassle-free? Check out Mountain Drop Offs—they provide door-to-door service in their comfy and spacious shuttles. Use the code 57HCHX to get a 5% discount!

    You’ll settle on a specific location of your photo walk with your guide.

      • There are three walks for which you must have a personal car as the starting point of the walk is not near the train or main road. These include the Renaissance Walk, the Servoz Walk, and the Switzerland Walk – Finhaut and Giétroz. If you don’t have a personal car, your guide can arrange a taxi service that will bring you to the designated meeting point where your guide will meet you and the taxi can pick you up after the walk. For the most part the taxi service vehicles can carry up to 8 people. In the event that the road for the Renaissance Walk, i.e. Coupeau, is closed due to snow (usually in early spring or late autumn), you’ll head to Charousse, a backup option, instead of Coupeau.
      • The other walks—the Tréléchamps Walk and the Chamonix Walk do not require personal cars. The Chamonix Walk will be in downtown neighborhoods. For the Tréléchamps Walk, the meeting point can be reached by a lovely little red shuttle train (free with their Carte d’hôte card).
  • We highly recommend that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance.

    With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more. Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.

    We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to. If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

  • Day Trips Cancellations
    Fully refundable within the initial 48 hours from booking, unless the trip date is less than 7 days from the time of the booking.
    Cancellations up to 7 days prior to the trip date are refundable 100%.
    Cancellations within 7 days prior to the trip date are non-refundable.

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