Top three reasons to go hiking in the Chamonix area
The area abounds with picture-perfect settings and marvelous vistas
Discover quaint alpine hamlets and the locals’ traditional lifestyle
Memories will come back flooding each time you look at the professionally taken photos
Situated around the prized Chamonix lie some of the most colorful landscapes adorned with rural architecture and alpine tradition. To discover this fairy-tale-like region and capture unforgettable moments in one fell swoop, a professional photographer will follow you and take candid photos with your personal smartphone or camera along the way. With old village roads, cows grazing on alpine pastures, flowery meadows, and the dominant presence of Mont Blanc serving as the backdrop, the photos with your loved ones or pets will rekindle precious memories for years to come. Walk through Chamonix and quaint French villages such as Servoz, Les Houches, Tréléchamps. You could even step over the border and into the magical universe of Switzerland’s picturesque villages of Finhaut and Giétroz! This photo hike, coupled with the sweet sounds of birds chirping and the breathtaking views of this alpine region, is bound to renew your spirit and mind.
April through October
Geneva, Switzerland, is 1-1.5 hours away from all the locations
Choose how you spend your day
Renaissance Photo Walk in the Les Houches area
Take in the gorgeous vistas on an alpine pasture above the charming village of Les Houches and the sleepy hamlet of Coupeau. Soak up the 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.
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.
Meet your guide
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!
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.
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.
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
Covid measures in the Chamonix area, France and Switzerland
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in the Chamonix area, France, please refer to France Diplomacy’s advice for travelers and foreign nationals and Switzerland’s official COVID-19 travel guidelines.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get on this adventure:
- An experienced, local photographer with extensive knowledge of the area
- A half day of hiking
- Photos from the hike using the client’s smartphone or camera
What’s not included:
- 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. You can talk to your guide about the prices for the professional photoshoot or contact us to learn more.
How fit do I need to be?
In order to participate in this hiking adventure in the Chamonix area, you need to have a moderate level of fitness. You’ll be walking for approximately three hours and you’ll have to carry a backpack 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.
What do I need to bring?
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
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Headlamp or flashlight
- 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 age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- For these private hikes, the maximum client-to-guide ratio is 8:1.
- 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!
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.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to the Chamonix, most people fly into Geneva Airport in Switzerland 1.5 hours away. From there, you can rent a car or take a train and bus.
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).
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will provide specific instructions on the meeting locations for each walk. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.