7 Day French, Swiss and Italian Alps Hiking Photo Adventure
Go on the adventure of a lifetime with this 7 day hiking photography workshop of the French, Swiss and Italian Alps!
This legendary mountain range is famous for its spectacular scenery, stretching all the way from southern to northern Europe. It is home to a number of towering alpine peaks, the likes of which include the mythical jagged Matterhon. Charming villages and towns, lush green meadows, rolling valleys, glaciers and crystal clear streams are just some of the magnificent sights that you can expect to witness as you immerse yourself in the spectacular mountainous landscapes on this unique photography and climbing adventure.
Throughout this tour, you'll be accompanied by expert photography educators, Arild Heitmann and Emma Svensson, who will ensure that you'll be at all the right places to take advantage of the best light. On-hand will be specialist IFMGA mountain guides, providing assistance as you climb to the peaks of three mountains – Castor, Pollux and Breithorn – all of which are around 4000 metres in height. While no prior mountain climbing experience is required, this tour is rated as moderate in difficulty and you should be physically fit enough to hike up to 6 hours a day with your backpack.
All of your meals, transportation and accommodation will be arranged for you, meaning that you'll have all the time in the world to focus on taking in the magnificent surroundings, improving your photography skills, experiencing the alpine culture and exploring to your heart's delight.
Do not miss out on the opportunity to capture the incredible beauty of the Alps! Check availability by choosing a date.
Day 1 - Arrival in Chamonix
Day 2 - Lac Blanc, Aiguille du Midi
Day 3 - Ayas Rifugio
Day 4 - Mount Castor
Day 5 - Mount Pollux
Day 6 - Breithorn, Klein Matterhorn
Day 7 - Matterhorn, Departure from Zermatt
Fitness and Experience
You should be able to hike 6 hours per day with a daypack. To prepare for the tour, you'll need to do regular training if you want to have a chance of reaching the summits. We will help you out with a training plan if needed.
Experience in hiking is good but you don't need any experience in climbing. Our guides will teach you everything that you need to know to ensure your safety.
You will be walking on glaciers and steep terrain. There will be some exposure during the climbs but you will always be secured with a rope by the mountain guides.
It's possible to feel the altitude when you climb 4000 metre mountains. We will acclimatise by sleeping in mountain huts at different altitudes before the climbs. Common symptoms that you may experience include headache, illness, loss of appetite and feeling tired (hard to sleep). Usually the symptoms go away with some paracetamol but if not, then you must go down to a lower altitude again. Keep an open and honest conversation with your mountain guides about how you are feeling.
What Gear Will I Need?
Hiking clothes like base layer, gore-tex and a thin down jacket. Gloves, hat and warm socks. 30-40L backpack and headlamp. Mountaineering boots that fit crampons, poles, helmet, harness and ice axe. You can rent the climbing gear you don't have in Chamonix (we will return it for you).
For camera, you'll want to go as light as possible because you have to carry it while climbing. We typically use one camera body with a 24-105 mm lens in the mountains as well as a phone.
500 EURO (full payment required 60 days prior to the tour).
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 is always dependent on weather, as the weather in the Alps can indeed be highly unpredictable. Likewise, summits of the peaks are dependent on favourable weather conditions.
22-28 Jun 2020 – Guided by Arild Heitmann & Emma Svensson