Opening hours of Espace Ella Maillart (permanent exhibition) in Chandolin
Wednesday to Sunday from 10:30 am to 6:00 pm. During summer and winter peak season, open also on Monday and Tuesday. Opening hours being subject to change, it is recommended to enquire with the Chandolin Tourist Office prior to your visit. The exhibition is closed during low season, but you may contact the Chandolin Tourist Office to arrange a visit on request:
Tel.  +41 (0)27 476 17 15

Annual meeting of the Friends of Ella Maillart at Chandolin
This year’s General Assembly of the Association Les amis d’Ella Maillart will take place on Saturday 15 July 2017 at 11:15 am at the Salle communale in Chandolin (Plampraz), Valais.

At 2:00 pm, the meeting will be followed by the projection of Les Voyages extraordinaires d'Ella Maillart by the Swiss film-maker Raphaël Blanc. Shot in 2016 in Kirgizistan, at Chandolin and on Lake Geneva, this full-length documentary (70 mins) shows the life story of the traveller, using material from film archives, photographs and interviews with Catherine Domain and Bertil Galland. Narration by Daniel Girardin, former chief curator at the Musée de l'Elysée in Lausanne. Film director Raphaël Blanc, Dominique Rappaz (who produced the film) and Daniel Girardin will be present to comment on the making of this homage to Ella Maillart. Free entry, members and non-members are welcome.

Chemin Ella-Maillart in Geneva
In response to a request submitted by the Association of the Friends of Ella Maillart, the Genevan authorities announced in October 2016 that a new street in the Allières area of Eaux-Vives will be named after Ella Maillart - an exceptional decision because the Geneva State Council had previously decided to refrain from this category of designations.

Ella Maillart Hall at Municipal Museum of Karakol
Thanks to an initiative taken by Bernard Repond and Ishen Obolbekov of the Swiss association Pamir's Bridges, a new wing of some 100 m2 has been added to the municipal museum of the city of Karakol, near the eastern tip of Lake Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan. This new space, inaugurated on 10 September 2016 now houses a permanent exhibition of 112 photographs taken by Ella Maillart during her trek in the Celestial Mountains (Tien Shan) in 1932. Much of the construction costs were covered by the Karakol authorities but given the considerable cultural interest of this project to the region, it was has also sponsored by the Swiss Embassy to Kyrgyzstan, the State and Canton of Geneva, the Musée de l'Elysée in Lausanne and the Association The Friends of Ella Maillart.

"Sur les pas d'Ella Maillart dans les Monts célestes"
A further initiative of the Swiss association Pamir's Bridges and its Kyrgyz partners (EcoNomad et Shepherd's Way Trekking) is the proposal of a 15-day tour in the Tien Shan, in the foot steps of Ella Maillart (information on the itinerary, dates and cost:


Ella Maillart's work is included in the show Aller - Retour. Schweizer Photographie im Wechselspiel zwischen Fernweh und Heimat (Aller - Retour. Swiss Photopgraphy between Wanderlust and Homeland) at the Kunstmuseum of Thun (Canton of Berne, Switzerland). The exhibition examines the way Swiss photographers of different generations perceive their native land as opposed to foreign countries. From 20 May to 13 August 2017 (,

Autophoto, an exhibition organized by Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, includes images taken by  Ella Maillart. Some 500 photographs by 100 photographers from all parts of the world are displayed to explore the the relationship between photography and the motor car, showing how the latter has become both a subject and a tool for artists. From 20 avril to 24 septembre 2017 (, boulevard Raspail 261, 75014 Paris).
Several photographs by Ella Maillart as well as first editions of her books will be displayed at St-Pierre-de-Clages (VS) on the occasion of its annual Fête du livre, 25 to 27 August 2017 (

New publications

La tierra de los sherpas
Tushita edicions, Barcelona, 2016
100 pages, 16 photographies n/b

Au pays des Sherpas
Introduction by Pierre-François Mettan
Preface by Denis Bertholet
Éditions Zoé, Genève, 2017
144 pages, 65 photographies n/b

The first translation into Spanish, and the first publication of Ella Maillart's original French text for The Land of the Sherpas (Hodder and Staughton, London, 1955). The book tells about Ella Maillart's first stay in Nepal in 1951, as well as a trek to the sacred Gosainkund Lake, undertaken after this country had just opened its borders to the outside world.

Ella Maillart – Double Journey
A documentary by Mariann Lewinsky and Antonio Bigini, in French, Italian and English.
DVD, Publ. Memoriav & Cineteca di Bologna, 2015, 40 min. Accompanied by a booklet and a bonus (Ella Maillart filmed by Jean Grémillon in 1926; 1940 edition of Nomad’s of the Frontier by Ella Maillart). DVD on sale at Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, and Memoriav, Berne (CHF15.00).

This “film in a film” is about Ella Maillart’s and Annemarie Schwarzenbach’s journey from Geneva to Kabul, and on to India, in 1939-40. The authors used a range of materials to compose this successful mosaic: Ella Maillart’s 16mm films, her photographs, contact sheets and extracts from her travel diaries and correspondence.

El Camino Cruel -
Un Viaje por Turquia, Persia y Afghanistán
con Annemarie Schwarzenbach
La Linea del Horizonte, Madrid, 336 p., 2015
ISBN 9788415958314

A new Spanish edition of Ella Maillart’s The Cruel Way, telling the story of the trip she undertook in 1939 in the company of Annemarie Schwarzenbach aboard her powerful Ford V8. The voyage from Geneva to Kabul took eleven weeks.