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

Chandolin d'Anniviers - Photographs and Texts by Ella Maillart
7 July - 18 August 2019
Wed - Sun, 2:30 - 5:00 pm
Tour d'Anniviers, Vissoie, Valais/Switzerland
Vernissage on 6 July at 4:30 pm

On Thursdays at 2:00 pm: tour of the exhibition guided by Christiane Crettaz
On Thursdays and Saturdays at 3:00 pm, films projections (in French):
Ella Maillart écrivain (film portrait Plans-Fixes)
Les extraordinaires voyages d'Ella Maillart by Raphaël Blanc.

Annual meeting of the Friends of Ella Maillart
This year’s General Assembly of the Association Les amis d’Ella Maillart will be held on Saturday 6 July 2019 at 2 pm at the Salle communale in Vissoie, Valais.

At 3:00 pm, the meeting will be followed by a talk (in French) and slide projection entitled Anniviers - Passé Présent by Jean-Marc Caloz, former medical doctor in the Val d'Anniviers and a specialist on the valley's history.

Free entry - open to all, members of the Association as well as non-members.

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.

Ecole de Culture générale Ella-Maillart (ECG-EM)
Since September 2016 the school is located in the centre of Geneva, at rue d'Italie, in what used to be the premises of Collège de Candolle. In 2018, a single Ella-Maillart-Prize was awarded (rather than the usual two prizes) and the winner was Loan Gay for his photography-based essay "Eclairage sur des métiers de l'ombre - Comment mettre en lumière certains métiers si peu visibles ?

New publications

Im Land der Sherpas 
Epilogue by Felicitas Hoppe
224 pages, 60 b/w photographs
Nagel & Kimche, Zurich, 2018.
This German translation of The Land of the Sherpas tells how, in 1951, Ella Maillart obtained a rare permit to visit Nepal, the last independent Himalayan kingdom, closed until 1949. After a two-month stay in Kathmandu she walks to the Malemchi valley and the sacred Gosainkund lake.

Oasis interdites - De Pékin au Cachemire
Preface by Nicolas Bouvier
Collector Edition, 417 pages
With the 62 photographs of the original book
Payot & Rivages, Paris, 2018

A new edition of the original French version of this classic tale, first published by Grasset, Paris, in 1937.


Les voyages extraordinaires d'Ella Maillart
A new documentary film by Raphaël Blanc and Dominique Rappaz, consisting of extracts from films shot with Ella Maillart in 1973 and 1991, footage from her film Afghan Nomads (1939), a large number of photographs, as well as commentary and testimonies by Daniel Girardin, Bertil Galland et Catherine Domain, combined with recent footage from Kirghizistan, Val d'Anniviers and Lake Geneva.
2 DVDs: the film of 70 min. and interviews with several friends of Ella Maillart as well as a making-of. Available at Artemis Films Productions (, CHF 20.00.

Okrutni put
Dve žene i ford na putu za Avganistan
Preface by Frédéric Vitoux
(Translation into Serb of The Cruel Way)
Za srpski jesik JP Sluzbeni glasnik, Belgrade, 2017
341 p., 30 b/w photographs