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 be held on Saturday 21 July 2018 at 2 pm at the Salle communale in Chandolin (Plampraz), Valais. At 3:00 pm, the meeting will be followed by a talk (in French) and slide projection on the subject Ce qu'ont vu les Bouddhas - Alexandra David-Néel au Sikkim, ou la découverte d'une voie littéraire, by Samuel Thévoz, specialist on the history of travel in Tibet. 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.

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 2017, three Ella-Maillart-Prizes have been awarded by our Association to the best students at the school:

Léna Nicol for her exam paper Lesthétique des addictions ? Quel rapport entre l’image enfantine d’un doudou, celle modelée d’un sportif ou bariolée d’une ludopathe ?

Etienne Poncet for his dissertation entitled Is it possible ? Est-ce-que de nos jours n'importe qui peut, grâce aux nouvelles technologies, réaliser un projet d'architecture sans avoir fait d'études dans le domaine?

Georgia Casarella for her essay on the subject La dyslexie – Un individu dyslexique, possède-t-il les mêmes chances de réussite qu'une personne n'ayant pas ce trouble ?

Films and exhibitions

Les voyages extraordinaires d'Ella Maillart
With some 18 500 tickets sold in Swiss cinemas, the new documentary by Raphaël Blanc and Dominique Rappaz has been quite successful. The film was shown at various festivals, including  Dijon, Albertville, Soleure, St-Etienne and Paris, as well as at the Morocco Advenure Film Festival where it won a first prize. On November 12 and 18, 2018, it will be shown at the International Festival of Adventure Films in La Rochelle. A shorter version of 52 mins is programmed on Swiss TV for the autumn of 2018.

Tour de Vissoie, Val d'Anniviers
An exhibition of Ella Maillart's photographs of Chandolin, taken between 1947 and 1975, will be on show in this historic building in the summer of 2019. The exhibition will be accompanied by documentaries she shot in Afghanistan, Nepal and India, as well as films on her life and career. Inauguration on 6 July 2019.

New publications


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

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.