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2019 European Alps Summer Adventure Tours and Photo Shoots


Between August 15th and October 6th 2019, I will be available to take you on an adventure tour in the European Alps. I have scouted the most beautiful locations on previous trips and I am happy to share my knowledge of the trails to bring you to the most breathtaking views I have discovered and also capture them for you so you can treasure the experience for the rest of your life and share it with your family and friends.

These will be experiences and memories of a lifetime. I'm here to take the stress out of your planning, don't worry about getting lost or not being able to find the trails to the best viewpoints and then battling your camera to try and get a photo which somewhat conveys the beauty of where you are. I've got all that sorted for you!

I take care of all logistics for the tour once we are on foot (where we meet, where we go etc..). However, transport and accomodation is not included, you will need to arrange your own. 

Learn more about your guide by clicking here.

Regions I am available: France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria.

(See bottom of page for list of locations and views you will see)

I can teach you how I adventure in the mountains. What gear I use, how I fuel my body, how to treat and prevent injuries, everything about how I travel in the alps (Car camping), running and hiking skills and how to safely experience the mountains. I will answer any of your questions throughout the day.

I will make sure you are prepared for the tour. I will plan where to take you, what views you are likely to see, what you need to bring and ensure you are safe. Most importantly, I will do my best to take you at the best times to minimise crowds and enjoy the best light.

Fitness Required: Open to all levels of fitness, but a good level of fitness is recommended. Please understand you will need to do between 15-30km a day on foot (or possibly more depending on fitness) with between 1000-2500m of vertical ascent and descent. I can be more specific if you let me know which location you are interested in visiting. 

The tour can be hiking or trail running depending on your fitness and personal preferences. We will go as fast or as slow as you choose.  

For trail runners, I can take you to the best locations and plan the day so you can relax without having to figure out the logistics. We can push the pace as fast as you want to go.

For hikers and novice runners, we will go at the pace comfortable for you, and what I think you will be able to maintain. There will be ample opportunity for rest periods and downtime when we take photos. Please don't fear you will not be capable enough, the day is all about you and helping you becoming more active and adventurous.

If you are concerned about your fitness, please contact me. I am happy to teach inexperienced people how to safely enjoy the mountains. The fitter you are, the more we can see and do, so please bear that in mind with your expectations for the day.  If you want help preparing for the experience, I can also coach you

The Tour contains a professional PHOTO SHOOT: 
I am a very experienced mountain photographer so I will take professional photos of you and your group and provide a downloadable package of professionally edited photos ready for sharing on social media and printing.

Never forget your experience and have exceptional photos you can fondly look back on later in life. I have scouted the locations and have found excellent locations for striking composition, these views are not always on the main tourist hiking trails.

Are you getting engaged or any other special occasion? I can take photos of your special moment.  I have experience in couples photography.

You may not want a photo shoot with the tour. This option is available. A tour without a phoot shoot will be discounted by 25%.


Single or Group Cost (Booked before Aug 1): Half day: €200 (up to 6 hrs).  Full day: €350 (up to 12 hrs).

Single or Group Cost (Booked on or after Aug 1): Half day: €225 (up to 6 hrs).  Full day: €375 (up to 12 hrs).

Multiple Days: Available with discount.

Non-refundable deposit required at time of booking: €50 via Paypal or the equivalent in Bitcoin. Pay the rest on the day. Preferable Cash only (Paypal transfer or Bitcoin also accepted).

We can postpone the tour due to bad weather if you have flexibility in your travels, and if I have the availability to move the tour. You will only lose the deposit should the tour not proceed.

I recommend no more than 6 people in a group. Contact me if you are looking to tour with a larger group and we can work out whether it is possible.

My recommendation is a full day to get the most out of each location. Some locations may only suit a long day excursion.

Optional addition PHOTO TUTORIAL:
I can demonstrate and teach you how to take captivating adventure photos. Learn all about how to use the best composition, take advantage of differing light conditions, how to take self portraits in the mountains. You will also receive - for no extra cost - my course on photography and how to develop your photos when it is available later in the year.

Add additional to the above tour cost: €100 (for 1-2 people) €200 (for up to 4 people) €300 (up to 6 people)


Contact me:


Email: james at couchtothesummit dot com

Instagram: @couchtothesummit or @scramblingtothesummit


Available Tour Locations




Majestic views of Mont Blanc in Chamonix

Chamonix is a gorgeous valley with multiple options for hiking and stunning mountain backdrops. There are so many options, the choice can be confusing for the unaquainted. Depending on how much time you have, I can plan an itinerary that makes the most of your time and gives you bang for your buck in this stunning location.





The Oeschinensee in Kandersteg 

One of the most beautiful places in Switzerland, most tourists are only drawn to the base of the lake, but miss some of the most stunning views from a series of hiking trails surrounding the lake. There are even capricorn goats lurking around and the higher we go there are also stunning views of the snow capped mountains. Many of my photos were taken off the main hiking trails, so I can save you a lot of time and get you directly to the best spots for some incredible photos.


The Alpstein

The Alpstein is home to the gorgeous and unique Kreuzeberge I, II and III, which pops out of the lush green hills surrounding it. To get the best shots its definitely useful to have a photographer on hand who can stand on a variety of hill vantage points along the ridgeline heading toward the main attraction. There is also a beautiful clear water lake you can cool off and have a swim in.



The Matterhorn and Glaciers in Zermatt

The Matterhorn is the most photographed mountain in the world. However, the mountains surrounding the car-free village of Zermatt contains a vast number of trails. Exploring them can take over a week or more. I know the best locations for photographing the Matterhorn and the best times to go to avoid the crowds.



The Aletsch Glacier

The Aletsch Glacier is the largest glacier in the alps and the trails heading above the village of Bettmeralp across to the Bettmerhorn offers stunning views of this glacier.



The Eiger in Grindelwald

The Eiger is one of the most famous walls in the world, and various trails around Grindelwald offer a vantage point of the Eiger's most impressive backdrop.





The Schlegeisspeicher in Tyrol

This hidden gem in Tyrol offers stunning view of the aqua blue waters of the Schlegeisspeicher Dam with the most stunning backdrop in Austria.



Gesäuse National Park

The Gesäuse national park is one of the most breathtaking places I have been fortunate enough to visit. With some of the most dramatic views of neighbouring peaks, the park offers amazing photo opportunities in every direction.





The breathtaking Seceda in the Dolomites

Seceda is one of those bucket list places to visit in the Italian Dolomites. It is best witnessed during sunrise and sunset to really get the best experience and avoid the hordes of tourists who gravitate to this exceptional place.