Hailing from Valuéjols, a quaint rural community in south-central France, Kenny finds solace and inspiration in its rugged beauty. Not far from the majestic French Alps, he’s become an expert guide of the encompassing region known as Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.

Are you ready to embark on a journey through France's breathtaking alpine landscapes? Join us as we uncover some of the most picturesque spots recommended by photographer and hiking enthusiast Kenny Cerou.

Equipped with his trusty hiking shoes and camera in hand, he travels on countless adventures, seeking out the most scenic spots. His keen eye and unwavering dedication to his craft have earned him recognition as a master of capturing mesmerizing monochromes of natural splendor.

Join us as Kenny takes us along his photographic exploration of his favorite mountain hiking trails in southeastern France.

1. Aravis Mountain Range

Stretching 25 kilometers from north to south, the Aravis Range in the French Alps offers a diverse range of photographic opportunities. At its heart lies the iconic Pointe Percée, the highest summit at 2,752 meters (9,028 ft), providing a stunning focal point for your mountain shots. From lush green meadows to rugged rocky peaks, the Aravis Range promises awe-inspiring vistas.

2. Bornes MassifExploring France's alpine beauty: 10 photo-worthy hiking spots  | Skylum Blog(2)

Adjacent to the Aravis Range, the Bornes mountains offer a quieter alternative for exploration. With their gentle slopes and pristine alpine lakes, these mountains provide a serene backdrop for nature photography. You can capture the tranquil beauty of Lake Annecy or venture further into the wilderness to discover hidden gems.

3. Annecy Exploring France's alpine beauty: 10 photo-worthy hiking spots  | Skylum Blog(3)

Known as the "Pearl of the French Alps," Annecy is a charming alpine town nestled along the shores of Lake Annecy. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks, it offers a blend of natural and architectural beauty. Climb to vantage points like the Col de la Forclaz for views of Mont Blanc on clear days.

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4. Le Grand-BornandExploring France's alpine beauty: 10 photo-worthy hiking spots  | Skylum Blog(4)

Tucked away on the western slope of the Aravis Range, Le Grand-Bornand exudes year-round rustic charm. Whether you're wandering through its quaint village streets or hiking along its scenic trails, this region captivates with its timeless beauty. Don't miss the opportunity to photograph traditional chalets against a backdrop of towering peaks bathed in golden sunlight.

5. Haute-SavoieExploring France's alpine beauty: 10 photo-worthy hiking spots  | Skylum Blog(5)

Boasting some of the most famous destinations in the French Alps, Haute-Savoie is an extensive region and a treasure trove of mountainous wonders. More on this below. For a dose of artistic inspiration, wander through the avant-garde architecture of Flaine, adorned with sculptures by renowned artists, such as Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, and Jean Dubuffet. Every corner offers photo-worthy scenes.

6. ChamonixExploring France's alpine beauty: 10 photo-worthy hiking spots  | Skylum Blog(6)

As the gateway to Mont Blanc, Chamonix offers a plethora of opportunities for adventure and photography. Whether you're skiing down its legendary slopes or hiking to viewpoints like Aiguille du Midi, prepare to be awestruck by the sheer majesty of the surrounding peaks. Capture the dynamic interplay of light and shadow as clouds dance across the sky, creating ever-changing scenes worthy of a master's brushstroke.

7. Manigod

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Nestled amidst rolling hills and alpine meadows, the linked ski areas of Manigod provide a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life. With panoramic views of snow-capped peaks stretching as far as the eye can see, this hidden gem is a paradise for landscape photographers. Explore its network of trails and capture the essence of untouched wilderness in every frame.

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8. Mounts of CantalExploring France's alpine beauty: 10 photo-worthy hiking spots  | Skylum Blog(8)

Venture into the heart of France to uncover the Mounts of Cantal, remnants of a once-mighty volcano positioned within the Massif Central. With landscapes shaped by time, these mountains offer a glimpse into the earth's geological history, formed over millions of years by volcanic activity. Hike through verdant valleys and past cascading waterfalls, capturing the raw power and beauty of nature in its purest form.

9. BelledonneExploring France's alpine beauty: 10 photo-worthy hiking spots  | Skylum Blog(9)

Located in the southeastern corner of France, the Belledonne massif is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts seeking adventure and solitude. Scale the heights of the Grand Pic de Belledonne for unparalleled views of the surrounding landscape, where jagged peaks pierce the sky and alpine lakes shimmer in the sunlight. With its untamed beauty and rugged terrain, Belledonne is a photographer's dream.

10. Mont BlancExploring France's alpine beauty: 10 photo-worthy hiking spots  | Skylum Blog(10)

No alpine adventure in France is complete without a visit to Mont Blanc. At 4,808 meters (15,774 ft), it reigns as the highest peak in Western Europe. Towering above the Chamonix Valley, Mont Blanc stands as the crown jewel of the French Alps with its majestic summit, attracting mountaineers and photographers from around the globe. Whether you're capturing its prominent silhouette against a fiery sunrise or admiring its icy slopes bathed in alpenglow, Mont Blanc is sure to leave an indelible impression on your photographic journey.

Are you ready to experience the splendor of France's alpine wonders? Pack your camera gear and embark on an unforgettable adventure with Luminar Neo as your creative companion.

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