Chamonix Day Walks
Since the first ascent of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Western Europe, the famous mountain town of Chamonix has attracted visitors worldwide. The stunning views of glaciers and snow clad summits have inspired artists, writers, and poets such as Wordsworth, Dickens and Shelley.
With both Switzerland and Italy just thirty minutes drive away we can easily walk in three countries in three days. It's an ideal base for a huge range of day walks for all abilities.
Ascents can range from just 150m to over 1000m - there are trails to suit everyone.
The walk to Lac Blanc, a glacier-formed lake high above the valley, is one of the classics of the area. It has been described by some as one of the 'best day walks' in the world! We begin at the Col des Montets above Argentière where we take the alpine path which climbs steadily to the ridge. We often see ibex, chamois and marmots en route. Once on the ridge the most amazing views of the Mont Blanc massif are revealed. After coffee and cake at the lake we descend to Flégère where we can take the cable car back to the valley. Ascent: 900m.
Aiguille du Midi
A trip to the snowy peaks on the Aiguille du Midi cable car is a must. It offers incredible views of the mountain ranges and the chance to get up close' to this alpine wonderland. After enjoying the views we descend to the mid-station and being our high traverse to Montenvers. This is one of the famous 'balcony' walks established in the Victorian era. We end at Montenvers were we look down to one of the longest glaciers in the Alps, the Mer de Glace. Mountaineers can often be seen on the glacier practising their ice climbing techniques. We descend on the rack and pinion railway to Chamonix. Ascent: 150m.
The Alpage of Loriaz
We travel to the village of Vallorcine, the name means valley of the bears, and then begin our climb to Loriaz. We climb through the forests before breaking out onto the high alpage; the summer meadows where the herds graze to a chorus of cow bells. The alpine flowers with their vivid colours are one of the highlights of a trip to the alpage. We can enjoy a coffee and cake at the farm buildings before descending back to the valley. Ascent: 900m.
Lognan to Chapieux
We start from the village of Argentière then take a cable car to the middle station of the world famous Grand Montets ski area. Then we begin our journey across the mountain side heading south towards Mont Blanc. This gentle undulating path has excellent views of the Chamonix Aiguilles, or needles, the name given to the rocky spires towering high above us. We then walk back down to the valley floor and Chamonix itself. Ascent: 150m.
Aiguille des Posettes
A scenic trip on the famous Mont Blanc Express brings us to Montroc, where we begin our ascent of the Posettes ridge. The route takes us through pine forests, where squirrels are often see scampering through the branches, then we get onto the ridge proper which provides the most incredible views of the Argentière glacier, Mont Blanc, and over to the mountains of Switzerland. There is a real sense of being high with views in all directions. We complete the traverse of the ridge, and descend back to Montroc. Ascent: 900m.
La Pierre a Bosson
A pleasant stroll through the old part of the village of Argentière, past the Baroque church whose altar was carried over by mule from Italy, then up through the pine forests and flowers to the Pierre à Bosson - a viewpoint above the glacier. After enjoying the panorama we traverse through the woods until we travel under the nose of our second glacier of the day at Le Tour. Ascent: 450m.
Coupeau to Brevent
Stunning views and also a challenging walk due to its uphill nature to the Brevent cable car. We start in the coolness of the trees by the very imposing Christ Roi statue above Les Houches in the small village of Coupeau. We then walk to the animal park, Parc de Merlet where ibex and chamois can be seen. We leave the trees to sight views of the Mont Blanc range on the opposite side of the valley. These views grow in their grandeur and stay with us all day. Our well deserved lunch stop is at the Refuge de Bel Lachat. An easier afternoon completes our ascent to the summit of Brevent where we gain 360° panoramic views. A superb walk that saves the knees from a long down hill! Ascent: 1600m.
|Group Size||Per Day||Half Day|
|1 to 8||£265||£180|
|9 to 10||+ £15 p/p||+ £10 p/p|
The daily cost includes the services of a qualified International Mountain Leader with extensive knowledge and enthusiasm for the mountain environment and region. The Chamonix valley offers an excellent free public transport system for visitors - please ask us for full details on how to receive this. For small groups it's possible that your guide can offer transportation to the start/finish of your walk.
For groups larger than 8 we charge the normal day or half day rate plus an additional fee per group member.
The guide's fee is shared between the members of your group making this an inexpensive way to explore the mountains without the worry of having to think about the route, weather or logistics of an alpine day. You just relax and enjoy the mountains.
Other travel expenses, food, any uplifts used and insurance are not included in this price. We also accept Euros by prior arrangement.
We can also quote you an inclusive price which will include your accommodation and any nights away in mountain refuges. We have an extensive knowledge of a wide range of accommodation in the Chamonix valley to suit any requirement.
Please note that you must have the appropriate insurance for your chosen activity. You must be covered for helicopter rescue, repatriation and medical costs. With regard to this please be sure you have read the Insurance section in our Terms and Conditions.
We can also travel a little further and cross into Italy, only 30 minutes away through the Mont Blanc tunnel, where we could spend a night in the wonderful Rifugio Bonatti, a mountain refuge as comfortable as any hotel. Switzerland is also on our doorstep, another 30-minute drive from Chamonix, where we have access to another regions historic day walks and the luxurious Swiss thermal baths at Lavey-les-Bains.
Chamonix is easily reached from other European and worldwide destinations by road, rail, coach or plane. For suggested travel links please refer to our Booking & Information pages for further details. Geneva is the closest international airport, only 75 minutes away by road, making shared transfers, buses or trains easy to arrange. Please contact us if you need further advise on your specific travel requirements.
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