You enter the valley and your eyes fall on Mont Blanc, 4,810 meters, roof of Europe, the third most visited natural site in the world. Each year this myth attracts millions of visitors and thousands of climbers. Your gaze turns away and there the Aiguilles de Chamonix sparkling before your eyes, a raw encounter with the rock in its purest form. Then come the glaciers, these ice giants have always inspired, astonished, fascinated. You are in the heart of the Mont Blanc massif!
There are many summer activities in Chamonix. Take your classes in a paragliding school or experience a tandem flight. You can also practice rafting or canyoning on the torrent flowing in the center of the city: the Arve. The Mont Blanc massif is a world famous place for climbing, mountaineering and trails. The hikes are magnificent whether it is for the whole family or for sportsmen wanting to exert themselves. In the event of bad weather, you can always take advantage of the Les Houches climbing room or the Chamonix Sports Center.
In Chamonix there is always something to do, from music events and festivals to sports competitions and trails. Major sporting events include the Freeride World Tour in January where you can see pro skiers and snowboarders making extreme tracks on the steep slopes of the massif, the Festival de la Magie in April, the Mont Blanc Marathon in June, the world cup of the climbing world in July and the UTMB in August. Without forgetting the musical festival, Cosmo Jazz, where you can listen to the bands of music in the open air and in the mountains at the end of July.
Here are some essential ideas for your stay:
The Aiguille du Midi and the Panoramic Mont-Blanc
The Aiguille du Midi has been a must in the Chamonix Mont-Blanc Valley for over 60 years. From the center of Chamonix, the Aiguille du Midi cable car will transport you in 20 minutes to the gates of the High Mountain at 3842 m.
The famous little cog train, departing from Chamonix, takes you to the Montenvers site located at 1913 m. A magnificent panorama of the Mer de Glace glacier, the Drus and the Grandes Jorasses. On the spot, the visit of the ice cave is a trip to the heart of the glacier, recut each year, it describes the life of the mountain dwellers at the beginning of the 19th century.
The 350 km of trails crisscrossing the Valley invite you to discover no less than 170 itineraries suitable for everyone. Walk at the bottom of the valley in the scent of fir trees, take a little altitude and taste the blueberries in a grandiose setting or collect the unevenness ... From a one-day family hike to a circuit with nights in shelters, everyone can organize themselves according to their abilities and according to their desires.
Find routes and refreshments: Hiking routes - Chamonix Mont Blanc Tourist Office
Merlet animal park where you can observe ibex, marmots and chamois very closely. Tobogganing on rails: the main attraction of the Domaine des Planards and intended for the whole family, from 3 years old. A roller coaster in the heart of the mountains! A 1,300m long track with jumps, turns, and 540 ° spins. Accro’parc des Gaillands: The largest adventure park in the Chamonix valley, at the foot of Mont-Blanc! 3 hours of activities in the trees, a 'must do' for the whole family next to Lac des Gaillands.
Paragliding in a tandem, fly over Chamonix and contemplate the landscape. Canyoning, rafting, hydroglisse, take the plunge. Golf, 18 holes of Chamonix facing Mont-Blanc. Mountain biking, Climbing, Mountaineering ... and many other activities.
Stroll in town
A moment of relaxation in one of the valley's spas, shopping in the lively streets of Chamonix, tea or coffee accompanied by a gourmet treat, friendly atmosphere in one of the town's many bars Traditional dinner, local cuisine world, or a gourmet meal at a starred restaurant among the 40 restaurants in the Chamonix Valley ... and finally the warm atmosphere of a dance floor or the Casino Jeux!