Whether you’re joining us on a Chamonix Walking Holiday or just coming to enjoy the mountains, Pinnacle Walking Holidays can recommend lots to do and see.
Below is our list of things that need to be seen and done.
1. Aiguille du Midi
The Aiguille du Midi just has to be the number one on our list. I never, ever get tired of going up there even if it’s just for a drink or to cool down on a hot day. It’s unlike any other cable car in the world in its scale and beauty.
This may be a slightly pointless tip – but it’s one of France’s biggest attractions! And is truly is unmissable. If you haven’t been before I would allow at least half a day to give yourself plenty of time to explore its many terraces. At peak times it can be very busy, try and get there before 9 a.m. to miss the queues.
2. Popular Walks
Whether it’s strolling along high level balcony walks with their wonderful panoramic views or drifting through the high meadows full of flowers, there is something for everybody in Chamonix.
Try the walks up to Lac Blanc or the Argentiere Glacier, the views that open up as you go higher are jaw-dropping. Even walking along the valley floor is awesome.
3. Montenvers and the Mer de Glace
The glossy red retro engines of the Montenvers railway chug up the mountainside to reach a point high above the Mer de Glace, with stunning views of the Dru and the Grandes Jorasses. There’s a lovely old restaurant which is reasonably priced and has a fantastic view.
The ice caves and exhibitions on crystals and Alpine fauna are fun, but the best thing to do here is just wander around the trails and take in the wonderful natural drama of the setting. You don’t have to go far to lose the crowds.
You can walk across to the Aiguille de Midi on the Vallot Path (also known as the Grand Balcon Nord). This is especially spectacular on the stretch via Signal Forbes above Montenvers.
4. Paragliding in the Chamonix Valley
Chamonix is one of the best places in the world for paragliding (the French word is parapente). With its combination of easy launching, incredible scenery and reliable thermals, you’ll see dozens of the bright wings drifting high above the valley.
Luckily, the fun is easily accessible to most people via a tandem flight, and this is something I’d highly recommend to anyone who has a head for heights.