Chamonix- the world’s most popular Adventure Hub

1 April, 2021 | Reccy Guide

Getting There

Chamonix is very accessible due to the popularity of the ski resorts in the winter, there are buses and trains that frequently run through the town. As well there are several airports within 3 hours of Chamonix such as Geneva, Turin, Milan, Chambery, and Lyon airport. As well, visitors are able to rent a car and drive to the hub

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Overview

Chamonix, is a quaint town in the South-Eastern part of France, near to the border of Switzerland, which serves as an outdoor lover’s haven. Tucked in-between the mountainous peaks of Aiguilles Rouges and Aiguille du Midi, visitors are surrounded by stunning panoramic views. Within the quaint French village that rests on the Alps, visitors are able to explore the natural beauty through activities all year round. Chamonix is best known for its skiing during the winter, yet during the summer from May to September visitors come to the town to try hiking, climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, paragliding, bouldering, and it is a popular starting place of many climbs and treks including climbing Mont Blanc, Eiger and Matterhorn and the Tour du Mont Blanc trek.

Even though Chamonix is a small town, it has its own distinct French culture. There is an interesting mix of cafes, restaurants, bars, and shops. During the summer months local food markets pop up throughout the village. This is a great opportunity to try French cuisines, make sure to sample goat cheese, pastries, and try European wines in Chamonix. France is a cheese lovers paradise and has many popular cheese cuisines such as Savoyarde Fondue and Raciette. 

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From Chamonix visitors are able to explore nearby attractions such as Aiguille du Midi, Mer de Glace, Grotte de Glace, and go on trams and gondolas to see the beauty of Mont Blanc.  Aiguille du Midi can be reached by two panoramic gondola rides that first brings guests to the Plan de l’Aiguille, which is 2310 meters. The second gondola ride continues to the Aiguille du Midi summit, which is 3777 meters above sea level. This is a breathtaking place to visit a restaurant while admiring the stunning views of the French, Italian, and Swiss Alps. Mer de Glace, means Sea of Ice and this attraction is home to one of the largest glaciers in Europe. The glacier is a short walk from the ice cave called Grotte de Glace, which is a 100-meter-long cave that offers stunning views of the natural sea of ice. For visitors who would like a more relaxing activity the Tramway du Mont Blanc is perfect for admiring the scenery in a tram as it passes through forests and pastures as it ascends up to Bellevue, which is at an elevation of 1900m. 

Paragliding above ChamonixParagliding above Chamonix

Chamonix also offers its own activities to visitors who are interested in outdoor sports such as paragliding, rafting, mountain biking, rock climbing, golfing, freeriding, snowshoeing, downhill and cross-country skiing. To partake in these extreme mountain sports, tourists can learn more about them and find different sports operators at the tourist office located in the center of Chamonix. 

Aiguille du midiAiguille du midi

This outdoor nature hub is home to many sporting goods stores that sell equipment and clothing for all types of sports. For many of the sporting activities visitors will be able to rent equipment such as skis, yet in Decathlon, Odlo Store Chamonix, Snell Sports, Patagonia Chamonix, and many more stores sports enthusiasts are able to purchase their own gear. 

Chamonix in winterChamonix in winter

 The quaint town offers visitors a variety of activities and is filled with cafes, restaurants, shops and attractions to immerse its guests in a natural paradise. In this village, visitors  are able to find out necessary information and maps about the route can be purchased and hikers are able to visit local sporting goods shops and stores to stock up on essential hiking items.

 

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