Unpack and make yourself comfortable in your room. Walk the
few hundred metres into Chamonix Town Centre and familiarize
yourself with where everything is. May be have a coffee at one
of the many street cafes before returning to the chalet for
a hearty dinner.
Take the nearby Brevent cable car up to the halfway stage, Plan
Praz. From there walk up to the top of Brevent via the Col de
Brevent, part of the famous Tour du Mont Blanc route. Have lunch
at the restaurant at the top looking across the valley at Mont
Blanc and the Aiguille du Midi. Walk down through the trees
or take the cable car depending on how energetic you are feeling.
Catch the Montenvers cog-railway up to the end of the Mer de
Glace, the largest glacier in the Chamonix area. Enjoy the views
as the train winds its way up through the alpine forest and
then have your breath taken away by the view up the huge sea
of ice at the top. For a few extra Euros you can go down to
the ice cave which is dug out of the glacier every year. Inside
they have carved beautiful sculptures out of the ice, and see
the layers indicating the years of snowfall like rings on a
tree. Visit the free alpine wildlife museum by the Hotel Montenvers
to understand more of the regions flora and fauna. Choose one
of the pretty hikes down, or return on the train.
Make an early start to miss the crowds and catch the cable car
up the spectacular Aiguille du Midi. The second stage of the
cable car is the longest and highest cable car with no intermediate
pylons. Remember to wrap up warm as the top station is surrounded
by ice and snow all year round. The views across France, Switzerland
and Italy for a mile up will ensure you use a lot of camera
film! Only 1000m short of the top of Mont Blanc you can often
spot climbers trudging out across the snow. Go out through the
ice tunnel to the top of the Valley Blanche and watch as brave
souls take off from here with their paragliders.
Take the cable car down to the halfway Plan du Aiguille and
then walk down through the alpine meadows finishing up in town
for a well deserved drink.
Take the local train from Chamonix up the valley to Montroc,
from there hike up the Tour du Mont Blanc trail to Le Tour.
Take the opportunity to catch the cable cars up towards Col
de Balme. Hike the final distance up to the Refuge for a cup
of coffee, in Switzerland! After the refueling, start what is
a long hike down into the Trient valley in Switzerland through
alpine meadows and forests. Enjoy the amazing view of the Trient
glacier before descending down into a little Swiss village.
Following the road along the valley as far as Chatelard stop
at the shops to buy some chocolates and cuckoo clocks before
getting on the train all the way back to Chamonix. You did remember
your passport didn't you?
The long days hiking yesterday means that something more relaxing
is required. Rent a car, or take a bus and go through the Mont
Blanc tunnel to Italy. Rebuilt and reopened after the devastating
fire of 1999 the tunnel is a source of much local controversy.
The deepest tunnel in the world, it goes directly under the
Mont Blanc massive. On the other end of the tunnel you will
come out into the beautiful valley of Courmyeur. Known as the
valley of sunshine cool off by a walk along the river fueled
by the melting glaciers, or add some ice to your drink in a
Have some adventure and book an early morning flight on a paraglider
from the Plan Praz take off area half way up Brevent. After
gliding over 1000m above the valley floor touch down in the
landing zone right by the chalet. Instead, you could walk to
the Planards beginner's ski slope. In the summer, when there
is no snow this plays host to the summer luge and the Parc de
Adventure. The summer luge is a fast track for plastic sledges
and an opportunity for lots of fun, but be warned, you do need
that brake. The Parc de Adventure is a fun in the trees with
cargo nets, high-wires and rope slides.
In the afternoon rent a bike from one of the hire shops in town
and explore some of the low level VTT trails up and down the
valley. Maps available in the chalet for you to borrow. Come
back and watch the sunset on the Aiguilles Verte.
Its departure day, but if your flight isn't until a little later
why walk the couple of minutes to the shops and buy a few souvenirs
for those at home who missed out on this great trip.
have to come back next year because look at all the other things
you didn't get to do: -
a day trip to Lake Annency, less than a couple of hours away.
1. Walk to the beautiful Lac Blanc and admire this high mountain
lake and the waterfalls on the way back.
2. Relax at the leisure centre by one of the three swimming
pools or by the lake.
3. Go climbing at Lac Gaillands.
4. Take a day to go and see an alpine stage of the Tour de France,
if you get your dates right!
5. Hike from the Flegere cable car and stop off on the way down
at the beautiful Chalet Floria, famed for its flowers and hanging
6. Go rafting or canyoning with one of the many organised trips.
7. Find the hidden waterfall in Vallorcine.
8. Go shopping in Geneva.
9. Hike from Argentiere up to the Grand Montets ski area and
have a coffee looking out on the Glacier du Argentiere.
And thats all the things that the non-riders can do, just think
how action packed a week with riding as well is going to be
with 10fifty in Chamonix!