• The Albert Premier Hut. 5 hrs hike from the campsite.
    The Albert Premier Hut. 5 hrs hike from the campsite.
  • View from the Albert Premier hut.
    View from the Albert Premier hut.
  • Walk to Lavancher, from the campsite, along the Petit Balcon Nord.
    Walk to Lavancher, from the campsite, along the Petit Balcon Nord.
  • Mountain biking on the new tracks in La Flegere.
    Mountain biking on the new tracks in La Flegere.
  • Climbing - back to the roots of Chamonix.
    Climbing - back to the roots of Chamonix.
  • Glaciere d'Argentiere. About a 2 hr walk from the campsite.
    Glaciere d'Argentiere. About a 2 hr walk from the campsite.
  • Parapenting
    Parapenting
  • Walking the dog. Albert Premiere
    Walking the dog. Albert Premiere
  • Mountaineering
  • Sport climbing and bouldering
  • Hiking and mountain walks
  • Via Ferrata
  • Mountain biking, road cycling
  • White water rafting, canyoning
  • Parapenting
  • Indoor /outdoor swimming pool
  • Tennis and squash courts 
  • Go-karting at Lac du Passy
  • English and French cinema 
  • L'Aiguille du Midi 
  • Montenvers train
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Activities

Here is a run down on just some of the things to do in Chamonix.

Hiking

The campiste is situated right on the Petit Balcon Nord, the main East/West walking track that goes from Le Tour, at the Eastern end of the valley, all the way down to Chamonix. This trail links up with many other's,  enabling you to get to the Glacier d'Argentiere, Lac Blanc, the Mer de Glace etc straight from the campsite, without even having to open your car door! The Chamonix Valley has over 350 km of superbly maintained trails, with itineries available, adaptable to all. For those doing the Tour du Mont Blanc, the campsite is situated  right on the route of the GR5. Ordnance Survey Hiking maps can be bought from reception.

 

Mountaineering

The Chamonix Valley offers some of the best and most sought after opportunities for mountaineering in the world. The summits of the Mont Blanc massif attract mountaineering enthusiasts from all over the globe, since they were first conquered by Jacques Balmat and Michel G. Paccard in the late 18th century.

There are high mountain routes in Chamonix that can be enjoyed by mountaineers of all different fitness and experience levels, from first timers, to those wishing to follow in the fabled footsteps of some of the most famous mountaineering legends that have made Chamonix their own.

 

Climbing, Via Ferrata, Bouldering

As well as its mountaineering, there are also some spectacular climbing walls and some supreme bouldering sites, all around the valley. If it is your first time, kit can be rented and lessons organised. There is also an indoor climbing wall in Les Houches for the (Very rare!!) times it rains. Passy, about a 20 mins drive away, has some enthralling Via Ferrata, and Servoz, about 15 mins drive, also has a new Via Ferrata set up, which is proving very popular.

 

Mountain Biking, Road cycling

After many years watching from afar, Chamonix has caught onto Mountain Biking in a big way, making the most of the unbeatable natural terrain for both cross country and downhill mountain biking. New, purpose-built downhill tracks built in La Flegere and Vallorcine are not for the fainthearted. Les Houches, has a wide variety of tracks suitable for all ages and levels with some unendingly fun and imaginitive northshore sections.

Every year, the Tour de France comes within reaching distance of Chamonix, passing just through Sallanches, just 20 mins drive away, in 2010.The number of supporters who go to watch is proof of the popularity of the sport in the valley. If tight lycra and burning thighs is your thing, there are, unsurprisingly, some phenomenal rides around Chamonix. The Col de Montets, leading into the Col de Forclaz over to Martigny is a classic, and covers two countries in one day, or if you are feeling slightly more masochistic, the Col de Grande St Bernard should finish you off nicely.

 

White Water Rafting, Canyoning

The fast water and glacial streams of the Mont Blanc Massif provide masses of opportunities for those who like their entertainment slightly wetter (And a little colder). Rafting wise, the river Arve, which runs straight down the Chamonix Valley is a decent level 2 river, and is great for kids and first timers. La Dora Baltea, about 20 mins drive from Chamonix, through the Mont Blanc Tunnel and into the Aosta Valley, is an adrenaline pumping level 5 river, and can be booked with a lunch in a tasty Italian Restorante.

Canyoning entails leaping into mountain torrents, abseiling down waterfalls and whooshing along solid rock water slides. Basically, a natural Disney Land, and well worth it.

 

Parapenting

Experienced paragliders will appreciate the lift system that provides easy access to the multiple take-off points around the valley. One of them is the Aiguille du Midi, providing a take-off height of 3842m. Tandem flights can be booked from around 100 €, and courses organised if you want to learn to fly yourself.

 

 


Other Attractions 

The Chamonix valley has many other attractions - 

 


Events

Chamonix is home to a multitude of international events, both sporting, cultural and musical. Here are some of the highlights - 

 

Sky Running World Championships

Mont Blanc Marathon

from Friday 26 June to Sunday 28 June

Including the infamous Mont-Blanc Vertical KM, the Mont Blanc Cross (23 km), the Mont Blanc 10KM and the Mont-Blanc Marathon (42 km).

http://www.montblancmarathon.net

 

 

 

World Climbing Championships

from Thursday 09 July to Sunday 12 July

An amazing spectacle drawing thousands of spectators: a Technical event in which pairs of climbers compete against each other by lead climbing a route on sight, and the Speed event, an impressive show of agility in which two top-roped climbers go head to head in a race to the top. With about 15000 spectators last year, it is an incredible sight to see.

http://escalade.chamonixsport.com

 

 

 

Cosmo Jazz Festival

from 23 July to 31 July

This entirely free music festival is the fruit of the imagination of André Manoukian, one of the judges from 'France has Got Talent', with the backing of the Chamonix municipal authority. It sees free concerts, during the week, from the top of L'Aiguille du Midi to Lac Blanc.

http://www.cosmojazzfestival.com

 

 

 

Fetes des Guides

12 - 15 August

As usual, the programme for this major annual event includes sound and light shows, concerts and a traditional ceremony.

http://www.fetedesguides.com/

 

 

 

 

North Face Ultra Trail

from Monday 25 August to Sunday 31 August

One of a kind, this unique, world reknowned event sees 6000 competitors cross 3 countries on foot (France, Italy and Switzerland), over 166 kilometres and 9,400 metres climb in one fell swoop.

http://www.ultratrailmb.com