Chamonix, the famous mountain village that is every adrenaline junkies dream. Not only has this winter hot spot got a multitude of fantastic ski areas to suit of levels of skier, but it is also the perfect alpine summer resort for an outdoor lover’s summer mountain holiday. We give you an insight into the 5 best activities to do whilst in the Valley on your summer holiday.
The Chamonix Valley provides tourists with a multitude of different summer activities. Read on and immerse yourself in the wonder that this incredible summer mountain resort provides.
#1 Hiking In The Chamonix Valley
If you are looking to get away, gain a tan and come back toned and revitalised from a week of physical action in clear mountain air, then a Chamonix luxury summer holiday is the answer!
With the entire valley at your disposal, you will want to lace up your walking boots and get hiking asap. Chamonix has some of the best hiking trails in the Alps to suit all levels. It has one of the most complete, well sign posted and incredibly maintained networks of high altitude mountain footpaths in the region.
We really mean it when we say it has a lot to offer. With over 600kms or 400 miles of marked trails to enjoy, you maybe have to consider a long-stay! Technical climbers can enjoy a challenge by heading up the Aiguilles Rouges nature reserve. For beginners looking to take in the sights, an easy amble at the far end of the valley in the area of Le Tour.
If you are feeling really adventurous, then a must-do hike is the Via Ferrata stages. Translated from Italian, it means “Iron Roads” and this is true to its translation. The routes are built into rock faces with cables and ladders designed to accommodate tourists in the safest possible way. It must be said that when it comes to Via Ferrata in the Alps, you will need a certain level of climbing and hiking ability. Oh, and of course, be comfortable with heights.
#2 Mountain Biking in Chamonix
So, you think that walking is a bit tame for you? Don’t worry, as Chamonix in the summer also has a lot of mountain biking trails suited to again, you probably guessed it, all levels! From long, calf burning, sweat enveloping, technical ascents to cruise’y downhill trails for those looking to take in the scenery at their own pace. Chamonix provides you with a plethora of lift access to take you back up the hill. After all that, the last thing you want to do carry your bike up or even worse, cycle!!
Because of the location of the Chamonix Valley, mountain biking enthusiasts can challenge themselves with one of the most challenging trails being a 200km ride around the breathtaking and iconic Mont Blanc, whilst also enjoying the views the valley has to offer.
If you fancy a change of scenery, then Chamonix provides you with a gateway to neighbouring resorts such as Verbier, Megeve, Courmayeur and the world famous Portes Du Soleil area, also with some of the best mountain bike parks and trails on offer in these resorts too!
#3 Chamonix Paragliding
You have done one day of hiking, one day of mountain biking. You are now looking to step things up a bit! Those looking for pulse-raising activities with unrivalled mountain and valley views, Chamonix is perfect for paragliding in the Alps. Chamonix has an array of paragliding companies to get you airborne.
With both solo flights available (if qualified) or in a tandem with a qualified paragliding pilot, this incredible sport can be enjoyed by everybody. As a passenger, you get the luxury of getting to choose how you would like to fly. Do you enjoy the rollercoaster feeling? Or would you rather enjoy cruising the air currents in order to get the perfect camera shots? This is an experience that cannot be missed.
For safety reasons, paragliding cannot be performed during poor weather conditions.
#4 Canyoning in Chamonix
If you haven’t heard of this before, canyoning combines climbing, swimming, hiking and cliff jumping. Chamonix is one of the best places for Canyoning in the French Alps, it’s a fun-packed day out. Abseil into glacial pools of water (or jump into if you are a bit of a show boater), whilst taking in beautiful mountain scenery and fresh mountain air; what more could you want?
Canyoning can be offered as a half day activity, or full days are also available. You will be provided by all the necessary equipment from your tour operator. You’ll be thankful for a wetsuit, as the glacial water isn’t exactly warm! This is one of the best summer activities in Chamonix for anyone who really loves the outdoors. It is a great way to see all of Chamonix’s hidden gems you wouldn’t normally be witness to.
#5 Mer de Glace and Montenvers Train
If you are looking for one of the more beautiful and relaxing summer activities in Chamonix, then the Mer de Glace and the Montenvers Train needs to be seen. In summer, the Montenvers train runs regularly from the station in the centre of town. It ascends from 1,000 metres to 1,913 metres at its final stop. The tramway was built in 1908 and was the first custom-built tourist attraction within the valley. It is also one of the top sightseeing hot-spots in the Alps.
The train transports you up to the Mer de Glace, which translates as ‘sea of ice’. It’s simply breathtaking and an absolute must, being the largest glacier in France (7km in length and 200m deep). The views from the station include some famous Chamonix peaks too. Cast your eye at Les Drus (3,754 metres), Les Grands Jorasses (4,205 metres) and the Aiguille du Grepon (3,484 metres).
Chamonix is a mountain destination that is arguably more popular in the summer than it is in the winter. If there are any activities above that spark an interest in exploring the opportunity for a summer holiday in Chamonix, then please do get in touch with our Summer Alps Specialists. Just drop us an email or give us a ring on +44 (0) 1202 203659 for information on our summer listings. Make sure to follow our social media channels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest videos, news and properties in the Alps.