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Chamonix, France

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Shweta Reddy

Introduction

Chamonix is known for it's skiing but there is a lot to do in summer as well. Heart stopping via ferratas, hiking, high altitude cable car rides, glaciers, paragliding and much more.

This is a very active itinerary where days have been divided between via ferrats and hiking. Trip starts and ends in Geneva.

Itinerary

Day 1

Drive to Chamonix

car icon Drive from Geneva to Chamonix

Even though there are shuttles that run from Geneva airport to Chamonix, it's much more convenient to have a car to get to various via ferrata trail heads.

Les Aiglons

Right next to Aiguille du Midi cable car station and the only free public car park in Chamonix. Great breakfast and walkable to city center.


Day 2

Rope walking

Via Ferrata of Curalla – Plateau d’Assy

It's an exciting climb with stunning views of Mont Blanc the entire time. What I didn't know at the time was, there is a section of Nepali bridges (rope walking) which was the scariest thing I have ever done. Not for the faint of heart! Other than the rope bridges the climb is difficult but doable. Take a lot of water because you will be exposed to the sun the whole way.

It's a 30min drive from Chamonix and you can find directions and more information here. The climb itself takes about 2hrs. You will have lot of the evening to explore Chamonix.

Les Aiglons

Same as day 1.


Day 3

Aiguille du Midi

Cable car to Aiguille du Midi

The station is one block from the hotel. The cable car stops at Refuge du Plan de l’Aiguille before going to the top of Aiguille du Midi.

You can make this a leisure cable car rides only day or mix it up with some hiking. Depending on the season and the schedule of Montenvers train, you can hike the Grand Balcon Nord. It starts at Refuge du Plan de l’Aiguille where you can get off on you way back from the top of Aiguille du Midi. The hike is scenic with views of Aiguille du Midi, Mont Blanc and Mer de Glace. Take the Montenvers train back to Chamonix.

In case the train is closed for the season you can simply hike down from Plan de l’Aiguille to Chamonix. It's a 3hr descent.

Les Aiglons

Same as day 1.


Day 4

More Via Ferratas

VF La du Mont

A Via Ferrata for everyone and all skill levels. The route has three sections and an exit after each section for people who don't want to go any further. The first and third section are doable with sufficient hand and foot holds, the second section is difficult and needs very steady feet. The entire route doesn't take more than 1.5hrs.

Best part of the climb is the view, you get a bird's eye view of the picturesque town of Sixt Fer a Cheval. The trail head for La du Mont is around an hour from Chamonix.

Les Aiglons

Same as day 1.


Day 5

Lac Blanc

Hike to Lac Blanc

Lac Blanc is one of the mountain lakes in Chamonix and relatively easy to get to. Take the cable car to Flegere, from there its a 2hr easy hike to Lac Blanc. Other option is to take the Index chairlift and hike from here. The Flegere cable car is seasonal, in case you are in Chamonix when its closed there many other hikes to chose from.

Les Aiglons

Same as day 1.


Day 6

Last Via Ferrata

VF Yves Pollet Villard

If you still have energy left for a via ferrata, here is another crazy one at La Clusaz, 1.5hr from Chamonix. It's a difficult one (not for beginners), specially towards the end with a big overhang. As all via ferratas, it has spectacular views and a crazy bridge.

Option 2 - Tandem Paragliding

If every part of your body hurts and you don't want to do any more physical activity, paragliding is the way to go. Chamonix valley is stunning however you get to see it and tandem paragliding is an unique experience. Fly Chamonix is one of many reputed paragliding operators in the valley.

car icon Drive to Geneva

Drive to the airport in Geneva or spend couple of days in Geneva before you head out.


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