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Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Travel Guide: 321 reviews and 678 photos

This is a page for people who don't like to hang around

On this picture: Michel-Gabriel Paccard and J. Balmat who was the first to ascend the Mont Blanc. One of them is pointing to the Mont Blanc Top.

The town in the North West of the Alps, pressed between the Italian and the Swiss border, is the place to be in Winter and Summer for all those who like skiing, hiking, para gliding, mountaineering...
or just a magnificent scenery over the highest snowcapped peaks.

As I am not fond of skiing, I like Chamonix the best during Summer. Consequently you'll find nothing about winter sports in my following tips.

Though the weather happens to let the region down sometimes, we enjoyed every stay. When it's raining in town, it's snowing on the peaks and in the mountains. Marvellous!

This town and surrounding area is full of areal tramways and gondolas.

However, if you don't give your body the time to acclimatize when arrived in Chamonix before going to the peaks, you'll cerainly suffer from elevation "misery" within the shortest time.

Bring on your money or a solid credit card :-) , the place is certainly worth it!

Little pronounciation tip: although Chamonix is written with an "x", it is pronounced "Chamoni" !

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The place in the Alps where you won't need a car to see everything
  • Cons:Quite pricey
  • In a nutshell:Simply the best place with the best walks and excursions in the French Alps
  • Last visit to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc: Aug 2009
  • Intro Updated Mar 10, 2011
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  • Beausoleil's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    Hi. Hope you have a wonderful birthday. Thanks so much for your help on our trip to Belgium. We had a great time. Happy Travels.

    • Martinewezel's Profile Photo
      Sep 6, 2013 at 2:19 AM

      Thank you for your BD wishes, Sally. Nice that you had such a great time in Belgium.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Oct 11, 2010 at 2:39 AM

    Wonderful page! Love the Alpine wildflowers, the views, as for the "green" Beer, may give that a miss!

  • Bunsch's Profile Photo
    Sep 20, 2010 at 6:47 PM

    Great pages! I still remember running down from L'Aiguille du Midi...and then being unable to walk for days. But what a thrill it was.

  • icunme's Profile Photo
    Sep 17, 2009 at 3:19 AM

    A winter wonderland! Great photos and detail. Will see it only through this tour with you, so many thanks.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Aug 25, 2009 at 8:48 AM

    Me again, coming back to look at the updates that you have added to these tips since September 2007. This looks like a really nice place. No wonder you have been there six times! I think there is also a bakery called "Au Pain d'Antan" in Paris.

  • Greggor58's Profile Photo
    Jul 25, 2009 at 6:29 AM

    Beautiful photos Martine...Thank you for the little tour of Chamonix....its a beautiful spot...I managed a day trip this Spring to Aosta while visiting friends in Bern...I think spending some serious time here would be a great experience!

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2008 at 12:45 AM

    Hi Ive had a week here skiing - and despite the weather it is a beautiful place!returned for a quick summer visit too and from yr stunning photos it indeed is an excellent area to enjoy some time!Lovely alpine flower shots.

  • Toshioohsako's Profile Photo
    Dec 16, 2007 at 10:41 AM

    This is where I am going to ski soon. Very nice photo.

  • GracesTrips's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2007 at 2:39 PM

    Happy birthday Martine! Enjoy!

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Aug 22, 2007 at 5:45 AM

    Fabulous page with brilliant photos. I am just back from a trip though the Canton du Valais in Switzerland and we also thought about visiting Chamonix. Now I know what we missed. Keep up the good work ... :-)

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