Chamonix – At the foot of Mont Blanc

With an abundance of exceptional viewpoints and breath-taking scenery, Chamonix, France is a year-round resort, offering a plethora of activities, panoramas, and accommodation, from self-catered chalets and apartments to enticing, mountain refuges, strategically located to provide the most heart-stopping views.

Chamonix at night

Chamonix at night

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the main attractions for thousands of mountaineers is the Roof of Europe, the legendary Mont Blanc. The third-ranking most visited natural site in the world and the tallest mountain in Western Europe, with an altitude that reaches 4810 m, (as per the last measurements in 2009), attracts hundreds of amateur and professional mountaineers every year who dream to conquer its peak.

The many ski areas and steep slopes (snow conditions are best around February-April), combined with extreme weather conditions make the perfect runs for advanced skiers while the majestic Aiguille du Midi is one of the most distinctive geographical features of Chamonix, much-preferred by hikers or paragliding enthusiasts, who speck the summer sky as they wheel down from the heights. This jagged finger of rock soaring over impressive glaciers, rocky crags, and snowfields, just  8 kilometres from Mount Blanc’s famous hump, offers a magnificent 360-degree view of the Italian, Swiss, and French Alps.

Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix

Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix

 

During the warmer summer days, you can continue the exhilarating adventure of trekking the Aiguille du Midi for a further 30 minutes of spectacular alpine scenery, full of spurs, stunning lakes, enormous glaciers, shimmering ice fields, and seracs, leading you down to green pastures and meadows crossed by crystal clear meltwater streams.  As for those that want an off-piste ride, the jaw-dropping La Vallee Blanche descent of 2800 metres, offers an enthralling alpine experience infused with unsurpassed views at each bend; definitely a lifetime experience that you can live with the help of a specially trained mountain guide by your side!

Part of the mountaineering heritage of France and very well-known among climbers the world over is the unspoilt village of Servoz that is guarding the valley, settled calmly at the foot of Fiz Mountains and providing a majestic vista of the impressive Mont Blanc.

Servoz, typical savoyarde village at the foot of mont blanc

Servoz, typical savoyarde village at the foot of Mont Blanc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prepare to live intense moments as you go down to the largest glacier in France, the glistering Mer de Glace that snakes about 16 kms down the Mont Blanc (the northern side) and reveals magnificent frozen tunnels and ice sculptures whose colour change, just like mood rings!

Ice cave, Chamonix Mer de Glace

Ice cave, Chamonix Mer de Glace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, the 18-hole (Par 2) Golf de Chamonix, located between the massif of the Aiguille Rouges and the Mont Blanc range, is a French stunner that mesmerises with its picturesque setting. It started as a 3-hole golf course, in 1934, and got it final shape as a 9-hole golf course in 1982, when world-famous golf course architect Robert Trent-Jones was invited to design it. Now, it features several water holes, streams, bunkers, and woodlands on flat ground with 2 teens situated on a hill -typical mountain golf course- and hosts many competition all year round (mini golf wood option, as well)!

Chamonix golf course

Chamonix golf course

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