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Chamonix, France

Chamonix is often referred to as the ‘Capital Of World Mountaineering’, and rightly so! It is a remarkable base camp for mountain activities whether you are alpine mountaineering in summer, off piste skiing in winter, mountain walking or simply enjoying the superb high mountain scenery.

Chamonix is located in the Haute Savoie department of South East France, near both the Italian and Swiss alpine borders. The Chamonix Valley is a spectacular divide between the high altitude glaciers and summits of the Mont Blanc Massif to the South and the Aiguilles Rouges mountain range to the north.

Getting To Chamonix

Chamonix Accommodation

Chamonix Mountain Information

Chamonix Weather & Avalanche Forecasts

Chamonix Restaurants & Cafés

Chamonix Valley – Other Activities

Evening Alpenglow On The North Face Of Les Drus Towering Above The Chamonix Valley

Getting To Chamonix

Geneva Airport

Chamonix is about 100kms and a 1.5hr drive from Geneva Airport – less if there isn’t much traffic! There are many car hire options. Make sure your hire car has winter tyres if you are coming in winter!

Chamonix is very well served with regular transfer buses from a wide variety of companies offering both group and private taxis. Here are a recommended selection that we have found to be reliable and all offer slightly different formats and prices.

Guests who have booked any course or guiding with us can receive a special discount for a door to door transfer from Geneva airport to Chamonix accommodation with Mountain Drop Offs for just €30 during core hours of the high season.

Milano Airport

Milan Malpensa airport is nearly 300kms from Chamonix and around 4 hours drive. More if there is a lot of traffic waiting to use the Mont Blanc Tunnel. Thus Geneva airport is much closer, easier and cheaper but the access from Milan is via the beautiful Italian alpine Val d’Aosta, so this is a good route if you want to spend some time in the Italian Alps.

Rail

Chamonix is on the main train line between Le Fayet and Martigny across the Swiss border. Rail travel from Geneva airport is possible but slower and more expensive than using a private transfer company, see above, so these are much more popular.

Paris – Chamonix takes around 6-9 hours and it is possible to take an overnight sleeper train to Le Fayet / St. Gervais which then just provides a final short hop to Chamonix. Check with the French rail company SNCF.

Road

Road Access to Chamonix from France and the North is via the ‘Autoroute Blanche’ E25-A40 which links to the main European motorway network. Access from Switzerland is via Martigny, Col de la Forclaz and Col des Montets (occasionally closed in winter). Rapid access from Italy is via the Mont Blanc Tunnel at the head of the Valle d’Aosta (allow c.€55 for a return journey).

Welcome To Chamonix – Capital Of World Mountaineering!

Chamonix Accommodation

Please note that our courses usually meet in Chamonix town centre, often at a Hotel / bar / café near the train station. Thus easily accessed on foot from any of the town centre hotels but also with nearby parking for those arriving by car. Flexibility to arrange your own accommodation during your stay in Chamonix is a feature of our group courses. We prefer to let you choose your own budget & style of hotel, bunkhouse, self catering accommodation or camping. All of these are widely available in Chamonix.

For private guiding courses we offer door to door collection / drop off from anywhere in Chamonix and for group courses there is usually a pre-determined morning meeting point on the outskirts of the centre of town, eg near the train station or main market place.

Weather and conditions sometimes mean that a flexible approach is required regarding which nights are spent in mountain huts, and thus what nights are spent in the valley.  Some guests have found this flexibility is more easily managed when dealing direct with the Hotel / accommodation rather than having booked through booking.com for example.

Chamonix Hotels – In the Town

Refuge Des Aiglons – Smart & modern 4* Hotel with large reception & bar / restaurant / breakfast area, spa and outdoor swimming pool with Mont Blanc views.

Hotel Morgane – Another smart 4* Hotel with a town location near the Aiguille du Midi and some private parking and good restaurant.

Pointe Isabelle Hotel – Lively location in the heart of the bustling Chamonix apres-ski scene and close to the train station, mountain shops as well as the café-bakery, where many of our courses start.

Hotel Oustalet – Good location between the Aiguille du Midi and the train station and near mountain shops as well as the café-bakeries, where many of our courses start. Swimming pool, outdoor green space, nice breakfast, great gouter!

Hotel Albert Premier – A well know institution in Chamonix! A 5* Hotel with 2*Michelin Restaurante…and with a price tag to match!

The beautiful views of the Chamonix Valley and Mont Blanc from the Col de Balme en route to the Albert Premier Hut

Chamonix Hotels – Walk / Bus Or Train Ride From Town

Hotel Verte – Good location near the Les Gaillands lake and climbing cliff with lots of space and some parking. Informal atmosphere & good food. C. 15 min walk to town centre.

La Chaumiere Mountain Lodge – Mountain orientated & relaxed hotel between Chamonix and the Les Gailands lake & cliff. Spacious rooms with up to 4 beds as well as a bar, restaurant, garden, storage & drying room and plenty of parking make this a good Chamonix base camp. About 10 mins walk from central Chamonix & very handy for the local train & bus stop.

Ice & Orange– Chalet Tissiers ~ Catered chalet in the pleasant village of Les Bossons with large garden and great views of the mountains, a short bus / train ride from Chamonix. Flexible approach to nights away in huts etc.

Hotel Les LanchersSituated near the Flegere ski lift in the pretty village of Les Praz, this 3 star hotel offers single, twin/double & even quadruple rooms, all with ensuite bathrooms.  A decent walk in to Chamonix or bus / train ride.  Very handy for skiing at Flegere, climbing in the Aiguilles Rouges or accessing the many Chamonix walking paths.  Has it’s own cosy bistrot and bar, Le Refuge.

Chamonix Chalets

Ski Breezy Chalet – Breezy & Al are great hosts in this lovely chalet. We highly recommend Chalet D’Ile is a beautiful 10 bedded Chamonix chalet situated in a quiet residential area. It is within easy walking distance of Chamonix town centre and the Chamski bus stop & caters for small groups, couples & individuals.

Cru Chalets Chamonix – Cru Chalets provide 2 luxury catered and self-catered accommodation in Chamonix Mont-Blanc. Chalet Marithé, which sleeps 12 in 6 en-suite bedrooms, is an exceptional property close to the centre of Chamonix providing a wealth of space and luxury. Chalet Grand Cru, which sleeps 10, enjoys a unique central location and is perfect for family’s or groups alike.

Chalet Les Pelerins – A variety of accomodation options including B & B, self catering and a fully catered Chalet option. Smart chalet with great views 10 mins walk from the centre of Chamonix.

The fine exposed snow ridge on the return to the Aiguille du Midi. Chamonix nearly 3000m below!

Chamonix Gites – Bunkhouses – B & B – Self Catering

Chamonix Mountain Lodge – Chamonix Mountain Highs Chalets, offering a good value alpine Chalet experience for up to 20 people, 9 bedrooms, 5 of which are ensuite. The Chalet also has a large communal living room with wood burning stove, separate TV room, garden, sun deck, 8 person hot tub and large sauna.

Gite Chamoniard Volant – Large communal gite 10-15 mins walk to the east of the town en route towards Les Praz. Shared rooms of 4,6 or 8. Free parking, self catering kitchen.

Chamonix Alpenrose – Quirky but decent value Gite style accommodation. A 15 minute walk in to the centre of town.

Studio in Les Houches. Pleasant self catering studio, with parking, in a quiet part of Les Houches. Available for weekly or daily let.

Airbnb Chamonix. Many of our guests are increasingly using this online service to source good value self catering accommodation options. It seems to work well!

Chamois Blanc & Adventure Base – Good value self catering accomodation in Cham Sud & through out the Chamonix Valley summer & winter.

Collineige Chalets – Wide variety of both self catering and catered chalets sleeping from 2-12 all with great Savoyarde charm & atmosphere and Chamonix location. Summer and winter.

Chamonix Camping

Camping île des Barrats – Good three star campsite situated in ‘greenery’ but close to Chamonix town centre and the Aiguille du Midi.

Ski Touring In The Vallee Blanche, Accessed From either the Aiguille du Miid above Chamonix or the Skyway Monte Bianco above Courmayeur

Chamonix Weather & Avalanche Forecasts

Chamonix Weather Forecast

Meteoblue – Chamonix

Meteo France – Chamonix

Pistehors Haute Savoie Avalanche Bulletin

Chamonix Snow Report

Chamonix 6 Day Snow Forecast

Avalanche Forecast For Surrounding Areas (Swiss Valais and Italian Valle d’Aosta)

Swiss National Avalanche Bulletin

Valle d’Aosta Snow and Avalanche Bulletin

Chamonix Mountain Information

High Mountain Guides Mountain News

Chamonix Office de Haute Montagne – With list of routes recently completed

Alpine Exposures – Jon Griffith’s Chamonix based blog

Rock climbing in the Aiguilles Rouges, high above the Chamonix Valley, with Mont Blanc beyond. Photo Gav Pike

Chamonix Mountain Guides

High Mountain Guides

Chamonix Compagnie des Guides

Chamonix Ski Instructors

Offpiste Performance Chamonix

BASS Chamonix

Chamonix Ski Hire

Sanglards in Chamonix, Argentiere or Vallorcine

Chamonix Restaurants & Cafés

L’Impossible – Chamonix Italian Vegetarian Restaurant

Le Monchu – Savoyard Restaurant

Casa Valerio Chamonix – Italian Restaurant

Chamonix Annapurna – Indian Restaurant

Green Soft Bar – Italian Café

Chamonix Valley – Other Activities!

Chamonix Tourist Office

Chamonix Bike Hire

Chamonix Parapenting

Chamonix Canyoning & Rafting

Chamonix With Kids

Les Paradis des Praz

Chamonix luge d’été & amusement park

La Petite Folie

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June 2019

Climb Mont Blanc – Early June 2019

June 1 - June 7
Chamonix Chamonix, France + Google Map
£1645.00 2 places left

An ascent of Western Europe’s highest mountain is a big challenge and superb mountaineering expedition.  When combined with an early summer season climb of the Gran Paradiso, at 4061m the…

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Chamonix Alpine Intro June 2019

June 10 - June 14
Chamonix Chamonix, France + Google Map
£895.00 2 places left
Mer de Glace Mountaineering Training

Whilst Chamonix is the capital of world mountaineering, you do not need to be an experienced mountaineer to enjoy its vast mountain attractions. On the contrary, one of Chamonix's real…

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Chamonix Alpine Intro+ June 2019

June 17 - June 21
Chamonix Chamonix, France + Google Map
£1245.00 1 place left

Whilst Chamonix is the capital of world mountaineering, you do not need to be an experienced mountaineer to enjoy its vast mountain attractions. On the contrary, one of Chamonix's real…

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Becoming An Alpinist

June 17 - June 21
Chamonix Chamonix, France + Google Map
£1045.00 Sold out

On this progressive alpine training course we aim to tackle some of Chamonix's classic moderate alpine routes in a style that will offer you high quality mountaineering training along the…

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Climb Mont Blanc – Late June 2019

June 23 - June 29
Chamonix Chamonix, France + Google Map
£1595.00 Sold out

An ascent of Western Europe’s highest mountain is a big challenge and superb mountaineering expedition.  When combined with an early summer season climb of the Gran Paradiso, at 4061m the…

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Climb Mont Blanc & Weissmies – June 2019

June 23 - June 29
Chamonix Chamonix, France + Google Map
£1645.00 Sold out

An ascent of Western Europe’s highest mountain is a big challenge and superb mountaineering expedition.  When combined with an early summer season climb of the Weissmies, 4017m, this provides a…

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July 2019

Chamonix Alpine Intro July 2019

July 8 - July 12
Chamonix Chamonix, France + Google Map
£895.00 3 places left

Whilst Chamonix is the capital of world mountaineering, you do not need to be an experienced mountaineer to enjoy its vast mountain attractions. On the contrary, one of Chamonix's real…

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Climb The Bishorn 4153m

July 14 - July 15
Chamonix Chamonix, France + Google Map
£425.00 Sold out

The Bishorn is a classic Swiss alpine 4000m peak and its ascent combines a long and beautiful hut walk, from Zinal, with a night in a superb Swiss mountain hut.  The…

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Becoming An Alpinist

July 22 - July 26
Chamonix Chamonix, France + Google Map
£1045.00 3 places left

On this progressive alpine training course we aim to tackle some of Chamonix's classic moderate alpine routes in a style that will offer you high quality mountaineering training along the…

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September 2019

Chamonix Alpine Intro Sept 2019

September 1 - September 5
Chamonix Chamonix, France + Google Map
£895.00 4 places left

Whilst Chamonix is the capital of world mountaineering, you do not need to be an experienced mountaineer to enjoy its vast mountain attractions. On the contrary, one of Chamonix's real…

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Climb Mont Blanc & Weissmies – September 2019

September 1 - September 7
Chamonix Chamonix, France + Google Map
£1645.00 2 places left

An ascent of Western Europe’s highest mountain is a big challenge and superb mountaineering expedition.  When combined with a late summer season climb of the Weissmies, 4017m, this provides a…

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Climb Mont Blanc – Early September 2019

September 5 - September 7
Chamonix Chamonix, France + Google Map
£895.00 8 places left

An ascent of Western Europe’s highest mountain is a big challenge and superb mountaineering expedition... This 3 day Mont Blanc summit period follows on from either our 3 day Climb The…

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January 2020

Chamonix Intro Ski Touring Weekend – January 2020

January 11, 2020 - January 12, 2020
Chamonix Chamonix, France + Google Map
£295.00 11 places left

This is a dynamic weekend designed to give you a fun and informative insight into the magical world of ski touring. It packs the essential elements of our 5 day…

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Chamonix Off-Piste Ski & Mountain Skills – Jan 2020

January 20, 2020 - January 24, 2020
Chamonix Chamonix, France + Google Map
£675.00 6 places left

“A ski instruction course designed to improve your technical off-piste skiing, mountain safety awareness and skill, whilst doing lots of good skiing in the process”.
Course Aim
To develop competence and confidence skiing in variable off-piste terrain and to ensure it is something you look forward to rather than fear. To achieve this there are two skill sets that need to be developed; ski technique and safe travel skills. You will come away from this course feeling that you have developed both.

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February 2020

Chamonix Intro Ski Touring Weekend – Feb 2020

February 15, 2020 - February 16, 2020
Chamonix Chamonix, France + Google Map
£295.00 6 places left

This is a dynamic weekend, featuring 2 day tours from a base in Chamonix, designed to give you a fun and informative insight into the magical world of ski touring.…

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Chamonix Off-Piste Ski & Mountain Skills – Feb 2020

February 24, 2020 - February 28, 2020
Chamonix Chamonix, France + Google Map
£675.00 6 places left
Ski Touring Course Chamonix

“A ski instruction course designed to improve your technical off-piste skiing, mountain safety awareness and skill, whilst doing lots of good skiing in the process”.
Course Aim
To develop competence and confidence skiing in variable off-piste terrain and to ensure it is something you look forward to rather than fear. To achieve this there are two skill sets that need to be developed; ski technique and safe travel skills. You will come away from this course feeling that you have developed both.

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March 2020

Chamonix Off-Piste Ski & Mountain Skills – March 2020

March 23, 2020 - March 27, 2020
Chamonix Chamonix, France + Google Map
£675.00 6 places left

“A ski instruction course designed to improve your technical off-piste skiing, mountain safety awareness and skill, whilst doing lots of good skiing in the process”.
Course Aim
To develop competence and confidence skiing in variable off-piste terrain and to ensure it is something you look forward to rather than fear. To achieve this there are two skill sets that need to be developed; ski technique and safe travel skills. You will come away from this course feeling that you have developed both.

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Chamonix Off-Piste & Mountain Skills – Progression Course – March 2020

March 23, 2020 - March 26, 2020
Chamonix Chamonix, France + Google Map
£750.00 4 places left

Our second & more advanced course has been designed specifically for those who want to develop their skills after the standard course, or those with a similar level of experience. The aims are to further improve both your technical off-piste skiing, technical ski touring skills & mountain safety awareness whilst visiting some different venues and interesting new terrain in the process.

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April 2020

Chamonix Off-Piste & Mountain Skills – Progression Course – April 2020

April 13, 2020 - April 16, 2020
Chamonix Chamonix, France + Google Map
£750.00 4 places left
Chamonix Ski Guiding

Our second & more advanced course has been designed specifically for those who want to develop their skills after the standard course, or those with a similar level of experience. The aims are to further improve both your technical off-piste skiing, technical ski touring skills & mountain safety awareness whilst visiting some different venues and interesting new terrain in the process.

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Chamonix Off-Piste Ski & Mountain Skills – April 2020

April 13, 2020 - April 17, 2020
Chamonix Chamonix, France + Google Map
£675.00 6 places left
Chamonix ski touring guide

“A ski instruction course designed to improve your technical off-piste skiing, mountain safety awareness and skill, whilst doing lots of good skiing in the process”.
Course Aim
To develop competence and confidence skiing in variable off-piste terrain and to ensure it is something you look forward to rather than fear. To achieve this there are two skill sets that need to be developed; ski technique and safe travel skills. You will come away from this course feeling that you have developed both.

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