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Chamonix & Mont Blanc

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Chamonix is a wonderful mountain town near the junction of France, Switzerland and Italy. At the base of Mont Blanc, the highest summit in the Alps, this year round destination offers great hiking in summer and serious skiing in winter. Cable cars take visitors up to several nearby peaks with panoramic views, including Aiguille du Midi above town and Pointe Helbronner, across vast glacier fields on the Italian border. There is always a great time and season to visit Chamonix!
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Bundle up and breath slowly – we’re heading up!

Aiguille du Midi Posted on Thu, October 04, 2018 07:42:13

This is the view as you prepare to go up the last set of the cable cars to the Aiguille du Midi. The altitude at your destination is 3,842 m / 12,605 ft and you do feel it (those with a history of altitude sickness or medical conditions that can be exacerbated at high altitude should check with their doctor before making plans to go up). Be sure to bring a wind breaker and jacket as the temperature drop can be as extreme as the altitude.Here is a sampling of the amazing views that await you:

notice the folks walking across the ridge? With proper equipment and training, or by booking a tour, you too can go climbing, hiking or mountaineering.

Go inside a glacier

Mer de Glace/Sea of Ice Posted on Wed, October 03, 2018 17:10:26

This is Mer de Glace/Sea of Ice. It is a valley glacier located on the northern slopes of the Mont Blanc massif. Located at an altitude at 1913 m/6276 feet, it is 7km/4.3 mi long and 200m/656 feet deep and covers a surface area of 40km2/14.5 sq. miles (though sadly receding dramatically due to climate change).

You can reach the Mer de Glace by riding a famous rack and pinion railway or by foot via some serious hiking.

Once up the valley you can a myriad number of hikes, including a walk down a long series of stairs to the glacier floor.

Once at the bottom you can enter a purpose carved ice grotto and see a glacier from the inside.

Look at geological history in the layers

A visit to Mer de Glace makes for a great 2-3 hours learning about and witnessing one of nature’s marvels -just don’t forget that you have to take all those stairs back to the top!

Marvelous Mont Blanc

Mont Blanc Massif Posted on Mon, October 01, 2018 12:24:20

Mont Blanc (4,808 metres/ (15,774 ft) is the highest point in western Europe and the European Union.

If you look closely you will see the tracks left by mountain climbers. zoom in even more and you will see people climbing the rocks in the foreground. Multiple climbing opportunities exist for those with the skill and equipment to tackle the Alps – or with the funds to pay for a guided climbing tour.

For most people hiking across the hills at the base of the glacier is the best way to enjoy the mountain, and the glaciers coming down from it.

The Mont Blanc massif is a region that encompasses Mont Blanc itself as well as eleven major independent summits, each over 4,000 metres (13,123 ft) in height. There is no one best hike as multiple choices exist, all with amazing views! Don’t fear if you are not a major hiker, there are multiple paths that go across the hillsides – not up and down them. These fairly level walks afford you with breathtaking views, while cable cars do the job of getting you up and down from town to the trails.

A glacier overlooks it

Town of Chamonix Posted on Mon, October 01, 2018 12:07:41

The town of Chamonix is a pedestrian orientated village filled with boutique shops, great restaurants, and a picturesque river running through the center. These alone would make it a destination, but add in that it sits at the bottom of a valley surrounded by gorgeous mountain peaks and glaciers stretching down to it, and you have an absolutely beautiful setting!

A beautiful drive

Getting there Posted on Mon, October 01, 2018 11:57:32

Just getting to Chamonix is beautiful experience. You can drive, take a bus, or go by train. Whichever way you choose Chamonix is easily accessed from a number of cities across France, Italy and Switzerland.