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Chamonix Summer

In summer, the chalet is a magical place.

All around, the Alps beckon with their exhilarating mix of soaring peaks and glaciers to be explored and shady forest walks and rides to enjoy…whether it’s your first visit, or you’re returning to seek out some hidden gems, there is a huge choice.

Cable Cars and Mountain Railways

The highest cable car in Europe and among the most spectacular in the world – the incomparable Aiguille Du Midi is a highlight of Chamonix. Don’t miss the beautiful ascent of Montenvers to see the Mer de Glace – and there are many more.  Chamonix’s cable cars and railways in summer.

Chamonix summer hikes:

For many, this is the reason to come to Chamonix in summer. Walks vary from easy strolls to beautiful chalet restaurants, to wilder Alpine adventures staying overnight in high mountain refuges. The huge variety of lift-accessed paths have something for everyone.
Hiking in Chamonix

Mountain Biking

Chamonix mountain biking is spectacular – rugged, rocky, natural trails that corkscrew through deep pine woods, past dizzying drops or through beautiful high mountain meadows. There’s lift accessed descents for downhillers, challenging cross country terrain in awe-inspiring surroundings, or gentle family rides on quiet paths on the flat valley floor. 

Mountain biking in summer in front of Mont Blanc
Mountain biking in summer in front of Mont Blanc

Chamonix climbing

The birthplace of mountaineering as we know it today, Chamonix needs no introduction to climbers. From the chalet, you can pick out famous routes up the awe-inspiring face of the Dru and the towering spires of the Aiguilles de Chamonix. Or go bouldering on the Pierre d’Orthaz in the foot (and finger) prints of some of the world’s finest climbers. Climbing at any level is possible here, from quick enjoyable introductory courses for beginners on rock or ice climbing, to grand classics like the the Walker Spur. The sky is, quite literally, the limit.
Go climbing in Chamonix

Climbing on the Aiguillette d'Argentiere
Climbing on the Aiguillette d’Argentiere


Whether it’s a leisurely day trip to the lake for a barbecue and a freshwater swim, or a short stroll to the pool complex with five pools, indoor and outdoor with waterslides and a park for relaxing in, it’s one of the nicest way to spend a hot summer afternoon. (Chamonix outdoor Pool is closed: scheduled to re-open Summer 2023)
Swimming in Chamonix


This is one of the most amazing ways to see the valley! Tandem flights from a variety of launch sites, or if you get bitten by the bug, you can learn to fly solo with a number of accredited schools.
Paragliding in Chamonix

Paragliding in front of Mont Blanc
Paragliding in front of Mont Blanc

White Water

Rafting, canyoning and hydrospeeding are all tremendous fun.
White Water Sport in Chamonix

Rafting through Chamonix centre
Rafting through Chamonix centre

Chamonix Golf

Chamonix’s superb golf course with spectacular scenery all around is just a short walk from the chalet. Golfing in Chamonix

Chamonix golf course
Chamonix golf course combines an 18 hole course with amazing scenery


Chamonix has excellent tennis facilities with fifteen courts available for hire in a wonderful setting, and a pleasant restaurant in the middle of them. Chamonix Tennis

Chamonix tennis club panorama
Chamonix tennis club

Day Trips

If you’d like a day exploring the region around Chamonix, here’s some suggestions. It’s just a short drive to Italy or Switzerland as well.
Days out around Chamonix

Evening in the beautiful town of Annecy
Evening in the beautiful town of Annecy

More ways to enjoy a Chamonix summer…

These are just a few of the more popular activities! Horse riding, glacier walking, via ferrata, hot air ballooning, helicopter rides, fishing, plunging gorges. Or the more relaxing local pleasures of a long lunch, chilled Savoie Rose wine, or taking in the stunning scenery from the balcony.

Need a quick overview? My blog post lists the five things not to miss in summer!