Chamonix, just over an hour from Geneva, is located at the base of Mont Blanc and undoubtedly is one of the top mountain villages in the Alps. Whether you’re hiking, skiing, or just passing through to see the sights, Chamonix is a great base to see some of the most impressive mountains in the world.
Since the elevation of Chamonix is lower than other alpine resort villages (and is thus warmer), it a more open atmosphere, with large squares and numerous outdoor restaurants. The village is a great family destination with lots of fun activities for all ages. There are cable cars and trains that take you up to great viewpoints, such as Mer de Glace, Aiguille du Midi and Planpraz. There are big, popular hikes, like the the famous lac Blanc hike, and hidden, off-the-beaten-path corners as well. Chamonix has something for everyone.
Brevent, a cable car above Chamonix, is one of the best viewpoints for Mont Blanc
TOURS IN THIS REGION
Just over the border from Switzerland and readily accessible by train, Chamonix is a great addition to a Swiss tour.
The Hiker’s Haute Route starts in Chamonix and makes its way to Zermatt over eleven days of inn-to-inn hiking and stops in gorgeous villages. This is a tough, rugged route over high passes and is a great trip for strong hikers.
The Tour du Mont Blanc is a classic route – the most popular inn-to-inn trek in the Alps. Our itinerary takes you over a series of passes through France, Italy and Switzerland with plenty of time to enjoy the comforts of Chamonix and Courmayeur.
The Great Alpine Classics is another great choice. This tour includes four classic mountain destinations – hike beneath the Jungfrau, Mont Blanc and Matterhorn mountains, and ride the Glacier Express to the peaceful Engadine region. All four areas contain numerous unforgettable hikes and vistas. With welcoming hotels, walkable villages, and beautiful locations, this tour is a perfect choice for non-hikers as well.