The Montenvers-Mer de Glace train
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Hop on the famous rack-and-pinion railway, which takes passengers from Chamonix to the tourist site of Montenvers at an altitude of 1,913 m. Enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the Mer de Glace glacier, the Drus and the Grands Jorasses
Once at your destination, take a tour of the Ice Cave and get a glimpse into the very heart of the glacier. The cave is dug out anew every year and inside, it portrays mountain life in the early 19th century. Two ways to get there: follow the footpath for a 20-minute or so walk or take the cable car. Please note: there are around 550 steps from the cable car terminal to the cave entrance.
The Montenvers site testifies to climate change in our day and age and is thus the ideal spot for a glaciology information centre. The Mer de Glace, its formation, history and future evolution are all explained as you visit the interactive exhibitions.
The complete tour (including the cave and the journey time) takes an average 2-3 hours, although it can be double that during peak periods.
Hikers can walk from Montenvers to Plan de l'Aiguille via the Grand Balcon Nord trail, or head down to Chamonix via Les Planards or the village of Les Bois.
WHERE TO EAT
When it's time to eat, there are three options: a Savoyard or traditional meal at the Restaurant du Refuge du Montenvers, lunch in a bistro with a view at Panoramique Mer de Glace, or a quick snack at the Bar des Glaciers.
WHERE TO STAY
Hotel du Montenvers reopened on 1st July 2017 after refurbishment by Maisons et Hotels Sibuet, a leader in the mountain resort hotel sector for over 30 years now.
Terminal Neige – Refuge has a 10-bed dormitory, double and family rooms, and suites, all in a traditional mountain refuge setting.
Ticket offices open all year round from 8 am to 6 pm.
-What are the sanitary measures on the slopes this winter?
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic & in compliance with the governmental sanitary regulations, our team have deployed this summer an experimental “Health & Safety” welcome system up to the standards demanded by visitors & staff alike.
This welcome system did work very well and we will continue this winter unless new measures:
Thermal camera (compliance with GDPR guidelines).
Mask to be worn during all phases of the transport & in the confined waiting areas (Please come equipped)
Transport specially adapted (limited numbers, distance between visitors, special circulation measures….)
A full “Welcome & Safety” protocol for both visitors & staff
Regular disinfection of lifts, trains & buildings
Full information panels with instructions to be followed before & during the visit
Services and equipment
- Picnic area
- Car park
- Coach parking
- Pets welcome
- Unguided group tours
- Guided group tours
- Coach access
- Unguided individual tours
From 02/11 to 18/12/2020
Last descent daily at 4.30 pm.
Departure times daily at 10 am and at 11.30 am and at 1 pm and at 2 pm and at 3 pm and at 4 pm.
From 19/12/2020 to 12/03/2021
Opening hours daily between 10 am and 4 pm.
Every hour, then every 30 minutes in the afternoon (depending affluence).
Last departure from Chamonix to visit the ice cave is 2pm.
Last train from the top at 4:30pm.
From 13/03 to 30/04/2021
Opening hours daily between 10 am and 4.30 pm.
Every hour, then every 30 minutes in the afternoon (depending affluence)
Last train from Chamonix to visit the ice cave is 3pm.
Last train from the top 5pm.
Subject to favorable weather. Canceled or closed because of Covid-19.
Adult: 34 €
Child (5-14 years): 28.90 €
Family pass: 105.40 €
Disabled: 50% discount when presenting an invalidity card + 50% for the accompanying person.
Free entry for children < 5 years.
Group rate available for > 20 people.
Return Vallée Blanche (winter):
Child and senior: €24,20.
Minimum number of people : 20