Chamonix Travel Guide: A Complete Guide to your trip to the French Alps

Chamonix travel guide: A complete guide to your trip to the French Alps

Paragliding is one of the best activities in Chamonix during all four seasons! Check out this Paragliding Discovery Flight by Ascende Parapente Chamonix for an incredible paragliding excursions! There are many different options for booking, and all start at about 150 euros for a tandem flight to enjoy the picturesque mountains.

The Train du Montenvers, accessed close to Les Planards ski area in Chamonix town, is a small red four car train that brings you up to  the mountain of Montenvers, where there is The Mer de Glace ice cave! Here you will also find several trails for snowshoeing, The Refuge du Montenvers Hotel where there is a traditional Savoyard restaurant, panoramic view points of the mountains, and a gift shop and small restaurant for coffee and snacks. Unfortunately during my stay, the ice cave was closed due to wind, so check on the conditions prior to your journey up the mountain. Nonetheless, the train ride itself is so scenic it was still worth the trip!

Best things to do in Chamonix: Train du Montenvers in Chamonix

Cross country skiing is just as popular as alpine skiing in Chamonix! You will find several trails for endless adventure in Chamonix, Vallorcine, Argentiere, and Les Houches. The trails cost about 6.5 euro per day to access and are cash only. 

It is a must to try fondue in Chamonix, especially after a cold day out on the mountain. My favorite restaurant for fondue is La Caleche. Not only is the food delicious, but the traditional and elaborate decor makes for a unique dining experience. Be sure to make a reservation in advance, especially if you are traveling during December-January as these are some of the most busiest months!

Best things to do in Chamonix: Fondue in Chamonix, France

Chamonix attracts mountain bikers from all over the world! La Tour, Grand Montets, and Les Houches are some of the most spectacular mountains for biking. If you are coming in the winter, fat biking is growing in popularity as a top winter activity in Chamonix. Electric fat bikes can be rented from Legend Chamonix starting at just $50 for 3 hours.

Mountain hiking in Chamonix, France

There are endless hikes in Chamonix! Lac Blanc is a beautiful lake in Chamonix, accessed via the Flegere gondola, and has great hiking around the lake and mountain. If you are hiking in the winter, be sure shoes with good traction! 

While there is no dedicated area in Chamonix itself for snowmobiling, about 1 hour away you will find Nature Motoneige, a snowmobile company with tours for all levels of skill. The tours begin after 5:15pm when the slopes close, and will provide you with an exhilarating experience and incredible views! 

The most popular place for après ski in Chamonix is La Folie Douce Hotel. The outdoor terrace is decked out with 2 bars, including an ice sculpture bar, a DJ, as well as tables and fire to keep warm. At nighttime you will find it is also a popular place to be with drinks flowing, performers, and several DJs.

Another popular nightlife destination is Les Caves, which is a bit more of an intimate lounge with fantastic drinks and a great ambiance.

Where to Apres ski in Chamonix, France

That’s a wrap on my travel guide to Chamonix, France! Whether you are coming to Chamonix to ski, enjoy the spa, or hike through the mountains, it is a destination that won’t disappoint. Chamonix has one of the cutest ski towns in the world, incredible food, and so many unique activities to enjoy!