Chamonix all year: from Aiguille du Midi to Mont Blanc

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If you’re into skiing or mountaineering, for sure you’ve heard of Chamonix. This famous Alpine heaven became worldwide known for hosting the first Winter Olympics back in 1924, and it still lives up to the expectations its reputation brings. Not only for sport junkies, but for anyone that enjoys breathtaking sceneries.
During summer Chamonix is the perfect base to hike around the area, or to climb Western Europe’s highest summit: Mont Blanc.
Visit Chamonix all year around to see this beauty change colors, from white to green. But no matter when you go, don’t miss the main attraction, must see in Chamonix: Aiguille du Midi, where a cable car will take you to the top pf Europe.

I love hiking and being in the mountains, and although climbing is not my thing (except for the occasional volcano), I wanted to see Mont Blanc face to face. That’s how Aiguille du Midi made it to my list. I’m really lucky because my soul sister lives through parts of the year in Chamonix, so when I went to visit her, as a birthday present, she took me up the cable car that gets you to 3842 meters, to the best sights you can get of the highest mountain in Western Europe. Best.Present.Ever. ❤️❤️❤️

Aiguille du Midi: the top of Europe

We had the nicest crisp autumn day. With no clouds on the sky, the day was perfect to hike around and soak in the magnificent views of the Alps. From the Aiguille du Midi you have a 360° view of the French, Swiss and Italian Alps, you can take ‘a step into the void’, onto a 2.50 m glass cage out over a 1000 m precipice, and you can catch a ride on a gondola lift over the Glacier du Géant to the Pointe Helbronner in Italy, for more incredible views of Monte Bianco.

I think that photos speak louder than any words I could come up with to explain how spectacular this place is. But you can judge for yourself…

Aiguille du Midi – Experiencing the Globe
Aiguille du Midi from the ground
Aiguille du Midi, France – Experiencing the Globe
Half way up, trying to grasp how majestic these mountains are
Aiguille du Midi, France – Experiencing the Globe
Ready for the second part, the cable car that gets you to the very top
Aiguille du Midi, France – Experiencing the Globe
While some people got ready to climb Mont Blanc…
Aiguille du Midi, France – Experiencing the Globe
The long and steep climb of tallest mountain in Western Europe
Aiguille du Midi, France – Experiencing the Globe
Tiny people from the cable car
Aiguille du Midi, France – Experiencing the Globe
And imposing mountains surrounding us
Aiguille du Midi, France – Experiencing the Globe
All around us
Aiguille du Midi, France – Experiencing the Globe
With one sight more impressive than the last
Aiguille du Midi, France – Experiencing the Globe
Can you see how happy I was?
Aiguille du Midi, France – Experiencing the Globe
Chamonix at the feet of the mountains
Aiguille du Midi, Step into the void, France – Experiencing the Globe
Stepping into the void. How cool is this?
(Please don’t judge the outfit. I prepared to backpack during summer, which became autumn. And I did’t expect to go to the top of Europe!)
Glacier du Géant, Italy – Experiencing the Globe
With my soul sister in the Italian side ❤️

Ski in Chamonix: Plan Praz & Le Brévent

I was able to come back a few years later. I spent time with my soul sister and her lovely family, and this time I took my boyfriend along. He’s a skier, so this trip was in winter time.

The snow all around us gave the place a completely different light. It was the perfect opportunity to explore even further. From Chamonix, you can take a gondola lift to Plan Praz at 2000m. After you get tired of taking photos, grab a coffee and sit down to enjoy the view. It’s hard to want to go somewhere else, but make the effort and take the cable car up to Le Brévent at 2525m. Nothing but a big WOW will be on your mind. Its incredible views of the valley where Chamonix is placed, of the Alps all around you, make you want to stay there forever, especially if you are as lucky as me and have a sunny, warm day in mid-February. I couldn’t bring myself to go down. Hours went by in minutes. It’s that beautiful.

Le Brévent, Chamonix, France – Experiencing the Globe
Happy to spend a day up in the mountains with this lovely human ❤️
Le Brévent, Chamonix, France – Experiencing the Globe
What I’ll be doing when I go back to Cham
Le Brévent, Chamonix, France – Experiencing the Globe
For birds nothing seems to be too steep
Le Brévent, Chamonix, France – Experiencing the Globe
Snow-covered roofs of Chamonix
Le Brévent, Chamonix, France – Experiencing the Globe
Le Brévent, you took my breath away
Le Brévent, Chamonix, France – Experiencing the Globe
Seems like even the skiers had to stop to absorb the gorgeous views
Le Brévent, Chamonix, France – Experiencing the Globe
I sat here, feeling like a was a bird looking down at the summits of the mountains

A must see from Chamonix: Mer de Glace

What I thought would be the highlight of the trip was Mer de Glace. This ‘sea of ice’ is a 7.5 km long valley glacier located on the northern slopes of the Mont Blanc massif. Don’t get me wrong, the scenery is spectacular, but I couldn’t help to be heartbroken when I got closer.

From Chamonix there’s a cute little rack-and-pinion railway that takes you to the Montenvers site at 1913 m. After a 20 minutes ride surrounded by pine tree forests, steep slopes, and cute little deer sighting, you arrive to an imposing panorama of the Mer de Glace glacier, Les Drus and Grandes Jorasses. So far, so good. Actually, freakin’ stunning!
From the train station, there’s a gondola that takes you down to the glacier. Here’s when the sadness overtakes you. The gondola was built to reach the glacier, which you could do back in 1980’s. The glacier has been melting dramatically since then, so they have been building staircases to reach it. In 1990 you needed 12 steps to reach it. In February 2019 a total of 500 steep steps were needed! This means that the glacier loses 4 to 5 meters every year. Every year. Are there really still people that think climate change is not real?

Well, let’s go back to the nice part. After climbing down 500 steps you’re at the doorstep of the very heart of the glacier, at the grotte de glace, the ‘ice cave’. Simply magnificent. Take your time to absorb the views, you have 500 steps to climb up. My technic is to stop regularly to take photos 😅

Chamonix - Montenvers train, France – Experiencing the Globe
Even the train station from Chamonix to Montenvers is damn cute!
Mer de Glace, France – Experiencing the Globe
The panorama of Mer de Glace when you arrive is jaw dropping, with the massif Grandes Jorasses in the background
Mer de Glace, France – Experiencing the Globe
Aiguille du Dru or simply Les Drus
Mer de Glace, France – Experiencing the Globe
Less than three decades ago the glacier reached this level. How can this not be utterly sad?
Mer de Glace, France – Experiencing the Globe
In the middle of winter you can see it melting. I don’t have the heart to go back to see it in summer
Mer de Glace, France – Experiencing the Globe
Grotte de glace, the entry to the heart of the glacier
Mer de Glace, France – Experiencing the Globe
This is how walking inside of a glacier looks like
Mer de Glace, France – Experiencing the Globe
500 steps up to the gondola that gets you to the train station

Chamonix, the town

With so much astonishing nature around, you tend to forget about the town. Leave an afternoon to stroll around Chamonix. Everything is expensive as hell, and it’s full of shops, and quite crowded, but it still has some charm. My favorite spot is the bronze statue erected in the town’s main square in 1887 to commemorate the centenary of the first ascent of Mont Blanc. In it you can see one of the two climbers, Jacques Balmat, and their financier, Horace Bénédict de Saussure. You can see the joy in Balmat’s face. Probably the same one I’d have if I was able to climb it, even more if I was the first one to do it.

While walking around, recharge energies with a crêpe and some hot cocoa. And then don’t forget to try the wine. The outdoors might make you forget it, but it is France after all!

Chamonix, France – Experiencing the Globe
Yep, all the way up there!

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Not enough time? Take a day trip from Geneva

Although I believe that Chamonix deserves at least a few days, if you’re in the area and short on time, don’t miss it! Just take a day trip from neighbor Switzerland. Chamonix is just across the border (and some mountain passes) from Geneva.

Was it worth a spot on my Bucket List?

Charles Dickens visited the area in 1847 and wrote “Mont Blanc and the Valley of Chamonix, and the Mer de Glace, and all the wonders of the most wonderful place are above and beyond one’s wildest expectation. I cannot imagine anything in nature more stupendous or sublime.” I will just second his words <3 It is indeed one of the most amazing places to visit in France. Once you’re there, don’t miss a visit to charming Annecy, it’s a nice detour!


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One of the best ski resorts in Europe and its highest point! Visit Chamonix all year, whether you're a sport junkie or just want to enjoy breathtaking views – Experiencing the Globe #Chamonix #MontBlanc #AiguilleDuMidi #MerDeGlace #PlanPraz #LeBrevent #BestSkiResortsInEurope #SkiChamonix #ChamonixSkiResort #ChamonixAccommodation #BeautifulDestinations #Wanderlust #TravelPhotography #VisitChamonix
One of the best ski resorts in Europe and its highest point! Visit Chamonix all year, whether you're a sport junkie or just want to enjoy breathtaking views – Experiencing the Globe #Chamonix #MontBlanc #AiguilleDuMidi #MerDeGlace #PlanPraz #LeBrevent #BestSkiResortsInEurope #SkiChamonix #ChamonixSkiResort #ChamonixAccommodation #BeautifulDestinations #Wanderlust #TravelPhotography #VisitChamonix
One of the best ski resorts in Europe and its highest point! Visit Chamonix all year, whether you're a sport junkie or just want to enjoy breathtaking views – Experiencing the Globe #Chamonix #MontBlanc #AiguilleDuMidi #MerDeGlace #PlanPraz #LeBrevent #BestSkiResortsInEurope #SkiChamonix #ChamonixSkiResort #ChamonixAccommodation #BeautifulDestinations #Wanderlust #TravelPhotography #VisitChamonix
One of the best ski resorts in Europe and its highest point! Visit Chamonix all year, whether you're a sport junkie or just want to enjoy breathtaking views – Experiencing the Globe #Chamonix #MontBlanc #AiguilleDuMidi #MerDeGlace #PlanPraz #LeBrevent #BestSkiResortsInEurope #SkiChamonix #ChamonixSkiResort #ChamonixAccommodation #BeautifulDestinations #Wanderlust #TravelPhotography #VisitChamonix
By Coni from Experiencing the Globe

26 thoughts on “Chamonix all year: from Aiguille du Midi to Mont Blanc”

  1. Goodness, this post calls to my heart! Chamonix looks amaaaaaazing. I already get in trouble with my husband when we ski as I spend waaay too much time stopping to take photos. I feel like I would have to stop every couple of meters here in summer or in winter!

    Plus, I know how although your photos are spectacular, it is always even better in real life. I would love this sooooo much!

    1. I completely get you! I took more photos here than in most of my other trips. It’s just that stunning! It took longer to select photos than to write the post xD
      I’m happy you enjoyed the post -thanks for your lovely words! And hope you get to go soon, for sure you’ll love it!

  2. I went to Chamonix when I hiked Tour Du Mont Blanc, but unfortunately it was short-lived. Plancipeaux Glacier was falling at an alarming rate and they thought parts of it might crash into town, so they evacuated some of the mountain huts and closed bus lines. There was also a huge storm at the same moment, so I had to cut my hike short. I did get to see the town of Chamonix though (and Les Houches, Les Contamines, and Les Chapieux), and I plan to go back to finish the hike proper! I agree it’s the most astonishing mountain ranges I’ve ever seen. I regret I didn’t get the chance to go up any of the funiculars to see the super high-up views (they were closed in October), but your pictures make it look like a must. I’ll be doing that when I go back!

    1. Wow! Tour Du Mont Blanc is an impressive hike! Hope you get to go back to finish it! 🙂 The cable car up to Aiguille du Midi is open all year around, so that one for sure you won’t miss -the other ones are opened only depending on the whether conditions. In any case you’ll enjoy the trip, since no matter where you go (even for a simple stroll in the town) the views you get are stunning!

  3. For 3 years we lived 45 minutes from Chamonix and enjoyed it in every season. It is a beautiful spot but I am always saddened by the environmental impacts on the glacier there. People should see it now before it is too late!

    1. People should see it so it’s never too late! I think the sight of Mer de Glace is enough to believe climate change is very very real, and a wake up call to start acting.
      PS: Lucky you to live so close! I’m sure I’d love it!

    1. Thank you, Christa! It was really fun to spend time taking them ❤️
      Tour du Mont Blanc sounds incredible! If I go back in summer, I’d love to do it 😊

  4. Your photos are absolutely stunning – especially the ones from inside the glacier. What an amazing experience. It looks so lovely there.

  5. I wish I could ski! I was born with clubfoot and although my feet have been corrected, I’ve been warned that if I was to break a foot, it would be very difficult to fix them. I would happily sit in an alpine ski lodge drinking cocoa and watching everyone else ski, however! 🙂

    1. I’m sorry about clubfoot, but I’m sure you’d enjoy Chamonix anyway! A hot drink and some jaw dropping scenery is all I need to be happy too! 😊

    1. What surprised me the most is how magical it is regardless of the season. It’s a great destination all year round!

    1. Thank you, Rhonda! Although I love photography, in this case it was the scenery that did most of the work. Impossible to get a bad shot there 🙂

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