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Chamonix

3.7
Mountains · Parasailing & Paragliding · Outdoor Activities
Alpine Capital of the World
"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World. The town in the Haute-Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region has the highest European mountain west of Russia called Mont Blanc, offering winter sports, such as snowboarding, skiing, extreme skiing, and ice climbing, as well as summer sports, such as rock climbing, paragliding, rafting, and canyoning.

In the summer, the city is a mecca for alpine mountaineers, mountain bikers, and sightseers drawn to the area by challenges, such as climbing the faces of the Aiguille du Midi, the north face of the Grandes Jorasses, and the massive face climbs on the south side of Mont Blanc. Traversing the Alps on the GR 5 footpath or more accessible challenges like reaching the summit of Mont Blanc via several routes of varying difficulty is also popular.

Chamonix is famous for its spectacular cable car that takes you 3,842 m (12,605 ft) up to the Aiguille du Midi. On the other side of the valley, another cable car links the town to Planpraz. A second line links Planpraz to the summit of Le Brévent at an elevation of 2,525 m (8,282 ft)." To personalize your trip to Chamonix, create itinerary details specific to you using our France trip itinerary planner.
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Popular things to do in Chamonix

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Parasailing / Paragliding
Parasailing & Paragliding
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Mountain
Aiguille du Midi
4.7
Duration: 3 hours
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Mountain
Brevent Cable Car
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Zoo
Parc de Merlet Les Houches
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Chamonix

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Water Body
Lake Annecy Annecy
4.8
Duration: 3h 30 min
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Landmark
La Vieille Ville Annecy
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Canyon
Les Gorges du Fier Lovagny
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Bridge
Pont des Amours Annecy
4.4
Duration: 4 hours

Nature in Chamonix

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Mountain
Vallee Blanche
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Water Body
Lac Blanc
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Mountain
Glacier des Bossons
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Mountain
Aiguille des Grands Montets
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Chamonix

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River Rafting / Tubing
River Rafting & Tubing
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Water Body
Lac Cornu
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Geologic Formation
Grotte de Glace
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Ski Area
Domaine des Planards
3.8
Duration: 1h 30 min

Outdoors in Chamonix

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Outdoor Activity
Les Gorges de la Diosaz Les Houches
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Outdoor Activity
Lac Bleu
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Outdoor Activity
Mountain Lifestyle
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Outdoor Activity
Mont-Blanc Escalade Les Houches
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min

Winter Sports in Chamonix

Ski Area
Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Ski Area
Ecorider Ski School
4.1
Duration: 8 hours
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Ski Area
Chamride.fr - Ski & snowboard instructor
4.0
Duration: 8 hours
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Ski Area
Les Houches Les Houches
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

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