If you are lucky enough to be looking forward to a break in Chamonix this summer, then you may be excited about getting to your catered chalet in Chamonix and seeing what all the fuss is about. Chamonix holidays are fantastic, and while you’re there, you’re certain to want to spend some time enjoying the sights and sounds of the area. With this being the case, we have put together a list of the top 5 walks to do in Chamonix.

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1. Plan de l’Aiguille – Montenvers Train Mer de Glace

This walk begins with a cable car ride which gives you a great chance to admire the views around you. You then take the car half way back down again, before getting off and walking the rest of the way down. There is a beautiful track that provides you with a 3 hour walk to the bottom, or if you would rather stick to transport you can take a train from Mer de Glace station.

2. Aiguille Rouge Nature Reserve

This walk will give you one of the best available views of Mont Blanc, meaning that you can admire it in its full glory. A good route is Lac Cornu – take the lift and then follow the signs provided. You will go underneath the Aiguille de Charlanon and over Col Cornu. This walk will take you just shy of two hours – so perfect for a stroll.

3. Mer de Glace

This is the perfect way to see a glacier, and will also give you some chance to enjoy a little quiet time, too, as it isn’t one of the most popular routes. Begin your hike by going up to the Chalet Chapeau, follow the path to get to some amazing viewpoints, and it will take you less than an hour. There are also places for you to stop and eat/drink if you wish.

4. Berard Valley

This is ideal if you have children as it isn’t too much of a tough route, and takes less than two hours. You can access the start point by train to Le Buet, where there is also a car park, and cross over the road to begin the walk. Dogs are unfortunately not allowed on this route, but if you don’t have one then this could be the ideal family day out.

5. Buvettes en Montagne

There are many of these “buvettes” or snack bars in the mountains, so you should definitely visit one before you leave. There are lots of chances to enjoy food and drink around the valley. You will usually need to walk there as there is nowhere to park, however the views are beautiful, so if you don’t want a hike, and would rather something more laid back, this could be ideal.

No matter what kind of walk you enjoy, Chamonix has lots to offer. Even if you don’t manage to fit in every one of the suggested walks above, it certainly gives you plenty to think about, meaning that you can enjoy the scenery from different angles, and have plenty to remember when you get home. Definitely remember to keep your camera handy, as you won’t want to miss these snaps.

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