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Montenvers - Ice Cave

Train du MontenversEntrée de la grotte de glaceGrand hôtel du Montenvers

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The famous little rack railway

The Montenvers rack railway starts from Chamonix and, in 20 minutes and in total safety, reaches the bottom of the Mer de Glace (1,913 m), France’s largest glacier (7km long, 200 m thick). This historic site marked the start of Alpine tourism in the 19th century and offers a panoramic view of famous peaks such as Les Drus and Les Grandes Jorasses.


The tour of the “Grotte de glace” (Ice Cave) takes visitors into the very heart of the glacier. Re-sculpted every year, it describes the life of mountain people in the early 19th century. It can be entered either by a walk of around 20 minutes on a footpath, or by gondola lift. NB: There are more than 400 steps from the arrival of the gondola lift to the entrance to the cave.

3:19Montenvers - Mer de GlacePresentation of what's new at Montenvers Mer de Glace in Chamonix Mont-Blanc: The Temple of Nature, the Glaciorium ... Accessible with the little red train and open all year. © Compagnie du Mont-Blanc» activities

The Glaciorium
A world of discovery awaits you at the new exhibition centre at the Montenvers Mer de Glace. Here the creation and evolution of the glaciers over the centuries is explained in detail.

The Temple of Nature
The Temple has now reopened to the public and an innovative optical theatre takes visitors on a trip into the past where they will meet the likes of Forbes (the Scottish geologist),  Chateaubriand, Louis Pasteur and Agutte the artist.


The complete tour (including the cave and travelling time) takes an average of 2 to 3 hours. The time required for the tour may be doubled during peak periods.

Hill-walks include the hike from Montenvers to Plan de l'Aiguille via the Grand Balcon Nord hill-walking trail, and also the return descent down to Chamonix via Les Planards or Les Bois village.

There are two choices for eating: either fast food at the railway station buffet or else a Savoie or traditional meal in the Grand Hôtel in Montenvers, a place full of history and authenticity built in 1880.

In the summer, the hotel serves its original main purpose, i.e., accommodating mountaineers, travellers and adventurers, just as it did in the late 19th century. With its nine rooms and its dormitory, it has retained the charm and simplicity of bygone days.




Horaires Train du Montenvers Mer de Glace
From 29th September to 17th October 2014
Annual Closing
From 18th October to 2nd November 2014
First departureLast return trip to visit the Ice caveLast one wayLast return from the topFrequency
10amIce Cave + Gondola closedFrom 28 September evening to 20 December morning 20144pm4:30pmEvery hour or 30 mins according to demand)
From 3rd November to 19th December 2014
1st departureLast visit to see the Ice CaveLast one way trip upLast return from the topFrequency
10am
12:00
2pm
3pm
4pm
3pm4pm4:30pm11:30am
1:30pm
2:30pm
3:30pm
4:30pm
From 20th December 2014 to 13th March 2015
1st departureLast visit to see the Ice CaveLast one way trip upLast return from the topFrequency
10am2:30pm4pm4:30pmEvery hour (or evey 30 min - 20 min according to demand)
Du 14 Mars au 30 Avril 2015
1st departureLast visit to see the Ice CaveLast one way trip upLast return from the topFrequency
10am3pm4:30pm5pmEvery hour (or evey 30 min - 20 min according to demand)

Non contractual rates, opening dates; prices and conditions of sale may be subject to modification (subject VAT).

Montenvers Yearly** Rates
Categories Chamonix-
Montenvers Mer de Glace
Montenvers - Mer de Glace
(Be careful: return-trip train not included)
Montenvers - Mer de Glace - Chamonix :
ascent or descent by train + visits
(Vallée Blanche return)
Package Voyage à la Mer de Glace :
Return trip by train & gondola & visits
Package on the site : Return trip by gondola + visits One way
Adult
(+16y.o)
29,50 € 16,00 €
24,00 €
Child
(4-15y.o)
25,10 € 13,60 €
20,40 €
Family package* 88,50 € -
Extra child 14,80 € -

Non contractual rates, opening dates; prices and conditions of sale may be subject to modification (subject VAT)
*Family: 2 adults (parents or grandparents) + 2 children from the same family.
Extra child = 50% of additional adult public rate
** Winter: 01/12/13 to 03/05/14 - Summer: 04/05/14 to 30/11/14

For train ticket purchased : access to Gallery of Crystals, the Glacorium and the Ice cave

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