Departing from Chamonix, this famous rack and pinion railway brings you to the Montenvers site at 1913 m. An imposing panorama of the Mer de Glace glacier, the Drus and the Grands 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.
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 by gone days.
Adult: 31 € (Includes: return trip by train Chamonix-Montenvers + return trip by Mer de Glace gondola lift + visits)
Child (4-15 years): 26.40 € (Includes: return trip by train Chamonix-Montenvers + return trip by Mer de Glace gondola lift + visits)
Family pass: 93 € (Family ticket = 2 adults (parents or grandparents) + 2 children in the same family. Additional child: €15.50)).
From 17/12/2016 to 17/03/2017, daily between 10 AM and 4.30 PM.
Important renovation program, the entire Montenvers site (trains & access to the Mer de Glace) will be closed to the public from 4th September 2016 at 19h00 until 17th December 2016 at 8h00.
The footpath crossing the site & giving access to the Mer de Glace & the mountain huts will be closed & entry forbidden for the public during the entire period as above.
To access the glacier & the mountain huts, please take the Mottets path.
For the path from the Plan de l’Aiguille to Montenvers, the return path to Chamonix is possible on arrival at Montenvers via the Caillet path (an additional 1h 30 walk compared to the return trip by train).
Access from Chamonix up to the Forbes Signal & onwards to the Plan de l’Aiguille is possible via the Caillet path.
From the 17th The place will be partly open : cable-car, ice-cave and new panoramic restaurant.
From 18/03 to 30/04/2017, daily between 10 AM and 5 PM.
Every 30 min or 20 minutes according to demand.