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Montenvers train - Mer de Glace

Montenvers train - Mer de Glace35 pl de la Mer de Glace
74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Closest bus stop : Place du Mont-Blanc
Closest train station : Chamonix centre
Closest parkings : Biolay (outside parking), place du Mont-Blanc (underground parking).
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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.


DescriptionICE CAVE
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 about 480 steps from the arrival of the gondola lift to the entrance to the cave.

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.

HIKING
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.

RESTAURANT
There are three choices for eating : either a Savoyard or traditional meal at the Restaurant du Refuge du Montenvers, or a lunch in the bistro with a view at Panoramique Mer de Glace or finally a quick snack at the Glacier Bar.

ACCOMODATION
Hotel du Montenvers had open again the 1st of July 2017 after refurbish by the Maisons et Hotels Sibuet label, a pioneer in the mountain hotel business for over 30 years.
Terminal Neige – Refuge offers a 10-bed dormitory, double and family rooms, as well as suites, all in a traditional mountain refuge setting.

Cash desks open all year round from 8 am to 6 pm.
Prices
Adult: 33.50 €
Child (5-14 years): 28.50 € (Same price for seniors (65+).)
Family pass: 103.90 € (2 adults + 2 children & 3rd, 4th and 5th of the same family are free)
Disabled: 50% discount when presenting an invalidity card + 50% for the accompanying person.

Free entry for children < 5 years.
Opening times
From 15/12/2018 to 15/03/2019
Departure times daily every hour between 10 am and 4 pm.
Departure every 30 minutes in the afternoon, depending on the affluence.
Last departure to visit the ice cave at 2pm.

From 16/03 to 30/04/2019
Departure times daily every hour between 10 am and 4.30 pm.
Departure every 30 minutes in the afternoon, depending on the affluence.
Last departure to visit the ice cave at 3pm.

From 01/05 to 12/07/2019
Departure times daily every 30 minutes between 8.30 am and 4.30 pm.
Last departure to visit the ice cave at 3pm.

Be careful, from May 6 to May 10, 2019 and from June 3 to June 7, 2019 the ice cave and the cable car are closed.

From 13/07 to 25/08/2019, daily.
Departure every 30 ou 20 minutes, depending on the affluence, from 8am to 6pm.
Last departure to visit the ice cave at 4.30pm.

From 26/08 to 08/09/2019
Departure times daily every 30 minutes between 8.30 am and 5 pm.
Last departure to visit the ice cave at 3.30pm.

From 09/09 to 29/09/2019
Departure times daily every 30 minutes between 8.30 am and 4.30 pm.
Last departure to visit the ice cave at 3pm.
Facilities and services
  • Chèques vacances
  • Bar
  • Coach access
  • Coach parking
  • Parking
  • Pets welcome
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Toilets
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Related page

On site :
Le Panoramique Mer de Glace
Le Panoramique Mer de Glace
On site :
Mer de Glace
Mer de Glace
A plus :
Parking du Biollay
Parking du Biollay
On site :
Terminal Neige - Refuge du Montenvers
Terminal Neige - Refuge du Montenvers
A plus :
Webcam 360 Mer de Glace
Webcam 360 Mer de Glace
A plus :
Webcam Mer de Glace
Webcam Mer de Glace
A plus :
Webcam Hotel Montenvers
Webcam Hotel Montenvers
A plus :
Webcam Grotte de Glace
Webcam Grotte de Glace
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