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Refuge du Montenvers

Refuge

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Our Rating

Very Good

The Refuge du Montenvers is an iconic refuge that dates back all the way to 1880. It was originally built with tourism in mind at a time that the Mer de Glace became increasingly popular after its orignal discovery in 1741. In those early days, tourists would head up the mountain using guided donkeys. Access became a lot easier when the Montenvers Mountain train was built and commissioned in 1909. It is incredible to think that the current cog train dates back more than a century! Montenvers is one of the main tourist destinations in Chamonix with a small gondola providing access to the Grotte de Glace, a man-made ice cave carved out into the Mer de Glace Glacier. There is also the Glaciorium, a small information center providing a lot of background on the Mer de Glace glacier. The Glaciorium is located next to the Refuge du Montenvers.


The refuge has been recently renovated and offers private rooms of various sizes including dormitory style rooms with a capacity of 7 to 10 people. There are a total of 20 rooms. The refuge also has a nice restaurant with a glass enclosed section with good views. In summer there is also a large outdoor sitting area with great views all around. We stayed in the refuge in 2022 and it was a really nice experience. It is a large place and generally feels more like a hotel than a refuge. 


The easiest access to the Refuge du Montenvers is taking the Montvers mountain train from the center of Chamonix. You can also walk it and we got a detailed trail description for that options. From Montenvers the most popular trail will be the Grand Balcon Sud traverse to the Plan de l'Aiguille lift station. We got a detailed trail description for this too. Our suggestion includes a visit to Lac Bleu and the Refuge du Plan de l'Aiguille.



Nearest town to this point of interest

Nearest Town

Chamonix

Altitude of this point of interest

Altitude

1913m

Capacity for this point of interest
Accommodation Type
Phone number for this point of interest
Website for this point of interest

Capacity

Accommodation

Phone

Website

58

Rooms, Dormitories

+33 (0)4 50 53 87 70

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Linked Trails & Points of Interest

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Chamonix Montenvers Loop

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Our Rating

Good

Loop Trail:

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This trail takes you to Montenvers via de Buvette des Mottets and then down via de Buvette Caillet. A nice way to get up to Montenvers if you don't want to use the train

Trail Length

Length

11.34km

When is the best time to go on this trail

When to Go

Start Jun - Mid Oct

How long does it take to hike this trail

Hiking Time

4.0 - 6.0 Hours

Elevation gain and loss for this trail

Elevation +

+855m / -855m

How old do kids have to be to go on this trail

Kids

12+ Years old

How long does it take to run this trail

Running Time

2.0 - 3.5 Hours

The technical difficulty level of this trail

Technical Difficulty

Moderate (3/5)

Are dogs allowed on this trail

Dogs

Dogs Allowed

Nearest Town to this Trail

Nearest Town

Chamonix

Montenvers to Plan Aiguille with Lac Bleu

9

Our Rating

Exceptional

Trail:

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Perhaps the most popular route in the Chamonix Valley taking you from the Montenvers station and the Mer de Glace over the Balcon Nord past the Lac Bleu to the Plan l'Aiguille lift station.

Trail Length

Length

7.35km

When is the best time to go on this trail

When to Go

Mid Jun - End Sep

How long does it take to hike this trail

Hiking Time

2.0 - 4.0 Hours

Elevation gain and loss for this trail

Elevation +

+471m / -103m

How old do kids have to be to go on this trail

Kids

7+ Years old

How long does it take to run this trail

Running Time

1.0 - 1.5 Hours

The technical difficulty level of this trail

Technical Difficulty

Easy (2/5)

Are dogs allowed on this trail

Dogs

No Dogs

Nearest Town to this Trail

Nearest Town

Chamonix

Mer de Glace

9

Nearest Town

Exceptional

Glacier

Iconic glacier with a man-made ice cave accessible using the Montenvers mountain train

Nearest town to this point of interest

Nearest Town

Chamonix

The altitude of this point of interest

Altitude

1650m

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Buvette des Mottets

8

Nearest Town

Very Good

Refuge

Mountain refuge on the way up to Montenvers offering unique bubble tent accomodation

Nearest town to this point of interest

Nearest Town

Chamonix

The altitude of this point of interest

Altitude

1638m

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Lac Bleu

9

Nearest Town

Exceptional

Lake

A small but beautifully situated lake with reflections of the Aguille du Midi

Nearest town to this point of interest

Nearest Town

Chamonix

The altitude of this point of interest

Altitude

2299m

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Grotte de Glace

10

Nearest Town

The Best

Ice Cave

Spectacular ice cave cut out in the Mer de Glace glacier

Nearest town to this point of interest

Nearest Town

Chamonix

The altitude of this point of interest

Altitude

1780m

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Refuge du Plan de Aiguille

9

Nearest Town

Exceptional

Refuge

Very nice refuge perched high above Chamonix along the Grand Balcon Nord

Nearest town to this point of interest

Nearest Town

Chamonix

The altitude of this point of interest

Altitude

2207m

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Longitude:

6.9172

Latitude:

45.9334

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