Towns & Hamlets in and around the Chamonix Valley
The Chamonix Valley has a very rich history going back hundreds of years. Many of the first settlements have grown to towns and hamlets which still remain till today. Many of these have been renamed over time. A large part of that history lives on in the many churches and chapels that are dotted throughout the valley and the catholic church and the politics of the nobility have had a large influence on how the history of Chamonix and its inhabitants developed.
Chamonix is the crown jewel of the valley in our opinion and has the most to offer in terms of commercial establishments, entertainment venues and historical buildings. The main sights like the Aiguille Midi lift and the Montenvers train also depart from here. In terms of size and tourism support infrastructure, the towns of Argentiere, Vallorcine and Les Houches are quite sizeable. When it comes to picturesque hamlets that you might cross while on the trails our favorites include Vaudagne, Le Planet, Le Lavancher and Tre-le-Champ. These hamlets are not on the valley floor and have a more natural and authentic feel to them. These typically don't provide any or many food or accommodation options so the on-trail Refuges and Snack Bars provide solutions in those cases.
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We try to make the trails we present on our website as interesting as possible by combining as many points of interests as possible in a single trail. This way you get you to maximize your time spent. We got many other points of interest listed in the Chamonix Valley and beyond. You can pick a different category from the list on the right.
If you know a town or hamlet in or around Chamonix that is missing from our site, then please send us a message