Chamonix Montenvers Loop
Elevation + / -
855m / 855m
When to go
Start Jun - Mid Oct
4.0 - 6.0 Hours
1064m / 1920m
Very Nice (4/5)
2.0 - 3.5 Hours
12+ Years old
2 Snack Bars
This route is a great option if you want to reach Montenvers from Chamonix without using the Montenvers mountain train. The trail starts at Les Planards where you will find the luge and a little recreation park. From there its a pretty gentle hike up to the Buvette des Mottets where you can have a snack and a drink. This area is beautiful with nice rock formation and great views across the valley and towards the Aguille Vert. The hike up to Montenvers is beautiful with big boulders and pretty rough terrain. Once at Montenvers you can enjoy all the sights there: the Mer de Glace glacier with the Grotte de Glace ice cave, the Montenvers hotel, restaurant and snack bar and the spectacular views all around. Once you are ready to head back down, you can walk past the Montenvers hotel on the left side and you will find a trail towards de Chalet de Caillet. This is a little snack bar where you can a little break. From there its a steady downhill wooded trail back to Les Planards and your starting point.
Photos of this Trail
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Trail Directions & Safety Considerations
12+ Years old
We recommend to keep your dog on a leash
When to Go
Start Jun - Mid Oct
Risk Considerations & Difficulty Assessment
This route reaches an altitude of 1913. Check the snow conditions if you are planning to go outside of the peak season of June to the end of September. The trail is easy to find and easy to navigate. Your main waypoints are Buvette de Mottets, Montenvers, Buvette de Caillet and Chamonix. The trails are not difficult. The trail between Buvette de Mottets and Montenvers is very rocky and full of big boulders and the occasional small ladder.
Trail Starting Point
The trail starts at the Les Planards activity park, a short walk from Chamonix center and the Chamonix train station.
From Les Planards follow the fairly steep path that takes you up the beginner ski slope area. Take a left turn to pass below the luge rails. Now follow signs for Buvette de Mottets and Montenvers. The trail is easy to follow and well marked. Once you reach Buvette de Mottets take a right and you will see the signs for Montenvers. You will reach a split where you can take either way to reach Montenvers. The left side is more scenic in my opinion. Once you reach Montenvers you can have a look around and enjoy its many sights and attractions. Once you are ready to start your descend back to Chamonix, head to the Montenvers Hotel and on the left side you will find the trail going to the Buvette de Caillet. Once at the Buvette follow the signs for Chamonix and it will take you back to the top of Les Planard and then you can take the same trail down to where you started.
Points of Interest for this Trail
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Trail Route Map & GPS
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