Visit the Chamonix Ice Caves on the Mer de Glace Glacier
Take the Montenvers train up
Trains leave every hour from 10.00am from the Montenvers train station. If you want to get a prized window seat (best for kids) then get there about half an hour early. It’s a 20 minute journey to climb the steep track around the Aiguilles de Chamonix, through thick forest to reach the top (altitude 1913m)
Entering Chamonix’s Mer de Glace ice caves
Whilst you’re up at the Mer de Glace, did you know there’s also a very interesting glaciorium onsite. It’s well worth a visit.
It’s also interesting to see the tools with which glaciologists measure important stuff. For example this wheel measured how far the Argentiere glacier slides (30cms a day in the Summer!).
Have you visited the Mer de Glace and the Chamonix ice caves? What did you think?
Montenvers ticket price:
If you have bought an Unlimited Mont Blanc ski pass either for the day or week, then the Montenver is included for FREE. It took us 4 hours to take the train up, walk down to the grotto & back up, visit the glaciorium & have a hot chocolate on the observation deck, all at a relaxed pace. If you wanted to ski in the mornings, with the Unlimited MB pass you could still go up the Montenvers in the afternoon, which makes it good value. Otherwise the ticket prices are below. They include return train trip & the cable car up & down to the grotto steps & entry into the grotto.
Adult: (15-64) 31.50e
Child: (5-14) 26.80e
OAP: (65+) 26.80e
Family pass: 97.70e (2 adults + 2 children + free 3rd/4th/5th child)
gorgeous photos! I don’t really ski but I’d love to do a ski holiday some time (my husband does ski actually)
Hi Tanja thanks so much for your kind words. I do love taking photos! Chamonix could be the perfect place then for you guys – lots to do for non-skiers here rather than a tiny resort, and plenty of beginner pistes too. Thanks for following.
Hi we are a family of 2 adults, 3 teenagers and an eleven yr old. We will be in Geneva for Christmas, and would love to visit Chamonix for 2 day trips ( have a car). I am bewildered looking at ski passes/ ski hires etc etc, and we have no experience of skiing / snowboarding but we are sporty. Also budget is a consideration. Please help. Thanking you .AnneMarie
Hi Anne Marie
Ski passes can seem boggling thats for sure! Compagnie du Mont Blanc do a FAMILY PACK where you pay for 2 adults and 2 children and then the 3/4/5th child go free. I would suggest staying over in Chamonix for the night rather than driving back to Geneva each evening as you will be exhausting from the skiing, particularly if you are beginners. Rocky Pop Hotel in Les Houches is a very affordable and very cool hotel (your teenagers will love it!). If you want to sightsee over your two days then I would recommend skiing in the mornings for a couple of hours and then sightseeing in the afternoon (a visit up the Aiguille du Midi and a journey up the Montenvers train up to see the longest glacier in France, the Mer de Glace. These alone are very expensive but if you buy a Chamonix Unlimited ski pass they are included for free. I would suggest to ski at Les Houches if you are beginners – this is a very gentle tree lined resort at the end of the valley and perfect if you book to stay at rocky pop. I have written an in-depth guide to Les Houches on my website https://thefamilyfreestylers.com/chamonix-ski-resort-les-houches-review/
I love the views but I don’t know if I could climb back up again unless Scott carried me ….We went in the glacier on the Eiger many years ago…….Love and best wishes for the New Year XXXXXXXXXXX
What a wonderful post great pictures very informative love the picture of mum and girls they look like they have enjoyed every minute. Will certainly do this myself on my visit to the mountains.
Thank you Margaret. I’m so pleased that you like our blog. The scenery here is stunning in Chamonix and there’s so many spectacular view points! The Mer de Glace and the Aiguillle du Midi are both must do’s if you come to Chamonix! Thanks for following.
Thank you so much for all your insights! This hotel and the whole experience sounds so dreamy, I booked our family for 2 nights to end our trip to Chamonix.
Oh fabulous! You will have the most amazing time! It’s genuinely one of the best ways to experience Chamonix! Very special!