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)