Mer de Glace et train du Montenvers

in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
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The Refuge du Montenvers offers comfortable rooms (double, triple or family) as well as a dormitory with 10 beds, all in the atmosphere of a traditional mountain refuge.

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Presentation

Hop on the famous rack-and-pinion railway, which takes passengers from Chamonix to the tourist site of Montenvers at an altitude of 1,913 m. Enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the Mer de Glace glacier, the Drus and the Grands Jorasses

NEW MER DE GLACE GONDOLA LIFT

This gondola promises a unique experience, offering a breathtaking panoramic journey.
Get ready for an unforgettable experience in the heart of the mountains.
Whether you're looking for thrills or peace and quiet in the heart of nature, the new Mer de Glace gondola lift and the Grotte de Glace promise unforgettable memories.

ICE GROTTO
Discover the magic of the new Grotte de Glace, naturally sculpted by man "the grottus" in the ice.
This unique sensory experience will amaze visitors of all ages.

THE GLACIORIUM
The Montenvers site is a true witness to the climate changes of our century, and deserved a space dedicated to glaciology! The Sea of Ice, its formation, its history, its future evolution - this is what you can discover when you visit this interactive and educational site...

The total visit (cave and routes included) lasts an average of 2 to 3 hours. Visiting time may be doubled during peak periods.

RESTAURATION
There are 3 ways to eat: either a Savoyard or traditional meal at the Refuge du Montenvers restaurant, or a quick bite at the Bar des Glaciers.

HOTELS
Le Refuge du Montenvers opened on July 1, 2017 after renovation by Maisons et Hôtels Sibuet, a leading player in the mountain hotel industry for over 30 years.
Le Refuge du Montenvers offers a 10-bed dormitory, double and family rooms, as well as suites, all in a traditional mountain refuge atmosphere.

Starting point altitude
1045m
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minimum age
1 years old
Rates
From 01/12/2023 to 31/05/2024
Adult: 38.50 €
Child : 32.70 €
Family pass: 119.30 €
Disabled: 50% reduction on presentation of a disability card 50% reduction for the accompanying person on a day pass or return ticket.

From 01/06 to 03/11/2024
Adult: 39.50 €
Child : 33.60 €
Family pass: 122.50 €
Disabled: 50% reduction on presentation of a disability card 50% reduction for the accompanying person on a day pass or return ticket.

Free entry for children < 5 years.
Child entry valid for 5 - 14 years.
Group rate available for > 20 people.

Ascent or descent + visit (summer) :
Adults: €34
Children and senior citizens: €28.90

Vallée blanche return + visit (Winter) :
Adult: €34
Children and senior citizens: €28.90
This site is included in the MONT BLANC UNLIMITED PASS / Multipass.
Opening dates
From 01/06 to 05/07/2024
Opening hours daily between 8.30 am and 5 pm.
Last descent daily at 5 pm.
From 8.30am to 4.30pm every half an hour
The 9am train is optional
Last departure from Chamonix to visit the ice cave at 3pm.

From 06/07 to 25/08/2024
Opening hours daily between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm.
Last descent daily at 5.30 pm.
From 8.30am to 10.30am every 30 minutes
The 9am train is optional
From 10.30 am every 20 minutes
Last departure from Chamonix to visit the ice cave at 3.40pm.

From 26/08 to 15/09/2024
Opening hours daily between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm.
Last descent daily at 5.30 pm.
From 8.30am to 10am every 30 minutes
The 9am train is optional
From 10.30 am every 20 min
Last departure from Chamonix to visit the ice cave at 3pm.

From 16/09 to 31/10/2024
Opening hours daily between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm.
Last descent daily at 5.30 pm.
From 8.30am to 1pm every hour
The 9am train is optional
From 1.30pm every 30 minutes
Last departure from Chamonix to visit the ice cave at 2.30pm.

Subject to favorable weather.
Location
Mer de Glace et train du Montenvers
35 pl de la Mer de Glace
74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Closest bus stop : Place du Mont-Blanc
Closest train station : Chamonix centre
Closest carparkss : Biolay (outside carpark), parking du Mont-Blanc (underground carpark).
Special summer info
HIKING IN SUMMER
It is possible to hike from the Montenvers towards the Plan de l'Aiguille: traversing via the grand balcon nord or take the descent to Chamonix via Les Planards or the village of Les Bois.
Handicap
The access to disabled people is adapted on this area:
there are 2 car park places for disabled people below the Montenvers train station. The access to the Montenvers train station is on a sloping ground and requires to be accompanied. Let the people at the cash desks know that disabled people would like to go up with the Montenvers train then it is necessary to install access bars to let the wheel chairs go up in the train.
Adapted toilets are to be found on the right side at the arrival of the train. Across the arrival station of the train you'll find a large accessible esplanade from which you'll be able to enjoy the view over the glacier and the mythic summits above. To access the restaurant of the "Refuge du Montenvers" and the glaciorium nearby, the way is stony and requires some help.
The cable car allowing to come closer to the ice cave is adapted to disabled poeple and allows then to acess an esplanade from which you'll be able to have a closer view over the "Mer de Glace" glacier. The ice cave dug into the glacier remains unaccessible then 100 steps are to be found down until the ice cave.

Virtual visits

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Spring-summer-autumn 2024 lift timetable

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Winter map Montenvers

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