The Montenvers-Mer de Glace train

in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Further information

Annual closure from Novembre 8th to December 3rd, 2021.
Health pass compulsory to visit the ice cave and the museum

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

Once at your destination, take a tour of the Ice Cave and get a glimpse into the very heart of the glacier. The cave is dug out anew every year and inside, it portrays mountain life in the early 19th century. Two ways to get there: follow the footpath for a 20-minute or so walk or take the cable car. Please note: there are around 580 steps from the cable car terminal to the cave entrance.

The Montenvers site testifies to climate change in our day and age and is thus the ideal spot for a glaciology information centre. The Mer de Glace, its formation, history and future evolution are all explained as you visit the interactive exhibitions.

The complete tour (including the cave and the journey time) takes an average 2-3 hours, although it can be double that during peak periods.

Hikers can walk from Montenvers to Plan de l'Aiguille via the Grand Balcon Nord trail, or head down to Chamonix via Les Planards or the village of Les Bois.

When it's time to eat, there are three options: a Savoyard or traditional meal at the Restaurant du Refuge du Montenvers, lunch in a bistro with a view at Panoramique Mer de Glace, or a quick snack at the Bar des Glaciers.

Hotel du Montenvers reopened on 1st July 2017 after refurbishment by Maisons et Hotels Sibuet, a leader in the mountain resort hotel sector for over 30 years now.
Hotel du Montenvers has a 10-bed dormitory, double and family rooms, and suites, all in a traditional mountain refuge setting.

Starting point altitude
minimum age
1 years old
From 13/09 to 07/11/2021
Adult: 35 €
Child : 29.80 €
Family pass: 108.60 €.

From 04/12/2021 to 30/11/2022
Adult: 35.50 €
Child : 30.20 €
Family pass: 110.10 €
Disabled: 50% discount when presenting an invalidity card + 50% for the accompanying person.

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

Ascent or Descent + visits (Summer)
Adult: €29,50
Child and senior: €25,10

Return "Vallée Blanche" + visit (winter)
Adult : €30
Child and senior : €25,50.
Opening dates
From 16/10 to 07/11/2021, daily.
Departure every 20 or 30 minutes depending on affluence.
Cable car and Ice cave closed.
ANNUAL CLOSURE from November 8 to December 3, 2021.

From 04/12 to 17/12/2021, daily.
Last return from the top at 16:30.
Ice-Cave and gondola closed.

From 18/12/2021 to 18/03/2022, daily between 10 am and 4 pm.
Every 30 minutes or 20 minutes depending on affluence.
Last train to visit the ice-cave at 14:30.
Las return from the top at 16:30.

From 19/03 to 30/04/2022, daily between 10 am and 4.30 pm.

Subject to favorable weather.
The Montenvers-Mer de Glace train
35 pl de la Mer de Glace
74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

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