Departing from Chamonix, this famous rack and pinion railway brings you to the Montenvers site at 1913 m. An imposing panorama of the Mer de Glace glacier, the Drus and the Grands Jorasses.
The tour of the “Grotte de glace” (Ice Cave) takes visitors into the very heart of the glacier. Re-sculpted every year, it describes the life of mountain people in the early 19th century. It can be entered either by a walk of around 20 minutes on a footpath, or by gondola lift. NB: There are about 480 steps from the arrival of the gondola lift to the entrance to the cave.
A world of discovery awaits you at the new exhibition centre at the Montenvers Mer de Glace. Here the creation and evolution of the glaciers over the centuries is explained in detail.
THE TEMPLE OF NATURE
The Temple has now reopened to the public and an innovative optical theatre takes visitors on a trip into the past where they will meet the likes of Forbes (the Scottish geologist), Chateaubriand, Louis Pasteur and Agutte the artist.
The complete tour (including the cave and travelling time) takes an average of 2 to 3 hours. The time required for the tour may be doubled during peak periods.
Hill-walks include the hike from Montenvers to Plan de l'Aiguille via the Grand Balcon Nord hill-walking trail, and also the return descent down to Chamonix via Les Planards or Les Bois village.
There are three choices for eating : either a Savoyard or traditional meal at the Restaurant du Refuge du Montenvers, or a lunch in the bistro with a view at Panoramique Mer de Glace or finally a quick snack at the Glacier Bar.
Hotel du Montenvers had open again the 1st of July 2017 after refurbish by the Maisons et Hotels Sibuet label, a pioneer in the mountain hotel business for over 30 years.
Terminal Neige – Refuge offers a 10-bed dormitory, double and family rooms, as well as suites, all in a traditional mountain refuge setting.
Cash desks open all year round from 8 am to 6 pm.
Adult: 33.50 €
Child (5-14 years): 28.50 € (Same price for seniors (65+).)
Family pass: 103.90 € (2 adults + 2 children & 3rd, 4th and 5th of the same family are free)
Disabled: 50% discount when presenting an invalidity card + 50% for the accompanying person.
Free entry for children < 5 years.
From 26/08 to 08/09/2019
Departure times daily every 30 minutes between 8.30 am and 5 pm.
Last departure to visit the ice cave at 3.30pm.
From 09/09 to 29/09/2019
Departure times daily every 30 minutes between 8.30 am and 4.30 pm.
Last departure to visit the ice cave at 3pm.
Annual closure from the 30th of September (in the morning) until the 18th of October included.
From 04/11 to 13/11/2019
Departure times daily at 10 am and at 11.30 am and at 1 pm and at 2 pm and at 3 pm and at 4 pm.
Be careful: ice cave and cable car closed!.
From 14/12/2019 to 13/03/2020
Departure times daily every hour between 10 am and 12 pm and every 30 minutes between 1 pm and 4 pm.
Last departure from Chamonix to visit the ice cave at 2pm.
From 14/03 to 30/04/2020, daily.
Last departure from Chamonix to visit the ice cave at 3pm.
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