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Montenvers - Mer de Glace

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Good to know
  • Better carry your infant in a harness rather than a stroller - more than 400 steps to the Grotto!
  • Dogs allowed on a leash.
  • Don't forget to take a tour of the many site attractions: Peuple des Glaces, Glaciorium, the Temple of nature, the Ice Grotto.
  • Seven-kilometer glacier, the longest in France
  • High-altitude site: bring warm clothes!
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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.

ICE CAVE
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.

THE GLACIORIUM
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.

HIKING
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.

RESTAURANT
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.

ACCOMODATION
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.
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Prices
Adult: 33.50 € (Includes: return trip by train from Chamonix to Montenvers + return trip by cable car + visits at the top)
Child (5-14 years): 28.50 €
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.

Be careful! The ice cave and the cable-car at the top station are closed until the 20th of December evening.
Opening times
From 15/12/2018 to 15/03/2019
Departure times daily every hour between 10 AM and 4 PM.
Departure every 30 minutes in the afternoon, depending on the affluence.
Last departure to visit the ice cave at 2pm.

From 16/03 to 30/03/2019
Departure times daily every hour between 10 AM and 4.30 PM.
Departure every 30 minutes in the afternoon, depending on the affluence.
Last departure to visit the ice cave at 3pm.

Subject to favorable weather.
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