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Aiguille Verte and the Mont Blanc Massif
Argentiere Glacier view, Mont Blanc Massif, France
A family tour of Chamonix Valley
Fancy getting better acquainted with the Chamonix region but don’t feel up to a strenuous hike? This trip is ideal for you and the family! These easily accessible hikes out of Chamonix will give you a taste for the mountains and even the chance to spend the night in a mountain refuge. Explore the Aiguille du Midi before hiking to the Mer de glace (sea of ice). Dive into the freezing waters of Argentière glacier, climb up aiguille des Grands-Montets for a unique view and finish your trip by visiting Argentière.
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Walk around Chamonix with the family to start the day, admiring the 19th and 20th century buildings, visit the Alpine Museum to find out more about the town, then catch the gondola lift up to the aiguille du Midi. In just a few minutes you will find yourself in magnificent high altitude scenery at no less than 3,842m! Stop on the way down at the Plan de l’Aiguille at 2,317m, also the departure point of a large number of easy, signposted hikes. Only 10mins from the gondola lift station, the Refuge de l’Aiguille is open for meals and you can even spend the night (bookings advisable).
You can take your cable car ticket directly on site. The same applies if you want to use the Montenvers train or the Grands Montets cable car
On leaving the refuge, follow an easy path for a 7km hike along a “balcony” path cut into the cliff side, feasting your eyes on the scenery and breathing in fresh mountain air! This will take you to the railway station of the Mer de glace (sea of ice) where a unique experience awaits you and the family! Venture into the heart of a glacier down a hundred or so steps (there were only a few steps 40 years ago!) and you will find yourself in a frozen cave. Then take the train from Montenvers back to Chamonix, or if you still have energy spare, rouse the kids and walk back to the resort (2hr with children).
After a good night’s sleep in Chamonix, hop on the train or into your car and head towards Argentière. Here catch the gondola lift up to the Aiguille des Grands-Montets. At 3,295m, the view is matchless and commands a striking picture of Argentière glacier, the impressive Aiguille Verte and of course Mont Blanc. Finish with a relaxing stroll through the town, popping into the lovely Saint Pierre church. If you have time and your children are still raring to go, take them on a few non-taxing hikes around the town.
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