With a week of heavy snow on the weather forecast it may seem like a strange time to be thinking about summer but we’re already planning ahead!
There’s a bit of a cliché about Chamonix that people “come for the winter but stay for the summer” and then there’s no going back! It’s true that once you’ve seen Chamonix in summer you’ll be blown away – it’s just gorgeous. Ask any year-round residents which season they prefer and they’ll be hard pressed to give you an answer, even the hardcore snow addicts.
There are so many fantastic things to do – many of them you can also do in winter, such as paragliding over the mountains or ice climbing up frozen waterfalls but summer for us though is all about the fantastic mountain biking trails and wonderful hiking routes.
One of the highlights of summer is going on a multiday route such as the Tour des Fiz or the Tour du Mont Blanc – hiking incredible Alpine trails all day, stopping for lunch in a meadow or beside a lake, staying overnight in a remote mountain hut! It’s certainly not too early to start planning as the more popular huts get booked up months in advance – you may find that if you leave it until spring, it’ll be too late.
We offer all the classic Chamonix hikes, as well as some of our personal favourites, guided by fully qualified IMLs (International Mountain Leaders). We take care of all the organisation such as booking huts, route planning, transport, first aid, back-up plans in case of adverse weather, and so on.
Hiking with an IML carries many advantages beyond logistics; they know the area like the back of their hands and often have their own favourite spots or insider tips, they are mines of information about flowers, plants, and wildlife… and they ALWAYS carry an essential supply of chocolate.
If the majestic sight of Mont Blanc gives you an itch to get to the top of it, then hire a guide and do one of our 2-3 day guided ascents. You can combine it with a pre-summit course if you like, to learn the essential climbing and rope skills to make a safe ascent. We also offer fully guided trips to other iconic peaks such as Eiger, Gran Paradiso and the Matterhorn – just get in touch to find out more.
If you’d rather stay based in Chamonix and explore the gazillions of day hikes, think about timing your trip to coincide with one of the big summer events – you can search for Chamonix accommodation here.
This year is the 150th anniversary of the “Golden Age of Alpinism” – 1865 was the year that mountaineering reached it’s peak (ahem, so to speak) with 65 first ascents across the Alps, 7 of them here in the Mont Blanc Massif. Many celebrations and special exhibitions are planned to mark the anniversary, as well as the usual highlights of the Marathon du Mont Blanc, World Climbing Championships, Bastille Day, Fete de la Musique, Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc and many more. To be honest, you’ll struggle to find a week when there isn’t something going on but have a look at our Chamonix events guide to get an idea of what the summer lineup looks like.
Until then, we’re off to play in the snow – it’s still coming down thick and heavy outside!