Top 5 essentials
It is no accident that at MGM we have chosen the Chamonix Valley as the majestic backdrop for our prestigious 5-star Cristal de Jade apartment complex (at the bottom of the Aiguille du Midi cable car). The legendary destination of the Chamonix Valley is a vast area of natural splendour for exploration, play, leisure and outdoor sport. From an altitude of 796 m up to 3842 m, regeneration is guaranteed at all levels! Discover the complex >
1. Climb onto the roof of Europe
An appointment for a one-to-one with Mont Blanc at the summit! Everyone lucky enough to go up there is mesmerised by the Aiguille du Midi, Europe’s highest attraction. Summer is the ideal season to enjoy its 360° panorama at an altitude of 3842 m, look round its indoor-outdoor museum, see the start of the Vallée Blanche … The ascent is by cable car from Chamonix, so without needing to be athletic, you can enjoy this high-altitude experience. Outstanding.
2. Discover the Mer de Glace
It’s the highest railway line in France! We are, of course, talking about the famous Montenvers train - one of the last rack railways in France -, also called the Mont-Blanc tramway. Starting in Chamonix, the little train takes you into the mountains, crossing the sumptuous scenery of the valley, heading for Montenvers (1 913 m). At the top: a magnificent panorama over the Mer de Glace glacier, the Drus and the Grandes Jorasses; look round the ice cave (a 20-minute walk or take the telecabin); and you really must not miss the Glaciorium, an interactive educational centre, dedicated to glaciology, the past history and the future of the Mer de Glace. Fascinating.
3. Meet the wildlife
An outstanding site, a real living, open-air museum of animal and plant life in the mountains, the Parc de Merlet is one of the places where you can find flora and fauna in their natural state. Nestling at an altitude of 1 500 metres, you can visit the Merlet Wildlife Park which is accessible for all to walk round and meet the 70 wild animals (8 species) which live here in semi-liberty: chamois, bouquetins (Alpine Ibex), fallow deer, mouflons, marmots…. An opportunity for an easy walk with your children through forests and meadows, face-to-face with Mont Blanc. Astonishing.
4. Explore a legendary land
350 km of footpaths, more than 170 marked trails make the Chamonix Valley indisputably one of the biggest walking and hiking areas in France. An eco-responsible way of exploring the mountains, respecting humankind’s Earth. Our favourite: trails passing the crystal-clear waters of one of the many mountain lakes in the Mont-Blanc Massif, between 2000 and 2500 m (lac Blanc, lac Bleu, lac Cornu, lac des Gaillants, lac du Brévent…). Regenerative.
5. An introduction to golf
You’ll be surprised by the sumptuous setting and ease of access of Chamonix’s 18-hole golf course. Coiled at the bottom of the glacial valley, between the Mont-Blanc and Aiguilles Rouges massifs, this level course, designed by the American Robert Trent Jones, enlivened by small water obstacles and numerous bunkers, is an ideal place to try golf or to improve your game. A leisure sport combining wellness, conviviality and tactics. Unforgettable.