Montenvers train - Mer de Glace

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  • Le glacier de la Mer de Glace
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  • Le Glaciorium
  • Temple de la nature
  • Grotte de Glace
  • Entrée de la grotte de glace
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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.
From 30/05 to 01/06/2020
Departure times on Monday, Saturday and Sunday every 30 minutes between 9 am and 5 pm.

From 06/06 to 03/07/2020
Departure times on Saturday and Sunday every 30 minutes between 9 am and 5 pm.

Subject to favorable weather.
  • Parking :
    • Car park
    • Parking
    • Coach parking
  • Tourist transport :
    • Tourist transport
    • Tourist trains
  • SITRA services :
    • Unguided individual tours available permanently
  • Group tour services :
    • Unguided group tours available permanently
  • Services :
    • Pets welcome
    • Bar/refreshments
    • Guided group tours
    • Unguided group tours
    • Unguided individual tours
  • Information panels :
    • French (EN)
    • English (EN)
  • Tour :
    • French
    • English
  • Visites :
    • Average individual visit length (minutes) 180
  • Services :
    • 20 people min per group
    • 1 yrs old min
  • Leisure facilities :
    • Picnic area
    • Bar
  • Interior facilities :
    • Restaurant
    • Toilets
  • Help for client/transport :
    • Coach access
  • Shops :
    • Shop
  • Catering :
    • Restaurant
  • Accessibility criteria for people with reduced mobility :
    • Reserved space 330 cm wide < 20 m from the site
    • Vertical signage of parking spaces
    • Accessible for wheelchairs with assistance
  • Ouvertures complementaires :
    • Subject to favorable weather
COVID-19 - Welcome & Information :

Opening from the 29th of May to the 1st of June 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic & in compliance with the governmental sanitary regulations, our teams have deployed an experimental “Health & Safety” welcome system up to the standards demanded by visitors & staff alike :

- Thermal camera (compliance with GDPR guidelines).
- Hydro-Alcoholic solution.
- Mask to be worn during all phases of the transport & in the confined waiting areas (Please come equipped)
- Transport specially adapted (limited numbers, distance between visitors, special circulation measures….)
- A full “Welcome & Safety” protocol for both visitors & staff
- Regular disinfection of lifts, trains & buildings
- Full information panels with instructions to be followed before & during the visit

BE CAREFUL: the cable car and the ice cave are closed until the 3rd of July included
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35 pl de la Mer de Glace
74400
Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Phone : +33 4 50 53 22 75
  • Spoken language(s) :
    • French
    • English
Return Vallée Blanche (winter):
Adult: €28,50
Child and senior: €24,20

Adult: 34 €
Child (5-14 years): 28.90 €
Family pass: 105.40 €
Disabled: 50% discount when presenting an invalidity card + 50% for the accompanying person.

Free entry for children < 5 years.
Group rate available for > 20 people.

Return Vallée Blanche (winter):
Adult: €28,50
Child and senior: €24,20.
  • Payment methods :
    • Bank/credit card
    • Cheque
    • Chèques Vacances
    • Cash
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Mer de Glace et train du Montenvers
35 pl de la Mer de Glace
74400
Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
GPS coordinates
Latitude : 45.922282
Longitude : 6.875328
Closest bus stop : Place du Mont-Blanc
Closest train station : Chamonix centre
Closest parkings : Biolay (outside parking), place du Mont-Blanc (underground parking).
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Formed by the confluence of the Leschaux and Géant Glaciers, the Mer de Glace is France’s biggest glacier: 7 km long, surface area 40 km2, 200 m thick, altitude 1913 m.