Profile: Chamonix (France)   Aug 26 - Sep 10, 2017
The Village

Chamonix, in the French Haute Savoie, is arguably the most famous village in the Alps. Already in 1786, when Mont Blanc – at 4,800 meters named the "monarch" of the Alps – was first climbed, the village was preparing itself for the wave of tourism that was to come. Farmers, hunters and crystal seekers gave way to mountain guides, ski instructors, lift operators and of course hoteliers. Today, Chamonix offers a huge network of trails, as well as buses and mountain lifts to facilitate their use by hikers of all levels.

The Hotel

A recently renovated four-star hotel, Le Montana is run by the Mellinet family who have catered to hiking and skiing guests for many years. It is located in charming Argentiere, just a five minute walk from the aerial tramway to the Lognan/Grands Montets region, and at the very foot of a great variety of trails on both sides of the Chamonix Valley. Our rooms have balconies which look directly to the Mont Blanc Massif. With just fifty beds, Le Montana offers an intimate ambiance and fine French cuisine.



The Walks

The walks offer unlimited variety – vast meadows, lush forests, crashing waterfalls, high peaks and overwhelming glacial scenery. The outstanding trails are easily accessible. Some favorites among the endless possibilities: Aiguillette des Posettes, Col de Balme, Le Chapeau, Chalet des Pyramides, Le Brevent, Lac Blanc, Tete de Grand – Chantet, Plan de l'Aiguille – Montenvers. The scenery is simply spectacular.


When You're Not Hiking

Chamonix is a multi-faceted town, and most will want to spend a rest day(s) in exploring its cafes, restaurants, galleries, shops and museums. Numerous mountain railways and cable cars take guests to awesome viewpoints. The hotel garden and swimming pool are tempting. There are often special events, both sporting and cultural.

Come Join Us

If you are intrigued by our "small is beautiful" philosophy and would like to receive additional information or make reservations for Chamonix, or any of our upcoming trips, please email Sheila Duigan or call her direct at 800-291-8126.

Hiking Program 2017


Sils Maria (S)   Jul 15 – Jul 30   $5,700
Chamonix (F)   Aug 26 – Sep 10   $4,500
(F) = France   (I) = Italy   (S) = Switzerland

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