Chamonix Village

Chamonix Village

-Chamonix Town is a very important location for the climbing community in the world since this is where technical climbing developed in the 1700s. Going to Chamonix town is like a sacred visit for a climber.

-Chamonix Town is very close to the borders of France and Switzerland. Using Chamonix as a base, one can climb the following:

  • Mont Blanc – 4807 meters
  • Mont Maudit – 4465 meters
  • Dome du Gouter – 4304 meters
  • Mont Blanc du Tacul – 4248 meters
  • Aiguille du Bionassay – 4052 meters
  • Aiguille du Midi – 3842 meters
  • Aiguille du Blaiterre – 3522 meters
  • Aiguille du Plan – 3673 meters
  • Col du Plan – 3475 meters


-There are three ways to get to Chamonix Town from Istanbul.

– First, from Istanbul to the city of Lyon, France. Airline tickets at high seasons are very expensive. I had to book a plane ticket for a round-trip price of 426 Euros, as I made reservation in the chalets and needed to go to the region on the 23rd of August. However, in September airfare drops to 300 Euros.

– A shuttle bus (similar to Havas) takes you to Lyon Part Dieu or Lyon train station from the Lyon airport. The cost of the bus is 8.40 Euros.

– A fast train from Lyon Part Dieu to St Gervais takes 4 hours to the town of Chamonix. The train passes through the most beautiful towns of France. It’s a wonderful journey in a nutshell. The price of the train ticket is 34.50 Euros.
So it is possible to leave Istanbul in the morning and arrive at Chamonix in the evening.
You can also hire a car from Lyon Saint Exupery.

– The second way is to reach Chamonix from Switzerland’s Zurich. Chamonix from Zurich is only 2 hours by car. You can rent a car at very reasonable prices from Zurich. However, the difficulty of this road is to have to take a Swiss visa beside the Shengen visa. I do not think it’s worth the trouble for the extra few hours.

– The third way is to drive to the area without using any airplanes. It is possible to reach Chamonix Town by driving from Istanbul to Cesme, then taking the ferry to Italy from Cesme, which takes 22 hours, and then driving to Chamonix Town from Italy in 5 hours.


– Chamonix is ​​expected to be the most expensive region of Europe in July and August.

– The price of a one-star hotel in the center of Chamonix during this period is 52 Euros per day. There’s a shower and a toilet in the rooms. Some only have a toilet, and the shower is in the corridor.

– Prices for single-star hotels fall to 29 euros outside of high season.

– Finding availability in the hotels in high seasons is a big problem. So it makes sense to make a reservation 15 days in advance.

– Hotel Louvre: 1 star
Tel: 0033 450 53 00 51
Address: Impasse de l’Androsace 74400 Chamonix Mont Blanc France
Fax: 0033 450 53 70 39

– Hotel Touring: 2 stars
Tel: 0033 450 53 59 18
Address: 95 Rue Josept Vallot 74400 Chamonix Mont Blanc France
Fax: 0033 450 53 97 71

– Some of the hotels in Chamonix are quite luxurious. The daily prices of these hotels are over 200 Euros.

– For those who do not have enough money, Chamonix is ​​20 minutes walk from the hostel. Especially if you go to the region alone you can stay in cheap hostels. But the disadvantage of this is that you will share the room with four people you do not know.
The cleanest and most famous of these hostels is the Chamoniard Volant daily charge of 12 Euro.
Tel: 0033 450 53 23 35
Address: 45 Route de la Frasse 77400 Chamonix France

      Chamonix Village Information 

– Mont Blanc summit is a mountain where thousands of mountaineers have been standing since 1786. Developing mountaineering techniques and alpinism (a climbing style that involves climbing the shortest route of a mountain, with the least load, in the shortest time) in the Alpine Mountains spread all over the world.

– Today, the town of Chamonix continues to welcome hundreds of mountaineers and winter sportsmen every year. Every year the mountaineers from various parts of the world who want to climb the important mountains like Grands Jorasses, Aiguille de Bionnassay, Aiguille Verte, especially Mont Blanc, the highest mountain of the Alps come to Chamonix town first.

– Mountaineering in this part of France a serious source of tourism income and it constitutes a significant part of France’s tourism income.

– Chamonix, an unusual French town at an altitude of 1100 meters.

– Everything in town is based on mountaineering and nature sports tourism. The town is full of nature sports shops. The stores are packed with incredible options, especially for mountaineers. All kinds of clothes, technical materials and other nature sports material are sold at fair prices.

– The common feature of people traveling in Chamonix is ​​the clothes on them. There isn’t anyone who does not wear sportswear, or polar material. Women are very different from the image of a typical French woman. Comfortable polar pants, Gore Tex rainwear is the most favorite clothing items preferred by women. It is important to remember that women living in Chamonix wear almost no makeup.

– Additionally, people have a very healthy outlook. Almost everybody is involved in all kinds of nature sports, especially mountain climbing.

– Mountaineering, paragliding, trekking, rock climbing, cycling are the most preferred nature sports.

– In Chamonix, only young people do not deal with nature sports. The French men and women who have passed the age of 70 are marching in the mountains. You can even see some of them climbing to the summits in the region.

– In Chamonix it is possible to find very delicious samples of French town cuisine. Especially the Brussels style mussels is a Chamonix dish that definitely must be tasted. It can be filling to eat just a plate of ordered food. However, it can be said that the food in the restaurants is quite expensive. The ‘Tartiflette’ or ‘Raclette’ dishes of the French Alps must be tasted. Tourists who have small amounts of money prefer to eat at cheap sandwich shops first and then have coffee at restaurants.

– An important feature of Chamonix for mountaineers is that it has a very rich mountaineering museum. Alpin Museum has the first examples of mountaineering materials. The most valuable works of digging, crampons, safety belts and bags used by the first Alpine climbers are displayed. It is possible to find many black-and-white photographs taken on mountaineering in the 1700s at the Alpin Museum. But there is an upsetting rule in the museum. Taking pictures inside is not allowed. The admission fee to the museum is  just 4 Euros. Students do not have to pay any fees.

– There are a lot of options for those who want to climb Mont Blanc and trek to the dangerous path. Treking trails starting from Les Houches stretch back to Bellevue. People who ride trains to Nid d’Aigle can visit the Aiguille du Bionassay glacier. The glacier is an area especially for photograph lovers.

– It is possible to see the wild mountain goats up close in Nid d’Aigle. Generally, you can be closer to the shy animals of the mountains, the mountain goats, in Mont Blanc than anywhere else in the world.

– The easiest Alpine summit to climb is the Aiguille du Midi, rising with all its might in the Chamonix valley. It is not necessary to have muscle strength or special technical equipment to get to the Aiguille du Midi.

– The cable car departing from Chamonix takes its passengers to 3840 meters in just 20 minutes. The gorgeous glacier formations and the entire Chamonix Valley are visible with all their glory when climbing via the cable car.

– The tower at 3840 meters is an extraordinary sight. It is possible to see the summits of Chamonix Valley, Grands Jorasses, Aiguille de Bionnassay, Aiguille Verte and the Matterhorn, one of the most famous mountains of the Swiss Alps.

  Chamonix Mountain Guide

– The main goal of most people who visit Chamonix is to climb the famous summits in the region. Before starting the climb, you should stop by the “Mountain Guides Bureau” in Chamonix and get the weather report. It is very important to know ahead of time the constantly changing weather of the Alps.

– The Mountain Guides Bureau at the center of Chamonix is ​​a 3-story building, and it is a highly developed mountaineering center. Mountain Guides Bureau is on the first floor.

– The busiest season for the office where you can find guides who are very familiar with the region is the summer months.

Foreign mountain climbers who wish to climb Mont Blanc can stop here and ask for a guide.

– Cost of hiring a Guide is not extremely high. 1 guide for 2 people charges 640 Euros. The number of guides for a team of 3 must be 2, which doubles the price.

– On the third floor there is a very large library with all the information available about Mont Blanc and surrounding mountains. The room, which includes a detailed model of the French Alps and the Chamonix Valley, is as peaceful as it can get, and a mountaineer can spend long hours there.

– Next to it is a meteorology department that consist of three office rooms. The section is full of highly sophisticated systems and devices that can examine and evaluate the weather in the Mont Blanc area.

Chamonix Mountaineering Office Phone0033 450 53 22 08

– Other weather information can be obtained at

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