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Summer Adventure Guide to Chamonix-Mont Blanc

Updated: Apr 25

Oui Oui to Chamonix! While the Alps is an obvious choice for skiing in winter, we think the summer is one of the best times to visit this gorgeous region, especially if you want to escape the crowds and heat in other popular tourist destinations in France and Italy. We'll discus the best activites then provide an action packed guide to spend 3 days in Chamonix, the best home base to explore the French Alps.

First, here are the reasons you need to consider the French Alps during the summer:

Hiking: Take advantage of the beautiful weather and go for a hike in the mountains. You can explore popular trails like the Tour du Mont Blanc or climb up to the summit of Mont Blanc.

Mountain biking: Rent a mountain bike and explore the alpine terrain at your own pace. There are trails for all skill levels, ranging from scenic routes to more challenging downhill routes.

Lakes and water sports: The French Alps are home to many beautiful lakes, perfect for swimming, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding.

Rock climbing: If you're up for an adventure, try rock climbing in the French Alps. There are routes for all skill levels, from beginner to expert.

Paragliding: Take to the skies and enjoy stunning views of the mountains from above with a paragliding experience.

Cultural activities: Visit the nearby towns and villages to learn about the local culture and history. Explore medieval castles, visit local farmers' markets, and try traditional Alpine cuisine.

Spa and wellness: Take a break from your outdoor activities and indulge in some spa and wellness treatments in one of the many mountain resorts in the region.

Here's our 3-day guide for an action-packed adventure in Chamonix, France, the ideal home base to explore this beautiful region in the French Alps.

Day 1:

  • Morning: Start your day with an adrenaline rush by taking the Aiguille du Midi cable car up to the top of the mountain for panoramic views of the Alps.

  • Afternoon: Explore the town of Chamonix by taking a stroll through the pedestrian streets and browsing the local shops.

  • Evening: Enjoy a romantic dinner at one of Chamonix's many restaurants, such as Le Cap Horn or L'Impossible.

Day 2:

  • Morning: Get your heart pumping with an exciting white-water rafting trip down the Arve River.

  • Afternoon: Take a scenic hike to Lac Blanc for stunning views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers.

  • Evening: Relax and unwind with a spa treatment at one of Chamonix's luxurious spas, such as QC Terme Chamonix Mont Blanc or Les Granges d'en Haut.

Day 3:

  • Morning: Take a guided rock climbing or Via Ferrata excursion to experience the thrill of scaling the mountains.

  • Afternoon: Enjoy a leisurely picnic by the scenic Les Praz river or spend the afternoon at the Lac des Gaillands, a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains where you can swim, paddleboard, or rent a kayak.

  • Evening: End your trip with a sunset dinner at Le Bistrot, a charming restaurant with panoramic views of the Mont Blanc massif.

Bonus activities:

  • Paragliding over the Chamonix valley

  • Mountain biking in the nearby trails

  • Wine tasting in the local vineyards

  • A day trip to nearby Annecy, known as the "Venice of the Alps" for its picturesque canals and old town.


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