Montenvers Mer de Glace
Presentation of the Site
It takes about twenty minutes to climb the 1,000 metres up to the Montenvers-Mer de Glace attraction. Simply hop on board the famous little red railway train. Time will stand still, and you’ll enjoy this vintage method of transport. The track climbs the mountainside, running through the forest, tunnels cut through the rock and over viaducts. You enter the realm of the high mountains, and round the last bend you’ll feel the magic: you’ve arrived at your destination at the foot of the famous Mer de Glace glacier, at an altitude of 1,913 m. A stunning panorama opens out before you, with the glacier below,an excellent testament to the climate change in this day and age.
IMPORTANT: Given the ongoing renovation work on the site and the partial reopening of the Montenvers site, with some areas in worksite conditions and temporarily inaccessible for those with reduced mobility (Mer de Glace Cable Car, Panoramic restaurant, Glaciorium), we strongly advise people with reduced mobility against visiting the site between 17 December 2016 to 15 June 2017.
Rates & Timetables
Available with :
5141 m Length of track
871 mètres Height difference
14 à 20 Km/h Speed
20 minutes Journey duration
152 m Viaduc
11 à 22 % Variation of the incline
2h30 Visit time (Given as an indication depending on visitor numbers)
Not to be missed !
Events Winter 2016-2017Coming Soon
- Children access : YES , from 12 months old.
- Elderly access : YES (difficult access to the ice cave) - 400 steps.
- Disabled access : YES - indicate when buying your tickets. No access to the Ice Cave (400 steps). Access to Glaciorium and Crystals Gallery with accompanying persons.
- Toilets : YES
- Disabled toilets : YES
- Parking : YES , free closeby (Parking Planards).
- Animals: allowed (dogs kept on a leash.)
Combine the pleasure of a good lunch at the Grand Hôtel du Montenvers with the marvellous (easy to diffi cult) snowshoe circuits in the forest. Depending on conditions, the circuits are groomed and signposted every morning. Free circuits, free snowshoe loans for all passengers pass/ticket (in the limit of available stocks).
At one end, Panoramique bar’s terrace (open only during the summer) offers you a breathtaking view of the end of the Mer de Glace
This track game will take you to the four corners of the Chamonix valley. Fill up the form from our website : Here and try to gain some presents
12th, 13th, 16th, 19th, 20th and 23th of December : inclueded in the Montenvers return ticket, track games to find santa claus, show...
During february’s bank holidays (weekends)
Where to eat ?
GRAND HÔTEL RESTAURANT
New version, new menu, to be discovered at the Grand Hôtel du Montenvers... Take a break to relax and dine at this mountain hotel built in 1880. Sit by the roaring fire and travel back in time, enjoying lunch in the large historic dining room that has seen so many famous faces, or enjoy the view of Les Drus from the sunny terrace
Booking advised on : ?+33(0)4 50 53 87 70
GLACIERS BAR & THE MONTENVERS BOUTIQUE
(Arrival station) Fast food and souvenirs shop