There are a range of gentle walks, day long treks and challenging hikes all in the spectacular scenery of the alps. All of the walks are carefully signposted with estimates of how long they take, so if you change your mind half way up the mountain then you can veer off and take a shorter route.
For experienced hikers there are plenty of routes starting from Chamonix valley including the Haute Route to Zermatt with mountain huts to stay in along the way and the Tour du Mont Blanc. The Tour du Mont Blanc is a 170km trek that encompasses the whole of the Mont Blanc Massif, with more than 10km of descent and ascent, it is usually completed over a number of days. The TMB can done using hotels and mountain huts with vehicle support, allowing you to really enjoy the scenery, take lots of photos and walk each day with just a light pack. For those who prefer to do things in their own time, you can hike the TMB carrying all of your own food and camping gear.
There are also a number of picturesque walks from the centre of Les Houches or from the top of the lifts, which run regularly throughout the summer. The Farmhouse is situated 200m from Bellevue lift and the village centre, so it’s an excellent location for your hiking holiday.
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Climbers and mountaineers from all over the world come to Chamonix to take on the challenge of its high mountain peaks. For more information about the top bouldering spots and crag climbs visit this site.
Steep, exhilarating tracks wind down the mountains and through the trees offering some of the best – and most extreme – mountain biking in the alps. There are around 20 marked circuits that pass through the villages and hamlets of Servoz, Les Houches, Chamonix Mont-Blanc and Vallorcine. Lifts at La Flégère, Vallorcine and Les Houches, allow you easy access to the valley’s downhill trails that give descents of 500m to 1500m.
Mountain biking in the alps is not for the faint hearted. Those attempting Chamonix’s down hill trails areadvised to use a specialised down hill mountain bike, body armour and a helmet. The Tourist Office has plenty of maps showing the bikeable trails with information about the rules and regulations of biking in the area.
WHITE WATER SPORTS
Take your pick from canyoning, white water rafting and hydro speed.
An extremely popular sport with locals and frequent visitors to the Chamonix valley, paragliding can be done from a number of high altitude jumping off points including the Aiguille du Midi.
About five miles from Les Houches going towards Argentiere, there’s an 18 hole golf course with spectacular mountain views. It also boasts a fantastic restaurant, La Cabane des Praz, which can be accessed separately and is well worth a visit.
From Chamonix town centre you can take the Montenvers train to view the Mer de Glace – an impressive glacier with access into the ice caves, or you can take the cable car to the Aiguille du Midi for breath-taking views of Mont Blanc. Chamonix is also ideally placed for day trips to other alpine areas including the beautiful lake side town of Annecy, the cosmopolitan city of Geneva in Switzerland or the quaint Italian town of Cormayeur.
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