Chamonix is a lively town in South Eastern France with around 10000 permanent residents. Situated in the Haute Savoie department within the 'Rhone Alps' region Chamonix has an economy which largely revolves around year round tourism. The Chamonix Valley includes numerous smaller, yet still well known, villages like Argentiere, Les Praz and Les Houches which are spread along the impressive, steep sided section of the upper Arve Valley. With the Mont Blanc Massif to the south and Aiguilles Rouges range to the north The Chamonix Valley is rightly referred to as 'The capital of world mountaineering'.
Chamonix is easily accessed in a one hour drive from Geneva International Airport.
You can use one of the following methods to reach Chamonix from the airport
- Mini-Bus Transfer. Try 'Mountain Drop-offs' or Chamonix Valley Transfers (10% discount quoting code “High Mountain Guide”)
- Bus. Check the SAT Mont Blanc bus timetable here.
- Car Rental - Ensure your hire car has snow tyres for winter visits
- Rail - possible but generally slower or more expensive than the above methods
Chamonix has a Train station on the French national rail (SNCF) network and you can travel from Paris using a combination of TGV and local (Rhone Alps SNCF) rail lines. There is now a Eurostar connection from London St. Pancras to Geneva with one simple change in Lille, thus avoiding Paris en route.
Road Access to Chamonix from France and the North is via the 'Autoroute Blanche' E25-A40 which links to the main European motorway network. Access from Switzerland is via Martigny, Col de la Forclaz and Col des Montets (only occasionally closed in winter). Rapid access from Italy is via the Mont Blanc Tunnel at the head of the Valle d'Aosta.
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Flexibility to arrange your own accommodation during your stay in Chamonix is a feature of our group courses. We prefer to let you choose your own budget & style of hotel, bunkhouse, self catering accommodation or camping. All of these are widely available in Chamonix.
Group courses usually have a central meeting point at one of the café / bakeries around the main market place in Chamonix. Thus easily accessed on foot from any of the town centre hotels but also with nearby parking for those arriving by car.
For private guiding courses we offer door to door collection / drop off from anywhere in Chamonix.
Let us know if these accommodation options are already fully booked as we can recommend other similar options in the same area.
Hotel Pointe Isabelle. Lively location in the heart of the bustling Chamonix scene and close to the train station, mountain shops as well as the café-bakery, where many of our courses start.
La Chaumiere Mountain Lodge. Mountain orientated & relaxed hotel between Chamonix and the Les Gailands lake & cliff. Spacious rooms with up to 4 beds as well as a bar, restaurant, garden, storage & drying room and plenty of parking make this a good Chamonix base camp. About 10 mins walk from central Chamonix & very handy for the local train & bus stop.
Hotel Les Aiglons. Four star hotel In Chamonix Sud, conveniently located for central Chamonix & the Aiguille du Midi. Smart new look and great pool and Spa. You can see the summit of Mont Blanc from the pool! Good breakfast buffet and evening restaurant.
Vert Hotel. Good value sports hotel on the green fringe of Chamonix by the lake & cliff at Les Gaillands. Bar & restaurant. Can be pretty lively at the weekend...great if you like partying, noisy if you don't!
If you prefer to stay right in the centre of town or are hiring skis and don't have a car with you, these Hotels are within easy walking distance of the town centre and mountain shops.
B & B / Self Catering
Chamonix Mountain Lodge. Chamonix Mountain Highs Chalets, offering a good value alpine Chalet experience for up to 20 people, 9 bedrooms, 5 of which are ensuite. The Chalet also has a large communal living room with wood burning stove, separate TV room, garden, sun deck, 8 person hot tub and large sauna.
Self Catering Accomodation
Airbnb Chamonix. Many of our guests are increasingly using this online service to source good value self catering accommodation options. It seems to work well!
Chamois Blanc & Adventure Base. Good value self catering accomodation in Cham Sud & through out the Chamonix Valley summer & winter.
Collineige Chalets. Wide variety of both self catering and catered chalets sleeping from 2-12 all with great Savoyarde charm & atmosphere and Chamonix location. Summer and winter.
Ski Breezy Chalet. Chalet D'Ile is a beautiful 10 bedded Chamonix chalet situated in a quiet residential area. It is within easy walking distance of Chamonix town centre and the Chamski bus stop & caters for small groups, couples & individuals.
Camping île des Barrats. Good three star campsite situated in 'greenery' but close to Chamonix town centre and the Aiguille du Midi.
Other Chamonix Accomodation - Hotels
Ice & Orange. Chalet Tissiers ~ Catered chalet in the pleasant village of Les Bossons. Flexible approach to nights away in huts etc.
Hotel De L'Arve. Pleasant two star hotel 5 minutes walk from the centre of town on the road to Le Praz. Parking easier than most Chamonix Hotels.
Hotel Pointe Isabelle. Two star hotel located in central Chamonix.
Hotel Richmond. Large and charismatic / quirky hotel smack bang in the centre of Chamonix. Offers a fine breakfast, good kit storage facilities, free parking and is widely reported to be good value.
Albert Premier Hotel. Very smart four star hotel with Michelin two star restaurant.
Chamonix Hostels / Gites
Chamonix Alpenrose. Starting from 17 euros pppn this is one of the cheapest accomodation options in Chamonix. B & B from 24 euros per night and half board from 41 euros pppn. Situated 20 mins walk from central Chamonix towards 'Les Pelerins'.
Gite Vagabond. Well know Chamonix bunkhouse offering cheap accomodation situated very close to the centre of town.
Le Chamoniard Volant. Pleasant simple bunkhouse offering B & B from 25 euros. 10 minute walk from central Chamonix.
Chamonix Self Catering Accomodation
Studio in Les Houches. Pleasant self catering studio, with parking, in a quiet part of Les Houches. Available for weekly or daily let.
Chamonix Vacation Rental From the Owner Direct. This is a useful website for searching for a wide variety of self catering accommodation options.
Chamonix Chalets, B & B & Self Catering Accomodation
Cru Chalets Chamonix. Cru Chalets provide 2 luxury catered and self-catered accommodation in Chamonix Mont-Blanc. Chalet Marithé, which sleeps 12 in 6 en-suite bedrooms, is an exceptional property close to the centre of Chamonix providing a wealth of space and luxury. Chalet Grand Cru, which sleeps 10, enjoys a unique central location and is perfect for family’s or groups alike.
Chalet Les Pelerins. A variety of accomodation options including B & B, self catering and a fully catered Chalet option. Smart chalet with great views 10 mins walk from the centre of Chamonix.
All Mountain Chamonix. A variety of catered Chalet & B & B options as well as personal concierge services.
Chamonix Office de Haute Montagne - List of routes recently completed
Chamonix Office de Haute Montagne - Route book
Alpine Exposures - Jon Griffith's Chamonix based blog
Northern Mountain Sport - Chamonix based Guides blog
Will Sim's Blog - Chamonix based climbers blog
Into the Mountains - Chamonix based guiding company blog
Mountaineering Reports from the Chamonix Valley
Reports, topo photos, facts, figures and information about Rock Climbing in and around the Chamonix Valley. This includes the famous granite of the Mont Blanc massif (French & Italian sides) the sunny gneiss of the Aiguilles Rouges and the impressive steep limestone cliffs of the Arve Valley. So whether you are looking for high or middle mountain rock or valley 'cragging' Chamonix has lots of great options.
Hire an Electronic Bike from the Chamonix, Servoz, Les Hourches or Vallorcine Tourist Offices (10 euros)
An impressive collection of galleries giving an insight in to the quality and huge variety of mountaineering within and around the Chamonix Valley. Routes include classic beginners alpine ridges, 1000m+ classic North Faces, winter style Chamonix Goulottes and many more.
A collection of galleries giving an insight in to the superb variety of ski touring both in the Chamonix Valley itself and the equally excellent surrounding areas of the Aravis, Italian Val d'Aosta and Swiss Rhone Valley. A ski touring dream!
Chamonix Granite is rightly famous throughout the world for the quality of rock climbing it offers and the amazing alpine scenery in which the climbing takes place. There really is something for everyone here from the rock 'Grande Courses' in the Mont Blanc chain, the mid-mountain gneiss of the Aiguille Rouges and quality valley sport climbing in and around the Chamonix Valley.