About Hiking in the Chamonix Valley
For information on individual trails see our hiking and walking routes.
If you come to Chamonix in the summer (and between you and I, you really should), the chances are you'll want to get your walking boots on and go on a ramble or two. There's so much to choose from that the only difficulty comes in picking a route to do! Fortunately, the Chamonix Valley possess one of the most complete, well sign-posted and well maintained networks of mountain footpaths in the Haute Savoie region.
With over 600kms (400 miles) of marked trails in the valley, walking here can be as easy or as technical as you want it to be whether it be a walk in the Aiguilles Rouges Nature Reserve or a hike up Le Tour. Check out our Hiking & walking routes for some of our tried and tested suggestions for walks and hikes in the area. There are routes to suit those of you that would like a gentle promenade, suitable routes if walking with children and some longer day hikes for the relatively active walker. If you wish to venture into the high alpine environment and onto the glaciers, check out the mountain guides in town who will be able to advise you further.
It is also always wise to seek the advice of those in the know before setting off or deciding on a walk/hike. The 'Office de la Moyenne et Haute Montagne' near the tourist office (Place de l’Eglise) is just the place to do this. Experts are available all year round to offer advice and information (in English) to the experienced and inexperienced alike. They can also provide information on weather forecasts, state of the trails (snow coverage etc), refuge opening and closure dates and general advice on your choice of route to help you plan your adventures.
For all the useful emergency services numbers head to our emergency services page and save the numbers before embarking on your walk or hike in Chamonix.