When the weather is beautiful here in Chamonix it seems a shame to not go out and explore the surrounding mountains. This is a great half day hike that sees you leave the town and head up towards Montenvers through the forest.
The forest is lush with thick green foliage and masses of wild flowers throughout the summer months, wafting fresh invigorating scents into the air. In the spring months this area is announced as “out of bounds” by the Compagnie du Mont Blanc for being still at risk of snow slides and rockfalls; its amazing what a difference a couple of weeks of sunshine can make though and by the start of summer the paths are all clear and perfectly passable.
On your return towards Les Planards ski area don’t panic if you hear screaming, it’ll most likely be coming from the toboggan ride that loops around the meadow - in the summer the ski area is transformed into a fun park. There is also a restaurant with a big sunny terrace if you fancy rewarding yourself with an ice cream on the way home.
What to bring
Where to lunch
Location: Chamonix / Mont Blanc Valley
Level: Intermediate | Family Friendly
Typical Duration: Half day