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Summer Mountaineering

The Chamonix Valley and its surroundings offer all the great diversity of the mountains year round. The obvious peak seasons are summer (mid June to mid September) and winter (December to April inclusive), but mountain life goes on and there is always something to do.

In Spring, milder weather and longer days see flowers peeking through melting snows, marmots waking from hibernation and the chance for some great late ski tours. Mornings and evenings are cool in Autumn, but days are often bright and warm with the turning trees displaying an impressive spectrum of natural tones and shades.

The mountain rack-rail from Chamonix to Montenvers and the Aiguille du Midi cable cars continue to run during May, October and November, allowing high mountain access for glacier hiking and detailed talks about the panoramic landscapes, led by qualified guides. From the Plan de l’Aiguille mid-station you could take a thrilling aerial tour of the Chamonix Valley via tandem parapent flight, taking off from 2300m of altitude and landing at 1039m in Chamonix half an hour later.

Orienteering, a sport that engages both mind and body, is practicable throughout the lower levels of the valley. Either timed or not, all you need is a stout footwear, a map and compass and you’re off. This classic mountain sport is a less extreme version of trail running.

Climbing in the Chamonix Valley is possible nearly all year round. From May to November inclusive, the natural climbing walls at Les Gaillands, Vallorcine and Servoz are perfect for rock climbing practice, with a recently updated indoor climbing wall at Les Houches. We can organise rock climbing introduction courses, knot and rope-work classes and put together all-season programmes to make any event possible, at any time of the year.