Trekking over glaciers is a possibility for all hikers to experience the nature of glaciers and travel through a landscape unlike all others. Hiking on the glaciers surrounding Chamonix can be made into a tour suitable for everyone, young as well as old.
Glacier hiking in Chamonix can also be the chance for beginner mountaineers to learn the basics of glacier travel using ropes, crampons and ice axe on ice and snow. If you are interested in getting into alpine climbing, we will teach you the essentials, and possible combine our day on the glacier with a crevasse rescue and self-arrest course.
Weather you have ambitions to become a mountaineer or you simply want to enjoy the magic landscape of ice and snow in high altitude we will give you an unforgettable day of adventures!
Glacier travel tours can also me made into 2 or 3 day hikes, spending the nights in mountain huts. Contact us for a suggestion.
For longer multi-day itineraries, see Haute Route and Tour du Mt Blanc.
Summer Traverse of the Vallee Blanche
Hiking from Aiguille du Midi (3842m) over the Glacier de Geant to Punta Helbronner (3450m) we cross the French-Italen border. Descending the exposed snow ridge from Aiguille du Midi, secured by your guide, you will surely be amazed by the steepness of the north face with Chamonix far below. Continuing south, safely roped up together, we will find our way through the maze of open crevasses and snow bridges on the Vallee Blanche and Glacier de Geant.
This is an easy glacier hike involving a 600m descent and a 200m ascent, doable for all healthy hikers. There is still the possibility to climb a peak, such as Pointe Lachenal, on the way for the ones who wishes to climb some steeper snow and ice.
From Punta Helbronner we take the panoramic cable car back to Aiguille du Midi and down to Chamonix.
If you only have one day in the mountains, or it is your first time in walking on a glacier, this is the trip to do. You will pass by all the spectacular peaks in the Mont Blanc mountain range and experience a completely different landscape of ice and snow.
Group size: max 4 person per guide, from 10 years old.
1 to 2
450 € per group
160 € per person
130 € per person
– 1 day of private guiding
– group equipment (ropes, carabineers, etc)
– Lift pass
– Mountain rescue insurance
– Personal equipment: harness, crampons, ice axe (can rented from us for 5 euro per item)
Mer de Glace Ice Exploring
As a family activity or first try with crampons and axes, we can spend the day on Mer de Glace exploring the ice landscape. Mer de Glace is a dry glacier in summer (in contrary to Vallee Blanche which is a snowy glacier). This gives us the opportunity to see the ice caves, glacier lakes, and look into the crevasses. We also have the possibility to try out ice climbing in steeper terrain.
Best time: June till September