A stunning panorama
It takes about twenty minutes to climb the 1,000 metres up to the Montenvers-Mer de Glace attraction.
Simply hop on board the famous little red railway train. Time will stand still, and you’ll enjoy this vintage method of transport.
The track climbs the mountainside, running through the forest, tunnels cut through the rock and over viaducts.
You enter the realm of the high mountains, and round the last bend you’ll feel the magic: you’ve arrived at your destination at the foot of the famous Mer de Glace glacier, at an altitude of 1,913m.
A stunning panorama opens out before you, with the glacier below, an excellent testament to the climate change in this day and age.
DAILY INFOS The Montenvers train, the Glaciorium and the Crystal Gallery are open. No reservation. Schedules from November 9th to December 13th, 2019, included : First departure at 10:00 then 11:30, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00 and 16:00. Returns from the summit at 11:00, 12:00, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30 and 16:30. Beware: The ice cave and gondola are closed until December 13rd, 2019 included. Dogs are accepted on a leash. For any other period, do not hesitate to contact us.
Take a trip on the famous little red railway train.
Penetrate the innards of the Mer de Glace.
The glacier tells its story and its development.
Witness entertaining and educational scenes from the past.
Comfort spaces and areas of discovery of the site.
Discover the Refuge du Montenvers and its Restaurants.
CHILDREN ACCESS : YES, from 12 months old.
ELDERLY ACCESS : YES (difficult access to the ice cave) - 500 steps.
DISABLED ACCESS : (in wheelchair with accompanying person): YES - indicate when buying your tickets. No access to the Ice Cave (448 steps). Access to Glaciorium and crystals gallery with accompanying persons
TOILETS : Chamonix departure station + Arrival station at Montenvers
DISABLED TOILETS : Chamonix departure station + Arrival station at Montenvers
PARKING : YES, free close by (Parking Planards)
PICNIC ROOM : NO
RESERVATION : NO
ANIMALS : YES (Dogs kept on a leash)
5141 M LENGTH OF TRACK
871 M HEIGHT DIFFERENCE
14 to 20 KM/H SPEED
20 MINUTES JOURNEY DURATION
152 M VIADUC
2H30 VISIT TIME
(GIVEN AS AN INDICATION DEPENDING ON VISITOR NUMBERS)
LE MULET : STOP GARE SNCF
35 PLace de la Mer de Glace
74400 Chamonix Mont-Blanc
Winter Brochures, Rates & Maps
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Chamonix, 13th of November 2019
Present snowcover is insufficient to allow a partial opening this weekend (16th &17th November) for the Grands Montets and Les Houches ski areas.
With regard to our excursion & tourist sites, the rack & pinion railway to Montenvers is open daily (the Ice Grotto with access via the gondola will re-open for the French school holidays).
The re-opening of the Aiguille du Midi cable-car is planned for the 14th of December as previously announced.