Refuge de Montenvers - Overnight Glacier Experience

  • France, Chamonix

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Spend an unforgettable night in the newly renovated Refuge du Montenvers, sitting on the edge of the Mer de Glace, high in the Chamonix Alps. Watch the sun go down over the majestic glacier, followed by a three course dinner and some star gazing. Enjoy a hearty buffet breakfast in the morning before venturing to the ice caves or exploring the footpaths before the crowds appear.

In order to reach the Refuge guests must take the Montenvers Railway (ticket not included) to either the mid-station (then a 2 hour walk) or to the top station. A backpack with a change of clothes and overnight essentials is recommended plus good walking shoes. Details of rail times and prices can be found here.

The overnight stay is available on a variety of days to suit your holiday including Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday (on request). Please specify your preference when booking.

Added value

Free Chamonix Valley card giving free travel on local trains and buses and discounted entry to some resort facilities

Rooms
  • No. of rooms: 20

Occupancy

69

  • No. of buildings: 1
  • No. of floors: 4
  • Official rating: 3

Rooms

  • There are three rooms available in the Refuge with views of either the Chamonix Valley or Mer de Glace
  • Twin or Double rooms with shower and WC
  • Family rooms sleeping 2-5 with either additional bunkbeds or mezzanine and a Domitory which comfortably sleeps 10 with communal shower and WC.
  • Lift accessible: No
  • Lift serves all floors: No
  • Access ramp: No
Chamonix

The dazzling snow cap of Mont Blanc, Western Europe’s highest mountain, is a magnificent backdrop to the colourful resort of Chamonix and its smaller, but very attractive neighbour, Les Houches. From relaxing strolls to challenging hikes, this ideal walking country offers something for everyone.

The huge choice of outdoor activities (see our excursions tab) includes rafting, parapenting, mountain biking, climbing, horse riding and summer tobogganing. In Chamonix, there is also a superb adventure park, a sports centre and a wonderful 18 hole golf course in Le Praz and mini-golf. Why not try our fantastic new Peaks of Perfection Activity Week in Chamonix, a perfect holiday if you love an active break, leave the organising to us!

Offering a wide range of shops, cafés, bars and restaurants, Chamonix also has a cinema, casino and nightclubs. Take a trip up the spectacular Aiguille du Midi, one of Europe’s highest cable-cars, or a ride on the famous rack railway to 6,200ft to admire the stunning Mer de Glace glacier. For those looking to beat the crowds, spend an unforgettable night in the Refuge du Montenvers, sitting on the top of the Mer de Glace.

The Chamonix Valley Card is provided by your hotel upon arrival and offers FREE bus and train travel in the Chamonix Valley and reductions on many other services. The Mont Blanc Multipass is also available locally through our in resort Rep and provides a great value option for those wanting to explore numerous peaks using the in resort lift system - see our Inghams Plus tab.

Things to Do

Resort Card - Free to all guests

The free "Chamonix Valley Card" is provided by your hotel/apartment upon arrival and offers free bus and train travel in the Chamonix Valley and reductions on many other services.

Sample itinerary:

  • Day 1 | Bus to Argentiere and brisk walk back on the Petit Balcon Sud via Chalet la Floria for tea.
  • Day 2 | Train to leBuet or Vallorcine for walk to Refuge du Bérard or the Aiguille Rouge Nature Reserve.
  • Day 3 | Train towards Servoz, admiring the Bossons and Taconnaz glaciers. Visit the spectacular Gorges de la Diosaz (entrance €6.50, payable locally).
  • Day 4 | From Chamonix, bus to les Houches then the cable-car (pay locally) to the Col de Voza and the train to Eagle's Nest.

 

Other things to do in and around Chamonix

  • Excellent walking and climbing
  • Paragliding
  • Glacier walks
  • E-Bikes (book locally)
  • Mountain biking
  • Hydrospeed
  • Canyoning
  • Rock climbing
  • Mountaineering - Via ferrata
  • Merlet wildlife park
  • Adventure park
  • Sports centre
  • Golf course
  • Wide range of shops
  • Superb choice of restaurants
  • Cinema
  • Summer tobogganing
  • White-water rafting
  • Bowling
  • Crazy golf
  • Alpine Museum
  • Casino
  • Numerous festivals including Cosmo Jazz Festival and Fête des Guides with a sound and music show
  • Climbing World Cup and fireworks, Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc

Excursions

Pre-bookable Excursions

Annecy £55, full day

The Venice of the Alps. Take a boat trip on beautiful Lake Annecy (pay locally €15), then browse through the colourful market, relax on a café terrace and visit the fascinating château.

Three Countries Tour £97, full day, Monday

Begin with a scenic drive up-valley to the Col de Forclaz for a superb view of the Rhone valley, then through Swiss vineyards, before arriving at the Grand St. Bernard Pass on the Swiss-Italian border. Time for a stroll around the lake, then to Aosta - 'Rome of the Alps'. An unforgettable day of varied landscapes, cultures and architecture!

Peaks of Perfection - £132

A great introduction to some of the exciting activities Chamonix has to offer including white water rafting, guided biking and gentle hiking.

  • River Rafting which starts and finishes in Chamonix on the river l’Arve, which runs through the centre of Chamonix – 45 minutes long.
  • Guided biking, a is cross-country through forests and rivers, not going on chair lifts, part of a group and bike included.
  • Guided Hike which is a half day hike with a guide around the Chamonix valley. It will be a gentle walk, not too strenuous.

All ½ days

Ice, Air & Rapids - £286

For the adrenaline seekers, experience big thrills white water rafting in Italy, land in front of the Chalet Hotel Sapinière as part of a tandem paraglide and take on the Mer de Glace glacier with a guide and all equipment included.

  • White Water Rafting in Italy at Dora Baltea. Guests are collected and taken to the start point, follow a 30km stretch of the Dora river. Active adrenaline adventure and intense thrills on big waves - You MUST be able to swim well. Half day adventure.
  • Parapenting from the Brevent. Take off from the top of the Brévent and enjoy fantastic views. You land in front of the Sapinière! Guests will fly in tandem with a qualified parapent pilot. Please note that a lift pass to start point is not included.
  • Full day glacier hike on the Mer de Glace (great day out for a taster of a glacier/ice walking). The Mer de Glace is one of the most well know glaciers in the Alps. Guests will be equipped with crampons, a harness and ice axes. The guide will lead you.

Peaks of Perfection & Ice,Air & Rapids are bookable for ages 12 and over. Date and times of each activity will be advised on arrival as the itinerary will be dictated by weather and groupings.

All excursions above will also be available to book locally, depending on availability. All excursions are subject to minimum numbers.

Please note that we act at all times as selling agent for the suppliers of activities & excursions.

Facilities
  • Lounge and Bar
  • Bar
  • Lounge area
Meals
  • Your one night stay in the Refuge includes a dinner with buffet starter, choice of main dish and dessert of the day.
  • Breakfast is hearty providing energy for the following days adventure.
  • Breakfast service:

    Buffet

  • Dinner service:

    3 courses, buffet starter, choice of main and dessert of the day.

Board basis options available

  • Half Board
Location in resort
  • Longitude: 6.9172128
  • Latitude: 45.9333837

For more information on travel and transport visit our Refuge de Montenvers - Overnight Glacier Experience page

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