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How to enjoy a family hike in Chamonix?

Chamonix is a lively Alpine town all year round, located at the foot of Mont Blanc and remains a popular destination for adventure-seeking tourists during the winter holidays. While the town has been known for its ski resorts since the Winter Olympics, it has much to offer during the summer months. The city is known for its picturesque air, nestled in the middle of a thick forest with its unique landscape. So, if you want to enjoy your stay in Chamonix during a family hike, here are some activities you can definitely do.  

When is the best time to visit Chamonix?

Chamonix is an ideal year-round destination, but June to September is the most pleasant time to visit, especially for family hiking in Chamonix. Daytime temperatures are comfortably above 20°C during the summer months of June, July and August. So, if you have decided to explore the town during the summer months, consider planning your stay during this time.

Discover the village of Chamonix.

Thanks to the quality of its ski slopes, the beauty of the Alpine landscape and the cachet of its name, Chamonix has become one of the most popular ski resorts in France. Exclusive hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants will give you a taste of the local flavours. Don't be surprised to find a distinctly Italian influence in your food due to Chamonix's proximity to Italy. The town also has a handful of museums, including the Musée des Cristaux, with its collection of rocks, crystals and minerals, and an exhibition on professional mountaineering, featuring inspiring photographs.

Discover the Aiguille du Midi.

The Aiguille du Midi rises above the town in a series of sharp needles, and is certainly one of the attractions that makes the region so special. So, during your family hiking trip, don't forget to take advantage of the cable car that links Chamonix to the top of the Aiguille du Midi, from where we feel like we are on top of the world admiring the view of the steep peaks of the French, Swiss and Italian Alps.
You can take advantage of this moment to make a trip over the French-Italian border and its ice fields. But be sure to bring warm clothes: even in summer, the temperature at the top can drop to -10°C. If you are afraid of heights, you can try the "pas dans le vide", a glass cube overhanging the mountain.

Visit the Mer de Glace.

Running down the northern slope of Mont Blanc, France's largest glacier is accessible by a cogwheel train, opened in 1909, followed by a gondola. This 7km river of ice moves about 90m each year and is strongly marked by the pressure it exerts. Although it is not possible to walk on the glacier without the help of an expert guide, you can venture up the 400 steps after the gondola to the Ice Cave.
On this tour, you can enter a tunnel carved into the glacier and see ice sculptures carved each year by local artists. On the way down to the entrance, you will see signs that show the retreat of the glacier. You can also visit the Glaciorium, a museum that shows the formation, movement and future of glaciers.

Discover the Mont Blanc massif via hiking trails.

Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps, and the surrounding peaks offer some of the most spectacular hiking trails in Europe. Although the mountain itself requires technical climbing skills and experience, the surrounding trails offer both accessible and challenging routes for the keen hiker.
You can follow hiking trails along high alpine ridges overlooking steep valleys, through alpine meadows, past glaciers and remote lakes, with sharp needles all around you. The trails are well marked, and many are accessible by ski lifts, which operate all summer.
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