Mountain Activities near Chamonix Mont-Blanc, listed below is information about activities near Chamonix and throughout the Mont Blanc mountain range. The Mont-Blanc Massif, as it is known locally, is a high mountain terrain with many glaciers and active glaciation in progress. Seracs and crevasses are abundant and avalanches are frequent. Access to the high mountain terrain is easy and fast with the lift system rising to 3842 meters on the Aiguille du Midi and 3300 metres on the Grands Montets. These two high alpine lifts are open in summer and winter and the Aiguilles du Midi closes just once each year, for a two week period of maintenance, in November.
Les Aiguilles Rouges is smaller mountain range facing the Mont-Blanc massif from the west side of the Chamonix valley. Until 2009 there were small and isolated areas of glacial activity on the south facing slopes. These have melted and almost all of the glaciation on the north facing slopes has succumbed to elevated temperatures.
Equipment including maps and books can be purchased or rented from the many shops and equipment stores in the Chamonix valley, including Argentiere, Les Praz, Chamonix Town and Les Houches.
Detailed information is available about mountain walking, trekking, hiking, climbing and mountaineering throughout the Mont-Banc region.
Courses are available in many discipines and for multiple levels. Its possible to begin a mountaineering course in Chamonix with the objective an Everest summit, in the Himalaya, within three years.
Below there is information about each one of the mountain sports, how to practice them in Chamonix, how to rent all the gear required, how to hire the services of a professional mountain guide, how to buy equipment, where to stay, including information and contacts for mountain huts and much more...