Chamonix Valley is a beautiful walking country with vast dark and light pine forests, gleaming glaciers and soaring rocky peaks. Discover the diverse natural beauty and Wildlife scattered throughout the valley. Walks are well signposted and accessible either from the valley floor or by cable car (open usually from 15th June to mid September). Its is very important if you are using lifts, at the end of your journey, to check when the line closes as you will face a long and dangerous walk back down if you miss the last one.
Gear and Clothing
For gear, lightweight boots and waterproofs are essential but trekking poles can be useful. Don't forget sunglasses and skin and lip protection. From the months of June to August shorts may be sufficient. Always carry drinking water and make sure to check our website for the weather forecast. Beware of patches of old snow, especially early in the season, in some instances crampons and possibly an poles may be useful; take local advice or check here for more information.
Old snow can be dangerous due to its wet and slippery nature, this can lead to twisted ankles and some other minor injuries. However the real threat of old snow are the unseen dangers hidden by the old snow, for instance it could be covering up a hole or crevace that if you fall into can cause major injury and possibly even death.
When you hire a trekking guide you not only get an extra degree of saftey you are also hiring a local expert who can take you of the beaten track and give you a nature tour. If this is something you think will benefit you contact one of the International Mountain Leaders. All adverts listed on our site are for qualified trek leaders. A certified trekking guide is a person that has been granted the authority by his or her government to lead walks in summer and winter on non-glaciated terrain. This differs from a High Mountain Guide which specialise in high peaks and glacial routes.