VerticAlp Emosson, Châtelard Park Tourist Attraction

Last Updated: 
Thu, 08 Feb 2018

VerticAlp Emosson is a tourist attraction of the Chatelard Park (Switzerland), owned and operated by the municipality of Finhaut.

This tourist attraction is opened to public since 1975 and it is located very close to Chamonix valley, at about 19 km distance.

VerticAlp Emosson is accessible:

  • by car: from Chamonix, through the Col des Montets Tunnel (20km distance in 30 min) and Martigny, by the Col of Forclaz (25km distance in 35 min).
  • by bus: with TMR (from June 20 to September 20) from Martigny, to col de la Forclaz and Finhaut (Switzerland) and from Chamonix to Vallorcine and Chatelard.
  • by train: with the Mont Blanc Express: St Gervais / Le Fayet - Chamonix - Chatelard - Martigny, from Chamonix (1 hour) and from Martigny (30 minutes).

VerticAlp Emosson is situated in the heart of the Espace Mont Blanc. This construction takes you from Châtelard, a village in the Trient Valley, to the top of Emosson Dam (1,965m altitude), the second-largest water reservoir in Switzerland and the Col of Gueulaz.

On site, you can use any of the many marked trails to the Vieux-Emosson Dam or just enjoy the countryside of this remarkable natural site.

Discover three attractions on unique railways!

VerticAlp Emosson operates three amazing systems on rails forming a tourist park which offers you a spectacular and unforgettable experience.

The Châtelard Funicular, The Panoramic Train and the Minifunicular make possible your trip in Mont Blanc massif.

There is also the VerticAlp Café, where you can take a break for a moment of relaxation. With spaces dedicated to children, at Les Montuires you can enjoy the local flavors with your family and friends.

Here, throughout the summer you can experience many events like the Tour de France, the Cosmojazz Festival, themed evenings: VerticAlpéro, fondue evening, concerts and many other surprises.

Click on the rows below to find out more info.


1. The Châtelard Funicular

Built in 1919, the Châtelard Funicular is the fastest funicular in the world.

Visitor Information:

  • The Châtelard Funicular connects the village of Châtelard (1,122m) to Montuires (1,822m), passing through the village of Giétroz (1,357m).
  • Departure point of your adventure, has two new panoramic carriages, which takes you on an amazing vertical trip, with a maximum slope of 87%.


Le Châtelard 1,125m
Arrival Les Montuires 1,825m
Journey time 10 minutes
Distance 1,306m
Capacity 60 persons
Height difference 700m
Slope max 87%
Tunnels    2
Track gauge 1000 mm

2. The Panoramic Train

Built in 1975, is the second section of the Châtelard Park.

Visitor Information:

  • On a track winding up a mountainside, the train takes you through forests and tunnels to the foot of Emosson Dam.
  • The panoramic train offers magnificent views of the entire Mont-Blanc massif while overlooking the deep Bouqui Canyon.
Departure Les Montuires 1,825m
Arrival Foot of Emosson dam 1,815m
Journey time 10 minutes
Distance 1,650m
Capacity 60 persons
Height difference 10m
Slope max  1,46 %
Tunnels      5
Track gauge    600mm

3. The Minifunicular

In 1991, the Minifunicular replaced the Monorail trolley.

Visitor Information:

  • The Minifunicular connects the Dam Foot station (1,812m) to Émosson Lake station (1,962m).
  • Two-carriage system takes you to the open Emosson heights overlooking the lake.
Departure Foot of Emosson Dam 1,815m
Arrival Lake Emosson 1,965m
Journey time 2 minutes
Distance 260m
Capacity 10 persons
Height difference 140m
Slope max 73 %
Tunnels    0
Track gauge 900mm
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Opening Dates VerticAlp Emosson 2018

Opening: 19 May 2018 & Closing: 21 October 2018

Opening Times

Low Season

High Season

from 14th July to 2nd September

First up 9:05am 9:05am
Last up 5:05pm 5:35pm
First down 9:55am 9:55am
Last down 5:25pm 5:55pm

Check the VerticAlp Emosson PDF Complet Program

VerticAlp Emosson 2018 Rates

Funicular + Panoramic Train + Minifunic

Single Groups of 10 persons
One way ticket Round trip ticket One way ticket Round trip ticket
Adult from 16 years old €27 €36 €22 €29
Children from 6 to 16 years €14 €18 €11 €15
Adult from 16 years old €14 €18 €11 €14
Children from 6 to 16 years €7 €9 €5 €7

Panoramic Train + Minifunic

Adult from 16 years old €16 €20 €12 €16
Children from 6 to 16 years €8 €10 €6 €8

Special conditions:

  • The AG and 1/2 rates pay child price.
  • Children under 6 travel free.
  • 1 person free for every 10 paying persons.
  • Dogs admitted. Travel free of charge.
  • A tax of €4,50 is required for bike transport.

VerticAlp Emosson : Gare du Funiculaire, Route du Châtelard 6,

CH - 1925 Le Châtelard VS

Tel : +41 27 769 11 11 E-mail :

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