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VerticAlp Emosson

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VerticAlp Emosson is a touristic attraction located in the small village of Chatelard in Switzerland (just a few hundred meters from the French/Swiss border), it's located very close to Chamonix valley, at about 19 km distance. This tourist attraction is opened to public since 1975.

Opening Dates 2024

The VerticAlp, with its funicular, panoramic train and minifunic, will be open from 8 June to 27 October 2024

Check out here the timetables

VerticAlp Emosson in Switzerland

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!

The VerticAlp Emosson operates three amazing systems (the Châtelard Funicular, the Panoramic Train and the Minifunicular), forming a tourist park which offers you a spectacular and unforgettable experience with panoramic views of all the Mont Blanc range.

There is also the VerticAlp Café, where you can take a break for a moment of relaxation and where you can enjoy the local flavours with your family and friends.

VerticAlp Emosson Rates

Pass Liberté​ : Unlimited 1-day access to the facilities 
Funicular + Panoramic train + Minifunicular

Adult (from 16 years) € 40 *
Children (6-15 years) € 20 *

* Prices in Euros are given for information only. Prices are set in Swiss francs and the daily exchange rate is applied.

Special conditions:

  • Reductions are not cumulative
  • Children under 5 years travel for free.
  • Dogs admitted. Travel free of charge.
  • A tax of € 5 (CHF 5) is required for bike transport.


VerticAlp Emosson

Maison du Tourisme, Rue de la Gare, 2

1925 Finhaul, Switzerland

1. The Châtelard Funicular

Built in 1919, and renovated in 2015, the Châtelard Funicular is the steepest funicular in the world.

  • 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.

  • 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

Since 1991, the Minifunicular is the last part of the ascent trip.

  • 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