How do I get to Grotte de Glace?
Hop aboard in Chamonix (not far from Le Refuge des Aiglons) and travel through rock tunnels, viaducts and mountainside passages all the way to Montenvers-Mer de Glace. From there, a gondola takes you directly to the stairs leading to Chamonix’s Grotte de Glace, unless you prefer to take the footpath.
How old is Mer de Glace?
History of the Montenvers / Mer de Glace Ever since two English explorers, William Windham and Richard Pocock, first discovered the Mer de Glace (“Sea of Ice”) in 1741, it has become one of the world’s most visited natural sites and is a huge draw of visitors to the Chamonix Valley.
Who founded Chamonix?
Discover the Chamonix of yesterday. The modern era of tourism in the ‘Vallée de Chamouny’ started in 1741 when two English explorers, William Windham and Richard Pocock ‘discovered’ Montenvers (bottom of La Vallée Blanche and La Mer de Glace ‘the Sea of Ice’).
Is Mer de Glace open in May?
The Glaciorium. Established in 2012 on the site of Montenvers Mer de Glace and open daily during the summer (early June to late September), the Glaciorium features an entire exhibition dedicated to glaciology, with interactive and educational presentations all about glaciers, how they form, their history.
How many stairs is Mer de Glace?
Ice cave. Penetrate the innards of the Mer de Glace. Please note: 540 steps each way from the top of the gondola.
How many steps down to Mer de Glace?
The Mer de Glace has melted and shrunk so fast that visitors now have to go down 370 steep steps to get there.
Where is Mer de Glace located?
Mer de Glace, (French: “Sea of Ice”) one of the longest glaciers in the Alps, extending for 3.5 miles (5.6 km) on the northern side of Mont Blanc near Chamonix, France.
What language do they speak in Chamonix?
French is the official language spoken in Chamonix. As a hugely popular international tourist destination you may well find that in many restaurants, bars and hotels English is spoken.
What do you wear to Mer de Glace?
Make sure you wrap up warm. Even on a sunny day in Winter, it’s can be bitterly cold up at the Mer de Glace. Wear hats, gloves and warm clothes! After you disembark the train, make sure you visit the ice caves first!
How long is montenvers train?
The complete tour (including the cave and the journey time) takes an average 2-3 hours, although it can be double that during peak periods.
How do you get to the Ice Cave in Chamonix?
Once at the Montenvers station, admire the north faces of the Grandes Jorasses at the end of the Leschaux glacier. In winter, discover the skiers, who descend, small as ants, the mythical Vallée Blanche from the Aiguille du Midi, via the Mer de Glace. Here, it’s the gondola that allows you to discover the Ice Cave!