18 Sep. 2018
Annecy - Presqu'île d'Albigny
Annecy - Presqu'île d'Albigny
Sevrier - Nautic base
Sevrier - Nautic base
Talloires-Montmin - Angon
Talloires-Montmin - Angon
Talloires-Montmin - The Talloires bay
Talloires-Montmin - The Talloires bay
Le Semnoz - Nordic area
Le Semnoz - Nordic area

Montenvers train - Mer de Glace


Departing from Chamonix, this famous rack and pinion railway brings you to the Montenvers site at 1913 m. An imposing panorama of the Mer de Glace glacier, the Drus and the Grands Jorasses.

The tour of the “Grotte de glace” (Ice Cave) takes visitors into the very heart of the glacier. Re-sculpted every year, it describes the life of mountain people in the early 19th century. It can be entered either by a walk of around 20 minutes on a footpath, or by gondola lift. NB: There are about 480 steps from the arrival of the gondola lift to the entrance to the cave.

A world of discovery awaits you at the new exhibition centre at the Montenvers Mer de Glace. Here the creation and evolution of the glaciers over the centuries is explained in detail.

The Temple has now reopened to the public and an innovative optical theatre takes visitors on a trip into the past where they will meet the likes of Forbes (the Scottish geologist), Chateaubriand, Louis Pasteur and Agutte the artist.

The complete tour (including the cave and travelling time) takes an average of 2 to 3 hours. The time required for the tour may be doubled during peak periods.

Hill-walks include the hike from Montenvers to Plan de l'Aiguille via the Grand Balcon Nord hill-walking trail, and also the return descent down to Chamonix via Les Planards or Les Bois village.

There are three choices for eating : either a Savoyard or traditional meal at the Restaurant du Refuge du Montenvers, or a lunch in the bistro with a view at Panoramique Mer de Glace or finally a quick snack at the Glacier Bar.

Hotel du Montenvers had open again the 1st of July 2017 after refurbish by the Maisons et Hotels Sibuet label, a pioneer in the mountain hotel business for over 30 years.
Terminal Neige – Refuge offers a 10-bed dormitory, double and family rooms, as well as suites, all in a traditional mountain refuge setting.

Cash desks open all year round from 8 am to 6 pm.

Opening period

From 01/05 to 06/07/2018, daily between 8.30 AM and 5 PM.
Every 30 minutes.

From 07/07 to 26/08/2018, daily between 8 AM and 6.30 PM.
Every 30 minutes or 20 minutes depending on the waiting time.

ATTENTION: exceptionally, on Tuesday 10/07/2018, the last train from Chamonix to visit the ice cave, will leave at 2.40 pm due to works.
Following this change, there will be 507 steps to access the ice cave.

WEDNESDAY 11 JULY: gondola and ice cave closed for work.

From 27/08 to 09/09/2018, daily between 8.30 AM and 5.30 PM.
Every 30 minutes.

From 10/09 to 30/09/2018, daily between 8.30 AM and 5 PM.
Every 30 minutes.

Annual closing from October the 1st to November the 4th of 2018 included.

From 05/11 to 14/12/2018, daily between 10 AM and 4.30 PM.
Starting trains : 10am, noon, 2pm, 3pm et 4pm.
back from the summit : 11.30am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm et 4.30pm.

From 15/12/2018 to 30/04/2019, daily.
Every 30 minutes depending on the waiting time.

Subject to favorable weather.

Latitude : 45.922282

Longitude : 6.875328

Services & facilities
  • Picnic area
  • Bar
  • Toilets
  • Car park
  • Restaurant
  • Parking
  • Coach parking
Practical informations

Station district


Adult: from 32.50 € (Includes: return trip by train Chamonix-Montenvers + return trip by Mer de Glace gondola lift + visits)
Child (5-14 years): from 27.60 € (Includes: return trip by train Chamonix-Montenvers + return trip by Mer de Glace gondola lift + visits)
Family pass: from 100.70 € (2 adults + 2 children & 3rd, 4th and 5th of the same family are free).

Free entry for children < 5 years.

Accepted means of payment :

Bank/credit card


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