Summer Holidays in the French Alps
Have you ever considered the Mont Blanc massif as your summer holiday destination? That’s right, I said summer. Once all the snow-seeking masses have departed around mid April, the stunning Alpine scenery, clear mountain air and healthy activities are still there: you just get more of it all to yourself!
So, what can you do in Chamonix when there’s no snow? Well, there are plenty of things to do. If you are looking for a relaxing break, there are no shortage of gentle walks with spectacular scenery, there are nearby spas, and there are lakes with beaches where you can swim in warm waters while looking up at imposing glaciers and a snow-covered Mont Blanc.
If it’s adventure you are after, there’s mountaineering and climbing, hiking and glacier trekking, ice climbing, Via Ferrata (climbing using a steel cable fixed to the rock), road and mountain biking, paragliding, water sports, and horse riding, to name but a few. Here are some more specific suggestions to whet your appetite:
- Climb Mont Blanc. At more than 4,800m above sea level, it is Western Europe’s highest mountain. It is a challenging ascent, not to be attempted lightly, but with the right conditions, equipment, guides, training and enthusiasm, reaching the summit of Mont Blanc is one of the most rewarding and thrilling things you can achieve. The views are beyond compare and the pride and sense of achievement will stay with you forever.