Day 1: Lake day

Here is your route from Chalet Valhalla:

Stop 1: Lake Passy click here

Why? Swimming and other activities to discover

Stop 2: Hike at Gorges de la Diosaz  click here

Why? Perfect hike on a hot day with two great food options nearby

Lunch suggestion nearby Stop 2: Auberge des Gorges de la Diosaz ou Pizza

Stop 3: Maison du Lieutenant click here

Why? Activities and discovery of local history, open until 6.30pm. Learn how to make bread and cheese as ancient farmers did.

Return to Chamonix: Maison des Artistes

Tuesday night event – from 7.30pm, dancing begins at 9pm


Day 2: Nature walk & Emosson Dam

Step 1: Drive to Châtelard for VerticAlp Emosson which takes you to the top of Emosson Dam, using three rail systems to get you there. For groups larger than 10 people you will only pay 29Euro per person for the full pass of all three rides.

  • Discover views from the three trains, lots of fun
  • Take a nature hike with sculptures: click here
  • Eat lunch with a view: click here
  • Alternative lunch stop on the way home:
    My favourite, Le Cafe Comptoir, Vallorcine click here

Return to Chamonix:


This is a busy day made to make the most out of a pricey day pass, but one that will give you access to EVERYTHING essential in the very local area, starting points are all walking distance from Chalet.

A 1 day pass will cost each adult 67Euros each:  click here

I would recommend the following path MAXIMUM VALUE DAY:

  1. Aiguille du Midi, open from 7.30am – buy your day passes and go right to the top
  2. Plan du l’Aiguille, exit half way down the cable car and go for a 20 minute walk to Lac Bleu see images here the short hike is well sign posted. 
  3. Snack at Plan du l’Aiguille on your return (refuge/restaurant), open from 11am click here
  4. Back in Chamonix you will now walk to the Montenvers train station, you can take the little red train to the top.
  5. Enjoy the sights and you can even walk down to the Glacier and enjoy the ice cave from a short cable car ride. Take note there are many steps (as global warming has receded the Glacier since the lift was built) and it will be hot in the sunshine so TAKE WATER.
  6. Late lunch with a view at Le Panoramique Mer de Glace
  7. Now take the train back to Chamonix and walk to the Brevent cable car to end your day.The last possible time to arrive and get your ride up is 4pm. This is not a long walk but is steep, you may alternatively park your cars here in the morning so that your day starts at the parking of the train and you can drive the last leg, so your map becomes this click here.
  8. From the Brevent Plan Praz maybe you have booked parapente flights back to Chamonix or will take the last cable car down at 5pm.

Here is a map of what your walking around town may resemble:


Following this BUSY DAY you must treat yourself to an in house CHEF!

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