The majestic mountains, the beautiful lakes and the nearby towns of Chamonix and Passy sets the backdrop for numerous outdoor pursuits in the summer. Whether you intend to spend your time for quiet reflection or pure adrenaline-rush, you will find something to your taste and ability.
Get a birds eye view of the valley by taking a tandem parapent flight.
A “must do” in Chamonix ! You will fly in tandem with a qualified parapent pilot and witness some of the most spectacular scenery in the Alps.
You can fly from various locations, depending on the weather and winds.
It will take an hour from when you meet your instructor to when you land, on the Brevent flight. All instructors are French Government qualified, speak English / French and have a minimum of seven years flying experience in the Chamonix valley.
Price: Plan Praz 100 €, Plan de l’Aiguille 110 €, Grands Montets 180 €, Aiguille du Midi 240 €
Hot Air Ballooning
Helicopter Ride in the Alps
There truly is no better way to see the glacier up close, marvel at the mountains, reach 3000m, admire the Drus and return to the valley floor – all within half an hour. Hover above the peaks, scale the glaciers, soar above the valley.
Helicopters seat up to 6 people and there are various routes you can take.
Price: Drus 10 mins 80 € per person, Grandes Jorasses 15 mins 105 € per person , Mont Blanc 20 mins 160 € per person, Mont Blanc + 30 mins 215 € per person.
For the ultimate adrenaline thrill, launch yourself from a helicopter 5000m above the Chamonix Valley – that’s higher than the summit of Mont Blanc.
Prices : 450€ – 1 person, 430€ – 2/3 people, 420€ – 4/5 people, 400€ – 6 people. Price includes helicopter flight, skydive and a video of your experience.
Horse Riding / Equestrian
The Equestrian Centre of Mont Blanc welcomes the owners of horses and ponies but also all horse amateurs, children and adults, beginners and advanced. Their qualified instructors are there to teach (adults and children) introductory lessons but also show jumping or dressage and nature walks. Training courses will be held during the school holidays.
The Equestrian Centre of Mont Blanc offers you:
- Horse rides for novice or confident riders (one hour or two hours).
- Trekking on horseback (half-day, full day or several days).
- “Snow” riding. (Winter)
Don a wet suit and harness to abseil down waterfalls, slide over water-smoothed rocks, scramble over boulders, jump into pools of white water as you work your way down the canyon with our Evolution 2 qualified guides.
You can be as full on as you like, or you can choose to take an easier route whilst your group jumps.
Price: Guide from EUR 200 for half a day.
White Water Rafting
Starting from the nearby Valley in Passy, 1h15 mins navigation on a Class II river
This river is more gentle for younger children.
The rafting guides know just how to make sure everyone has the right level of fun.
Prices: From EUR 30 per person.
Canoe Raft and Airboat
Also Commencing from Passy, Guided by an expert rafting instructor, experience the excitement of the 2 man ‘Canoe-rafts’, or single person ‘Airboat’ where you are in control.
From your easy to learn, maneuverable raft, you will enjoy the views of the Mont Blanc chain, rapids and whirl pools on the Arve (Class II) river. 1hr15min of navigation with or without a partner.
Price: From EUR 36 per person
You are led by a professional guide to swim/surf the alpine rivers and rapids for the best white water experience.
Price: From EUR 45 per person.
Channel your inner Arctic explorer and explore one of the most phenomenal sights on earth – the ridges and crevasses of a glacier.
Mer de Glace – a fantastic introduction to glacial hiking. Armed with crampons, harnesses and ice picks, our qualified guides will help you traverse this spectacular sea of ice. Marvel at the unbelievable crystalline blues and peer into deep crevasses. Whether you’ve never set foot on ice before, or crampons are as familiar to you as a pair of slippers, this is an experience not to be missed.
Price: From EUR 99 per person
High mountain routes on rock and ice are available – Petit Vert & Cosmique, plus many more.
Mountaineering and Summit Mont Blanc (3 to 5 Days)
Cross Country or Downhill Biking
Discover some of the best bike trails in the Valley on this cross country experience. Cycle through forests and by rivers, getting into the heart of nature.
Downhill biking takes you on the ski runs, the mountain looks so different in the summer. Head down different levels of runs on your downhill bike and have the ride of your life!
Price: From EUR 70 per person for private guide
Lac de Passy: The nearest to Chamonix and the biggest lake. Bring your beer, water wings, windsurfing board and barbecue and just hangout.
Lac Annecy: Lake activities include swimming, windsurfing and kayaking. The water is crystal clear and not too cold. The surrounding scenery provides a marvelous backdrop. The lake shore and surrounding countryside is great for roller-blading, mountain biking and walking.
Lac des Ilettes: Three beautiful lakes offering all three activities and home to the “Transat” for good beach food. Les Ilettes is also the scene of several free lakeside concerts each summer, not to be missed.
Chamonix Golf Club is situated at an altitude of 1000 metres this course has no need to imitate the vertiginous surrounding slopes to challenge us skilled golfers. The famous architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. Intelligently played with the natural contours of the land. The minimal inclines and the gently sculpted slopes are not a formidable physical challenge
You are at the foot of Les Drus, 3754m, L’Aiguille Verte, 4122m, L’Aiguille du Midi, 3842m and Mont Blanc, 4810m.
Imagine yourself treading the fairway of the 17th hole with the north face of the Mont Blanc and its cascade of seracs formed by the Bosson glacier as backdrop.
We can arrange your permit to fish in the lakes or in the rivers. Day or fortnightly permit are available at the Gaillands chalet, at the Saint Antoine Tobacconists in Les Houches, or at the tourist office in Servoz or Vallorcine. The guide to fishing in the Valley is also available in the Les Houches tourist office.