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Montenvers Train - La Mer de Glace

Address: 35, place de la Mer de Glace, 74400 Chamonix, France
Phone Number: 33 (0)4 50 53 12 54
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Type: Rail tours, Sightseeing Tours
Owner description: This train takes visitors on the short ride between Chamonix and the...
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Type: Rail tours, Sightseeing Tours
Owner description: This train takes visitors on the short ride between Chamonix and the Mer de Glace glacier.
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

You can divide the Montenvers Train trip, with it's fantastic panoramic view, including "Le Mer de Glasse" (Sea of Ice) and the optional visiting inside the glacier. The glaciorum visit take at least 40 minutes and you descend using a small funicular (a 5 minute trip only). The views down there are fantastic (and very cold). I did not see... More 

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Dudeldorf
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Old fashion train takes 20 minutes to climb to the observation deck to overlook the glacier. There is a glaciorium whi h is an informative exhibit educating about glaciers. The photos of where the glacier used to be are remarkable.

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Mississauga Ontario Canada
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We really enjoyed the whole experience - the cogwheel train, the gondola down closer to the glacier, and then the 240 steps down to see the icecave - and then the tough climb back those 240 steps.

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North Haven, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The train up to the glacier is a great experience. We even saw wild deer on the way. I enjoyed the historical aspects of the journey too.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Taking a cog train up the mountain is exciting. The view on the way up is fantastic, so try to go on a clear day. Sunshine makes it easier to enjoy the view of the glacier at the top (dress warmly - it is quite cold in the winter). Definitely take the tram down and walk the path to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

It is an amazing place ! Both beautiful and interesting. It's worrying how fast the glacier melt in last years.

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Bedford
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

You take the Montenvers train from behind the main station,up and around the mountain,climbing something like 3000ft/1000m to the top station,great views of the Glacier and then take the cable car down toward the valley floor.You then have to walk down to the cave,there are 426 steps !! which is easy going down,not so easy coming back,lots of places to... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

I recommend the visit because you can see the interior of a glacier, ice that slowly moves for hundreds of years. When can you do that home? It is interesting to see the incredible shrinkage of the glacier in the last 10 years. If somebody tells you that global warming does not exist, bring that person to Mer de Glace.... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

We just happen to go up this train that day because Aguille du Midi was closed. I was really happy that we went up this tram because at the top is the largest glacier in France. I've never seen a glacier in my life. It was beautiful. There is a glacier museum at the top as well, you can get... More 

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Leeds
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Try to go on the railway on a clear day to get the best view of the glacier. The railway is a real feat of engineering - try to sit at the front. When we got to the top we were met by awful tinny music blaring out at the station which is quite unnecessary. The view of the glacier... More 

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