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Review of Montenvers Train - La Mer de Glace

Montenvers Train - La Mer de Glace
35, place de la Mer de Glace, 74400 Chamonix, France
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Ranked #11 of 41 Activities in Chamonix
Type: Scenic Railroads, Sightseeing Tours
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Owner description: This train takes visitors on the short ride between Chamonix and the Mer de Glace glacier.
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“DON'T WANT TO MISS”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

We decided to get the multi pass and do this trip. It was great and a memorable experience to go in to a real glacier. this was one of the highlights of our trip. If you are in Camonix, we highly recommend you do. There are 400 steps to come up, so if you are not in shape, do not attempt.

Visited September 2013
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“Not your everyday experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

This train takes you on the short ride between Chamonix and the Mer de Glace glacier. We went there at the peak of season and it was packed. The trip provides really good view of the mountains and of course the glacial valley. Sit on the left side of the train to get best views (when going up the valley). The train ride arrrives at the top and there is a cafe (prices are reasonable) and a museum. You can either take a small telecabin or walk down a narrow and rocky pathway to the stairways leading to Mer de glace. We took the pathway and it was fine underfoot but be careful of your footing and have good walking shoes.

From the base of the walk you still need to go another 390 odd stairs to the entry of the glacier.

The interior has some ice carvings (and artifically illuminated); rocks entombed in the ice are fantastic. The ice cave has artificially illuminated ice walls. There was a St. Bernard that you can take a photo with for 6 euros. I think this bit is too kitch.

We did not need warmer clothes; just used a tracksuit top in the cave..

The walk back up is fine if you pace yourself as there are plenty of places to catch your breath.

The spectacular view makes it all worthwhile.

If you have the time do the trip. Life is too short.


tip- With a family, the Mont Blanc multipass is cheaper than just buying tickets for the cable car alone.
Wear good outdoor shoes and be prepared for walk up numerous stairs.

Visited August 2013
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“Need to see it before it completely disappears...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

First of all, the price for the train is quite steep, at 27.5 euros per person (no student discounts etc...). We (5 adults, 2 young children, 1 toddler) paid 160 euros in total.
You get a really nice view of the mountains, the trees, the wildflowers and the remains of the glaciers (which melted due to global warming). Once the train arrives on top, you can take a small telecabin that takes you to the stairways leading to Mer de glace. Then, it's a 15-min descent (on your way back, a 20-min climb) to the cave. I wasn't actually that impressed with the cave itself. The interior was nothing special, but artificially illuminated ice walls. There was a St. Bernard there, you can take a photo with her for 6 euros. I think it's just too artificial for me and it's not really worth the hype.
PS: be sure to bundle up since it's quite chilly in there...

Visited August 2013
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“Great Day Out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

For 3 adults and a child the cost was about 104Euros but we were up there for 4 hours. There is free parking on the right hand side as you come up to the place where the red train goes across the road - its on a bit of rough ground next to the bob sleigh rides. Try and choose a day when there is not many clouds. the cost also includes a cable car lift from the top down to the glacier. The glacier was level with the train station at the top in 1905 but now you need to go down a few hundred metres to reach it - global warming eh. The café at the top has some good views and the prices are the same as in Chamonix. If you can take a baguette, cheese, ham and some water and enjoy lunch with an amazing backdrop.

Visited August 2013
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“Go inside a glacier”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Take the train up the mountain then take the cable car down to the 400 steps that lead to the glacier. Go inside the glacier and gaze in awe at the inside of the glacier. Do it while the glacier is still there.

Visited July 2013
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