Lovely few days in Chamonix

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by lorger, Jun 12, 2016.

  1. lorger

    lorger Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2008
    Messages:
    6,190
    Likes Received:
    7,560
    Location:
    Dumfries
    After leaving Geneva we heading to Annecy for the day then up to Chamonix for a few days, I posted last week that I thought Interlaken was stunning well this beats it in a different kind of way.

    Campsite is a bit pricey at €42 a night with 5 amp EHU and just about enough room to pitch our van and awning. The awning is actually touching the hedge, apart from that it's a lovely site in a stunning location. Today we went on the cable car up to the Void on the Aiguille de Midi, some might say it was a tad expensive at £190 for 4 but in my opinion well worth the money as it was truly an amazing experience. We got to a total of 3850M and could feel the effects of altitude in my legs climbing the staircases at the top.
    Photos won't do it justice
    This is us in the Void a glass box at 3850M high with a 1000M vertical below the floor
    image.png
    Half way up thought we'd walk to save money :)
    image.png

    image.png
    Chamonix down below
    image.png

    image.png

    image.png

    image.png
    This cable car takes you from France into Italy
    image.png
    Back down to safety
    image.png

    image.png
     
    • Like Like x 11
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  2. Candapack

    Candapack Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2014
    Messages:
    389
    Likes Received:
    1,256
    Location:
    Fife, Scotland
    Love Chamonix. Know exactly what you mean about feeling the altitude in your legs.
    Thought I had our next trip sorted, rethinking it now. That's the problem with this forum, too many ideas. :)
     
    • Like Like x 1
  3. Figaro

    Figaro Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2011
    Messages:
    845
    Likes Received:
    678
    Location:
    Newcastle under Lyme Staffordshire
    Looks stunning but why are you all wearing bedroom slippers standing in that glass box ?
    Were they provided to stop scratching ? if so good idea
     
  4. Gorse Hill

    Gorse Hill Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2013
    Messages:
    1,404
    Likes Received:
    1,605
    Location:
    Stretford
    Beautiful, only a 1000 meters below the summit of the Blanc and within touching distance you could have bagged it while you were up there
    Did you walk down onto the Col, certainly gone up in price since I was there but even so you can't put a price on what you can see and experience up there(y)
     
    • Like Like x 1
  5. Tom A

    Tom A Funster

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2014
    Messages:
    355
    Likes Received:
    323
    Location:
    Thornton Cleveleys
    We've been twice and are taking two of the grandkids end of July.
    It's an amazing experience and should be on everyone's bucket list.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  6. lorger

    lorger Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2008
    Messages:
    6,190
    Likes Received:
    7,560
    Location:
    Dumfries
    Yes they supply the slippers and your not allowed on the glass with rucksacks, phones or cameras just incase you drop them and scratch the glass.
     
  7. lorger

    lorger Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2008
    Messages:
    6,190
    Likes Received:
    7,560
    Location:
    Dumfries
    They will love it, make sure you pay the extra €2 for a day pass rather than just a return as the day pass gets you on a couple of extra things and also means if your up first thing and views aren't great you can go back up later when sky has cleared.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  8. lorger

    lorger Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2008
    Messages:
    6,190
    Likes Received:
    7,560
    Location:
    Dumfries
    Yes I ran up to Mont Blanc while the rest had a seat :), we had to come down after about 45 mins as Rhys wasn't feeling well and just as we did the clouds started to come in so perfect timing.
     
  9. Gorse Hill

    Gorse Hill Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2013
    Messages:
    1,404
    Likes Received:
    1,605
    Location:
    Stretford
    Bet that was a tough run, I camped on the Col doing some altitude training and on the cable car back in the morning I was as sick as a dog into my hat, punters in the car weren't happy
    Doesn't matter how fit you are with altitude it can affect anyone and going from Chamonix to 4000 meters so quick is a shock to the system, yon feel it straight away but as you know well worth the effort (y)
     
  10. weekenders

    weekenders Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2008
    Messages:
    2,157
    Likes Received:
    1,221
    Location:
    Leicestershire
    Pictures look amazing, have a great time
     
  11. Tom A

    Tom A Funster

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2014
    Messages:
    355
    Likes Received:
    323
    Location:
    Thornton Cleveleys
    Do you have a link or name of ticket/pass you bought ? We want to go over to Helbronner while we are up there. Want to make sure we get the right ticket.
    Thinking of going up first think to avoid the crowds.
    Roll on 5 weeks on Saturday.
     
  12. NickNic

    NickNic Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2014
    Messages:
    5,437
    Likes Received:
    11,130
    Location:
    Kettering
    We love Chamonix too. We're stopping there for a couple of days on our way to Italy next month.
     
  13. lorger

    lorger Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2008
    Messages:
    6,190
    Likes Received:
    7,560
    Location:
    Dumfries
    If you buy just the up and down ticket it's €58 if you get the day ticket it's €61 and if you want to do the Helbronner on top I think it was €84 you just bu them from the same ticket office at the bottom. I don't have a link but if you check the Aiguille du Midi website or type into the void in google it will take you there.
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  14. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2007
    Messages:
    28,934
    Likes Received:
    25,574
    Location:
    .
    Looks fantastic.. well worth the money.. (y)

    Some years ago we went up Glacier 3000 cable car in Switzerland.. also expensive but worth every penny.. http://www.glacier3000.ch/en

    it's two cable car lifts, plus an open ski lift to the glacier..

    unfortunately I lost all the photos .. :(
     
    • Like Like x 1
  15. JJ

    JJ Funster

    Joined:
    May 1, 2008
    Messages:
    14,566
    Likes Received:
    25,752
    Location:
    Quinta Majay, Pinheiro Bordalo, Portugal
    Just coming around slowly after passing out...

    €42 PER NIGHT.

    OMG.

    JJ :cool:
     
    • Funny Funny x 1
  16. Concord Pilot

    Concord Pilot Funster

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2012
    Messages:
    67
    Likes Received:
    36
    Location:
    Hertfordshire
    Its a part of the world I know well. If you have a spare couple of days take the D902 Route des Grandes Alpes up to Geneva .. unless of course that's the route that you took outbound !! Enjoy !!
     
    • Like Like x 1
  17. NickNic

    NickNic Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2014
    Messages:
    5,437
    Likes Received:
    11,130
    Location:
    Kettering
    The aire - just part of the main car park - is €13 per 24 hours. Not aware of any freeloading spots close enough to be useful.
     
    • Like Like x 1
Loading...

Share This Page