Le Vert Hotel

964 Route Des Gaillands, Chamonix, 74400, France
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car hire and hiking

by nicoleas

We are a family of 6 and will be staying in Les Houches during August. We want to spend most of our time doing day hikes in the Chamonix valley.We will be flying to and from Geneva. We don't know whether we will need a car to begin and end hiking routes and whether we will want a car to travel in the Chamonix area. we do not want to add unecessary expenses but do want to hike a lot and maximise our stay in the area. Please advise. thank you.

Re: car hire and hiking

by iaint

I stayed in Les Houches with my son a few years back, and we rented a car at Geneva Airport from Easycar.

That meant we didn't have to try to get around via public transport. However, my impression is that we would have got less out of our trip that way.

Re: car hire and hiking

by cachaseiro

public transport is fairly good in the chamonix area.
there are local busses running up and down the valley all day long.you have quite a few good hiking routes that departs from Les Houches so you don´t need to do that much driving.

Re: car hire and hiking

by firechick

Probably too late for your trip but there are all kinds of van transfer services to go from Geneva to Chamonix. Search 'geneva airport chamonix transfer' on Google and you will see what I mean. They will take you to Les Houches just as easily as to Chamonix, so don't worry.

Once in town be sure to get a 'Carte d'Hote' from the tourist office or from your hotel or host, which gives you the right to free public transport in the whole valley.

There is a small 'Mulet' bus that travels around Chamonix town center, there is the SNCF train which goes up and down the whole valley from Les Houches to the border of Switzerland and there are buses from Les Houches to Chamonix, and then from Chamonix to Argentiere or various other stops on the way. The buses have a timetable that can be found here: http://www.chamonix.com/page.php?page=13&r=transport_in_the_valley&ling=en -- the main shortcoming is the night service is limited.

If you want to do a day-trip where it seems a car is best there is a Europe Car office in Chamonix center just across from the train station (though I recommend advance booking) and you could hire the car for 1-2 days if you felt you needed to.

The train station in Les Houches is not 100% convenient to the town center, as you have to walk uphill from the station, and Les Houches is a very long stretched out village along a main road -- so you should ask the hotel or chalet where you are staying how far they are from the train to know if this is a convenient option or not. The bus service runs up and down the whole village with several stops in Les Houches.

Re: car hire and hiking

by jbaxton


Instead of hiring a car you can try using on the airport trasnfer companies based in Chamonix. We have used GAT or www.geneva-airport-transfers.com

Relaible and very reasonably priced. Local transport whilst you are in the valley is very good and you can use the train system or busses to access local walks hike and activites.

Good luck and have fun


Travel Tips for Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Alpine flowers

by Martinewezel

Wild azaleas, violets, blue gentian, white anemomes and lots of other flowers I don't know the English name of... the Alps are a colored paradise.
The edelweiss is rare. I found it only once. Had no digital camera at that time. Too bad.
Picking prohibited.
More Alpine flowers in my travelogues.

Le Brevent

by PolinaS

Le Brevent is supposed to be the first place to visit as a ski-lift is going precisely from the town. This area has interesting and various slopes for skiers of different levels. It is worth to visit restaurant and sight ground at Brevent at the height of 2500m. There is an interesting black slope from the peak. The best time to do this slope is to be the first in the morning when it is fresh after being prepared by snowcats.

Alpine Cow Fighting! (Cows are not harmed)

by firechick

If you travel in the Alps in the Fall, keep a look-out for signs advertising "Bataille des Reines" (Battle of the Queens). These are cow fights, where naturally agressive and territorial cows (yes, cows - not bulls) are brought together to see who is the 'queen of the fields'.

Late September-October is the time to look for these contests advertised on posters or in the local papers.

The gatherings are festive contests, going on all day with local food and wine, often yodellers and other cultural activites are featured.

The locations change each year and several smaller 'qualifying' contests are held before the larger regional competitions take place.

Italian Deli and Specialties

by firechick about La Spiga D'Oro

This restaurant is at the end of the 'main drag' in town as you head towards Les Houches, near some mountain bike rental shops. The fact that it is out of the beaten path but has remained in business for many years shows that the products sold here are good (and worth the high prices). The deli section sells Italian salads and creations that you won't find anywhere else in Chamonix, and due to the fact that we are only 20 minutes from Italy, the items are authentic and fresh. There is also a small restaurant inside which is only open for dinner (reservations recommended) and good on those times when you want to treat yourselves - various specialty menus are available and some require a day's advance notice! They carry the finest Italian produce such as hams, cheeses, and pastas and have a wide selection of Italian wines. Even better, they make their own anti-pasta and sauces which you can also buy from the deli, or eat at the restaurant.

Aiguille du Midi (3842m)

by Martinewezel

This is the highest peak which can be reached by Areal Tramway. Because of the perpetual snow and the sheer walls, a normal tourist can't reach this point hiking.

Take the elevator at the last tramway stop to the view point on top. If it's raining in the valley, you'll be "over the clouds" (litteraly) and in the sun, but in freezing temperatures.
Great pictures guaranteed!

Bear in mind that the price is 40 euros up and down/person (elevator 3 euros, not included)(prices Summer 2009)

If you want to reduce the price with a few euros, you can take the tramway from "Le Plan de L'aiguille" (2317 m), see my general tips
You might like a preview of the scenery upon the Aiguille... check the video.


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 Le Vert Hotel

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Hotel Le Vert

Address: 964 Route Des Gaillands, Chamonix, 74400, France