Chamonix Mont-Blanc – A journey to Mer de Glace (France)

Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and is known as the “gateway to the European Cascades”. The north side of the summit of Mont Blanc, and therefore the summit itself are part of the village of Chamonix. Chamonix commune is well known among skiers and mountain enthusiasts. It is very near the junction of France, Switzerland and Italy. The River Arve which originates from the northern side of the Mont Blanc massif in the Alps flows through Chamonix. It receives water from the many glaciers of Chamonix valley, mainly the Mer de Glace.

We checked in to Hotel Alpina for a night which is right in the center of Chamonix. Even though it was a poorly maintained hotel their restaurant at the top floor was really nice with a wonderful view of the snow caped mountains from the balcony.

Hotel Alpina at the centre of Chamonix
Hotel Alpina at the centre of Chamonix
Awesome view from the top floor balcony
Awesome view from the top floor balcony
Awesome view from the top floor balcony
Awesome view from the top floor balcony
Awesome view from the top floor balcony
Awesome view from the top floor balcony
Awesome view from the top floor balcony
Awesome view from the top floor balcony

While in Chamonix, the absolute must see attractions are visiting Mont-Blanc and Aiguille du Midi peaks and Mer de Glace or Sea of Ice Glacier (the largest glacier in France). The nostalgic red cog railway to Montenvers will take you to the top of the Aiguille du Midi mountain peak (at 3842 meters) for an unforgettable view of the Alps. The railway station is hardly ten minutes away from the city center. A small cable car allows visitors to descend from the train station onto the Mer de Glace glacier where they can enter a manmade ice grotto. The ice grotto is cut into the living glacier

On the way to the railway station
On the way to the railway station
The rail station
The rail station ‘Chemin de fer du Montenvers’
These hiking enthusiasts also were boarding the train
These hiking enthusiasts also were boarding the train
On the way....
On the way….
Amazing views from the train
Amazing views from the train
Amazing views from the train
Amazing views from the train
Amazing views from the train
Amazing views from the train
Amazing views from the train
Amazing views from the train

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The Train
The Train
On the way
On the way
More views
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The gallery of Crystals features a collection of the finest crystal specimens in the Mont Blanc massif.

Some of the exhibits from the Crystal Gallery
Some of the exhibits from the Crystal Gallery
Some of the exhibits from the Crystal Gallery
Some of the exhibits from the Crystal Gallery
Some of the exhibits from the Crystal Gallery
Some of the exhibits from the Crystal Gallery
Some of the exhibits from the Crystal Gallery
Some of the exhibits from the Crystal Gallery

The Museum of Alpine Fauna has an interesting display of many of the local birds and animals that you can expect to see in the area like chamois, ibex, marmots, foxes, pheasants, grouse etc.

The Museum of Alpine Fauna
The Museum of Alpine Fauna
Exhibits inside the Museum of Alpine Fauna
Exhibits inside the Museum of Alpine Fauna
Exhibits inside the Museum of Alpine Fauna
Exhibits inside the Museum of Alpine Fauna
Exhibits inside the Museum of Alpine Fauna
Exhibits inside the Museum of Alpine Fauna
Exhibits inside the Museum of Alpine Fauna
Exhibits inside the Museum of Alpine Fauna
Exhibits inside the Museum of Alpine Fauna
Exhibits inside the Museum of Alpine Fauna
Exhibits inside the Museum of Alpine Fauna
Exhibits inside the Museum of Alpine Fauna
Exhibits inside the Museum of Alpine Fauna
Exhibits inside the Museum of Alpine Fauna
Exhibits inside the Museum of Alpine Fauna
Exhibits inside the Museum of Alpine Fauna

Hotel du Montenvers, built in 1880 is an integral part of Chamonix. It was renovated in 2003 but still retains its rustic charm. The restaurant serves a variety of traditional dishes.

The group of hikers with their dog
The group of hikers with their dog
The group of hikers
The group of hikers
All set for the adveture
All set for the adveture
Hikers on their way
Hikers on their way
Hikers on their way
Hikers on their way
The ice grotto
The ice grotto
The restaurant
The restaurant
The view of the glacier from the restaurant window
The view of the glacier from the restaurant window

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The mountain was the scene of two fatal air crashes… In 1950 Air India Flight 245 (Bombay-Istanbul-Geneva-London) with 48 passengers, including crew, crashed into Mont Blanc as the pilot miscalculated the descent killing all the passengers.

In January 1966 another Air India flight Boeing 707, named Kanchenjunga crashed into Mont Blanc. After leaving Bombay, it had made two scheduled stops at Delhi and Beirut and was en route to another stop at Geneva when flown into Mont Blanc killing 106 passengers and 11crew. One of the passengers was Dr. Homi Jehangir Bhabha the chairman of Indian Atomic Energy Commission.

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