This Is The Perfect Adventure For Any Mountain-Sport Addicts

This little village in the French Alps is affectionately known as the ‘Outdoor Disneyland’ among South African mountain-sport addicts.


Jazz Kuschke |

This little village in the French Alps is affectionately known as the ‘Outdoor Disneyland’, among South African mountain-sport addicts (dubbed so by expat trail ace Dr Andre Gie, as far as we know).

The Chamonix valley is situated in the north-westerly part of the Alps, just 15km from the Swiss border via the Col des Montets and 15km from Italy via the Mont-Blanc tunnel. The natural border, where these three countries converge, lies at 3820 metres on the summit Mont Dolent. This valley, comprising Servoz, Les Houches, Chamonix, Argentière and Vallorcine, also contains Mont Blanc, Western Europe’s highest peak at 4,810.45m.

Chamonix overflows with choices for activities high on the thrill factor, trail running and hiking chief among these.

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With so many like-minded individuals in a small town, things can get, how shall we put it, ‘convivial’ at night, too. No, it’s wild – both in town and out.

Whether you’re there with your family, as an adventurer, for relaxation or just because you are curious, there is something for you. You have the option of doing everything from paragliding, playing golf, white water sports and ice skating to mountaineering, climbing, mountain biking and and ice climbing. And did we mention you can go sledding, too?

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You’ll really be in an atmosphere completely different to South Africa, surrounded by mountains and snow that extend further than you can see. The Valley has a mountain climate. Winter is cold with snowfall, contrasting with a summer that is generally pleasant, with temperatures regularly reaching 30°C. That means you can head here all year round.

This website here offers all the information you could ever need when planning a trip here so you can get excited for your trip instead of stressing over the minor details.

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