Chamonix Summer Holidays Guide Self Catering Holiday rentals - Chalets, Apartments, Holiday homes & Hotels
Unlike many purpose-built ski resorts, Chamonix has a very buoyant summer season. During the warmer months you can be as active or as chilled out as you like.
Relax over lunch on a restaurant terrace gazing at the mountains views, or get a guide and get kitted up to go off exploring the Mer de Glace glacier with crampons and an ice pick.
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Each resort in the Chamonix Valley, including Les Houches and Argentiere, has lifts open during the summer season so you can access hikes and walks, or take your mountain bike up and have a go at the downhill trails (not for the fainthearted!).
Our favourite outings include a walk over to Lac Blanc from La Flegere, family-friendly walks around the nature reserve at the col des Montets and the amazing views when hiking at 1900m from the Plan d’Aiguille to Montenvers.
Chamonix Summer Accommodation
We have a wide choice of summer holiday rental accommodation in the centre of Chamonix and around the Chamonix valley for all budgets and tastes including some great ski chalets and town centre apartments.
Unlike many resorts, Chamonix is busier in summer than in winter so booking your holiday home in advance, especially for August, is highly recommended.
In summer Chamonix will be just what you want it to be with so many different things to see and do. You can even go rafting on the River Arve right through the centre of town – much to the amusement of the rest of us in town!
From Chamonix, there are many possibilities for doing day trips to neighbouring resorts - perhaps for a spot of lunch, shopping and sight seeing. Some of our favourites include...
Annecy is a stunning town which resembles a smaller version of Venice with pretty waterways cutting through the historic centre. Lake Annecy is a cool place to hang out with lots of summer time bands and amusements plus you can hire a small motorboat and go for a spin around the lake. It's around a 90 minute drive from Chamonix heading towards Geneva on the motorway and following the directions for Annecy.
If you feel like being at the beach on a hot summers day then head down to Lake Passy. The lake is around a 25 minute drive to the start of the climb up to Chamonix just before you get to main town of Sallanches. Great for sunbathing on the white sandy beach with the snow-capped Mont Blanc in the background.
The "boring" but quickest option is via the Mont Blanc Tunnel but the most memorable route is to go via Aguille du Midi, then across the glacier on the Helbonner cable car on to the Italian side of Monte Bianco, before heading down in to Courmayeur. The pedestrianised center boasts some of the best restaurants in the Aosta Valley and the window shopping is excellent with boutiques and designer shops lining the medieval streets...
Our view on summer in Chamonix
Apart from being busier in summer than in winter, Chamonix has so much to offer throughout the valley for all ages and being at the cross-roads of Italy and Switzerland with the excellent transport network, there are so many fantastic places to visit within an hours drive. Overall, Chamonix summer holidays are a melting pot for tourists from all over the world who go to soak up the atmosphere, wine and dine and simply have a good time.