Summer in Les Houches and Chamonix is
all about the great outdoors.
cable cars in Les Houches are open during the summer season to take you
to the top where you can walk, mountain bike or just sit in the restaurants
enjoying the spectacular views of the Mont-Blanc Massif. Many of the other
cable cars in the valley are open including the Aiguille du Midi, one of the
highest cable cars in the world. You arrive at an altitude of 3842m to be
greeted by an incredible close-up view of Mont-Blanc and spectacular views of
the whole valley.
A multitude of walking and hiking routes leave from Les Houches
village itself. Many more routes can be found in the valley which has over
330km of marked paths. Maps and guide books can be found in the tourist office
and the local shops. Many of these guides describe the difficulty and distance
of the walks so hopefully you won't receive any surprises while you are out
Biking trails can be found all over the valley. One of the trails leaves
from the top of the Bellevue cable car. It is 14 km long and descends 820m to
the bottom of the Prarion cable car. Bike rental is available from local shops
and guides can be hired so that you make the most of your trips.
A tree adventure
park is situated on the edge of Les Houches. There are 50 tree-bound
activities including rope ladders, swings, rope bridges and rope slides.
Another park can be found in Chamonix which has a luge run within its
There are Tennis
courts available for hire, 200m from the apartment. Courts can be hired
by the day and instruction is available.
has an 18-hole golf course that lies at the foot
of Mont-Blanc. The 72 par course is frequently described as one of the most
beautiful in Europe. There is also a pro-shop and 26 stand driving range on
site. The course is open from May to November.
There are two
cog tramways in the valley. The Montenvers train takes you from Chamonix
up to the famous Mer de Glace. This is the largest glacier in France. From the
train station you have wonderful views of the glacier's meandering route down
the valley. Close to the station is an Ice Grotto. Each year artists carve the
ice, decorating it with furniture and curiosities. The Mont-Blanc Tramway
leaves from Saint-Gervais. It has stops at the top of the Bellevue and Prarion
cable cars which rise from Les Houches. The top station Nid d'Aigle offers
fantastic views of a cascading glacier.
sports complex can be found in the centre of Chamonix. This offers an
indoor ice rink, 19 tennis courts, squash courts, a swimming pool complex with
water slides and a fitness centre.
The Merlet Animal Park is close
to Les Houches. Spread over 20 hectares the park offers a stroll of about
1½ hours among many of the mountain animals found wild in the area.
A fishing lake is 200m from the apartment. Daily passes
which have a 5 fish maximum are available. Many other fishing opportunities
exist in the area; a fishing guide for the Haute Savoie region is available
from the Tourist Office as are tourist permits.
Canyoning and rafting are other adventures to try. With
the help of a qualified guide, you can abseil down waterfalls, slide down
natural water gullies and jump into deep pools. White water rafting trips can
be organized through the local guide companies. More information can be found
on the local tourist office web sites. See the links page for access to these