Dominated by the Aiguille du Midi and the 4810m high Mont-Blanc, the old village is in a spectacular setting towards the head of the Chamonix valley.
The hamlet of Argentiere is a real hit with visitors, thanks not only to its traditional architecture, baroque church
and 19th-century chapel but also to its amazing location at the foot of the impressive Argentière
Glacier and legendary peaks such as the Aiguille Verte.
The village retains a picturesque mountain feel with a large number of traditional wooden houses as well as ancient farmhouses. There is a newer side too with all the modern shops and services plus a variety of cosy bars and restaurants.
A shuttle bus runs into Chamonix (located 4km from Argentiere). Chamonix offers a good range of attractions, over 100 shops, bars and restaurants, a casino, as well as an Olympic ice rink, a sports complex with swimming pool, water slides & fitness centre, 19 tennis courts, a climbing wall, bowling and a 3-screen cinema.
The cable car in Argentière will take you to the top of the Grands Montets at 3300m whilst Europe's highest cable car in Chamonix will take you to the fascinating Aiguille du Midi. From there the views are literally breathtaking. The Montenvers train journey to the 'Sea of Ice' is also captivating.
Whether you are a beginner, an experienced hiker or somewhere in between, the Valley offers 430km of well-maintained and equipped hiking trails to suit all abilities.
Chamonix is the world's top trail running destination. Set in an exceptional natural environment, the Chamonix Mont-Blanc Valley offers a variety of spectacular trails for all abilities. Every summer the valley hosts major international competitions and attracts athletes from all over the world. Not to be missed: the now famous Mont-Blanc Marathon and the must-see UTMB®.
About its location
The Chamonix valley is situated in the north-westerly part of the Alps, just 15 km from the Swiss border via the Col des Montets and 15 km from Italy via the Mont-Blanc tunnel. This valley, comprising Servoz, Les Houches, Chamonix, Argentière and Vallorcine, also contains Mont Blanc, Western Europe’s highest peak at 4,810.45m.
The valley is of glacial origin and measures 17km, from the Col des Montets at the northernmost point to the Taconnaz torrent.
Some recommendations for visits in Chamonix Valley this summer
- Europe's highest cable car in Chamonix will take you to the fascinating Aiguille du Midi. The views from Europe’s highest cable car station (3842m) are literally breathtaking. It is the closest you can get to the Mont-Blanc without climbing training! From there you can walk back to the famous ‘Mer de Glace’ with ease and catch Montenvers train back to town
- The Montenvers romantic red train journey to the famous ‘Mer de Glace’ or ‘Sea of Ice’ is also captivating. Discover what a real glacier is: 7km long, 40sq km in area, 200 metres thick. Also available on site is a crystal gallery, a wildlife exhibition and the famous ice grotto
- Argentiere's cable car to Les Grands Montets glacier also offers the starting point for superb walking itineraries. Reach Italy by cable car with the Helbronner cable car, which flies over the glaciers for more than 5km from the Aiguille du Midi. The Mont-Blanc tramway is the highest rack & pinion train in France and takes you from Saint-Gervais to the Eagle’s Nest (‘Nid d’Aigle’) at 2372m.
Interested in buying an apartment in Argentiere? See our Buying in the Alps section