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Chamonix’s granite attracts climbers from the world over. It is renowned for being the climbing Mecca in Europe. Chamonix lies at the bottom of Mont Blanc 4810meters above sea level offering variety from prestigious north faces for the elite climber or more accessible rock faces and boulders for amateur climbers and beginners. Please view or rental properties which are in walking distance of these climbing spots: Chalet Copsey, Refuge du Requin, Peak Lookout

Chamonix climbing

The Gaillands rocks are located just 2km south of Chamonix centre, next to the Gaillands lake. They offer a wide variety of easy to more difficult routes. It’s a great place for a group or family day out with a picnic and BBQ area.


Col des Montets offers ideal bouldering terrain in the Aiguilles Rouges nature reserve that has different sized granite blocs for climbing with and without ropes. It is an easy drive up the valley, 10 km from Chamonix, just before Vallorcine and the Swiss boarder. For more detailed information there are some excellent climbing guides that you can purchase in the local sports shops and visit the Office de Haute-Montagne .

Indoor Climbing

For rainy days we recommend the bouldering wall in the Sports Centre - Centre Sportif Richard Bozon or the Mt Blanc Escalade in Les Houches which is home to one of the largest indoor climbing walls in France. With 1250m sq. of climbing surfaces, and more than 100 routes to the roof, ranging from 16 to 21 meters in height. There is a beginner’s wall, a kid's wall, and even a cafeteria. All necessary equipment is available for hire. It is open to adults and children 5 or over.

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