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Mer de Glace - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

Mer de Glace, 74400 Chamonix, France

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About Mer de Glace

The Mer de Glace is a valley glacier located on the northern slopes of the Mont Blanc massif, in the French Alps. It is 7.5 km long and 200 metres deep but, when all its tributary glaciers are taken into account, it can be regarded as the longest and largest glacier in France, and the second-longest in the Alps after the Aletsch Glacier.


Attractions Near Mer de Glace

Aiguille du Dru
Aiguille du Dru2.57km from Mer de Glace

A colossal rocky pyramid belonging to the Mont Blanc Massif and situated on its Northern side, entirely in French territory. Although from a distance it looks like a monolith, it is actually composed of two nearby but separate summits. One of the nice trekking destinations and also a place flourished with natural beauty.

Aiguille Verte
Aiguille Verte3.63km from Mer de Glace

The Aiguille Verte is one of the most prominent mountains of the Mont Blanc range. Its huge ridges and famous couloirs make it one of the most difficult 4000 m peaks to climb in the Alps. This mythical summit can be climbed through mixed terrain and by different routes. One of the beautiful mountains which was flourished with natural beauty.

Aiguille des Grands Montets
Aiguille des Grands Montets4.03km from Mer de Glace

The Aiguille des Grands Montets, in the Mont Blanc, is the name given to one of the peaks overlooking the village of Argentiere ( 1200 meters), in Chamonix. It peaks at 3295 meters. Skiing area and also trekking is possible here.

La Flégère
La Flégère4.05km from Mer de Glace

La Flégère is the slope of the Aiguilles Rouges overlooking the valley of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc to the north. The valley was linked to the Flégère by a 60-seater cable car. The latter was replaced by gondola lifts, commissioned in December 2019 1. Their starting point is located in the village of Les Praz de Chamonix. The bottom station of the Flégère gondola is located at an altitude of 1,877 m. A refuge is present next to the upper station.

Aiguille du Midi
Aiguille du Midi5.56km from Mer de Glace

A mountain in the Mont Blanc mountain ranges. At 3,842 meters high from sea level, it can be accessed directly by a cable car from Chamonix. The summit contains a panoramic viewing platform, a café, and a gift shop. Even in summer, temperatures in the open viewing areas can reach −10 °C (14 °F), and visitors require both warm clothing and protection from very bright sunlight.

Tunnel du Mont-Blanc
Tunnel du Mont-Blanc5.58km from Mer de Glace

The Mont Blanc tunnel is 11.6 km long and connects France and Italy under the highest peak in Europe. It is used by 5,000 vehicles per day on average, 68% being light vehicles. More than a structure, the Mont Blanc Tunnel is an amazing human and technological feat. It took six years, from 1959 to 1965, from the start of work to the inauguration of the Tunnel. One of the architectural wonder in this area which attracts a lot of people.

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The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes administrative region covers an area of 69 711 km2 in the centre and east of the south of France. It is a collection of regions of diverse topographies, climates, natural resources, cultures, folklore, architecture, and languages.

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