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Le Brévent, Chamonix - Town

South-facing mountain with amazing views of the Mont Blanc massif

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Brévent is the closest summer lift to the centre of Chamonix and its impressive rocky summit rises to 2,525m above sea level.

You can access the mid station at 1,999m either by the Plan Praz gondola or on foot, up the steep zig-zagging path that's visible from the town centre otherwise known as the vertical kilometre.

From mid station you can take the Brévent cable car straight to the top of the mountain and start various hikes from there or just take in the incredible views as you look across to the Mont Blanc massif.

Who should go

Elderly access 
BabiesPlanpraz and Flégère from 12 months. Brévent and Index from 24 months
Wheelchair accessAll cable cars and gondolas, not possible on Index chairlift
Disabled toiletsAt Plan Praz and Flégère but not at summit of Brévent
DogsProhibited in the nature reserve
Mountain bikes 
Car parkingPlan Praz base lift station (Chamonix), paid
Reservations required  
Sports and activitiesSkiing, parapenting, hiking, climbing, mountain-biking, trail running
Access to the area

Events in Chamonix

Each summer professional and amateur runners alike tackling the vertical kilometre - a race that starts in Chamonix town centre and involves people racing up the steep walking path to the mid station.

Things to do in Chamonix

Plan Praz mid station offers a great view point for Mont Blanc, and is also a popular take off spot for many paragliders in both winter and summer.

From the very top of Brévent you can follow the footpath to the Aiguillette des Houches via the Bel Lachat mountain hut, trek further afield across to Samoëns, across to Flégère via the connecting cable car, or walk back down to the mid station, taking in the views on the way. The Plaques du Brévent climbing spot is accessible from here too.

In summer the liaison cable car between Brévent and Flégère does not operate, but then that's what the hiking trails are there for!

Dining in Chamonix

You can dine in one of the mountain restaurants like the Bergerie de Plan Praz at mid station or the Panoramic at the top of the Brévent. From either location you'll be able to enjoy the amazing views.


Getting to the bottom of Plan Praz and Brévent is easy - either take one of the local buses, drive up to the large car park or walk up the short hill from the town centre. You'll find the hill on the roundabout behind the Hotel Mont Blanc at the back of the tourist office.

When to come

How to get passes

You can buy tickets directly from the lift station or buy a Mont Blanc Multi-pass in advance on line. Don't forget if you only want to go to the mid station, you need the Plan Praz ticket. Brévent tickets are for accessing the mid station and the very top cable car. 

More inspiration...

Find your way around with our maps for summer hiking and walking or the mountain biking.


Map of the surrounding area