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What's on in Chamonix August 2019

Chamonix's biggest summer event, the UTMB, and much more

Featured in: | Ana Hernández, Chamonix Editor | Published
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With peak season well and truly upon us, there are a whole host of events for the upcoming month in Chamonix. From mountaineering festivals to triathlons to one of the most gruelling ultramarathons in the world, there's plenty to do and see.

August is one of the busiest months in Chamonix, with many events on the calendar to suit visitors of every age and ability. Of course, one of the biggest talking points in the Chamonix summer schedule is the 50km Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, easily one of the best know ultramarathons in the world.

With all this in mind, let's take a look at what's happening in Chamonix for the month.


The UTMB is perhaps the most famous trail running competition in the world. Each year, the elite of the trail-running world find themselves in Chamonix alongside almost 8,000 runners keen to participate in one of the event's five races. This is one of the busiest weekends of the summer in Chamonix, as not only are there thousands of people here to run the race but plenty more come to cheer them on. The centre of Chamonix will be packed out and streets along the route will be lined with people cheering and taking photos. Some people camp out along the route to offer support and boost the runners' morale throughout the night. Not to be missed out!

Running in Chamonix

Fete des Guides

An annual fundraiser, the Fete des Guides offers the chance to meet some of the valley's high mountain guides. Established in 1821, the Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix gathers over 150 certified mountain guides and leaders who provide mountain guiding service through the Mont Blanc massif and throughout the world. The week will see guides from all over the Chamonix Valley celebrate their trade and its long tradition in the area. Festivities include markets, live music, talks and activities for children in Argentière, Les Houches and Le Lavancher. The main celebration will take place in the centre of Chamonix on Thursday 15th with a traditional parade of guides and the blessing of the "Men, Ice Axes and Ropes", as well as a crafts market.

History of Chamonix

Triathlon du Mont Blanc

This fantastic local event includes a variety of triathlon distances for children and adults. A great option if you're looking to have a go at a triathlon for the first time, there is always a really friendly atmosphere with lots of supporters along the way. Events include a small, medium and large triathlon, as well as a children's race. There are still places available, so register online or just come down to Passy and spectate.

Events in Chamonix

Alpine Art

The five-star luxury hotel Hameau Albert Premier hosts a spectacular art exhibition with works by painter Tristan Vyskoc. A lover of the mountains and a participant in the UTMB himself, Tristan depicts the magnificent mountains in the Mont Blanc massif with strokes of bright blue and white.

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Amnesia, Chamonix's most famous club, hosts regular events throughout the summer. From Ladies Nights on Fridays to Morizio Summer Nights on Tuesdays or their legendary Summer Party on August 3rd. Head down to Cham Sud for a night of fun.

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For more happenings in Chamonix this August, check out our events calendar.

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