Mont-Blanc from Le Bettex
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Discover Micro-adventure at the foot of Mont Blanc Ideas from Saint-Gervais

What if, for a weekend, you came to Saint-Gervais-les-Bains to experience an adventure… sorry, a microadventure? Long gone are the days when you had to travel halfway around the world to experience an adventure with a capital “A”. Break away from your daily routine for 2 or 3 days and come and experience a microadventure in a pretty corner of France, under the benevolent eye of Mont Blanc. The Alps are waiting for you, your family and your friends.

What’s micro-adventure?

Origin and concept

Created in 2010 on the other side of the Channel, micro-adventure is a simple concept: that of experiencing small, simple adventures not far from home, in order to cut away from everyday life and get closer to nature. But if, like everyone else, you find it hard to make time for yourself and your family on a day-to-day basis, where can you find time for an adventure? We give you some suggestions for turnkey micro-adventures.

Why opt for the micro-adventure?

Some would say that the micro-adventure is nothing more than a 21st-century version of the hike of our childhood. But in reality, micro-adventure is above all a state of mind, it’s that desire to:

  • Get some fresh air for a few days.
  • Come away from the hectic pace of our city lives.
  • Discover hidden corners of our lovely country.
  • Live simply while challenging yourself safely.


Summer micro-adventure in Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc

If you feel like discovering the Mont Blanc Massif, get your hiking boots ready, Saint Gervais and its surroundings await you for a micro adventure with the whole family.

Imagine! Ride up to the Eagle’s Nest using the Mont-Blanc tramway. This pretty cogwheel railway is the highest in Europe. Gently climb the almost 1,800 m between your starting point (Saint-Gervais station) and your finishing point (the Refuge du Nid d’Aigle). From its height of 2372 m, it reveals a majestic Alpine panorama.

On the way down, stop for the night at Hôtel le Saint-Gervais (near the station). This magnificent early 20th-century mansion offers a spa, gourmet restaurant and cocooning rooms.

The next day, head out hiking with your dog. The trail to Refuge de la Miage is ideal for a cani hike. This walk is accessible to all. Take advantage of the Refuge’s terrace for a family lunch with a breathtaking view of the Mont Blanc Massif.

Terminate your stay with an electric mountain bike outing on the Saint-Gervais slopes. Take time to visit the Joux mountain pasture. The lucky ones can watch the goats and cows being milked. Then stop off at the Refuge du Mont-Joly. Located at an altitude of over 2000 m, its terraced restaurant offers panoramic views of the Mont Blanc Massif mountains. Breathtaking!

Winter micro-adventure in Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc

On the program for your winter micro-adventure: snowy slides, a walk in the heights and a well-deserved rest in a magnificent mansion.

During your stay, we invite you to take a sled dog outing. Set off to discover the high plateaus by way of the forest, all pulled by dogs happy to roam the snowy heights.

After this ride quietly wrapped up in a blanket, swap your shoes for cramponed snowshoes and climb up to the Plateau de la Croix. The long loop will take you there through spruce forest, past old farmhouses and over a pretty little mountain bridge.

End your day with a night at l’Armancette. Their wellness area as well as their gourmet restaurant will round off this emotionally-charged day in style.

If you get the chance, plan a night ski touring outing. This unique experience ends with the traditional ski descent by headlamp.

Then book your place in a high-altitude restaurant that will delight your taste buds with one of the best fondues you’ll ever taste.

Micro-adventure at Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc Summer and winter

And if you want to get some fresh air in summer AND winter in Saint-Gervais, there’s plenty to change your mind:

  • The Mont Blanc Tramway to get ever closer to this mythical mountain.
  • Les Thermes de Saint-Gervais which, for over 200 years, have been providing curists with the minerals and trace elements they need to regenerate body and mind.
  • L’Hôtel des 2 gares conveniently located, so you can leave your car at home! From your arrival by train to your departure, use the ski lifts, tramway and Fayet station

As you can see, micro-adventure in Saint-Gervais is a bubble of pure air that, for a weekend or short stay, lets you forget your daily routine, recharge your batteries, take in the sights and stroll around. Whether with family, friends or a corporate seminar, you’re all welcome to Saint-Gervais to experience YOUR micro-adventure in the mountains!

Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc Glisse Mountain Thermalism Bien-vive