Chamonix Calling

Chamonix is a Mecca for adventure sports lovers. It is widely acknowledged as the birth place of modern mountaineering as well as paragliding. It was also the site of the first winter Olympic Games. With firsts like these to boast of one can well imagine the allure it has for adventure sports enthusiasts.

The Mont Blanc massif provides ample climbing and skiing opportunities, and the paragliding here is universally thought of to be the best in the world. But why stop there, it can’t be a Mecca with just these activities on offer. There’s snowboarding, hiking, bouldering, rock climbing, white water rafting, mountain biking (the bike trails are to die for, not literally of course).

There is also a curious sport called Hydrospeed. You strap on a helmet and flippers, hold on to a floating device and off you go down a river. The adrenaline hits you as soon as you realise you are going down a raging river with nothing but a plastic board. Did i mention hydrospeed was also invented in France?

They also have a huge cable car system and in the summer you can traverse the entire Mont Blanc Massif. It has the honour of being the highest cable car system in the world for nearly two decades from 1955 onwards (don’t worry they have upgraded the system). It still has the honour of being the highest vertical ascent cable car in the world.

Don’t think, just reach Chamonix, then you can decide what you want to do with the rest of your life. For once there it will be very difficult to come back home.