Chamonix, France: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to Chamonix, France? If you're planning to go to Chamonix, I have some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.


When to go to Chamonix, France

Based on the climate and weather in Chamonix, the best time to go is July. See below for details.

Important essentials for Chamonix, France

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Chamonix, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

COVID-19 ESSENTIALS FOR 2022


  • A vaccine card protector

    Vaccine cards frequently wear out. An unreadable vaccine card can cause severe consequences. This vaccine card protector helps avoid that.


  • N95 masks to use in crowded airports

    These N95 masks provide the best level of COVID protection possible.


  • Kids' KN95 masks

    N95 masks are not available for kids. These are a good alternative (and can also be used by adults if N95 masks are not available).


  • Travel insurance

    If you or a companion get COVID-19, your amazing trip can be ruined. Good travel insurance can help. See plans


  • Hand sanitizer

    This hand sanitizer is a good plane-friendly choice.


  • Travel disinfecting wipes

    Use these to sanitize plane and hotel surfaces.

General health necessities

Chamonix is at a somewhat high altitude, and could cause problems for some. For that reason, you will want to be constantly hydrated and pack altitude sickness remedies.


  • Over-the-counter medicine

    Ibuprofen


  • Supplements

    Ginko biloba or other supplements (ask your doctor before using)

Don't forget these

What to wear/what to pack for Chamonix, France by month

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January

If you go to Chamonix in January, you will notice that it is biting cold. Expect it to rain or snow about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C). There is frost almost every day of the month.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you go to the Musée Alpin, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

February

February is unbearably cold. Temperatures average in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C) during the day. There is frost almost every day of the month. It rains or snows about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you go to the Musée Alpin, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

March

March in Chamonix is unbearably cold. The snow can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 10s F (single digits below 0 C) to 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you go to the Musée Alpin, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

April

April in Chamonix is freezing. The rain/snow can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you go to the Musée Alpin, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

May

In May, Chamonix can be extremely cold. Temperatures routinely are in the high 30s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C). This is also a rainy time for Chamonix, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. There is frost most days.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you go to the Musée Alpin, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

June

June in this region can be very chilly. Temperatures average in the 40s F (single digits C) during the day. There is frost 5-10 days this month. It rains or snows about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you go to the Musée Alpin, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

July

July in Chamonix can be brisk. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 40s F (single digits C) to low 50s F (low 10s C), although night temperatures can dip into the single digits F (10+ below zero C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you go to the Musée Alpin, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

August

August in Chamonix can be brisk. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 40s F (single digits C) to low 50s F (low 10s C), although night temperatures can dip into the single digits F (10+ below zero C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you go to the Musée Alpin, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

September

September here is pretty cool. Temperatures average in the 40s F (single digits C) during the day. There is frost 5-10 days this month. It rains a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you go to the Musée Alpin, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

October

In October, Chamonix can be brisk. Temperatures routinely are in the high 30s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C). This is also a rainy time for Chamonix, with several of the days of the month having rain. There is frost about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you go to the Musée Alpin, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

November

November in Chamonix is frosty. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 10s F (single digits below 0 C), with more than half days below 0 F (10+ below zero C). There is frost most days.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you go to the Musée Alpin, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

December

Traveling to Chamonix in December, you will notice that it can be bitter cold. Expect it to rain or snow about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 20s F (single digits below 0 C). There is frost almost every day.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you go to the Musée Alpin, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

Activities for Chamonix, France

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Chamonix.

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