At a glance...

  • '70's Style
    '70's Style
  • 1979
    1979
  • Winter in the campsite. 1985
    Winter in the campsite. 1985
  • Basil Bucknall's Trailor caravan
    Basil Bucknall's Trailor caravan
  • Before colour
    Before colour
  • The campsite in winter.
    The campsite in winter.
  • Making hay, while the sun shines.
    Making hay, while the sun shines.
  •  Michèle and her twins
    Michèle and her twins
  • New Arrivals helping out
    New Arrivals helping out
  • Audrey and Coco, doing some modelling.
    Audrey and Coco, doing some modelling.
  • Mountain views
  • Quiet surroundings
  • Electricity Points
  • Fresh Bread & Pastries
  • Hot & Cold Drinks, Ice Creams
  • Children's bath, changing table
  • Washer / dryer
  • Recreation Room
  • Disabled Access
  • Motor Home service facilities
  • Hot showers included
  • Activity advice & bookings
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the home of 'Camping du Glacier d'Argentiere'. Since the summer of 1966, when a young French climber asked to pitch his tent on the Ravanel family farmland, Camping du Glacier d'Argentiere has been welcoming campers every summer to enjoy everything that this fabled valley has to offer. Almost 50 years on the facilities have changed, but the ethos has not. As one of the original campsites in Chamonix, we provide a clean, quiet and spectacular base in the centre of the Chamonix valley, to those wishing to enjoy the immense surroundings of the Mont Blanc Massif. Whether you are here to climb Mont Blanc, walk the Haute Route, mountain bike, parapente, or simply sit back and enjoy the views.......

 

.........a bit of history

The campsite is situated on ex-farmland owned by the Ravanel’s, one of the original Argentero farming familes. In the summer of 1966, a young climber, M. Langlais, asked Edouard Ravanel if he could cut a small patch of grass, and pitch his tent for the summer. He readily agreed, and the next summer, the campsite proper was born. It was originally run by Juliette et Edouard Ravanel, the nephew of the famous mountain guide ‘Ravanel Le Rouge’, and their Son-in-Law Guy Cachat, and that first summer saw the arrival of the Fouilhe and Fournier families, who have been returning ever since.

In 1984, following the retirement of Juliette, their son Bernard and his wife Michelle took it over, with help from their twin daughters.They ran it for 27 years and continue to be on hand with help and plumbing advice!! The campground is now hosted by the granddaughter, Audrey, and her English other-half Ju.

Audrey grew up about 200m from the campsite, and spent a lot of her time there as a child. After school, university and many Ski Races, she went on to train as a Ski Instructor, with pit stops working for Club Med in various far-flung places around the world.

Ju grew up in Somerset, in the South-West of England. He first visited Chamonix in 1999, to work with his Brother who owned a snowboard holiday company here. After time spent in various places all over the world, he returned to Chamonix, full time, in 2006. He is great-grandson of the inventor, builder and seller of one of the first commercial caravans, Basil Bucknall.