Apr 16, 2010 - 12:42 PM
You can plan your trip from Lausanne through the online timetable
. You should indeed travel to Chamonix by train. The most easy route requires only one change of trains in Martigny. From Chamonix, cable cars leave for Aguille du Midi and Brévent
, which both offer views of the Mont Blanc range.
The Swiss Pass is valid from Lausanne to Chamonix in France, so you don't have to pay for the train journey. Cable cars from Chamonix are not included in the Swiss Pass though, so you should pay the full price for the section Chamonix - Aiguille du Midi/Brévent.
I'm not familiar with the surroundings of Chamonix myself, but the Chamonix tourism website
offers a fine list of hiking tips.