Aiguille du Midi
Breath-taking views of Mont Blanc & the start of various mountain routes
The Aiguille du Midi is the highest point that can be accessed by cable car in the Chamonix valley. The station stands at 3842m and is situated directly across from Mont Blanc. For over 50 years, people from all over the world have been taking in the stunning panoramic views of the French, Italian and Suisse Alpes from station's terraces.
First constructed in 1955, the two stage cable car takes passengers from the valley floor to its dizzy heights in 20 minutes. Once at the top there are a number of things for visitors to do. During the summer months you can access the Mont Blanc Panoramic cable car and travel to Helbronner in Italy. This amazing 5 km gondola journey passes over the Geant glacier, giving you spectacular views over ice-falls, crevasses and the Mont Blanc massif. A one-way trip takes 30 minutes in a 4-person gondola. Its operation is very weather dependant – if the wind is too strong, or if there is poor visibility, the gondola will close. Also in summer mountaineers can choose to access various trails (including paths to the Mont Blanc summit) and refuges from the roped ridge.
During the winter, the narrow ridge down from the lift station is the starting of the famous 18km off-piste run, the Vallee Blanche.
Throughout the year the magnificent views can be enjoyed from one of the terraces. If you are hungry, there is a restaurant and a cafe where you can marvel at Mont Blanc from indoors.
Another attraction is the ‘Musee de L’Alpnisme Pointe’ which was established in June 2013. It is based on the theme of mountaineering and pays tribute to many famous climbers.
It is worth noting that the average visiting time to the station is between 2-3 hours. Be warned, even in the summer months temperatures can be as low as -10 C, so make sure you wrap up warm but don’t forget your sun cream, it is easy to burn at altitude!
Location: Chamonix Main Town
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