Aiguille du Midi & Mer de Glace
One of the world's most iconic cable cars, the Aiguille du Midi goes from Chamonix town up to 3842m in just 20 minutes. You'll step out into a different world, surrounded by the peaks of the French, Swiss and Italian Alps. The views are spectacular and, even if you have no desire to do it yourself, it’s still exciting to watch everyone setting out along the precipitous ridge of the arete to ski the Vallée Blanche. You can get a taste for just how high up you are by stepping into The Void - a glass box suspended over a 1000m drop with nothing but snow and ice beneath you! It's quite unsettling having birds fly past under your feet... The Aiguille du Midi is included in the Mont Blanc Unlimited lift pass, along with the Montenvers train, the Tramway du Mont Blanc and various other attractions.
The little red train that leaves from behind the main Chamonix train station has been chugging up to the Mer de Glace for over 100 years, an anniversary that was rather bizarrely celebrated with a live concert by Boney M a few years ago... Anyway, ageing 70's pop groups aside, a ride on the Montenvers train up to the longest glacier in France is a must. The train winds its way up the side of the mountain, amongst the pine forests and through dark tunnels of rock to emerge beside the Mer de Glace at 1913m. As well as the glacier itself you can also visit a crystal museum, ice caves, the Temple of Nature, the Glaciorium and the historic Grand Hotel du Montenvers. If you are accompanied by a mountain guide you can even go onto the glacier to see the crevasses and bottomless holes close up... The Montenvers train is included in the Mont Blanc Unlimited lift pass, along with the Aiguille du Midi cable, the Tramway du Mont Blanc and various other attractions.
Also see: Ski Pass Options in Chamonix, France