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.
The Aiguille du Midi is the closest most non-climbers can get to Mont Blanc and offers unrivalled views over the massif, the glaciers and Chamonix valley, not to mention a large chunk of the Alps and surrounding countries.
The cable car holds the world record for the highest vertical climb and is a two-stage journey originating from the valley floor at 1035m. The first leg rises sharply over dense forests before the tree-line slowly gives way to tundra and the cable car plateaus into a gentle amble to Plan de l’Aiguille at 2317m. Here visitors can optionally exit and hike [in summer] to the top station of Montenvers railway, located at the foot of the Mer de Glace, with views of the Glacier des Bossons, Aiguille Verte, the Drus and the Aiguilles de Chamonix. From this point you take the second car to the summit.
First constructed in 1955, the two stage cable car takes passengers from the valley floor to its dizzy heights in around 30 minutes.
Second stage of the cable car
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Location: Aiguille du Midi
Sight Type: Attraction - Unguided | Beauty Spot | Cable-Car | Mountain Peaks