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 known as the Arete. During the winter, the narrow arete down from the lift station is the starting point of the famous 18km off-piste route, the Vallee Blanche.
Throughout the year the magnificent views can be enjoyed from one of the terraces. If you find yourselves hungry while you're up there, you can dine in the 3842 Restaurant or cafe where you can marvel at Mont Blanc from the windows.
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.
The most recent addition to the Aiguille du Midi is the "Step into The Void" where you can stand over a 1,000m drop in a glass box.
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, wear non-slip shoes and don’t forget your sun cream, it is easy to burn at altitude!
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Location: Aiguille du Midi
Sight Type: Attraction - Unguided