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Aiguille du Midi & Cable-car, Chamonix

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 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! 

Opening dates & times for the Aiguille du Midi lifts & the Step into the Void

When to come

Take a look at all the summer lift opening dates and timetables

How to get passes

You can buy lift passes at the ticket office once you arrive, or buy a pass in advance on line. See all the Summer Lift Prices & Winter Lift Prices

Booking restrictions

Elderly Access Yes, up to mid-station unless not recommended by doctor
Babies Yes, up to mid-station from 24 months, unless not recommended by doctor. Summit not permitted to children under 3 years.
Wheelchair Access Yes
Disabled toilets Yes, at base-station and at the summit. Not available at Plan Praz
Dogs No
Parapentes Yes, but not during July/August
Mountain Bikes No
Car Parking Yes (paid at Grepon) 
Lockers No
Reservations Required Recommended during peak season
Sports & Activities Walking from the Plan de l'Aiguille (Aiguille du Midi mid-station), Alpinism and access to the Mont-Blanc from the summit

Directions

Getting to the base station of the Aiguille du Midi cable car is easy on foot from Chamonix centre, or by bus is you get off at the Chamonix Sud terminus. There is also a train stop at the opposite end of the road to the lift station and the 'Petit Train' which drives around town stops here too. 

Also see: Maps of Chamonix, France

Things to Do in Aiguille du Midi

Lots of people head up the Aiguille du Midi purely for the views over the glaciers towards Mont Blanc, although it is also a hugely popular start point for many mountaineering and skiing routes. Walking onto the glaciers from the Arete of the Midi or the Helbronner side of the mountain is not advised unless you have the proper equipment and are preferably with a high-mountain guide

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