The Closest I got to Mont-Blanc (France)

Chamonix, France

Taking the cable cars up to Aiguille du Midi is an interesting experience. I paid 35 EUR to squeeze into a cabin with 68 strangers. I fought my way in quickly, to stand close to one of the windows. On my left, a fully equipped british couple, ready to jump off piste and climb glaciers. On my right, a group of friends with massive backpacks.

Where were they all going?

Turns out, the Aiguille du Midi is not only an amazing viewpoint, but also the start of the famous Vallee Blanche off-piste ski run over the glaciers and the access route to climbing Mont Blanc.

Can you see the people at the edge of the mountain?

Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix (France)

Chamonix, France

As I arrived at the top station, I visited several terraces that allowed to take in a 360º view of the spectacular landscape of the Swiss (Matterhorn), French (Grand Combin) and Italian Alps (Monte Rosa). 3 countries in one shot – just like that time I visited Mont Fort!).

One of the terraces was accessed by a metallic staircase – the kind in which you can look through the holes and see what’s below you – in this case, an immense vertical wall and snow. The thin air made climbing these 20 stairs feel like you’re going up 2,000 instead. From here, I could enjoy a birds-eye view of Chamonix and the surrounding valley.

Chamonix, French Alps

But I wasn’t at the highest point yet!

An elevator rose me the final 42m to the top terrace at 3,842m – only.

Chamonix, France

Which is the highest point you’ve ever reached?

9 thoughts on “The Closest I got to Mont-Blanc (France)

  1. Wow! Such a breathtaking view, and really a once in a lifetime experience. It’s been a while since I last visited your site and it’s great to see your keeping up the great posts! Hope you have a great week.

  2. Wow! Great photos!

    We are enjoying the sun in Thailand at the moment but the only thing that will keep us in Europe over winter is skiing for a few months. We have to take that cable car!

    Take care,

    Paul (globalhelpswap)

  3. I’ve always wanted to take that cart! I only got close to the Mont-Blanc once, and by “close” I mean I was in the region.

    The highest point I reached had to be Lake Titicaca in Bolivia, or La Paz. Boy, it was hard to breathe!

    1. It’s funny how breathing suddenly becomes such a hard task to do without even really being doing exercise. It makes me truthfully respect all those alpine hikers and climbers!

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