Aiguille Du Midi, 3842m ~ Europe's highest cable car

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Mer De Glace seen from cable car to Helbronner

The highlight of the whole Chamonix trip in terms of a panoramic view of the Swiss, French and Italian Alps is a trip up to Aiguille Du Midi at 3,842m. For more than 50 years, Europe’s highest and most famous cable car has been an essential world attraction. As it was a clear day, it was perfect for making this high ascent.

When we reached Aiguille Du Midi, we bought another cable car ticket to go on the Mont Blanc Panoramic Cable Way that crossed over the Vallee Blanche and Geant Glacier to Helbronner Point in Italy.

The journey of about 20mins from Aiguille Du Midi to Helbronner Point was absolutely fabulous and it was a great feast for the eyes as we moved across a fantastic world of crevasses and seracs. As we had been told, some of the crevasses were as deep as 70m (about 23 storeys).

Glacier seen from cable car to Helbronner
We also saw many people traversing the glacier. We had intended to do the 4 hours glacier traverse but decided against it in the end not as it is purely a tourist activity and would not be as challenging as summitting Mont Blanc. Yes, summiting Mont Blanc could be a goal after the Everest Base Camp trek.

We had a walk around the station at Helbronner Point. It was quite cloudy and Mont Blanc was partially blocked by the clouds. When we got back to Aiguille Du Midi, we spent some time at the various viewing galleries enjoying the magnificent view and saw as well many spidermen scaling the rocks of the mountains. It was impressive to see the rock climbers climbing up the steep and almost vertical rock wall.

Le Boisson glacier was also quite magnificent when seen from Aiguille Du Midi, although I still found the Argentiere Glacier to be the most beautiful.

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mountaingirl says:
In fact there is. The 10th picture actually shows the people hiking down from ADM.
Posted on: Jul 01, 2012
lauro says:
sue - had you seen from aiguille du midi a path that people can hike downwards?
Posted on: Jul 01, 2012
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Mer De Glace seen from cable car t…
Mer De Glace seen from cable car …
Glacier seen from cable car to Hel…
Glacier seen from cable car to He…
Huge crevasses on glacier seen fro…
Huge crevasses on glacier seen fr…
People trekking on glacier from Ai…
People trekking on glacier from A…
Skiing trails seen from the cable …
Skiing trails seen from the cable…
Geant tooth seen from Helbronner
Geant tooth seen from Helbronner
At Pointe Helbronner, 3462m,Italy
At Pointe Helbronner, 3462m,Italy
The tip of Mont Blanc, almost cove…
The tip of Mont Blanc, almost cov…
Looking from Aiguille Du Midi Stat…
Looking from Aiguille Du Midi Sta…
Trekkers on glacier from Aiguille …
Trekkers on glacier from Aiguille…
A world of ice, snow and mountains
A world of ice, snow and mountains
Rock climbers (spiderman on the le…
Rock climbers (spiderman on the l…
Rock climbers seen from Aiguille D…
Rock climbers seen from Aiguille …
Boisson Glacier seen from Aiguille…
Boisson Glacier seen from Aiguill…
At the Aiguille Du Midi station, m
At the Aiguille Du Midi station, m
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photo by: mountaingirl