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