Le Grand Montets, 3295m ~ A few metres from Europe's biggest glaciers
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Undeterred by the experience from the previous day, we went to Argentiere by buy an hour earlier today and took the cable car from Argentiere and went all the way up to Grands Montets (3,275m). On the Grand Montets in the summer, one is able to explore the high mountain world in complete safety, just a few meters away from the biggest glaciers in Europe.
There was no place to walk up there except the viewing gallery. From the station, one could only walk on the snow. The view from the gallery was fantastic and we could see the treks and trails on the opposite mountains from Brevent to Lac Blanc. From the same side as Grands Montets, there were quite a number of people climbing up to Aiguille Verte while some were having training walking on the slopes with crampons as well as falling and breaking the falls with the ice-axe.
We walked onto the snow and climbed up the slope for a short distance. Having found a comfortable spot on the snowy slopes, we sat and watched the people training on the slopes and crevasses. We were actually quite tempted to rent crampons and try walking on the snow, in the same way as how we observed the others walking on the snow.
The sun was extremely strong at that high altitude and even though we stayed for about an hour, we already had a sun burnt. We left and went back down to the Lognan station and did a mini hike around that area before heading back.