Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Only for hikers in good shape:
As I wrote in my "things to do", the areal tramway to l'Aiguille du Midi isn't cheap (40 euros/person in 2009).
The ultimate place to hike to, is "Le Plan de l'Aiguille" (2233m). As Chamonix is 1036m, you can decide for yourself if you are ready for this adventure. Our sons made it in a bit more than 3 hours, but normal people need certainly 4 hours. The way down is easyer: 2 and a half hour.
Make sure you have good hiking boots. If it has been raining in town, it has been snowing here.
From "Le Plan de l'Aiguille", you can take the gondola to l'Aiguille". Buy you ticket here. In town you'll need to queue for it.
start of the hike: left from the place of departure of the "Aiguille" gondola in town.
It really is worth going up into the mountains. There is a lot of history attached to the cable car and building of it. But the views are stunning when you get there.
We had to wait for a couple of days for the weather to clear, but that was fine, a nice place to wait around!
Check the Cable Car Company's website here.
Aiguille du Midi - 2 section cable car trip in Chamonix, which starts from the valley floor and climbs to the summit at 3842m (12,605ft ). Visit the summit’s terraces, the tunnel of ice, the lift to the summit, giving exceptional views over the Mont-Blanc massif.
For more pics and info check my "must see" tips.
Favorite thing: Go tho the top of L'Aiguille du Midi. It is easily accessible by a trans-glacial ride on the world's highest cable car. The views from the top are spectacular and not to be missed. Be careful though, also in summer, it can be very cold on the top. Don't forget sunglasses and sweater.
Start your trip early. During Summer the first gondola departs at 06.10h
This picture here was taken around 3.pm. A depressing start, no?
Favorite thing: In the winter visit we finally made it to the top - Aiguille du Midi. Fantastic views but wrap up warm it was one of the coldest places I've ever been in..brrr...
Favorite thing: For our summer visit the top section of the cable-car trip was closed due to strong winds, so we had to make do with just the first stage - Plan de L'Aiguille. Even so the views are still spectular.