Aiguille Du Midi, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

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    Mont Blanc, view from the terrace
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    Mountain Climbing at Mont Blanc

    by ringleader Updated Jul 30, 2003

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    Glacier from Chamonix

    We saw quite a few climbers reaching the top of the mountain while we were up there.

    We did it the easy way by taking the cable cars, but if you have a passion for mountain climbing - you really should try it out here. Everyone we saw arriving at the top said it was quite a thrilling experience.

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    Plan de l'Aiguille

    by sandysmith Updated Jul 21, 2003

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    Plan de L'Aiguille

    Take time to admire the scenery here before you take change cable-cars to go to the summit. There are great views of the Bosson glaciers here snaking their way down the mountain.
    If you are planning to go right to the top make sure you are wearing something warmer than the shorts I was wearing. Even in summer it can be "brass monkey " weather up top.

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    Last Lingeing Look

    by sandysmith Updated Feb 3, 2003

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    alpine view

    A final look at the alpine panorama spread out before us from the tunnel exit. if you look at the pic in the enlarged form you can just make out some little red gondolas and their cable-wires. These gondolas take you to POINTE HELBRONNER in the heart of the valley blanche. During the 5 km flight over icy crevasses and serarcs of the Geant basin the gondola slows down 5 times for those photo musts. 400m before the arrival you pass a suspended pylon between the two peaks...really wish we'd done this but its only possible in the summer - the telecabines to Hellbronner (Italy) close from late October to early May. Ah well a good excuse to return one summer.

    A round trip including Helbronner can take 4-6 hours during busy times and depend upon weather conditions too.

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    IceTunnel View

    by sandysmith Written Feb 25, 2003

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    rope party descending

    This "ice tunnel" is where summer skiers and mountain climbers depart. Just observing is entertaining, seeing all those people roped up slip-sliding down the slope with their guide. Just glad I stayed where I was to enjoy the mountain panorama from relative safety.

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    Piton Nord

    by sandysmith Written Nov 10, 2002

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    Footbridge to piton central

    The cable-car arrives at the Piton Nord area and a foot bridge is crossed to the Piton Central part to reach the elevator which goes up the Aiguille du Midi,a rock needle pinacle to an alpine panorama viewing platform.

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    Aiguille du Midi

    by sandysmith Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Mt Blanc cable-car

    If you only have time to do one cable-car trip in Chamonix then I would reccommend the Aiguille du Midi one - although its a hard choice between this and the Mer de Glace funicular.

    Although mentioned in general tips I'd like to show you more detail here. So hop on board the cable car in Chamonix at 1030m and ride high over the forest slopes up to Plan de l'Aiguille at 2317m

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    L'AIGUILLE DU MIDI

    by Helga67 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    L'Aiguille du Midi

    The Aiguille du Midi is a solitary spire of rock several kilometres from the summit of Mont Blanc which stretches across glaciers and snow fields.
    From the hotel you can have great views of this mountain.

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    Aiguille du Midi

    by robertgaz Updated Sep 19, 2006

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    You can reach the Aiguille du Midi to 3,842m by cable car or you can catch just the cog wheel train to the Plan de l'Aiguille at 2300m.

    The view of the Alps from here is incredible.

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    Trails rambling

    by chuying Written Nov 16, 2004

    After visiting the Aiguille du Midi, enjoy an easy pleasant ramble from the Plan de I'Aiguille (2317) to Montenvers (1913m) early afternoon.

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    Take a view from the roof of the world

    by healy_ger Written Dec 3, 2003

    There is a 2 stage cable car which takes you to the Aguile du Midi. It's well worth a look. Some people take the lift up and ski down! Maniacs!

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    Thin air on 3800 meters above sea level

    by lobstop Written Apr 22, 2003
    Aigulles du Midi

    The Aigulles du Midi is one of the highest mountains in the alps that can be reached by a cable car. In 3800 meters the air is very thin and even some stairs make your heard pump very fast.

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    Ice Tunnel

    by sandysmith Written Nov 10, 2002

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    After you return from the summit terrace take the ice-tunnel for a view down the Valley Blanche. Take care with your footing, its cold and icy in the tunnel.

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    Mt Blanc

    by sandysmith Written Nov 10, 2002

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    Mt Blanc

    There's a wonderful view of Mt Blanc ..when the clouds moved away......but we were here long enough to catch a glimps with the pale wintery sun behind.

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    Piton central

    by sandysmith Written Nov 10, 2002

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    Piton central

    This is Europe's tallest lift station.
    More than 150 meters of tunnels lead to a cafeteria, restaurant, gift shop, and the icicle-covered gateway to glacial vistas.

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    Onwards and Upwards

    by sandysmith Written Nov 10, 2002

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    Aiguille summit

    Lets take the next cable-car now and head for the summit at 3842m. Here's where we are heading for.....

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