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Aiguille du Midi Review

Nowadays the valley's complex transportation infrastructure takes people up to peaks like the Aiguille du Midi and past freeway-size glaciers like La Mer de Glace via téléphériques (cable cars), télécabines (gondolas), télésièges (chairlifts), and narrow-gauge railroads. Aiguille du Midi is a 12,619-foot granite peak topped with a needle-like observation tower, terrace, and restaurants. The world's highest cable car soars 12,000 feet up, almost to the top (an elevator completes the journey to the summit), providing positively staggering views of 15,700-foot Mont Blanc, Europe's loftiest peak. Be prepared for a lengthy wait, both going up and coming down—and wear warm clothing.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 35, Place de la Mer de Glace, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, 74400
  • Phone: 33/04-51-53-22-75
  • Cost: Cable car: €50 round-trip from Chamonix, €150 family pass, €3 extra for elevator to summit; Télécabine Panoramic Mont-Blanc: €78, includes Plan de l'Aiguille, Aiguille du Midi, and Pointe Helbronner
  • Hours: May–Sept., daily 8–4:45; Oct.–Apr., daily 8–3:45
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  • Location: Chamonix–Mont-Blanc
Updated: 02-24-2013

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