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Aiguille du Midi

The only journey like it in the World !

For more than 50 years, the most famous and highest of the Aiguilles de Chamonix has been an essential world attraction.

In 20 minutes, the Aiguille du Midi cable car, the highest in Europe, climbs more than 2700m and offers a unique journey between the ground and the sky to reach the panoramic terraces where you can put your finger on the World of the High Mountains.

Mont-Blanc Mountain Chain

Visitors from all four corners of the Earth mingle here all year round. Mountaineers and guides heading for Mont-Blanc mix comfortably with tourists who have come to admire -in complete safety- the biggest glaciers in Europe and the highest peaks in France, Italy and Switzerland.

Histoire

1909 : the Compagnie Française des Funiculaires obtains a concession for a 3-stage route running along the glacier des Bossons and crossing the Col du Midi (3,660 m).
1911 : work begins. Interrupted by the war until 1924.
1940 : a service line reaches the Col du Midi.
1949 : the engineer Dino Lora Totino offers to build a single span section from the Plan de l'Aiguille (2317m).
1950 : an incredible human chain carries a steel cable 1,850 metres long, weighing more than one ton between the Col and the Aiguille du Midi. At the risk of a 9 hour climb down, the cable is unrolled towards the Plan de l’Aiguille.
1955 : the second section goes into service.
1957 : the Vallée Blanche gondola (now called Panoramic Mont-Blanc), runs over the glaciers to link France and Italy.
1966 : a lift on a central column is built to reach the summit.
1990 : a major renovation.
2008 : renovation of the bottom station.
2012 : Opening of the Vertical Area, the History Area and the Mont-Blanc Area.
2013 : Opening of The Step into the Void®

Some figures

  • 2 cable cars
  • 1 gondola (in the summer)
  • 20 mn Journey
  • 22 km of bearing and hauling cables
  • 3 pylons including one over 70 metres.
  • 2747 metres of height difference.
  • 45 km/h on the 2nd cable car.
  • 600 persons per hour
  • 500 000 visitors per year.
  • 2hrs 30mins Visit time (Given as an indication depending on visitor numbers)

Events

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STEP INTO THE VOID

STEP INTO THE VOID

Breathtaking ! The "Step into the void" is an unforgettable technological wonder. More than 1000m of void beneath your feet in a five-sided glass case.
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VIRTUAL TOUR

Come visit the Aiguille du Midi and Step into the Void as if you were there!

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Aiguille du Midi - Espace Vertical
VERTICAL AREA

VERTICAL AREA

(Mountaneering Museum)
Museum of Alpinism, the highest museum ever built !

Aiguille du Midi - Mont-Blanc Centre
MONT-BLANC AREA

MONT-BLANC AREA

Take the time to admire behind huge windows one of the routes leading to the rooftop of Europe, with the Tacul, the Mont Maudit and the Mont-Blanc.

History Area
HISTORY AREA

HISTORY AREA

To end your visit, go back down to the departure point of the cable-car, and discover the retrospective exhibition of the construction of the cable-car, and look at its impressive machinerie.

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PANORAMIC MONT-BLANC GONDOLA

PANORAMIC MONT-BLANC GONDOLA

Then join the departure point of the Panoramic Mont-Blanc gondola that will take you above the seracs and crevasses to the Helbronner peak in Italy. Non-stop round trip : 50 min.


Visiting the Aiguille du Midi:

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Inside the departure station, the Vertical Café&Shop makes waiting for your cable car an enjoyable experience

Cross the footbridge that links the North tower where you are with the Central tower opposite you.

Go through the ice carved tunnel to access the Aiguille du Midi ridge.

Then join the departure point of the Panoramique Mont-Blanc gondola that will take you above the seracs and crevasses to the Helbronner peak in Italy. Non-stop round trip: 50 mins. not included in the MONT-BLANC MultiPass

Be stunned by the scenic view of the French, Swiss and Italian summits and the summit ridge of the Aiguille du Midi, starting point ot the mythical Vallée Blanche.

The top-lift takes you to the Summit Area and its terrace 3 842 m as well as the Step into the Void®

A unique view.

Breathtaking ! The "Step into the void" is an unforgettable technological wonder. More than 1000m of void beneath your feet in a five-sided glass case.

Take the time to admire behind huge windows one of the routes leading to the rooftop of Europe, with the Tacul, the Mont Maudit and the Mont-Blanc.

Discover the ice vault and take in the impressive view of the Glacier.

Enjoy unparalleled views over the true top of Europe and watch the climbers make their way towards the Cosmiques refuge./p>

(Mountaneering Museum) Museum of Alpinism, the highest museum ever built!

Take in the view over the Glacier des Bossons, the rise of the cable-car and the whole of the Chamonix valley below.

Just nearby you'll find two refreshment points : the Cafeteria and the 3842 Restaurant.

THE CAFETERIA (at the top) - Have a coffee and try our cakes while waiting for your return Tel : +33(0)4 50 55 82 23

THE 3842 (Restaurant) - Have an unique lunch in one of Europe’s highest restaurants! The chef offers a selection of products from the Alps. Set menu. Booking strongly recommended Tel : +33(0)4 50 55 82 23.

To end your visit, go back down to the departure point of the cable-car, and discover the retrospective exhibition of the construction of the cable-car, and look at its impressive machinerie.

Scheduled for 2015


Advice to visitors

  • If you want to take a break at the Plan d’Aiguille, do it on your way back from your visit to the Aiguille du Midi.
  • If you plan to visit the aiguille du Midi and the Montenvers - Mer de Glace on the same day, be in Chamonix early. Start with the Aiguille du Midi, where the morning light is fabulous
  • EQUIPMENT : Ensure you have warm clothing and good shoes, as it gets cold very quickly at 3842 m. altitude
  • Don’t forget your sunglasses, sun screen and... camera !
  • SENSITIVE PEOPLE : NOT ALLOWED. For health and safety reasons, children under 3 years old are not allowed at such altitudes. 3 years old and above at your own risk.
  • PEAK DAYS On the busiest days, you will receive together with your ticket a boarding ticket corresponding to the cable car you were attibuted. Please arrive 20 minutes prior to departure (numbers are displayed on the boards in front of the station).
  • BOOKINGS Book your lift (€2e/pers) at the cash desks, online, or by phone :Tel +33 (0)4 50 53 22 75 7 days before up to the day before your visit, subject to availability.

Important hints

  • When arriving at the Aiguille du Midi (Alt 3777m), the access to the terraces, the top lift and the Step into The Void® is free, but subjected to restriction, depending on the number of visitors and the accessibility conditions
  • To guarantee your access to the 3842 terrace in order to visit the Step into the Void®, departure from Chamonix prior 9:30 a.m. is mandatory
  • After 9:30 a.m., we cannot guarantee access to the 3842 terrace and the visit to the Step into the Void®

Useful information

  • Children access : Yes (forbidden under 3 years)
  • Elderly access : Yes, unless medical advice
  • Disabled access (with wheelchair) : Yes - maximum 2 wheelchairs per lift (except Helbronner) - Rebuffat Terrace and lift accessible. 1 wheelchair maximum in the “Step into the void®” with accompanying person.
  • Toilets : Yes, in Chamonix station, Plan de l’Aiguille and at the top at the Aiguille du Midi.
  • Disabled toilets : Yes, at the starting station in Chamonix and at the top at the Aiguille.
  • Parking :Yes, the Grépon paying carpark
  • Lockers/cloakroom : No
  • Picnic room : No
  • Animals : No animals allowed



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