Bonjour mes amis, I haven’t been posting for a little while cause I got lost in the Alps. I went to France and Switzerland with my Australian bestie to do some mountain hiking/biking (she did the biking, I just watched). One of our main trips was a visit to Aiguille du Midi. From up a height of 3,842m we got a 360° view of all the French, Swiss and Italian Alps and of course, the Mont Blanc, highest top of the Alps. Prepare yourself for some views. To get to the absolute top we get a lift pass at the local ticket office located at the very entrance of the cable car. We didn’t bother to order them online cause of the continuously changing mountain weather conditions. It would be a shame to get to the top and only experience fog. Besides, the queue isn’t that long (October/November are the calmest months around Chamonix).
The Only Way is Up
The cable car ride takes us from Chamonix to Aiguille du Midi is in two stages. First we stop at he Plan de l’Aiguille, at a height of 2,310m. Later that week we paraglide from here as well. You’ll find food and drinks at the small snack restaurant and can hike around the area. That day however, we jump on the next cable car, to enjoy the view at the very top. Once we get there it gets unexpectedly cold (of course!) and in all honesty we both feel a little bit tipsy while our bodies adjust to the environment. That’s mainly because the partial pressure of oxygen decreases by approximately 45 %. The view of the snowy Mont Blanc, or the so called white mountain, is breathtaking. We can’t get enough. There is a possibility to ‘Step into The Void’, meaning walk into a glass cabin where you feel like walking in air, but at the time we reach that point, the attraction is closed. We decide to have food and hot chocolate with a view instead.
Closing time rush
The time up in the mountains flies by way quicker than time ticking at sea level, I swear. By the time we finish our french frites, we already need to get back down. Apparently the cable cars have special time tables and according to fall season, the last one to get us home leaves at 4.30 sharp. The ride itself, with the change of two levels takes about 40 minutes.
- Charge your batteries well, I swear they run out waaaay faster up there than normal. Lithium-Ion batteries, like the ones in smartphones, suffer in extreme cold temperatures. Mine ran down in just 15 min time. Luckily I took the GoPro and my Canon along to document the view.
- Drink a lot of water and rest well before you go up in the mountains, you kinda need to be in decent shape to handle the oxygen difference and not to run out of breath.
- Layer your clothes cause it gets windy and chilly up there. Many thin layers work better than few thick ones.
- Return Ticket price to go all the way up was: 63 euro, return ticket price to the first stop was 31,5 euro. More info on tickets.