Visiting the French Alps: The Mont Blanc Experience

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.


TIPS

  • 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.

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10 Comments

  1. December 7, 2017 / 10:28 am

    These pictures are breathtaking! I can’t believe I live in Europe and I’ve never visited here. Thank you for sharing dear, you totally boosted my wanderlust!

  2. December 7, 2017 / 1:59 pm

    Your photos look just so surreal! Absolutely love it! It’s a pity the void attraction was closed, but it just gives you an excuse to come back!

  3. December 7, 2017 / 2:03 pm

    Wow these pictures are so beautiful. Looks like a real adventure!

  4. December 7, 2017 / 4:38 pm

    Beautiful photos! I can see why you wouldn’t want to leave! What an experience that must have been.

  5. December 7, 2017 / 7:24 pm

    Absolutely stunning! These pictures are fantastic and I have now added this to my bucket list! Thank you for sharing!!

  6. December 7, 2017 / 8:33 pm

    Stunning view! I haven’t done much exploring in Europe, but clearly I need to! Did they do the different levels to help people acclimate to the different pressure?

  7. December 7, 2017 / 9:05 pm

    It’s such a good job that you did take your goPro and Canon- i can’t imagine not capturing this beauty. Thank you for sharing your adventures with your australian friend!

  8. December 8, 2017 / 1:14 am

    Views are incredible! But I prefer better to watch other people photos rather than go by myself 🙂 I’m not a winter person 😀 And after several years living in Indonesia my body already forgot what does it mean – cold and snow 😀

  9. December 8, 2017 / 1:28 am

    OMG your pictures! We just drove through Switzerland last month but sadly no snow like this. Cute jacket too.

  10. December 8, 2017 / 1:40 am

    First of all GORGEOUS photos. I now must see this with my own eyes. I don’t blame you for watching your friend do the biking. I would have done the same. Great idea not to get the tickets till you got there since the weather kept changing.