Amazing ride up the mountain from Chamonix via the Telepherique (cablecar) to L'Aiguille du Midi, perched on a granite spire below the summit of Mont Blanc. The views are stunning. The entire North Western Alps are visible, including the distinctive Matterhorn in the distance. You can look down into Italy, and North to Switzerland and Germany. The icefields for two glaciers are below, leading to their seracs or jagged icefalls and the glaciers flowing down the mountains. The range North of Mont Blanc is called L’Aguille Rouges because of the colour of the granite, and it looks a little surreal with the reddish glow to the rock faces.
Skiers are heading down totally precipitous chutes that look suicidal from above, as well as traversing the gentler icefields. Paragliders appear and find thermals rising up from the darker woodlands beside the glacier.
L’Aguille du Midi itself is a granite spire where the cablecar terminates and with the usual coffee shop and viewing platforms, but incredibly, inside a huge granite boulder sitting on top, a small museum and a 40m high elevator to another viewing platform and spire on top.
Luckily it was a brilliant clear sunny and calm day, and this could make all the difference to your experience.
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