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Aiguille du Midi

Aiguille du Midi summit emerges from the clouds Aiguille du Midi and moon

Cable car to Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix Valley in below Aiguille du Midi is the most easy gateway to the Mont-Blanc range for alpinists and tourists alike. The cable car takes you in half an hour from a town at 1000m to a remarkable peak at the heart of the range, at 3800m. Or you can scale the 1000m-high North face...

Cosmiques ridge, Tacul and Mont-Blanc North Face of Mont-Blanc and Dome du Gouter From the observation plaform, there are great views of the Mont-Blanc range. Here is the Mont-Blanc itself, check the images below for views in other directions.

Alpinists on a pinacle of Aiguille du Midi after climbing the South Face Alpinists on a buttress of Aiguille du Midi climbing the Cosmiques ridge Alpinists go down Aiguille du Midi on a sharp ridge

Besides the North Face, a long and committed climb, there is a variety of routes leading to the summit, including the steep rock pilar of the South Face, the moderately steep Cosmiques arete of snow and rocks, and the easy but impressive snow arete on the opposite side.

Ice tunnel leading to the ridge exiting Aiguille du Midi Alpinist exits Aiguille du Midi

Aiguille du Midi overlooks the top of Mer de Glace, which flows towards the right. Although the alpinist is just exiting the cable-car station, after crossing a dark tunnel covered in ice, he is already suspended in the sky, in front of a backdrop of high summits.

Alpinists on the Aiguille du Midi ridge Alpinists on the Aiguille du Midi ridge Alpinists on the  Midi-Plan ridge

The snow arete exiting from Aiguille du Midi can be followed up to the next mountain of the chain, Aiguille du Plan, for an airy outing at the border of two worlds.

You can see in this picture one example of the magic of high mountains: a very unusual optical/atmospherical phenomenon, where the shadow of the cable car tower is projected on clouds. Note the two climbers walking away from the station, in the bottom right.

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