We headed up on the Aiguille du Midi Cable Car up to 3842 metres above sea level. It leaves from the centre of Chamonix and the journey is in two stages. The first cable car takes you to the Plan de l’aiguille 2300 metres. The second stage traverses Les Pelerins glacier before rising up the North Face of the Aiguille du Midi.
The top station has several terraces where you can look at the spectacular view of the Swiss, French and Italian Alps. Also from the top station we rode up an elevator another 42 m to the top terrace. This is the closest you can get to Mont Blanc without climbing.
It was absolutely spectacular! I was so excited after I got up there I started walking quickly to the next terrace and was struck pretty dramatically with altitude sickness. I just had to stand there while my heart slowed down and my head stopped throbbing. We were up there for two hours and we loved every minute of it. Although I did have to walk very slowly from terrace to terrace. I did a Fi and took a million photos. John as usual helped every other tourist by taking their photos for them with their cameras, iphones, whatever.
When we left, we went down one cable car, back to the first stage and went for a bit of a walk around. John decided that he would trek back down the rest of the way. I opted not too, apart from the altitude sickness, I had been up a lot during the night with a stomach bug.
So, I headed down and John trekked down. He said it was really tough … it took him just over two hours.
We cooked dinner and then went for another walk around the centre of the town after dinner.