Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France. The north side of the summit of Mont Blanc,
and therefore the summit itself are part of the village of Chamonix. Walking on the streets, you can see the white giant above the houses.
You can take from Chamonix a two-step cable car to Aiguille du Midi (roughly translated to English: “needle at the middle”). It’s name is really apt, because the cable car station is built next to a needle shaped rock spire. There is also a terrace built on this spire, with a glass cage on its side where you can test your courage with a step into the void.
Aiguille du Midi and Mont Blanc are very popular among climbers. Mont Blanc is said to be one of the easiest mountain to climb. Of course it’s a big challenge, but you don’t need any professional skills to be able to reach the summit. However, the lower oxygen content in the air was even at Aiguille du Midi (3.842 m; 12.604 feet) noticeable, only to climb a stair was more exhausting than usually. And the top of Mont Blanc is at 4.810 m (15.780 feet), almost a thousand meters higher.
The way up with the cable car:
Climbers and the breathtaking mountains:
The cable car station with those tiring stairs on its right side:
The top of Aiguille du Midi with the glass cage on its side:
My step into the void :)
The summit of Mont Blanc:
On our way back to Chamonix:
The mountain was visible from our accommodation as well, so my husband placed the camera in the garden to take photos in every 5 seconds (during cc 2 hours) and we made a small time-lapse from it.
Update October 13, 2014: