Chaque voyage est le rêve d’une nouvelle naissance – Jean Royer
Every journey is the dream of a new birth – Jean Royer
The gargantuan enormity of Mont Blanc Massif is difficult to catch in words and arrest in one post! Let’s wallow in the grandeur of Aiguille du Midi and Mont Blanc once again from where we left it yesterday.
Le Tube (Pipe) and gallery, is an enclosed tubular walkway made of steel. At 3700m altitude and 32m long, it completely circles the central pillar of Aiguille du Midi.
Mont Blanc Area offers the secure confines of the closed area with huge glass windows to see one of the routes to Tacul, Mont Maudit, and Mont Blanc while relaxing on the benches in the area.
‘Step into the Void’ is another top draw at the Aiguille du Midi peak. It’s a glass box at 3842m altitude, offering a view of 1035m emptiness straight down and Mont Blanc to the South. Unfortunately, it was closed for maintenance when we visited.
History Area at the end of the visit, towards the departure point of the cable car, is a retrospective exhibition of the construction of the cable car and the giant machinery used to build it. Neither my phone battery nor my energy levels at the end of the day-long intoxicating visit permitted me to take the photographs from the History area. I only longed to reach our rented apartment and surrender myself to the exceptional experience of lying in the cosy bed under the warmth of a comforter!
Mont Blanc, Vallee Balnche & Cable Car
Called the ‘rooftop of Europe’ Mont Blanc (White Mountain) is majestic in every respect! Being snow-covered all throughout the year, it got its name. Soaring to the altitude of 4810m, it is the highest peak of the Alps. It forms the part of French and Italian border. Its slopes offer the best ski areas in France. The summit of Mont Blanc offers a spectacular panorama of the Aiguilles Rouges ranges and Chamonix Valley.
Termed mythical, Vallee Blanche (White Valley) is the vast glacier at the heart of the Mont-Blanc massif, originating at the Col du Midi between the Aiguille du Midi and Mont Blanc du Tacul. It is the starting point of the hike to Mont-Blanc du Tacul.
Only during the summer months, a cable car connects the peaks of Aiguille du Midi on France side to Point Helbronner (3462m) on the Italian side.
This travel in the air in the secure confines of the closed gondola with big glass windows lasts for 50minutes. Covering a 5kms distance the gondola soars past prominent high-mountain terrain, including the Mer de Glace glacier below and the Mont Blanc massif. Watching the mythical Vallee Blanche nestled cosily in the lap of the distinctive mountain peaks is once in a lifetime experience!
On this dream-worthy note, I take your leave for today to meet you tomorrow with new vigour to discover other distinctive sides of Chamonix- Mont-Blanc.
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