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.

Magnificient Mont Blanc at daybreak

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.

Mythical Vallee Blanche

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.

Vallee Blanche Cable Car

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.

A bientot!

This post is part of #BlogchatterA2Z challenge2022

Click here for posts so far in the “Exploring l’Hexagone” series


Yamini Ali MacLean · April 15, 2022 at 12:00 am

Hari OM
It all looks rather blissful, through your lens! (And your take on OM is spot on – as a Vedantaachaarya, I have been running a blog for the study and contemplation of Advaita, you can reach it via the Linktree on the blog you visit, if it interests…) YAM xx

    Anagha Yatin · April 15, 2022 at 4:03 pm

    Thanks, Yamini. I sure will check and read the posts you mention. This definitely is my area of curiosity and interest.
    Thanks for visiting.

Aesha Shah · April 15, 2022 at 7:25 am

Wow, 50 minutes ride in a Gondola must have been quite an experience, Anagha. You have shared such beautiful pictures.

    Anagha Yatin · April 15, 2022 at 4:04 pm

    It was a very meditative and humbling experience Aesha one that reminded me that we are but minuscule in front of Nature.

Pradeep · April 18, 2022 at 8:48 pm

I had heard of Mont Blanc as the ‘rooftop of Europe’. But it is the first time I am reading so much about it. Thanks.
M = Meghalaya

A Rustic Mind · April 26, 2022 at 9:19 pm

That second photograph with the sunrays falling over the snow-capped mountains made me sigh a little. So want to jump into that! Great post

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