3842 meters above sea level
• 3842 meters above sea level
Climb mountains almost 4 kilometers of one of the most beautiful peaks of Europe. See all the incredible majesty of the Alps and the snow-covered Mont Blanc. Feel dizzy from completely different than we are accustomed to the pressure of the earth, and to substitute the face to the biting Alpine wind.
At this point, I want to say - go and try everything. It really is an incredibly beautiful place, do not leave indifferent absolutely anyone. Especially in our time to realize this desire is not so difficult - the lift in 20 minutes will take you to a height of 1053 meters to 3842 - almost over the Alps.
The top of the Aiguille du Midi is probably the second most famous after the top of Mont Blanc in the French Alps. Every day here is raised more than 2 million visitors - ordinary tourists, climbers, snowboarders and other outdoor enthusiasts.
The name of the tip was due to the fact that if you look at it in the afternoon from Chamonix, the sun is directly over the peak.
can get to the top by cable car, which was built in 1955. By the way, this cable car Chamonix-Aiguille du Midi is the highest in Europe, raising the visitor more than 2, 5 kilometers up, and until 1975 it was the highest in the world. However, differences in elevation between the bottom and top station it still holds first place in the world.
In the photo - the lower station of the road
The trailer intervene 40 passengers and an hour cable car can climb to the top up to 550 people. Cost of the ticket in a "round-trip" - 50 euros.
At an altitude of 2317 there is an intermediate station Plan de l'Aiguille, offering beautiful views of the Chamonix Valley, and you can climb climbing routes on the Aiguille du Midi. By the way, a plateau near the station takes off a lot of paragliders.
Often, rising to the top of the station, you can get into the thick heavy clouds that cling to the alpine peaks. I must say that this show is very impressive, especially if rising just at noon, when the sun hangs directly over the top.
Nearing the peak, which is an observation deck and cafe.
So he's the one moment that I said just above, with the peak of a cloud snagged and cabin dives in a thick fog, as if to Mordor. Sun, barely making the way through the cloud, halo forms beautiful
The upper station is at its peak. Side view
In fact, the peak consists of multiple peaks, which are interconnected passages and tunnels, cut in the rock
On the Aiguille du Midi several viewing platforms, located on different levels. Upper, located at an altitude of 3842 meters, rises above the lowest for more than 70 meters.
Inside the cliff - a whole network of tunnels for the transition between the observation decks, and to enter the climbing routes.
On the highest observation deck need to climb on a free lift. Inside it, a meter in height. At one time the elevator takes no more than 10 people, but for some reason at the top want to go up, not all visitors
A sign at the top of the observation deck, which is reminiscent of where you are
One of the tunnels. He is to enter the climbing route on Mont Blanc
The cave-out. Since there is always snow, which creates the northern side of the dense snow and the icy crust, you do not even notice how the tunnel from the rock moved to the ice.
Tourist and mountains. Incidentally, during the ascent to the Aiguille du Midi worth bearing in mind that the difference in temperature between the lower and upper station reaches about 20 degrees Celsius, and sometimes more due to the strong wind above.
So, when we were there on June 15 in Chamonix was 23, and Agyul du Midi -5.
The views from the top of the observation deck.
Peaks from left to right - Les Drus (3754), Aiguille Verte (4122), Les Droites (4000), Les Courtes (3856), Grand Combin (4317), Mont Rose (4638)
in the Chamonix valley and the top of Prarion (1969), Aiguilette des Houches (2285), La Brevent (1985)
The tops of Mont Rose (4638), Grandes Jorasses (4208), Dent du Geant (4013) and the glacier Glacier du Geant
And here is the Mont Blanc - the highest and homely round top in the background
A few species
Rocks, opposing the snow and wind
All observation deck placed large panoramic photo from the top names
By the way, there is also a café. However, only 30 people. But the waiters look very colorful.