Augille du Midi

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by James Vaughn on December 23, 2001

The Augille du Midi is the highest lift-served peak in the Alps, and getting to the top is an interesting process. A two stage cable car takes you from the valley floor to an elevation of 3842 meters. After the second stage of cable car ride, you can get to an observation platform by crossing a foot bridge over a deep chasm, riding an elevator inside the mountain, and finally climbing several flights of stairs (which can be the worst part at that elevation.) The view from the top is worth the effort, however. On a clear day you are rewarded with a 360 degree view of the French, Italian, and Swiss Alps. It is also a good location to view Mount Blanc, Europe's highest overall peak. A round trip ticket for the ride is about US$30. If you are up for an adventure (or only want to pay for a one-way ticket), you can take the famed Valle Blanche run to the bottom. You start out being roped together with other individuals for a hike along a steep ridge to the glacier. Once you reach the glacier, the rest of the trip is not that difficult, as it is limited to intermediate terrain. Hiring a guide is a must, however, since there can be hidden crevasses and other potential dangers.
Aiguille du Midi
Chamonix, France

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