The Aiguille du Midiis a mountain in the Mont Blanc massif in the French Alps.

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The Aiguille du Midi (3,842 m) is a mountain in the Mont Blanc massif in the French Alps.

The cable car to the summit, the Téléphérique de l'Aiguille du Midi, was built in 1955 and held the title of the world's highest cable car for about two decades.

It still holds the record as the highest vertical ascent cable car in the world, from 1035m to 3842m.

It travels from Chamonix to the top of the Aiguille du Midi – an altitude gain of over 2,800 m – in 20 minutes.

The Aiguille summit contains a panoramic viewing platform, a cafe and a gift shop.

The Vallée Blanche ski run begins here, and the nearby Cosmiques Refuge is the starting point for one of the routes to the Mont Blanc summit.

From the Aiguille another cable car (summer months only) crosses the Glacier de Geant to Point Helbronner (3,452 m) at the Italian side of the Mont Blanc Massif. 

Point Helbronner is served with a cable car from La Palud, a village near Courmayeur in the Aosta Valley (Italy).

The name "Aiguille du Midi" translates literally as "needle of midday". 

It is so called as the sun sits directly over the peak at noon, when viewed from Chamonix.

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Maria Susana Diaz

I like nature, cooking and photography. In my travels between Argentina and Italy I prefer witness through photography environment, natural and gastronomic riches.


  1. An Iconic place for a nature lover.
    This is a bucket list destination for so many. From El Capitan to the Ahwahnee hotel and the many vistas of the great waterfalls so much can be experienced in the valley. I love it in spring because the run off makes for spectacular waterfalls.

  2. Wonderful view.
    wonderful view, very cold,long way to get there but totally worth it. Maybe you might have problems because of the altitude.