Safety informationThe most important thing to remember is that if you intend to go up to Aiguille du Midi, that you dress appropriately. This entails warm clothing, a hat, strong sunscreen, and anything else you may need. Also, please remember that because of the high altitude, it is possible to feel a little bit unwell. In this case, the only thing to do is to descend back to a lower altitude.
Tips and hints
Although there are opportunities for food at Aiguille du Midi, it will be more expensive and it might be slightly busier. We recommend bringing plenty of snacks so that you can always go your own pace and work around your own schedule. The tickets for a cable car ride to the top and back cost around 60 euros (June 2017) and for the Plan d’Aiguille it is about half, so make sure you bring plenty of cash or your card for paying with.
Points of Interest:
Aiguille du Midi
At 3842 m, Aiguille du Midi is the highest mountain peak that you will reach during this trip and is the closest you will get to the Mont Blanc.
On a clear day, you will be able to see many different peaks from the various viewing areas and platforms, including of course the imposing Mont Blanc Summit. It is also possible to see other iconic peaks, like the Matterhorn. The complex boasts several restaurants, a museum (the highest museum in the world) and several panoramic viewing platforms, along with a newly built ‘Step into the Void’ feature. For more information about the Aiguille du Midi, make sure to check the weblink below.
Mer de Glace
The Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice), which is over 7 km long and 200 m deep, is the largest ice glacier in France, and one of the largest in Europe.
From Montenvers train station it is possible to take a short cable car ride down to the Mer de Glace. Near the Mer de Glace you will also be able to see the Ice Grotto, a man-made structure which is rebuilt every year. This is because the Glacier moves approximately 70 meters every year.
You may also be interested in visiting the Glacorium, which was built in 2012 and features several exhibitions explaining the formation of glaciers and how they form.
This walk is included in the following itineraries:
Bring warm clothing if you intend to go to Aiguille du Midi, along with any other essentials you may need. Obviously a camera for capturing some of the views is also crucial!
Sturdy hiking boots will suffice for today's walk. Although it isn't too technical of a descent, you may be more comfortable with walking poles.
Basic Equipment for Hiking
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Blister kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.