The Mont Blanc mountain range in the Alps, which touches Italy and Switzerland but is mostly located in France, has a very familiar name that “rings a bell” even to people who never considered a hiking expedition on this location. But you don’t have to be a pro to be backpacking there, and the example is the moderately easy hiking route Aiguille du Midi, which we cover below. Find out why this is such a popular destination among hikers and photographers.
The most impressive viewing platform in the Alps is without a doubt the Aiguille du Midi. Like an eagle’s nest, it clings inimitably to the thousand-meter-high rocky peaks between the abyss and the glacier. As breathtaking as the location is, the views and alpine possibilities are in no way inferior.
From here many alpinists start on the famous steep faces and the biggest climbs of the Alps.
Route description for your hike Aiguille du Midi to Mer de Glace! See how your Mont Blanc challenge looks like on a map
Uphill by cable car to the Aiguille du Midi (3842m). There are many different mountain adventures to experience here. The easiest are skiing down the Mer de Glace and climbing Mont Blanc also known as White mountain. However, both are serious alpine ventures that should only be attempted with proper knowledge.
Descent by cable car back to the middle station at Plan d’Aiguille. From here continue on well marked hiking trail (Grand Balcon Nord) downhill. At 2240m or at most at Refuge du Plan de L’Aiguille turn right in northeastern direction. From here in the direction of Montenvers/Mer de Glace station (approx. 2h). At a junction, you can climb a little to the right towards Signal Forbes for a more beautiful view.
Finally, follow the path downhill to Montenvers station. Return by train to Chamonix or hike down into the valley (towards Chamonix). Alternatively, another great hike with glacier views is the connection between the Bossons Glacier and the Taconnaz Glacier.
Photo tips that will make your Instagram pop – Aiguille du Midi and the Mont Blanc massif
The Aiguille du Midi and the entire Mont Blanc massif presents itself extremely impressive. Classic photo spots can be found right at the top station: the view of Chamonix from above, the view through the ice hole to the Mer de Glace as well as the view towards Mont Blanc.
From the station of the Mer de Glace we have a great view into the wide glacier basin. The Chalet du Glacier des Bossons is a pleasantly relaxed photo alternative, a stone’s throw from the Bossons Glacier.
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Getting there By public transport: Chamonix is very easy to reach by train and bus from all directions. The nearest airport is in Geneva. Start and finish are easily reached on foot, alternatively there is a good bus network in the valley that reaches all start and finish points.
Getting there by car: Via Geneva/Annecy take the A40 towards Sallanches/Chamonix, then follow the N205 to Chamonix. From Switzerland via Martigny and Col de la Forclaz. From Italy through the Mont Blanc tunnel. Parking is near Aiguille du Midi valley station.
Start/finish: Chamonix Place de l’Aiguille du Midi/Railway station Montenvers-Mer de Glace
Highest point/lowest point: 2306m/1903m
Hike difficulty level: easy/moderate
Special features: Many more options for experienced alpinists, if in doubt please hire a mountain guide.
Meals: Aiguille du Midi, Hotel du Montenvers, Chamonix.
Other tips: Tickets for the Aiguille du Midi and Montenvers Bahn should be reserved in advance in some cases to avoid long waits.
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Hi, i am Marius, i love exploring the mountains and nature. Friends say, i know the mountains better than most locals, but actually i get lost all the time while photographing ;). Read more about the Mountain Moments Team.