Plan Aiguille Cable Car
The Plan de l'Aiguille Cable Car is a cable car lift that runs from Chamonix-Sud (1033m) to the Plan de l'Aiguille (2314m). From there you can transfer to the Aiguille du Midi cable car which takes you to the Aiguille du Midi (3791m). The traverse between Plan de l'Aiguille and the Montenvers mountain station and the Mer de Glace is probably the most popular trail in the Chamonix Valley. There is a snack bar very near to the mid station and a short walk enables a visit to the very pretty Lac Bleu.
The Aiguille du Midi cable car is open most of the year. Children below 5 years old are not advised to ride the cable car. Children below 3 years old are not allowed. In winter it provides access to the very popular Vallee Blanche backcountry ski run. It is the highest and most popular mountain lift in France and you will need to reserve your slot ahead of time. The very impressive ground station in Chamonix-Sud has a ticket office, a gift shop and a little cafe. For exact operating times, ticket prices and to buy your tickets online, visit the official website.
The idea for the Aiguille du Midi lift goes all the way back to 1905 and remnants of an abandoned version of the lift still remain on the mountain today. In 1949, under the leadership of Dino Lora Totino, a new route was planned and construction started in 1951 on the locations that the lift operates today. For a ton more historical and technical information about this lift, you can visit the French Remontee-Mechanique website which has amazing historic pictures on how this amazing lift came to being and the many challenges it had to overcome.
Nearby Trails & Points of Interest
Perhaps the most popular route in the Chamonix Valley taking you from the Montenvers station and the Mer de Glace over the Balcon Nord past the Lac Bleu to the Plan l'Aiguille lift station.
7.35km / 4.56mi
Montenvers Train Station
471m / 1545ft
103m / 338ft
Big Views, Refuge, Snack Bar, Family Friendly, Lake, Glacier, With Lift