We walked to the Aiguille Du Midi Cable Car station and were met by a long que, it seems a couple of hundred other people had the same idea. The cable car costs EUR 42.50 return and can take about 70 people every 15 minutes. So the wait was about half an hour. It was a balmy 2 deg at the Chamonix cable car station which is at 1035 Meters (3395ft) the webcam at the top station, Aiguille Du Midi, at 3842m ( 12604ft) showed clear skies and –12C!! Just as well we had all our warm clothes on!!
The trip is with two cable cars the first goes to midway to 2317m (7601ft). Then change cable cars, and the second cable car is over single span that goes up another 1525m (5003ft) up the mountain cliff face to the top. This cable car leaves horizontally and climbs almost vertically as it nears the top and also docks at the top vertically (like an elevator). An exiting trip.
As has happened before Trish had a lot of trouble with the altitude, difficult breathing and some chest pain, seems to happen whenever we go above 9000ft. We took things very slowly and Trish loved the experience of looking down on rugged 11,000 ft mountains, up at Mont Blanc at 15780ft and the green valley way way below.
Here the photos here speak louder than words.