Last February 2012, Wira, 2 of our friends and me went to Mont-Blanc. No...we didn't climb the mountain, but we went to the closest place so it feels like the Mont Blanc within our reach. We went to place called Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. We took the train from Gare Cornavin. On the way, we have to change trains twice. It takes almost 3 hours to get there.
From Chamonix-Mont-Blanc (1030 m) we took 2 téléphérique to L'Aiguille du Midi (3842 m). First téléphérique went from Chamonix Mont-Blanc (1030 m) to Plan de L'Aiguille (2317 m) and it takes 10 minutes. The second téléphérique took us from Plan de L'Aiguille to L'Aiguille du Midi (3777 m) for another 10 minutes. And then we can continue the journey with elevator until it reaches 3842 m. When we went there, the téléphérique going up open from 8:10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. And the last téléphérique return was 4:30 p.m. The return ticket price for was € 45.60. Always check the schedule and ticket price in here because it changes with the seasons.
When we were there, the temperature around 4 degree C at Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, but about -10 degree C at L'Aiguille du Midi, the wind about 40 knots and the sun was shining brightly. Even with my windproof jacket, thick gloves and winter shoes, I still can feel the cold wind especially in my face. One problem was thin air in the top of the mountain and without acclimation before going up. One of our friends got a bad headache because of hypoxia and getting better after we went down a few meters. When I climbed the stairs, I can feel my heart beat so hard.
We also spend time in this little nice town while waiting for our train. It's really a good experienced to be able to go there even though it cost almost € 100. The view's amazing. I couldn't describe the beauty of it.
It's important to check out the weather report before going there to make sure you had a proper clothes.
All of my pictures taken by Wira. Pictures of Wira & me taken by our friends.