Adventurer's Index, France, Galleries, Slow Lane In Chamonix, a Journey to the Top of the World Posted on June 22, 2014March 7, 2018Author Slowlanefrance The telepherique to the top of Aguille du Midi soars 9,250 feet in about 20 minutes. For an old guy, it’s like time travel to the top of the world — or more precisely the snow fields and glaciers of Mont Blanc, Europe’s tallest mountain. The lfit starts in Chamonix, at about 3,400 feet above sea level. It rises quickly above the village. As it rises, a panorama opens of the Chamonix Valley and the range south of the city. Here, suspended seemingly in thin air, the cabins pass each other halfway to the top. On the Aguille, at 12,786 feet, a fortress awaits, frozen regardless of the season. When you exit the lift, heaven — or more precisely the alps — awaits. Pick a day like this and get up early. There’s nothing like it. Kathy and I didn’t notice the cold. Just the snow and sun and rock as far as the eye could see. OK, it’s a bit of a circus up here. Tourists trek over ice fields and past crevasses. climbers put on their show in plain sight. Skilled hang-gliders swoop in front of the mountains. But in the end what matters is the mountain., Mont Blanc, and the alps as far as the eye can see. We’ve come three times, and each time paid the $70 fare gladly. This is an experience that takes your breath away.