After many months of planning and construction work, the newest attraction at the Aiguille du Midi has been unveiled – The Tube.
The name might not sound very inspiring but the new structure certainly is. The Tube is a 32m viewing tunnel that circles around the central peak of the Aiguille du Midi, giving you a 360° tour of the French, Swiss and Italian Alps. Made mostly of steel panels and glass windows, you’ll be strolling around at over 3700m altitude, whilst taking in some of Europe’s most breathtaking views.
The Tube cost around 2.5 million euros and has taken about a year to build. The best news is that it is included in your Mont Blanc Multipass, so you don’t have to spend a single extra euro to try it out for yourself!
Your Chamonix summer lift pass includes all of the following at no extra cost:
Aiguille du Midi
- Two cable cars up to the summit at 3842m
- Viewing platforms looking out over some of the highest peaks in Europe
- Step Into the Void – a glass cube suspended over a 1000m drop, do you dare to step into it?
- L’Espace Vertical – the highest museum in the world!
- The Tube – the newest visitor attraction in Chamonix
Montenvers & Mer de Glace
- Montenvers Train – an historic rack and pinion train that takes you from Chamonix town up to the Mer de Glace glacier
- Le Glaciorium – find out how the glacier developed and the geology of the area
- Le Temple de la Nature – a quaint little natural history museum housed in an ancient stone building
- Grotte de Glace – enter into the glacier itself to see the wonderful sculptures carved into the ice
- Grand Hotel des Montenvers – a fine old 19th building where you can enjoy lunch on the terrace and admire the traditional Savoyard interior
Tramway du Mont Blanc
Follow in the footsteps of thousands of alpinists by taking this historic tram ride up through the forests and meadows of Les Houches to reach the Nid d’Aigle – the starting point for many a Mont Blanc summit expedition.
Luckily you don’t need ropes and crampons to get out and explore the gentle terrain at the foot of the glacier. The tram starts in Saint Gervais and there are various stops where you can access the many hiking trails that weave through this beautiful area.
You can either return to Saint Gervais by tram or take one of two cable cars directly down to the town of Les Houches, returning to Chamonix by bus or train.
Hiking Paths & Biking Trails
Cable car, gondola and chair lift access up to the multitude of hiking paths and mountain bike trails in the Brevent, Flegere, Le Tour, Vallorcine, Grands Montets and Les Houches sectors of the Chamonix valley.
Chamonix Summer Activities
Enjoy a free ride on the Alpine Coaster, a thrilling descent through the pine forests and meadows of Les Planards!
This two-person roller coaster is open during summer and winter and is suitable for anyone over 3 years old (children must be accompanied by an adult).
Glacier des Bossons
Take a scenic ride up to the snout of the Les Bossons glacier on a charming little chairlift, relax with a drink on the terrace of the little cafe and discover the history of this fascinating place.
Relics of the Malabar Princess aeroplane crash of 1950 are still being found amongst the crevasses and some of them are on display beside the glacier.
The Mont Blanc Multipass is your ticket to exploring everything that Chamonix has to offer this summer. Discounted rates apply for families with two or more children, and all passes of 6-9 days benefit from one day absolutely free of charge! Buy your Mont Blanc Multipass here or contact us directly for more information.
Check out this time lapse video of helicopters lifting parts of The Tube into place – impressive, eh?!