The Amazing Glass Cabin on the Summit of Aiguille du Midi
Compagnie du Mont Blanc opened last Saturday, a glass cabin on the Summit of Aiguille du Midi, at 3.842 meters above sea level, upon the Mont Blanc massif. "Pas dans le vide / Step into the void", the new tourist attraction in the Alps, is not recommended for those who don’t like heights.
Top of Aiguille du Midi, where this structure is located, offers a 360-degree panorama of the Alps and the highest peaks of France, Italy and Switzerland. To the South you can admire the top of Mont Blanc, and below, a ravine of over 1,000 meters.
Compagnie du Mont Blanc placed a glass cabin on the Summit of Aiguille du Midi upon the Mont Blanc Massif, near Chamonix. "Pas dans le vide", as it was called, this tourist attraction is part of the rehabilitation plan of the Visitor Center in the area.
“Pas dans le vide” can be accessed by a cable car located at the highest altitude in Europe, which brings the tourists up to the height of 2.317 meters. There, those willing to continue their journey can change the cable car and climb almost vertical, without supportive pillars, up to 3.777 meters, from where the top of the mountain can be reached by elevator.
From the Aiguille du Midi you can admire even higher peaks like the Dome du Gouter (4.304 meters), Refuge Vallot (4.362 meters), Maudit (4.365 meters), Mont Blanc du Tacul (4.248 metres) and, of course, Mont Blanc (4810 meters).
A spokesman for Compagnie Mont Blanc said that "thrill enthusiasts will definitely enjoy this cabin, which is suspended above the precipice". The glass cabin on the Summit of Aiguille du Midi, which can be reached from the terrace, has three walls, ceiling and floor made of glass and offers views that so far only climbers could enjoy.
"Pas dans le vide is a first in terms of altitude, a first in terms of technique and materials used, and a first in terms of weather conditions," added the spokesman. The walls are made of three layers of reinforced glass, specially treated for strength and clarity. "It is a breakthrough in terms of assembling a structure of glass and steel, which can withstand thermal amplitudes of -60 degrees Celsius and winds of over 220 km/h”, added the builders.