A visit to Skyway Monte Bianco ..a cablecar to the sky – Fabulous Outdoors

Skyway Monte Bianco is a cablecar in the Alps, linking the Italian town of Courmayeur with Pointe Helbronner on the southern side of the Mont Blanc massif. Taking over three years to construct, it opened in 2015 at a cost of 110 million euros, and is considered to be the world’s most expensive cablecar installation.

From the cablecar base station at Entrèves (at an altitude of 1,300 meters above sea level), the Skyway Monte Bianco rises to a mid-way station at Pavillon Du Mont-Frety at an altitude of 2,173 meters.

It takes six minutes to reach this point, during which time the 80-person cabin make one complete rotation, giving visitors all-round views into the Aosta valley and along both Val Veny and Val Ferret, as well as improved access to the Italian side of the Mont Blanc massif and a link via the Vallée Blanche Aerial Tramway to the Aiguille du Midi, from where a separate cable car descends to the town of Chamonix in France.

The half-way station of the Pavillon contains a restaurant and conference centre, plus one of the highest botanical gardens in the region, containing some 900 alpine plant species, as well as access to a network of trails. Visitors can continue upwards via a second cable car which also slowly revolves, and takes ten minutes to reach Punta Helbronner (known as the Eagles Nest) at an altitude of 3,466 meters.

Tourist facilities and scenic viewpoints provide close views of Mont Blanc, Aiguille d’Entreves and the Vallee Blanche, but also views further out towards the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa and Gran Paradiso. A tunnel and lift system provide access from the cable car terminus to the Torino Hut, a high-altitude mountain refuge offering accommodation both to tourists and to climbers intending to access the mountaineering routes of the range.

(Content Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skyway_Monte_Bianco )

The cablecar runs from 7:30/8:30am to 16:30/17:30 in the afternoon, check on the Funivie del Monte Bianco website http://www.montebianco.com/it/orari.html  On this occasion we’ve been lucky enough to be able to admire a beautiful sunset just before having to make our way back down.

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Mountain walks in Italy 

As the winter hasn’t really kicked off just yet, although it’s mid-December, it’s a great opportunity to go and explore the mountains in different ways.

 

Mountain walks in Aosta valley of Italy
Mountain walks in Aosta valley of Italy
 
..such as mountain walks. This particular walk shown in the photographs, is in the Aosta valley of Italy and it can be done in an afternoon. You could ski in Cervinia and Zermatt in the morning, then go for this walk afterwards.

 

Mountain walks to enjoy nature Fabulous Outdoors
Mountain walks to enjoy nature Fabulous Outdoors
 
The Valtournenche, valley of Cervinia, offers many different walks to do, from short and easy to longer and more challenging ones. 

 

Mountain walks looking at Cervino Matterhorn
Mountain walks looking at Cervino Matterhorn
 
The Cervino Matterhorn mountain peak is in sight most of the time as you walk, and it’s always a stunning view.

 

Mountain walk towards Mont Tantané Aosta Valley Italy
Mountain walk towards Mont Tantané Aosta Valley Italy
 
Walk towards the Mont Tantané, another 2700 metre mountain peak where you will get an outstanding landscape view of the valley below and of the surrounding alps of the Aosta valley.

 

Mountain walks landscape photography  Fabulous Outdoors
Mountain walks landscape photography Fabulous Outdoors
 
There are many good view points to have a sit down and a bite to eat and also picnic areas with wooden made benches and tables as in the photo here below.

 

Sunset over the mountain Tantané Valtournenche Aosta Valley
Sunset over the mountain Tantané Valtournenche Aosta Valley
 
As the sun’s setting over the Mont Tantané, I hope you enjoyed reading this post and the photographs, thank you for passing by, and remember to #GetOutMore as it’s 

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Travel through the Aosta Valley – IL castello di Fenis – Fenis Castle

If you travel through the Aosta Valley of Italy, one of the things to see is the beautiful Castello di Fenissituated only a few kilometers south of Aosta.

Castello di Fenis Valle d'Aosta italy

an Italian medieval castle located in the town of Fénis. It is one of the most famous castles in Aosta Valley, and for its architecture and its many towers and battlemented walls has become one of the major tourist attractions of the region.

 

Evening comes over Fenis Castle Aosta Italy
Evening comes over Fenis Castle Aosta Italy
 

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