The Aiguille du Midi is a 3,842 meter tall mountain in the Mont Blanc massif in the French Alps. The name "Aiguille du Midi" translates literally to "Needle of the Noon" or "Needle of the Mid-day". The mountain gets its name from the fact that it lies to the south when viewed from in front of the church in Chamonix.
A cable car runs to the summit where there is a viewing platform, a café and a gift shop. The cable car was built in 1955 and held the title of the world's highest cable car for about two decades. It still holds the record as the highest vertical ascent cable car in the world, from 1,035 m to 3842 m.