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Mont Blanc

Take me there

The Mont Blanc is known for being the highest summit in Europe at around 15,780 ft (4810 m), for its extreme sports: climbing skiing and other crazy activities, however the Mont Blanc region, stretching into 3 countries: France, Italy and Switzerland also offers a rich diversity of high alpine hiking areas to discover.

Mont Blanc facts

Facts

Countries / Regions:
Getting there:
Geneva (Switzerland)
Highest peak:
Mont Blanc 15,780 ft (4810 m)
Other facts:
25 mi (40 km) long & approx. 10 mi (16 km) wide

Where can I find it

The Mont Blanc range is located at the junction between eastern France, northern Italy, and Switzerland. The Mont Blanc region encompasses at least in part the Aosta Valley in Italy, Savoy in France, and the Valais in Switzerland. The Mont Blanc summit is actually in French territory, technically part of the town of Saint Gervais, although the neighboring town of Chamonix better known for its association with Mont Blanc, similarly Courmayeur in Italy.

Mont Blanc in French and Monte Bianco in Italian is a mountain range forming the main part of the external side of the alpine arc of the western Alps chain. It culminates with the highest summit of western Europe, the Mont Blanc, at around 15,780 ft (4810 m). Its about 25 miles long (40 km) and 10 miles at its widest (16 km). Other well known peaks include Mont Blanc du Tacul, Mont Maudit, Dent du Géant, Les Grandes Jorasses, Mont Dolent, and Aiguille du Midi. The latter at 12,600 feet (3,840 m) can be reached by a spectacular cable car ride from Chamonix town. There is a similar viewing point reached by cable car to Pointe Helbronner 11,360 feet (3,460 m) on the Italian side from Courmayeur.

What makes it special

The Tour du Mont Blanc, circumnavigating the Mont Blanc mountain chain is consistently listed as one the top long-distance hiking treks in the world.

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