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Mont Blanc

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Mont Blanc facts

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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 of eastern France, northern Italy, and western Switzerland. The Mont Blanc region encompasses in part the Aosta Valley in Italy, Savoie in France, and the Valais in Switzerland. The Mont Blanc summit is located in French territory. The nearby cities of Chamonix, France, and Courmayeur, Italy, are popular with hikers and non-hikers alike.

The massif has different names depending on which country you’re in. French speakers call the massif “Mont Blanc” and Italian speakers call it “Monte Bianco. The mountain range forms 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, Mont Blanc. It’s 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 Aiguille du Midi, at 12,600 feet (3,840 m), can be reached by a spectacular cable car ride from Chamonix. There is a similar view point reachable by cable car to Pointe Helbronner, at 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.

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.

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