Mont Blanc

Mont Blanc

At 4810 m (15,774 ft), Mont Blanc (in Italian Monte Bianco) is the highest summit of Western Europe, situated between the French and the Italian Alps, near the town of Chamonix (France) and Courmayeur (Italy).


Mont Blanc literally means White Mountain.

The Elbrus in the Caucasus is taller, and represents Europe on the Seven Summits list, though Mont Blanc deserves a honorable mention, as a classic for mountaineers. Since the North Caucasus is not safe for travellers as of 2015, Mont Blanc is more appealing as a European summit.


Mont Blanc was first climbed by Jacques Balmat and Dr. Michel Paccard in 1786, and the next year by H.-B. de Saussure.

Get in

There is a regular airport transfer service from Geneva Airport to your accommodation in Les Houches, Chamonix & Argentiere operated by *Chamexpress The price is €25 (about $28 or £18) per person, each way.

Get around

See the stay safe section below for important information.
See also: mountaineering

Ascension on foot

Although climbing Mont Blanc is not technically very difficult, the altitude requires proper training and equipment. Every year, several thousand people do it and several accidents are caused by improper preparation. A mountain guide is necessary unless you already know the place (660 €, about $740 or £480, for one or two persons).

It can be done in July and August.

Usually done from Saint-Gervais-les-Bains with a night in the Goûter refuge.

Ascent by ski

Climbing Mont Blanc by ski is reserved for highly trained skiers. It's mostly glacier skiing. It can be done from March to June, depending on the snow coverage. A mountain guide is necessary unless you already know the place.

Usually done from Chamonix with a night in the Grands Mulets refuge.


Ascent by cable car

Cable car on Mont Blanc
View of Chamonix from Aiguille de Midi

Climbing Mont Blanc can be traversed by a series of trams from the Italian side to the French side. It is a beautiful experience offering the comfort of heated stops with restaurants and the option of getting out to hike over the glaciers. Bring warm clothes. The return trip can be made by a bus which travels through a tunnel under the mountain.


Stay safe

Some sources estimate that over 100 people die on Mont Blanc every year. Some do not make mistakes; some do, and die as a result. It is extremely important that, when climbing or hiking on the mountain, you;

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