• An aerial tramway reaching the Aiguille du Midi station in the French Alps An aerial tramway reaching the Aiguille du Midi station in the French Alps
  • The rocky peak of Mont Blanc, France The rocky peak of Mont Blanc, France
  • The ridge of Aiguille du Midi, Mont Blanc, France The ridge of Aiguille du Midi, Mont Blanc, France

Climb Mont Blanc: the White Lady of the Alps

Mont Blanc is the tallest mountain in the Alps (4,810m) and a prized climb amongst novices and amateurs alike. But, it's not the tallest mountain in Europe; that title goes to Mt Elbrus in Russia. 

Nonetheless, Mont Blanc presents a stunning landscape surrounded by quaint communes with lavish charm. Depending on the weather, the entire ordeal can be immensely enjoyable; or at least more comfortable than similar high-altitude pursuits.

The Mountain

Mont Blanc straddles the border of France and Italy. And as expected, both countries claim ownership of the summit. But that's not the only source of contention. The summit is covered by snow and ice, which changes from season to season, so the actual height is debatable too. 

Mont Blanc

The mountain contains easier routes that involve much more trekking than climbing. But unlike climbs of similar ease, such as Kilimanjaro and Aconcagua, this is a true alpine mountain. It possesses many dangers in the form of crevasses, avalanches and rockfalls.

The Climb

Timing and route-selection are critical to success on Mont Blanc. Climbers taking the easiest routes during the most popular periods usually encounter too much congestion. Therefore, veterans suggest either climbing slightly outside of the popular period or taking a mildly more difficult route.

It is also important to note that Mont Blanc uses the hut system; camping is actually prohibited in all but emergency situations. But while you may decide to leave the tent at home, it's essential to bring crampons, a long ice axe, rigid boots, and very warm clothing.

 

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Vital Stats

Duration 3-7 days (avg)
When to go Jul - Sep
Alternative Period Jan - Jan
Highest Altitude 4,810 m
Mont Blanc 15,781 ft
Required Training 2 months

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Travel Trivia

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Trivia: Which animal is NOT one of the "big five" African game animals?

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Countries

Western Europe

Activities

  • Mountaineering
  • Trekking & Hiking
  • Altitude 4000m+