[well]Mont Blanc Quick Facts
Statistically speaking, it is the tallest mountain in Europe that falls outside the Caucasus range. The mountain reaches a summit of 15,781 feet (4,810 m). From a topographical prominence perspective, it ranks eleventh in the world.
The name Mont Blanc (also Monte Bianco) translates to “White Mountain.” As the highest mountain in the Alps, it is a popular destination for climbers and trekkers. It is the highest point in both France and Italy.
The peak of Mont Blanc is comprised of perennial ice with snow domes that vary in thickness. The mountain is considered the birthplace of modern day mountaineering. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
Climate changes and warming trends have led to melting of glaciers. Additionally, these weather changes have created more avalanches. Collectively, this has created climbing conditions that are more risky and warrant consideration when considering an ascent of the mountain.
Mont Blanc is a mountain located in the Alps. It is found in the Graian Alps falling between Aosta Valley, Italy and Haute-Savoie, France. More specifically, it falls on the watershed line in between the Ferret and Veny valleys.
The coordinates for the mountain are 45°50′01″ N and 06°51′54″ E. The Mont Blanc Tunnel travels under the mountain connecting Italy and France. The peak was first summited in 1786 by Jacques Balmat and his colleague Dr. Michel Paccard. Approximately, 20,000 climbers trek up the mountain annually.
The most intimate encounter with this wonder of nature involves a challenging trek or climb to the summit. However, it is not recommended for the typical visitor. There are approximately 100 fatalities annually, so attempting the climb requires education and evaluation of your climbing experience.
There are several routes to climb the mountain, however it is fare to note that the Voie Des Cristalliers (aka Voie Royale) is the most popular route. The most common Italian route is the La route des Aiguilles Grises.
Visitors can also engage the mountain through other summer or winter activities. Hiking on and around the mountain is a popular activity. Hiking the area around the mountain also provides travelers with unique views of this wonder of nature. Skiing and snowboarding are popular winter activities that allow visitors to engage the mountain.
The mountain can be enjoyed year round depending on the preference of the visitors. Skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoe trekking can be enjoyed during the winter months. The snow covered mountain and surrounding range makes for a pristine view of this amazing wilderness.
The summer months of July and August provide the best weather for enjoying the mountain hikes either on Mont Blanc or in the surrounding mountain range.
Mont Blanc can be accessed from Italy or France, so it is important to consider where you be traveling to and how you will be reaching the mountain. More travel tips are coming.