Climb Mont Blanc

Imposing, beautiful and the highest point in western Europe; this snow-covered peak is a force to be reckoned with.

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Straddling the Alps on the border of France and Italy, this towering mountain isn’t just the highest peak in France, but the highest point in western Europe.

The heavyweight of the Alps, Mont Blanc stands at a whopping 4,810m and is regarded by many as being the birthplace of modern day mountaineering. Boasting stunning alpine scenery, thundering glaciers and a year-round covering of snow, you need a decent level of physical fitness to conquer the climb and an expert guide to show you the way.

As with all mountains, the weather can be unpredictable. Summer is the best time to take on the challenge of Mont Blanc, when snowfall is less likely and the route is more manageable. Best reached by flying to Geneva and staying in Chamonix, you should allow at least two days for the climb, staying in pre-booked mountain refuges en route. Despite its rewards, climbing Mont Blanc is no easy task and you should be prepared to hike up to 12 hours a day in remote, snowy surroundings. There are three main routes used to climb Mont Blanc: Les ‘Trois Monts’, the Grand Mulets Route and the Gouter Hut Route, which is the most accessible.

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The Gouter Hut Route

This trail is the most popular for eager hikers making the ascent up the snow-covered Mont Blanc. It’s often classed as the ‘normal’ route up the mountain, but that’s not to say it doesn’t command some skill and a lot of determination.

The route will see you take the Tramway du Mont Blanc up to the Nid d’Aigle after riding the Bellevue cable car from Les Houches; easily accessible from Chamonix. You’ll then hike to the Tete Rousse Hut, where you’ll rest for the night before embarking on the 8-12-hour hike to the summit the next morning. After soaking up the incredible views from the peak, it’s time to descend the way you came, spending the night at the Gouter Hut to break up your journey back down.