Mont Blanc

Mont Blanc
Photo by Agnese, all rights reserved.

The summit of Mont Blanc is a glistening white dome that fills the sky. It is the highest and hugest summit in the Alps. The elevation difference from bottom to top is more than 13,000 feet, and glaciers extend to as low as 4000 feet. It is ascended by a number of routes, many of which are fairly easy grades. The length and altitude of the ascent, however, coupled with the frequent instability of the weather, make Mont Blanc a very serious ascent, and over 1000 people have died on the mountain, largely because they failed to respect it, and failed to appreciate their own limitations. Two "normal" routes and several others can be used for ascending. Being fairly easy it is often overcrowded but luckily the peak itself is so flat and broad that it can provide place for 100-200 climbers at the same time. Physically pretty demanding.

Elevation (feet): 15,771
Elevation (meters): 4,807
Continent: Europe
Country: France
Range/Region: Savoy Alps
Latitude: 45.832866
Longitude: 6.864824
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1786
First successful climber(s): Michel-Gabriel Paccard, Jacques Balmat
Nearest major airport: Geneva, Switzerland
Convenient Center: Chamonix, France

Trip Reports

There are 16 trip reports for Mont Blanc.

  • Log #5736 - by tomas van hoek on May 02, 20043.00 stars
    chere couloir, great conditions!!!! The steep ice wasn't so steep after all, great mixed climbing at the top of the triangle!!!
  • Log #5737 - by Peter Lowe on May 03, 20043.00 stars
    Blue skies, fresh covering of snow, amazing view- say no more!!!
  • Log #19148 - by CSD on Feb 14, 20063.00 stars
    I took a week-long course with an excellent guide from the Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix, culminating in the two-day climb of Mont Blanc: Thursday, 23 August: We began our climb of Mont Blanc...
  • Log #19114 - by Alexander Haupt on Feb 14, 20063.00 stars
    "Via Grande Traverse/Three Monts Route (Aig. du Midi, Tacul, Maudit, Summit, Gouter, Tete Rousse). A perfect panorama and a very beautiful route. Conditions ok.
  • Log #18744 - by Steve Davies on Aug 02, 20053.00 stars
    From the French side we climb the Goûter Route (PD-), which is the most frequented ascent route with little technical difficulty in good conditions, but exposed snow crests in the upper section....
  • Log #18886 - by Kuba on Feb 14, 20063.00 stars
    Climbed normal route from le Gouter.We slept with my father in a little tent.The night wasn`t very cold.We started at 3:20 AM.
  • Log #19010 - by Oliver on Feb 14, 20063.00 stars
    Gouter route is certainly not technically demanding in any way, but is a significant physical challenge. My advice is to get fit long before you go out to the Alps, and take a guide if inexperienced...
  • Log #19091 - by Veronica Gold on Feb 14, 20063.00 stars
    From the Itlalian side we climb the Goûter Route (PD-), which is the most frequented ascent route with technical difficulty in good conditions, but exposed snow crests in the upper section. My teams...
  • Log #19094 - by Jacques Le Grand on Feb 14, 20063.00 stars
    Ce mois de septembre 2004 restera marqué par de nombreuses journées de vent faible au dessus de 4000 m. Quatre jours après ce merveilleux vol en biplace du sommet du Mont Blanc, je décide de...
  • Log #20611 - by Neil Taylor on Jan 18, 20073.00 stars
    Climbed via the Gouter Route. We took the Tram to Nid d'Aigle and walked to the Tete Rousse hut. The climb has in situ ropes along the steepest parts. From here we passed the Grand Couloir, one...
  • Log #20411 - by Nick Edwards on Oct 02, 20063.00 stars
    Ascended to Gouter hut on the first day with great weather. Woke up at 2:00 to a windstorm. Climbed through it and summitted with no problems other than crowds and cold on the way up. Great climb,...
  • Log #20627 - by Iubasiu Mihai Leon on Jan 24, 20073.00 stars
    It was the route from the refuge Gouter with not much aclimatization ,and down on the same route to 1300 metters,to the car in the same day,sunday 17 july.Strong wind on the summit with ice particles
  • Log #21069 - by Mario Dutil on Oct 20, 20073.00 stars
    Nous avons gravi l'arête du Goûté. C'est une belle montagne, malheureusement sous-évalué en ce qui concerne le côté technique de son ascension, c'est plus qu'un treking! Si vous désirez...
  • Log #21858 - by Koen on Jan 24, 20103.00 stars
    Started out at 02:00 am from the Gouter hut and reached the summit at sunrise, about 06:30 am. We were the 2nd or 3rd group on the summit. Encountered many other (guided) climbers going up during our...
  • Log #22065 - by sedibald on Sep 06, 20103.00 stars
    8 hours 30 minutes from the Aiguille du Midi (cable car), by the Voie des 3 Monts: Tacul, Mont Maudit, Mont Blanc. Excellent snow and ice conditions, little wind, sunny.
  • Log #22490 - by Agnese on Sep 14, 20143.00 stars
    From Nid d’Aigle that we reached by train, we walked to Tête Rousse hut at 3167 m. It’s about 800 m height difference over an easy, sometimes stony trail. We came by many ibex, apparently used...