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Mont Blanc

The famous skiing and climbing resort, the mountaineers' and adventure sports buffs' haven, Mont Blanc also known as Monte Bianco in Italian, same meaning and "La Dame Blanche" in French meaning the white lady, is the highest peak in the Alps. The Mont Blanc is 4,808 m in height making it the highest mountain in Western Europe.
Mont Blanc
The Mont Blanc is the most popularly undertaken excursions from Chamonix and in fact much of Chamonix's popularity is a consequence of its proximity to Mont Blanc in Chamonix in Europe.

The Mont Blanc lies between the Aosta Valley of Italy, and the Haute-Savoie of France. The summit has been quite a subject of controversy between the two countries, since both tend to claim that the summit lies within their border. In a convention in Turin (1861) between France and Kingdom of Sardinia, the border between the countries was fixed on the highest point on the summit of Mont Blanc in Europe. Chamonix, a ski resort at the foot of Mont Blanc in Haute-Savoie, France was the site of the first Winter Olympics.

Mont Blanc was climbed for the first time on August 8, 1786 by Jacques Balmat and Doctor Michel Paccard. This climb was initiated by Horace-Bénédict de Saussure; he announced a reward for the successful ascent and this incident traditionally marks the beginnings of modern day mountaineering. Marie Paradis was the first woman to reach the summit in 1808.

 


The Mont Blanc near Chamonix in Europe is at present ascended by 20,000 mountaineer-tourists on an average every year. The climb is considered to be a relatively easy one with long slow ascent. This l'Aiguille du Midi is the place where the cable car stops and the climb for the Mont Blanc begins.

However, it is advisable that you go for completing the summit only if you are a trained mountaineer and have prior mountaineering experience.