Mont Blanc (or Monte Bianco in Italian) is the monarch of the Alps and a classic symbol of mountaineering.
The white-domed Mont Blanc Massif towers over the Aosta Valley, Italy and the Haute-Savoie, France, ranking 11th in the world in topographic prominence.
The two most famous towns near Mont Blanc are Chamonix, France and Courmayeur, Italy.
The summit is on the French-Italian border and both countries claim it as their highest peak.
The summit of Mont Blanc is a thick, perennial ice and snow dome whose thickness varies, so no exact and permanent summit elevation can be determined.
The Mont Blanc Massif is a popular mountaineering, hiking, and skiing playground.
There are several classic climbing routes to the summit. The most popular route is the Voie des Cristalliers through the Gožter Corridor, considered dangerous because of frequent rock-falls, leading to Gožter cabin for night shelter. The next day the route leads to the D™me du Gožter, and L'arrte des Bosses.
A less popular but more technical route is La Voie des 3 Monts, which starts from the Cosmiques Hut and ascends Mont Blanc du Tacul and Mont Maudit before a final ascent to the summit.
Naother route, the Grand Mulets route, is frequently traversed in winter by ski and poses some icefall danger.
The famous view from the summit of Mont Blanc looking down at all of the major peaks in the Alps is not easily forgotten.
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