Not only is Mont Blanc the highest mountain in the Alps and Western Europe, it is also both one of the most beautiful places in the world and an endless playground for outdoor enthusiasts.
Mountaineers, climbers, all level hikers, skiers, trail runners, road bikers, mountain bikers, paragliders, etc. everyone can find his own way to enjoy the area. From all the points of view the mountain offers breathtaking and unique landscapes that will make for unforgettable experiences. Let’s focus here on three concentric ways to experience Mont-Blanc.
The widest way around Mont Blanc stays on cyclable roads, through world reknown passes with breathtaking views on the whole range. Possible in three to eight days depending on your level it starts and end in Chamonix of course. Les Saisies and Roselend pass remind of Tour de France legend!
The Petit Saint Bernard pass leads to Italy, followed by the Grand Saint Bernard pass to Swizerland before getting back to France through the wineyards of the Trient pass ascent.
The classic bucket list Tour du Mont Blanc is the world famous hiking route across France, Italy and Swizerland. Three main passes over 2500 meters elevation, each offering unique views on the Mont Blanc and its range.
Along the way, meeting the local wildlife: ibex, marmots, eagle…, is also a potential everyday highlight. Choosing hut to hut or more comfortable hotel version will give a different adventure but whatever the way chosen, the hike will be enriched by the cultural and gastronomical experience of the three different countries crossed.
Last but not least, the shortest circle around Mont-Blanc is to reach the top! A bit of a journey to get there though! Down in Saint-Gervais, the nice and warm thermal town, it all starts by a train ride up 1700 meters of elevation to the Nid d’Aigle station.
The hike up to the Tete Rousse hut, facing the fabulous Aiguille de Bionnassay’s north face is a nice introduction to the world of high mountain you will soon enter! The last push up requires great focus and energy left to reach the Gouter hut, classic base camp for the next day’s ascent.
The very early morning start makes it feel like a dream, following the line of headlamps aiming at one common goal. The sun rise on the final “arête des Bosses” is for sure one of the most beautiful mountaineering moment you can experience! A moment later, standing on the top of the Alps is as great as it sounds!