It is known as the “white Mountain” & La Dame Blanche (the white lady) because most of the time in a year it is covered with ice, snow. It is the highest mountain in the European Union and the Alpes. It rises up to 4,810 m (15,781 ft). It is situated in the north-westerly parts of Alpes. The minimum temperature from December to March is around -3°C to -7°C and the maximum temperature is around +1°C to +7°C & the minimum temperature from June to September +6°C to +9°C whereas the maximum would be +18°C to +24°C.
Mountains are also called as the “Roof of Europe”it is the worlds third most visited area. It attracts many visitors and mountaineers every year.There are very different flora and fauna over there to see. The fauna which are there are the characteristic of western sides of the Alps are present, which includes birds and mammals, which are more interesting for traveller
Every year , the peak of The Mont Blanc becomes the ultimate objectives for the mountaineers across the world. All wants to stand on the peak of Europe and see the summits of Alps.
Climbing to Mont Blanc is not very difficult but proper training and equipment is required at that altitude. Every year lots of people do it but a proper trainee (or guide) is needed until unless you know the place. And climbing can be done by skiing also, but that required special training because it all the glaciers skiing.
People normally choose one of the most common routes to climb Mont Blanc from Chamonix. The route from the Aiguille du Midi, over Mont Blanc du Tacul and Mont Maudit is generally quieter, and highly dependent on conditions, but slightly more technical.
The slightly easier and more reliable option is via the Tramway du Mont Blanc to the Nid d’Aigle, then up the Aiguille du Gouter and the Bosse ridge.
While not technically challenging, ascending Mont Blanc requires a high level of physical fitness and experience using crampons and an ice axe.
Every year , the peak of The Mont Blanc becomes the ultimate objectives for the mountaineers across the world. All wants to stand on the peak of Europe
It is the one of the oldest ski resorts in France and is known as the “Gateway to the European Cascades”. It is situated near to the peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and the Aiguille du midi. It is popular for winter sports in France. It is a beautiful valley with clean fresh air, pine forest, gleaming glaciers. It is known to be the “the death-sport capital of the world” because it is based for all outdoor sports activities like ice climbing, rock climbing, paragliding, skiing, rafting, canyoning etc.
As it is in France, the food is good, but though it is very expensive but the street side food is easily available and is good in taste with less expensive. Open a can of Ravioli from the supermarket and eat it with your fresh Swiss Army Knife, it will be the best meal.
There are lots of places to stay there like hotels, campings, lodges ranging from cheap to very luxurious and expensive like Chalet Vert et blanc, The Club house, Drop in chalets, Les Aiglons Resort & Spa and many more .
It has one of the highest cable cars in the world, which is link to the town of Aiguille du Midi.
Aiguille du Midi
It is a mountain in Mont Blanc in the French Alps. Its name is translated from French word which means “Needle of the Noon”. It approximately show noon when the sun passes over it .It offers one of the amazing views anywhere in the world.
You don’t have to climb over there, instead you can ride to the cable car, one of the highest cable car of the world. On the clear day you can see the Alpes of France, Italy, Switzerland from the observation deck at the top of the mountain. Make sure to bring the warm clothes, sunglasses with UV protective lenses, sunscreen lotion and bring ample supply of batteries for your digital camera, or video camera because there are many views to the great distance and photographers will zoom to many lens capacity.
Mer De Glace
It is the glacier on the northern slopes of The Mont Blanc in the Alps. It is the longest glacier in the France(7km long and 200 m thick). It lies in the Chamonix valley, it is the first place in the valley for tourist attraction. In winters, thousands of skiers come here to do ski following the Montenvers Railway after skiing the famous “Vallee Blanche”
For going to the Mer de Glace and the Ice Cave in Chamonix , you have to take the train of the Montenvers. You can take the cable car from the Montenvers station to the glacier to visit the Ice Grotto. There you could also see the animal museum and an exhibition of beautiful mountain crystals.
Flora and Fauna
There are very different flora and fauna over there to see. The fauna which are there are the characteristic of western sides of the Alps are present, which includes birds and mammals, which are more interesting for travellers.
- Fox, which are found in group in the high altitudes meadows.
- Chamois, they can be found in both meadows and woods.They are easily recognised by their white facial markings and brown strips that are going through their backbone.
- Marmot, which are the biggest family member of squirrel. They lives in underground burrows. They eat grasses, herbs,grains, insects, worms & spiders.
- Ibex, they are the wild goats with larger, & curved horns in male ibex and in females ibex have smaller and thinner horns which develop more slowly than males. They are in brownish grey colour.
- In the subalpine level, there are two other herbivorous animals i.e. the Deer and the Roe Deer. You can also find the great Green Woodpecker, The Red Woodpecker & The Black woodpecker.
- The Mont Blanc space is more beautiful where there is a subalpine level, there is a beauty of plants, forests, where the coniferous forest are widespread populated above all by spruce and larsh.
How to reach to Chamonix
- Geneva is the nearest, most convenient and accessible airport to reach there with a distance of 88km and from there you can hire the car or taxi to reach the Chamonix.
- Alternatively, Chamonix is 226 km from Lyon and 612 km from Paris.
- Cham-van.com provides minibus from Geneva to Chamonix valley for 28 € per person & Alpybus provides a high frequency shuttle bus from Geneva Airport to Chamonix at 26.50 € per person.
- In winters there are TGV trains that go directly to the St. Gervais-les-Bains (Le Fayet) from there you can take the small local train to reach there.