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Le Tour
This is a very accessible area in terms of difficulty. One the French side several good routes principally on snow wich are busy but not overbusy: aiguille du Tour (3542m), petite Fourche (3520m), aiguille du Chardonnet (3842m)...
Le Tour
From the summits , the viewpoints are very large and great. On this picture, you can see the West side of Aiguille du Tour.
Le Tour
Col superieur du Tour (3350m), border between France and Switzerland. Back on rihgt side the Aiguille du Chardonnet (3824m) with on left the Forbes ridges.
Le Tour
In Switzerland, you can climb the unusually colored rock of Aiguille d'Orny (3167m) an the Portalet (3823m).
Le Tour
Here, the aiguille du Portalet and on the first plan the enormous granit rocks moved by the glacier, superb!!!
Le Tour
Around aiguille de Saleina and A Neuve superb wilderness atmosphere.
Le Tour
Snow routes more technics at Dolent (3823m), Grande Lui (3509m) and aiguille d'Argentière Nord face (3909m)...
Le Tour
The Albert 1er refuge in France et Orny refuge in Switzerland are easily accessible when the lifts are open. Albert 1er refuge open from half june to half september (137 places. Accessible in 2H00 from the top of the Tour cablecar.
Argentière
Much visited in winter and spring by experienced mountaineers, this area give access to some mythical routes.The ressort Lognan / les Grands Montets is famous for his off piste skiing.
Argentière
Sunset on West side aiguille du Chardonnet during november without any color filter. After many days of bad weather a lot of snow covered the rock. With this conditions it's impossible to do anything.
Argentière
By the day, beautiful ski touring routes lead to col d'Argentières and Tour Noir from Grands Montets ressort.
Argentière
Concentration and commitment is needed for the big routes of Dolent (3823m), Triolet (3870m), les Courtes (3856m), les Droites (3984m), l'aiguille Verte (4122m). Always in North face and long climbing
Argentière
Alpinist in North face aiguille d'Argentière. Beautiful but a little technic !
Argentière
Aiguilles rouges du Dolent, wonderful isnt it ?
Argentière
Here, the back of the basin during winter. For information, in summer there are less demanding climbing routes on the outstanding granite ridge near the Argentière refuge. Otherwise there are several famou routes starting in this area. A High mountain experience is guaranteed
Argentière
High mountain atmosphere guaranteed, on 2771m the Argentière refuge is open on half february to half may and half june to half september (150 places). Accessible in 2h00 from the top of Lognan cablecar.
Aiguille Vertes
The aiguille Verte is a superb summit (4122m). Unfortunately his climbing is reserved to advenced alpinist. The descent route (by Whymper corridor) is long and delicat. Beware of bad snow conditions.
Aiguille Vertes
Seen from Chamonix town les Drus have an unmistakable silhouette. Climbing les Drus is still one the great climbing challenge. Recent major rockfalls have left the North and Southwest faces abandonned.
Aiguille Vertes
The traverse and other peripheral routes still climbed but a simple hiking to Charpoua refuge (2841m) still an original experience.
Aiguille Vertes
More approchable routes can be found around the Moine, Nonne and Eveque (3400m).
Aiguille Vertes
Classic mixed routes towards the south of Les Droites (3984m), Les Courtes (3856m)ofen interested during juin.
Aiguille Vertes
Détails on South face of Les Droites (3984m). I point out, back in the basin, the Pointe Isabelle (3761m). A summit who's also a long and beautiful classic route.
Aiguille Vertes
You are required to use crampons to gain access to the Couvercle refuge and although well equipped the passage on the ladders needs care. Couvercle refuge open from half june to half september (150 places). Accessible in 4H00 from Montenvers train.
Grands Jorasses
With its austere atmosphere, the enormous North face of the Grandes Jorasses (4208m) immediately demands repect. This is no playground and any ascent requires considerable engagement.
Grands Jorasses
The aiguilles de L'Eboulement (3700m), Leschaux (3760m) or the Petites Jorasses rock face (3649m) are more welcoming but neverless present some big face.
Grands Jorasses
Here, the calm after the storm. In background some Valais summit (in Switzerland). You can see the caracteristic silhouette of the Cervin an other famous summit after the mont Blanc.
Grands Jorasses
Here, the Grandes Jorasses pass at 3825m !!
Grands Jorasses
The lovely Périade ridge (3500m).
Grands Jorasses
The alternatives in the sector are the Rochesfort ridges (4001m) and the Dent du Géant (4013m).
Grands Jorasses
The Leschaux refuge (12 places) open from half june to half september.
Aiguille de Chamonix
Seen from the church in Chamonix, it is this group, reaching to the ski, wich give the town its high mountain atmosphere. Many routes of all lengths and difficulties suffice to say that's rock climbing Mecca is here.
Aiguille de Chamonix
Here, you can see the aiguille de L'M (2844m) and just back Les Grands Charmoz (3482m). On left, covered snow, the aiguille de la République (2552m) really thin and beautiful.
Aiguille de Chamonix
The aiguille de Blaitière (3522m) ans the aiguille du Plan (3673m) just covered of fresh snow. Rocks routes kiet long but rarely finish at the top. Extraordinary rock.
Aiguille de Chamonix
The famous aiguille du Midi (3842m) with on the top radio equipement.
Aiguille de Chamonix
The cablecar transport each year some thousand tourists. Without effort it give access to the famous Vallée Blanche. If it wasn't built we need 2 hiking days to meet the summit.
Aiguille de Chamonix
Here, the high parts of the Vallée Blanche'. This famous routes plunges you into the heart of the mountains. It's something who can't be missed for those who wish, at least one, to experience this high moutain atmospheres.
Aiguille de Chamonix
The aiguille du Midi ridge is some time very thin and during winter you be awere with the ski shoes.
Aiguille de Chamonix
Towards the Mer de Glace, l'Envers des Aiguilles, one finds the same paradise with the added bonus of the sun from early morning (night in the refuge necessary).
Aiguille de Chamonix
Envers des Aiguilles refuge 2523m open from half june to half september (60 places). Accessible in 3H00 from Montenvers train.
Aiguille de Chamonix
Plan des Aiguilles refuge 2233m (40 places) open from half june to half september. Accessible in 10 mn fron the cablecar.
Aiguille de Chamonix
Requin refuge 2516m (50 places) open fom january to half may and from half june to half september. Accessible in 3 or 4 hour from the Montenvers train.
Mont-Blanc
From his 4807m, the mont-mont spreads out its powerful ridges and dominate all Europe. An international renown and a climbing to doesn't devalue.
Mont-Blanc
For some, their only mountaineering aspiration is to climb mont Blanc. Very popular but not very representative of Alpine values.
Mont-Blanc
Right side picture, the North West ridge from dôme du Gouter (4304m) line the enormous glacier des Bossons. The Grands Mulets route come back up all. Its leave because the ice fall may be dangerous.
Mont-Blanc
On left side picture, the 3 mont Blanc route, Mont blanc du tacul (4248m), mont Maudit (4465m) et mont Blanc is very pleasing. It is the less busy as it is more technic.
Mont-Blanc
These 3 summits fall away to the South and East into colossal granite pillars between 3500m and 4000m.
Mont-Blanc
These rock groups 'next' to the Aiguille du Midi cablecar are also very popular.
Mont-Blanc
On the picture, the Pyramid du Tacul (3468m). In a long day you can climb and come back to the cablecar or to the Cosmique refuge.
Mont-Blanc
A 'simple' ice hiking between the Pointe Helbronner and the aiguille du Midi is not bad at all. The days with out wind you can do it with a small cablecar.
Mont-Blanc
The North face of the mont Maudit (4465m) on the 3 mont Blanc route may be a good destination at all. Precision : In winter, many ice corridor routes may be climbing on Vallée Blanche side and Géant basin.
Mont-Blanc
Here, detail of the col de la Brenva (4300m) and the mont Blanc summit (3 mont Blanc route). We avoid the rock part on the left. Be awere during descent because it's a little steep.
Mont-Blanc
The mont Blanc summit and the North face of Bionnassay (4052m). The mont Blanc normal route get over the big rock part (left side picture). You can the track on the snow.
Mont-Blanc
Grands Mulets refuge 3051m (68 places) open from april to half september. Accessible in 3H00 from the aiguille du Midi cablecar (intermediate station).
Mont-Blanc
The Gouter refuge, 3817m, (116 places but allways overbusy during all summer). Open from june to october. Accessible in 5 or 6H00 from the mont Blanc (mountain) train.
Mont-Blanc
The Vallot refuge, 4362m, (30 persons) without any gardian (often very dirty). Use it just in absolut necessity. Rescue radio inside.
Dome de Miage
At the extreme Southwest of the massif, the Tré la Tête glacier and its surrounding peaks form a large amphitheatre. Some snow routes often not too much difficult are possible from the Conscrit refuge accessible in a day hiking.
Dome de Miage
The mont Tondu (3196m), the Bérangère (3425m) and the Dôme de Miages (3870m) are the most popular. On the picture, some mountaineers on the superb last ridge.
Dome de Miage
In good conditions and a little more difficult, it is also possible to discovered the Lex Blanche (3697m), the aiguille de tré la tête (3930m) and the aiguille des Glaciers (3817m).
Dome de Miage
From the col des Dômes, view on the mont Blanc West face.
Dome de Miage
Here, a roped party earlier in morning near the col Infranchissable, 3350m, during climbing of the Dômes de Miages.
Dome de Miage
In spring, beautifull skitouring in the basin or the Armancette glacier.
Dome de Miage
Here, North face of the aiguille de Bionnassay (beware dangerous ice fall). Prefer the cross route from Durier refuge. Precision : In Savoie sector, the dôme des Glacier route (3592m) is also a very beautiful beginner route.
Aiguille Rouge
The aiguilles Rouges massif line Chamonix valley. Almost all the year two cablecar easiness the access. Most of summits are around 2500 and 2900m.
Aiguille Rouge
The closest viewpoint of mont Blanc the aiguilles Rouges are much visited troughout the year for their magnificent views and sunny face.
Aiguille Rouge
The North East part is a little less busy (the cablecars are farther). Many trails authorized some beautiful hiking particular the famous Balcon Sud.
Aiguille Rouge
Inspite of its gentle atmosphere this little area ca surprise. Morning can give rise to hard snow ad if it is stromy, thunder and lightening make the ridges not best place to be.
Aiguille Rouge
You can go to many small lakes like lac Noirs, lac du Brévent, lac Cornu, lac Blanc, lacs de Chésery.
Aiguille Rouge
The lac Blanc (now the water is green) is is very busy for family hiking from Flégère cablecar.
Aiguille Rouge
In summer it is climbing that reigns. The range is endless, schools, routes with or without a summit peak. There is something for everyone.
Aiguille Rouge
In winter the Brevent and Flégère areas provide good on and off piste skiing. Free riders and ski tourers alike can find all they would wish.
Aiguille Rouge
Ski tourers can also try North face (beware).
Fiz and Aravis
Classed as a nature reserve, this rocky stronghold adds a certain charm to the area..
Fiz and Aravis
South extrem part of the Chablais massif and neighbouring alpine giant it's reserved some wonderfull veiwpoint on the mont Blanc massif.
Fiz and Aravis
The aiguille de Varan (2544m) dominate the valley, the Passy lake and the small town of Sallanches. Around the peak you can find the famous Lapiaz (a particular limestone erosion).
Fiz and Aravis
Here, those seeking peace and quiet can find a corner of paradise.
Fiz and Aravis
The Anterne lake (on the picture) and the Pormenaz lake are attractive but I advise also the Villy valley.
Fiz and Aravis
The Aravis limestone foothills at South East part of Sallanches town are in the same spirit. On the picture, the west side of this massif (La Clusaz area).
Fiz and Aravis
Hikings family or rock climbings on beautiful limestone, all is possible.
Fiz and Aravis
At the end of the spring or in automn, it is ofen possible to approach the animals. In summer it is better to take binoculars.
Fiz and Aravis
In winter, ski touring possible on the 2 side of the massif. During week end all the West gully are very busy. Piste skiing possible on Croix >Fry nd la Clusaz resorts.
Fiz and Aravis
Winter view of the Pointe Percée (2750m), highest peak of the massif. At bottom, Doran gully.
Fiz and Aravis
Varan refuge have very nice view point on mont Blanc massif, open from april to october (30 places), accessible in 2H00 from Plateau d'Assy.
Fiz and Aravis
Next to the lapiaz (géological forms) the Platé refuge (35 places) is open from half june to half september. Accessible in 3H00 fron Praz-Coutant.
Aoste valley
On the Italian side the massif fall straight down the valley. The Vény valley (under mot Blanc) and Ferret valley (under Grandes Jorasses) are two great valley, they line all the massif. The car access is not possible every where.
Aoste valley
with the Helbronner cablecar it is easy to observe quiet near the very beautifull South East face of the mont Blanc. It geave access also to the Géant glacier and to the Vallée Blanche.
Aoste valley
Winter view of the mont Blanc. On right the Brenva glacier.
Aoste valley
Sunrise on the mont Blanc de Courmayeur (4748m), situated in the South extension of the French summit. See like that, it is seems nothing but in fact very different.
Aoste valley
The aiguille Noire de Peuterey (3773m) and the Peuterey ridge
Aoste valley
Magnificent, wild and demanding the Brouillard area is reserve of only the best climbers.
Aoste valley
South West side of the mont Blanc, Brouillard ridge area.
Aoste valley
Above Val Ferret it is in the same mind of Frenche part with many long routes from Boccalate and Fébouze refuges.
Aoste valley
Here, the South face of the Grandes Jorasses in the november morning mist. This face is the normal descent route.
Aoste valley
Easiest, the rock climbings near the Dalmazzi refuge (from Monts Rouges du Triolet et rock under the refuge) are very beautifull and delight modern climbers.
Aoste valley
Aoste valley
Torino refuge, 3371m, (160 places) on the border between Italia and France. Accessible with cablebar from the 2 sides. Open from june to september.
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