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Mont Blanc Contents 1 Understand 1.1 History 2 Get in 3 Get around 3.1 Ascension on foot 3.2 Ascent by ski 4 See 5 Do 5.1 Ascent by cable car 6 Eat 7 Sleep 8 Stay safe 9 Go next From Wikivoyage Europe > France > Southeastern France > Rhône-Alpes > Haute-Savoie > Mont Blanc Jump to: navigation , search Mont Blanc

At 4810 m (15,774 ft), Mont Blanc (in Italian Monte Bianco) is the highest summit of Western Europe, situated between the French mont-blanc-mountain-cable-car-rid-0.html. montblanc classique meisterstuck 149 gt fountain pen and the Italian Alps , near the town of Chamonix (France) and Courmayeur (Italy).

Understand [ edit ]

Mont Blanc literally means White Mountain .

The Elbrus in the Caucasus is taller, and represents Europe on the Seven Summits list, though Mont Blanc deserves a honorable mention, as a classic for mountaineers. Since the North Caucasus is not safe for travellers as of 2015, Mont Blanc is more appealing as a European summit.

History [ edit ]

Mont Blanc was first climbed by Jacques Balmat and Dr. Michel Paccard in 1786, and the next year by H.-B. de Saussure.

Get in [ edit ]

There is a regular airport transfer service from Geneva Airport to your accommodation in Les Houches , Chamonix & Argentiere operated by * Chamexpress The price is €25 (about $28 or £18) per person, each way.

Get around [ edit ] See the stay safe section below for important information. See also: mountaineering Ascension on foot [ edit ]

Although climbing Mont Blanc is not technically very difficult, the altitude requires proper training and equipment. Every year, several thousand people do it and several accidents are caused by improper preparation. A mountain guide is necessary unless you already know the place (660 €, about $740 or £480, for one or two persons).

It can be done in July and August.

Usually done from Saint-Gervais-les-Bains with a night in the Goûter refuge .

Ascent by ski [ edit ]

Climbing Mont Blanc by ski is reserved for highly trained skiers. It's mostly glacier skiing. It can be done from March to June, depending on the snow coverage. A mountain guide is necessary unless you already know the place.

Usually done from Chamonix with a night in the Grands Mulets refuge .

See [ edit ] Do [ edit ] Ascent by cable car [ edit ] Cable car on Mont Blanc View of Chamonix from Aiguille de Midi

Climbing Mont Blanc can be traversed by a series of trams from the Italian side to the French side. It is a beautiful experience offering the comfort of heated stops with restaurants and the option of getting out to hike over the glaciers. Bring warm clothes. The return trip can be made by a bus which travels through a tunnel under the mountain.

Eat [ edit ] Sleep [ edit ] The Skier's Lodge . B&B in Les Houches, 150m from the Bellevue Cable Car. En-suite rooms, hot-tub, sauna, swimming pool. Sleeps up to 20. €30/person .   "Résidence Pierre & Vacances Le Belmont - Arc 1800" ,  ☎ +33 1 58 21 55 84 . Has magnificent views of the Mont Blanc, in the village of Charmettoger. The apartments are big, duvets and Wi-Fi connection in all apartments, services include a heated ski room, boot dryers, a lounge with open fire, a children's play area, a ski shop and a food hamper delivery service. The residence is just 300m from the shopping centre and ski lifts.   Hotel Bouton d'Or, Courmayeur . Central location. Bedrooms decorated in alpine style. Buffet breakfast with home made and local food. Sauna, tecnogym, garage and parking, wifi internet.   Stay safe [ edit ]

Some sources estimate that over 100 people die on Mont Blanc every year. Some do not make mistakes; some do, and die as a result. It is extremely important that, when climbing or hiking on the mountain, you;

Get a mountain guide unless you already know the place, per the above advice. Bring enough navigational and mountaineering equipment: for example, in snow-capped areas, ensure everyone has an ice axe. Check the weather forecast for the area: but be prepared for rough weather even if it is not forecast. Plan your expedition in advance, including the route you'll take, and stick to it. Abandon your expedition if the weather becomes too harsh for you to continue, or if you feel you are not fully prepared. Take enough clothing to keep you warm and dry, but not more than you can carry. You may need thicker clothing than you initially think. Have an emergency plan in place. Leave somebody with information as to where you are. Also arrange to be back within a certain amount of time, so if something goes seriously wrong, rescue teams will know sooner. Learn to recognize the symptoms of hypothermia, such as tiredness and the urge to remove layers of clothing. A person with hypothermia needs getting out of there, or they could die – but while on the mountain, you can help by giving them high calorie food and putting them in a storm jacket. If you think somebody in your group has made a bad decision, object. Don't decide to go further than you originally planned to. Always have a first aid kit to deal with small problems. Remain aware of your surroundings, and of the hazards you may encounter, at all times. Go next [ edit ] Lake Geneva This region article is an extra-hierarchical region, describing a region that does not fit into the hierarchy Wikivoyage uses to organise most articles. These extra articles provide only basic information and links to articles in the hierarchy. This article can be expanded if the information is specific to the page; otherwise new text should go in the appropriate region or city article.

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CHAMONIX, France (AP) — Dozens of tourists, including a 10-year-old child, were safely rescued Friday after being trapped in cable cars dangling above the slopes of Mont Blanc in the Alps overnight.

The mountain rescue service in the French city of Chamonix said cables that had become entangled Thursday were repaired, and the cable cars were able to resume operation Friday morning.

The travelers were brought to Chamonix and the Italian town of Courmayeur.

A series of cable cars got stuck after the cables tangled at 3,600 meters altitude, prompting a major rescue operation. The interior minister said 65 people were rescued Thursday night, but 45 had to be left there overnight after rescue operations were halted because of rough flight conditions for helicopters and darkness.

Five rescuers stayed overnight in the cable cars and provided blankets, food and water to help weather the chilly mountain night-time conditions.

Those who were brought down Thursday night described an extraordinarily tense and risky rescue operation.

"We were there almost 10 hours in the cable car. The cable car left about 2:30 in the afternoon and it was just before midnight when they finally brought us out of the gondolas, which was really quite an experience," said Kathy Cook, a tourist from Michigan.

"The helicopter rescue failed because the fog moved in, so we had to just wait and then they decided they could bring us safely to the ground, and we walked up the glacier to the hut," she said upon arrival in Courmayeur.

When the fog moved in, the helicopter effort was called off, and rescuers concentrated on bringing down people whose cable cars were closest to the ground, Italian rescuer Mario Mochet said. Rescuers on the glacier below helped transfer them to a shelter on the slopes before they were brought further down the mountains.

"The extent of this rescue operation is simply unbelievable," said Col. Frederic Labrunye, commander of the provincial gendarmerie group of Haute-Savoie. "By the volume of people to rescue -we rarely rescue 110 people at the same time in high mountain - and by the environment in which it happens ... in the heart of one of the largest glaciers in Europe, over a distance of five kilometers of cable with 36 cabins."

Helicopters had to delicately fly over the cable, which is risky itself, then lower a rescuer on to an area "not larger than a table," strap on passengers one by one and extract them, he said, describing it as "air surgery."

The cable car, which offers spectacular up-close views of Western Europe's tallest mountains and deep valleys below, connects the Aiguille de Midi peak in France, at 3,842 meters (12,605 feet), to Pointe Helbronner in Italy, at 3,462 meters (11,358 feet).

Stefano De Nicolo in Courmayeur, Italy, and Angela Charlton in Paris contributed.

© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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Alpine cliffhanger: 33 stranded overnight in scary Mont Blanc cable car drama Published time: 9 Sep, 2016 03:53 Edited time: 10 Sep, 2016 13:52 Get short URL Vallée Blanche Cable Car © wikipedia.org Over a hundred people became stuck above Mont Blanc in the Alps on Thursday after a cable car system malfunctioned. The rescue operation was suspended during the night, leaving 33 people stranded. The repair was successfully completed on Friday morning.

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A “technical incident” led to 110 people being temporarily stuck in a number of cabins of The Vallée Blanche Cable Car, France’s Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said. Four helicopters were deployed and rescued 65 people before night fell.

The visitors’ 5-kilometer ride, which usually takes 35 minutes, abruptly stopped at 3:50 p.m. local time after cables tangled in high winds, France 3 TV reported.

The High Mountain Gendarmerie Platoon of Clamonix and the mountain group of firefighters of Haute-Savoie took part in the rescue operation.

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The stranded tourists were later aided by an Italian rescue team, which managed to free 12 from the trap, Prefect of Haute-Savoie Georges-François Leclerc said.

Rescue workers delivered blankets and food to the trapped people and stayed with them overnight.

The rescue operation resumed at first light on Friday morning and the remaining passengers were brought safely to the ground after the tangled cables were repaired.

The Vallée Blanche Cable Car rides between the Aiguille du Midi and Helbronner peaks at an altitude of 3,000 meters.

The cable car entered service in 1958. Today’s incident is the second major one since 1961, when the cable was badly damaged by a Republic F-84F Thunderstreak of the French Armée de l'Air. Three cars crashed and six people were killed, while the damaged plane landed safely.

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