10 Photos of Mont-Blanc viewed from afar that will inspire you

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Mont-Blanc is Western Europe’s highest mountain at an altitude of 4.810 m (15,781 ft) above sea-level. Located on the French-Italian border, its breathtaking peaks and glaciers overlook the lively resort town of Chamonix and the Arve Valley. The summit of Mont-Blanc is a snow dome where temperatures rarely rise above 0 °C (32 °F). Considered the birthplace and symbol of modern mountaineering, its massif covers a surface of approximately 400 km2 in three countries: France, Italy and Switzerland. Here is a selection of 10 photos of Mont-Blanc seen from afar…


Mont-Blanc is visible from far away

17 peaks have an altitude of at least 4,000 m above sea level, including Mont-Blanc de Courmayeur (4,748 m), Mont Maudit (4,465 m), Dôme du Goûter (4,304 m), Mont-Blanc du Tacul (4,248 m), Grandes Jorasses (4,208 m), Aiguille Verte (4,122 m) and Dent du Géant (4,013 m). The needle called ‘Aiguille du Midi’ rises at 3,843 m and is reached by one of Europe’s highest cable-cars.

The Mont-Blanc massif is visible from many places in or outside the Alps: from Geneva to Grenoble and from Lyon to Dijon. From the summits of the Vosges, the Jura and the Massif Central, the iconic mountain is also visible under good weather conditions. However, contrary to urban legend, it has never been possible to see Mont-Blanc from the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris partly due to atmospheric refraction and mainly because the two sites are too far away from each other. Here are 10 photos showing the spectacular white mass of Mont-Blanc emerging above the surrounding mountains of the Alps and their location.


10 Photos of Mont-Blanc viewed from a far

Mont-Blanc seen from the summit of the Semnoz Mountain above Annecy (Haute-Savoie) – 60 km in a straight line:

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Mont-Blanc from Semnoz © French Moments

Mont-Blanc seen from the Sous-Dine mountain near Thorens-Glières and Annecy (Haute-Savoie) – 45 km in a straight line:

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Mont-Blanc viewed from the Sous-Dine Mountain (Haute-Savoie) © French Moments

Mont-Blanc seen from the summit of the Salève Mountain above Geneva (Switzerland) – 63 km in a straight line:

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Mont-Blanc from Salève © French Moments

Mont-Blanc seen from the Bastille fort above Grenoble (Isère) – 113 km in a straight line:

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Mont-Blanc from Grenoble by Milky — Travail personnel. Sous licence Free Art License via Wikimedia Commons

Mont-Blanc seen from the Aravis Pass (Col des Aravis), altitude 1,486 m above La Clusaz (Haute-Savoie/Savoie) – 30 km in a straight line:

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Mont-Blanc from Col des Aravis © French Moments

Mont-Blanc seen from the village of Cercier (Haute-Savoie) in the Genevois area – 66 km in a straight line. The bridge seen is the monumental Pont de la Caille:

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Mont-Blanc from Cercier (Haute-Savoie) © French Moments

Mont-Blanc seen from the Faucille Pass (Col de la Faucille) in the Jura mountains above Gex and Geneva – 88 km in a straight line:

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Mont-Blanc from Col de la Faucille © Damien Boilley – licence [CC BY 2.0] from Wikimedia Commons

Mont-Blanc seen from the Croix-Rousse district of Lyon – 157 km in a straight line:

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Mont-Blanc from Lyon © David Olivier – licence [CC BY 3.0] from Wikimedia Commons

Mont-Blanc seen from the lakefront of Geneva (Switzerland) – 70 km in a straight line:

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Mont-Blanc from Geneva © Yann (talk) – licence [CC BY-SA 3.0] from Wikimedia Commons

Mont-Blanc seen from the summit of the Grand Colombier mountain (Ain) – 85 km in a straight line:

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Mont-Blanc from Grand-Colombier © Rolf Süssbrich – licence [CC BY-SA 3.0] from Wikimedia Commons


If you are enjoying photos of Mont-Blanc, these articles might interest you too: Chamonix and Mont-Blanc and the French Alps.

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Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations and a degree of Economics and Management.

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