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 Sous-Dine mountain near Thorens-Glières and Annecy (Haute-Savoie) – 45 km in a straight line:
Mont-Blanc seen from the summit of the Salève Mountain above Geneva (Switzerland) – 63 km in a straight line:
Mont-Blanc seen from the Bastille fort above Grenoble (Isère) – 113 km in a straight line:
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:
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:
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:Mont-Blanc seen from the Croix-Rousse district of Lyon – 157 km in a straight line:
Mont-Blanc seen from the lakefront of Geneva (Switzerland) – 70 km in a straight line:
Mont-Blanc seen from the summit of the Grand Colombier mountain (Ain) – 85 km in a straight line: