15 inspiring photos of Mont-Blanc viewed from afar

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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

Pierre showing Mont-Blanc in the distance © French Moments

Pierre pointing to Mont-Blanc 30 kms away © French Moments

Mont-Blanc is the first mountain I’ve been to when I was 5 years old. Since then I have been fascinated by the snow-capped peaks of the Alps. I would get excited each time I saw the white mass of Mont-Blanc, whether from the Jura or from the Vosges. This post is about this little thing I have for mountain views and is a collection of photos of Mont-Blanc I took in the East of France.

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.

Mont-Blanc seen from Lintre (Sallanches) © French Moments

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 afar

1. Semnoz Mountain (Haute-Savoie)

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

Mont-Blanc from Semnoz © French Moments

Mont-Blanc from Semnoz © French Moments

2. Sous-Dine Mountain (Haute-Savoie)

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

Mont-Blanc Haute-Savoie

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

3. Parmelan Mountain (Haute-Savoie)

Mont-Blanc seen from the Parmelan mountain between Thorens-Glières and Annecy (Haute-Savoie) – 50 kms in a straight line:

Mont-Blanc from Parmelan © French Moments

Mont-Blanc from Parmelan © French Moments

4. Mount Salève (Haute-Savoie)

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

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Mont-Blanc from Salève © French Moments

5. Sallanches (Haute-Savoie)

Mont-Blanc seen from the hamlet of Lintre above Sallanches (Haute-Savoie)  – 24 kms in a straight line.

Mont-Blanc from Lintre (Sallanches) © French Moments

Mont-Blanc from Lintre (Sallanches) © French Moments

6. Aravis Pass (Haute-Savoie, Savoie)

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

Mont-Blanc from the Aravis Pass © French Moments

Mont-Blanc from the Aravis Pass © French Moments

7. Le Môle Mountain (Haute-Savoie)

Mont-Blanc seen from the summit of Le Môle (Haute-Savoie) in the Genevois area – 44 kms in a straight line:

Mont-Blanc from Le Môle © French Moments

Mont-Blanc from Le Môle © French Moments

8. Les Arcs (Savoie)

Mont-Blanc seen from the ski resort of Les Arcs (Savoie) in the Tarentaise – 29 kms in a straight line:

Mont-Blanc from Les Arcs © French Moments

Mont-Blanc from Les Arcs © French Moments

9. Village of Cercier (Haute-Savoie)

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

Mont-Blanc from Cercier © French Moments

Mont-Blanc from Cercier © French Moments

10. Grand-Ballon (Haut-Rhin)

Mont-Blanc seen from Grand-Ballon, the highest summit of the Vosges mountains in Alsace – 231 kms in a straight line.

Mont-Blanc from Grand-Ballon (Alsace) © French Moments

Mont-Blanc from Grand-Ballon (Alsace) © French Moments

Only 10 photos? Well that’s not enough really… here are a few more pics from other photographers:

11. Col de la Faucille (Ain)

Mont-Blanc seen from the Faucille Pass (Col de la Faucille) in the Jura mountains above Gex and Geneva – 88 kms 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

12. Lyon (Rhône)

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

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

13. Geneva (Switzerland)

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

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

14. Mount Grand Colombier (Ain)

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

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

15. Grenoble (Isère)

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

Photos of Mont-Blanc

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


If you are enjoying photos of Mont-Blanc, these articles might interest you too: Chamonix, 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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