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Category: Mountains, Local time: 17:04:24, Altitude: 4808m

Mont Blanc (Monte Bianco, i.e. White Mountain") is the highest mountain in the Alps, in western Europe , and in the European Union. The beutiful mountain, nicknamed by the French "Dame Blanche", is 4,810 m tall. Mont Blanc is a part of the Alps, and it is located between the regions of Aosta Valley in Italy and Haute-Savoie in France . The massif of Mont Blanc was drilled through to build the road connecting Italy and France . The tunnel was constructed between 1957 and 1965 and it is 11.6km long.

About Mont Blanc

The first climbers who reached the top of Mont Blanc were Jacques Balm and Michel Paccard. It was on 8th August 1786. The first woman who climbed up to the top of Mont Blanc was Marie Paradis in 1808. The peak of Mont Blanc is covered with a thick layer of ice and snow. There used to be an observatory near the top. It was built in 1893. Due to severe weather conditions it was abandoned and fell into ruins. Mont Blanc is very popular among mountain climbers. However, the climb to the top is extremely difficult and very long, and it is not recommendable for people without proper physical condition and equipment. Relevant information and and previous experience in climbing mountains at this difficulty level is a must.

Winter Sports

The region around Mont Blanc offers excellent conditions for skiing and snowboarding. In the vicinity of the massif, there are two popular tourist resorts . Courmayeur on the Italian side and Chamonix-Mont-Blanc on the French side.

Race around Mont Blanc

Every year , an ultra- marathon around the massif of Mont Blanc, called "Ultra-Trail du Mont- Blanc" is organized in this region. The participants run or walk around Mont Blanc on the trail which is led across three countries- France, Italy and Switzerland. The distance is approximately 166 km, the total elevation is 9 400 metres. The race is run in one leg, there is no overnight sleep. The champions usually cover the distance in some 20 hours. However, most of the racers need about 20 - 45 hours. There is no prize money awarded. Sometimes hikers follow this marathon trail as well. If you are not a marathon runner or if you want to enjoy the breathtaking views of the highest parts of the Alps, allow 8 to 10 days.

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GPS: 45.8341, 6.8646
Highest peak -altitude (m): 4808 m
When was the top climbed first time?: 1786
Last update: Nov 10, 2012 1:04:04 PM

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