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A glance at the high mountains

The Matterhorn (Cervino in Italian), above Zermatt in Switzerland is one of the most easily recognizable mountains in the world. It is situated within the only system of high peaks and glaciers which can rival the Mont-Blanc range in the Alps.


Valleys around the Mont-Blanc range

Mont Blanc range and Chamonix Valley, French Alps Quaint village of Le Tour, Chamonix Valley, French Alps The Chamonix valley (in France), which borders the Mont-Blanc range in the North, is fairly developped, with all the amenities of a large town, but there are also some rustic spots.



Val Veni,  Mont-Blanc range, Italian Alps Glacial pond in Val Veni,  Mont-Blanc range, Italian Alps By contrast, the Val Veni (in Italy), which borders the Mont-Blanc range in the South, has remained quite wild.

Grandes Jorasses and aretes de Rochefort seen from the Aiguilles Rouges, French Alps Grandes Jorasses and aretes de Rochefort seen from the Val Veny at sunrise, Italian Alps The Mont-Blanc range is compact enough that one can view the opposite faces of the same mountains from each of the surrounding valleys, here the Grandes Jorasses seen from each side.


Views of the Mont-Blanc range

Mountain hut at Lac Blanc and Mont-Blanc range, French Alps Mountain hut at Lac Blanc and Mont-Blanc range, French Alps Hiker in the Aiguilles Rouges and Mont-Blanc range, French Alps

The mountains north of the Mont-Blanc range, known as the Aiguilles Rouges, are easily accessible thanks to two cable cars, easy hiking trails, and overnight huts.

Mont Blanc range seen from the Aiguilles routes, French Alps Aiguille du Midi, Tacul, Mt Maudit, and Mt Blanc, French Alps They provide magnificent panoramic 180 degrees views of the Mont-Blanc range. You have the feeling of almost touching the mountains, however this is only remotely close to the experience of being in those mountains.

Mountain goats  in the Aiguilles Rouges and Mont-Blanc range at sunset, French Alps Mont-Blanc range at sunset, French Alps Aiguille du Tour and Aiguille Verte, seen from the Aiguilles Rouges at dusk, French Alps

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