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