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Routes : Europe : France : 07- Alps : Chamonix and Mont Blanc area ALPINE CLIMBS : a Chamonix + Mont-Blanc area OVERVIEW

a Chamonix + Mont-Blanc area OVERVIEW

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About a Chamonix + Mont-Blanc area OVERVIEW:

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MB is for the Mont Blanc range, while AR is for the Massif des Aiguilles Rouges.

The famous Massif du Mont Blanc is straddling three alpine countries : France, Italy, and Switzerland. Its highest point is of course the Mont Blanc itself with 4810 m. The high mountains of this massif overlook the European capital of alpinism : Chamonix.
This high range is a natural border and many of its highest summits belong not only to one country. The Mont Dolent(3820 m) is on the corner of the three contries while the Grandes Jorasses, the Mont Blanc or the Aiguilles de Tré-la-Tête (3930 m) on the extreme south of the range are on the Italian-French border.
The Massif du Mont Blanc has a banana shape, and is 30 km long for 10 km wide. The geographical limits are : the valley of Chamonix in which runs the river Arve, in the northwest ; the Val Ferret in the east (one part in Switzerland, another one in Italy) ; the Italian Val Veny in the south ; and the Val Montjoie in the southwest, in France. Courmayeur, the Italian city known as a departure for some of the hardest climbs of the Mont Blanc is where Val Veny and Val Ferret meet.

The Massif des Aiguilles Rouges is facing the Mont Blanc : it's a smaller group of summits located on the right bank of the river Arve (= west of Chamonix) : the Mont Buet (3099 m) on the north, the bouldering field of the Col des Montets, the cableway station of the Brévent are in the Massif des Aiguilles Rouges.

The entrance of the Vallée de Chamonix could be placed as the industrial city of Sallanches, on the river Arve. Further east and deeper in the valley are the villages of Le Fayet and Saint-Gervais-les-Bains (from where you can enter the Val Montjoie and access to the Dômes de Miage and the Aiguilles de Bionassay). After a meander is the village of Les Houches. And then the heart of the Valley : Chamonix, Argentière, Montroc where the Arve is born from many small alpine torrents. In Montroc is a small road going northwards to Switzerland through the Col des Montets and the village of Vallorcine. From Les Houches is the road going to the Tunnel du Mont Blanc between Chamonix and Courmayeur.

Nearest town or city: Chamonix
Latitude, Longitude: 45.92220, 6.87200
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