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The highest summit in non-far-east Europe. Roughly on the France-Italy boundary, and in Italian called "Monte Bianco".

Armies of people with minimal alpine climbing experience try to reach the top of the highest peak in non-far-east Europe.

Popular routes to the summit of MB from Chamonix include:
  • Les Trois Monts Blancs - 3MB - ("three Mont Blancs", because it crosses Mont Blanc du Tacul and Mont Maudit along the way to MB).
  • Arete Nord de Dome du Gouter / Grands Mulets glacier - favored by ski mountaineers.

Popular or classic routes from France farther south include:
  • Gouter / Arete des Bosses route (via the Aiguille du Gouter and Refuge du Gouter hut from the cog railway up from the town of St-Gervais-les-Bains - [see this route description].
  • Continuing from traverse over Aiguille de Bionossay peak from Refuge Durier hut.

Popular or classic routes from Italy include:
  • Brenva spur / Éperon de la Brenva - (also can be reached from Chamonix by Aiguille du Midi lift).
  • Peuterey ridge - famously long and difficult - [see this Route page on MP]
  • Aiguilles Grises - not as difficult, very spectacular.

Getting There [Suggest Change]

Different access points for different routes:
3MB: from Aiguille du Midi lift and Refuge des Cosmiques hut.
North Ridge of Dome du Gouter or Grands Mulets glacier: from Plan de l'Aiguille lift and Refuge des Grands Mulets hut (or by "animal" ski mountaineers from the MB Tunnel west entrance).
Gouter route: Start from cog railway up from town of St-Gervais-les-Bains.

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