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The world capital of mountaineering

Since the first conquest of Mont-Blanc by Jacques Balmat and Michel Gabriel Paccard in 1786, the countless summits of the « Massif » have been coveted by man. The first to set their hearts on the summits were the wealthy Englishmen, who employed local guides to assist them in their climbs. Mountaineering developed and evolved until all the challenging rock faces and imposing summits had been conquered. Men kept pushing the limits of the impossible in order to succeed such exploits as the north face of the Walker (1938) and the « Linceul » (1968), both in the Grandes Jorasses, the south-westerly pillar of the « Petit Dru » (1955), the northern passage of the Dru (1973) or the north face of the Fou (1963). Chamonix's history is indissociable with the names of Terray, Rébuffat, Cassin, Bonatti, Desmaison, Hemming or Bérault and has been forged to the rythm of individual prowess and a collective passion for the mountains.

The evolution of the sport today leaves no passage, gully or ice fall unconsidered, but the great classics like the Mont-Blanc are still as appealing as ever. Mountaineering is not an exclusive sport and there are high-mountain routes to suit all levels of fitness and ability.

Let yourself be tempted by an adventure in one of the most beautiful mountain ranges on earth and contact the professionals.

The Mont Blanc climbing

Often described as the roof of Europe, every year the Mont-Blanc Massif attracts millions of visitors who come to admire, this exceptional natural site. By the same token thousands of alpinists aspire to reach the summit of Mont-Blanc. To conquer Mont-Blanc is a dream shared by many passionate climbers. A dream within the realms of reality as long as one does not underestimate the hidden difficulties on this legendary mountain. Sharing its summit with the communes of Chamonix, St-Gervais and Courmayeur in Italy, the « normal » climbing route is via the Aiguille du Gouter and the « Arête des Bosses » There are other less practiced itineraries such as the « Traverse », departing from the Aiguille du Midi, via the Mont-blanc du Tacul and the Mont Maudit, or the « Royal traverse » from the Domes de Miage via the famous Bionnassay ridge.
For the most experienced alpinists, the Innominata ridge is accessed from the Italian side.

Information website dedicated to climbing Mont Blanc

Brochure « Climbing Mont Blanc is best left to experienced mountaineers »

Above all, one must remember that the Mont-Blanc constitutes a serious high-mountain route necessitating the presence of a guide :

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Prestige Outdoor Specialists

Prestige is proud to offer a variety of Mountain Sport activities from individual coaching to animated evening events.
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Established in 1821, the Chamonix Guides’ Company is the oldest and largest guides’ association in the world with more than 240 guides at your service.
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HIgh mountain guide agency since 1993. Height Travel agency. Specialists "on demand" training courses "

A mountain guide and ski instructor agency based in Chamonix, specialized in every aspect of skiing. A new way of discovering mountains around the world !
Stages Expéditions

Welcome to Stagexpe ! We have been leading you for 25 years to reach the top of Mont Blanc and many other summits around Chamonix.
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Explore the Chamonix Valley with Ski & Snowboarding Lessons, Off Piste clinics, Vallee Blanche Descents, High Mountain Guides, Ski School for children, Hel...
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Apprehend the mountains differently, experience unforgettable moments in a convivial atmosphere with SKI SENSATIONS instructors.
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Centre vacances sportives pour jeunes de 18 à 40 ans. Stages ski, snowboard, hors-piste, ski de randonnée, alpinisme, escalade, raids pédestres.
Maison des Guides de Vallorcine

Les Guides et accompagnateurs de Vallorcine vous proposent de vous accompagner dans la découverte et le perfectionnement de la pratique des sports en monta...
Association Internationale des Guides du Mont Blanc
9 passage de la Varlope
BP 86
74402 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Tel : +33(0)4 50 53 27 05

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