The Alpine Classics of the Mont Blanc Massif

There are countless Chamonix Classics and it can be hard to know where to start – these are some of the very best mid-grade routes in the region.

Alpine Climbing, Hiking Easy, Moderate, Difficult

Also in Haute-Savoie, FranceValais, Switzerland

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Sunrise on the route
Sunrise on the route Photo: Peter Riley

Description

Just driving into Chamonix can take your breath away - the mountains look high, steep and virtually impossible to climb. In many cases, looks aren't deceiving - Chamonix is home to some of the toughest alpine climbs on the planet - but there are also some brilliant alpine adventures for mere mortals in the most famous mountain valley of them all.

This guidebook showcases a handful of those routes, with a combination of short day trips like the Aiguilles Marbées Traverse and the Cosmiques Arête, and longer, more committing missions like the Aiguille Verte's Whymper Couloir and Mont Maudit's Frontier Ridge. The one thing that unites these climbs is that they are not too technically difficult - if you're fit, experienced and solid on intermediate alpine terrain then all of these routes should be attainable.

If you tick them off and are ready to step it up a notch, then give this lot a go!

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