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Mont Blanc Pope's Route


Italian normal route via Gonella Hut

Also in Haute-Savoie, France

Alpine Climbing Severe

6.1 km
1.8 km
75 m
Low Point
3.1 km
High Point
4.8 km
Mont Blanc Pope's Route Map

This is a popular alpine climbing route which is generally considered to be severe. It's very remote, it features high exposure and is typically done between June and September. From a low point of 3.1 km to the maximum altitude of 4.8 km, the route covers 6.1 km, 1810 vertical metres of ascent and 75 vertical metres of descent. You'll need ice axe, crampons and glacier kit to complete it safely.


Less travelled way. Remote, hard, long and spectacular. Amazing journey from Gonella Hut to the summit of Mont Blanc via Pope's Route. Achille Ratti, who became Pope Pius XI in 1921, descended that way in 1890.



Steep, sustained and serious terrain on rock/ice. Routes will be long, exposed and possibly committing. D, D+

High Exposure

3 out of 4

Much of the route is difficult to protect and a fall could be disastrous at certain points.


3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

between June and September

Equipment required

  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Glacier kit

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