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The Alpine Classics of the Mont Blanc Massif

There are countless Chamonix Classics, it can be hard to know where to start – these are some of the very best

Description

Mont Blanc, 4808m. The 3 Monts Route
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Mont Blanc, 4808m. The 3 Monts Route

Chamonix
15.4 km
1,465 m
A huge day out through very complicated glacial terrain to the highest peak in Western Europe
Moderate
Private
Tour Ronde, 3792m. Normal Route (E Face)
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Tour Ronde, 3792m. Normal Route (E Face)

Chamonix
5.7 km
669 m
A relatively short route to a fantastic summit with breathtaking views of the S side of Mont Blanc
Moderate
Private
Pointes Lachenal: La boucle (Face N)

Pointes Lachenal: La boucle (Face N)

Chamonix
0.1 km
59 m
An easy winter run in one day with ski approach. The return trip is by the Aiguille du Midi cable car (350 m. of ascent) or by the descent of the Vallée Blanche.
Difficult
Private
Pointes Lachenal: Voie Contamine

Pointes Lachenal: Voie Contamine

Chamonix
2.5 km
454 m
Point Lachenal has several climbing routes. The Contamine route is the first route opened in this face by André Contamine, Pierre Labrunie and Robert Wohlschlag on August 30, 1959.
Extreme
Private
Mont Maudit, Frontier/Kuffner Ridge.
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Mont Maudit, Frontier/Kuffner Ridge.

Chamonix
5.7 km
1,249 m
A memorable technical mountaineering route up one of the finest ridges of its standard in the Alps, the Frontier Ridge.
Severe
Private
Aiguille Carrée: Voie Ravanel Frendo

Aiguille Carrée: Voie Ravanel Frendo

Chamonix
1.4 km
577 m
Splendid trunking located on the NE side of the ridge of Grands Montets, in the depression preceding the Cordier corridor coming from the Col du Nant Blanc. It comes out at the rift between the Aiguille Carrée and Pointe Farrar. Access from the top station of the Grands Montets cable car is very fast.
Extreme
Private
Midi - Plan Traverse
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Midi - Plan Traverse

Chamonix
4.6 km
700 m
A truly classic route, which is serious and exposed but not technically difficult.
Difficult
Private
Aiguille du Midi, 3842m. Cosmiques Arête
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Aiguille du Midi, 3842m. Cosmiques Arête

Chamonix
1.2 km
299 m
An iconic and accessible route with great and varied climbing, with amazing exposure down to Chamonix
Difficult
Private
Middleton-in-Teesdale to Langdon Beck

Middleton-in-Teesdale to Langdon Beck

2 - 3 hrs
12.7 km
244 m
99 m
Pass the waterfalls of both Low Force and High Force and follow the River Tees west.
Difficult
Private