Chamonix is dominated by the white majestic dome of Mont Blanc, 4,810m high, the highest mountain in western Europe.
Every year, the summit of Mont Blanc becomes the ultimate objective for mountaineers from all over the world, all striving to stand on the top of Europe and look down at all of the major summits of the Alps.
People normally chose one of the two most common routes to climb Mont Blanc from Chamonix. The route from the Aiguille du Midi, over Mont Blanc du Tacul and Mont Maudit is generally quieter, and highly dependent on conditions, but slightly more technical.
The slightly easier and more reliable option is via the Tramway du Mont Blanc to the Nid d’Aigle, then up the Aiguille du Gouter and the Bosse ridge.
While not technically challenging, ascending Mont Blanc requires a high level of physical fitness and experience using crampons and an ice axe.