Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta Sights

Monte Bianco (Mont Blanc)

  • Strada Statale 26 Map It
  • Courmayeur
  • Mountain–Sight

Published 06/07/2016

Fodor's Review

Monte Bianco's attraction is not so much its shape (much less distinctive than that of the Matterhorn) as its expanse and the awesome vistas from the top. You can reach the summit via a cable car that ascends from Entreves, just below the Mont Blanc Tunnel. In summer, if you get the inclination, you can then switch cable cars and descend into Chamonix, in France. In winter you can ski parts of the route off-piste. The Funivie Entreves whisks you up first to the Pavillon du Mont Fréty in just four minutes—a starting point for many beautiful hikes—and then in six minutes to the spectacular viewing platform at Punta Helbronner (more than 11,000 feet), which is also the border post with France.

The next stage up—only in summer—is on the Télépherique de L'Aiguille du Midi, as you pass into French territory. The trip is particularly impressive; you dangle over a huge glacial snowfield (more than 2,000 feet below) and make your way slowly to the viewing station above Chamonix. It's one of the most dramatic rides in Europe. From this point you're looking down into France, and if you change cable cars at the Aiguille du Midi station, you can make your way down into Chamonix itself.

Sight Information


Strada Statale 26, Courmayeur, Aosta Valley, 11013, Italy

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0165-89925-in Courmayeur; 0450-532275-in Chamonix

Sight Details:

  • €27 round-trip to Pavillon du Mont Fréty, €48 round-trip to Helbronner; additional €89 round-trip from Helbronner to Chamonix
  • Closed Nov. and depending on weather conditions and demand

Published 06/07/2016


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