3 Ways to Conquer the Beast of Mont Blanc
Posted: Nov 20, 2017
Chamonix is one of the most famous skiing destinations in the world. Sitting in the valleys of Mont Blanc, the resort is renowned for its pristine pistes and panoramic views. When you see Mont Blanc towering above you on a clear day, it’s difficult not to feel inspired. In fact, many people visit the area for the very purpose of conquering Western Europe’s highest peak. Let’s take a look at 3 of the most popular ways of getting to the top.
From the Air
Paragliding was actually invented in the 1970s in a town only 50km away from Chamonix. Anyone looking to take this high-adrenaline activity back to its roots won’t be disappointed. The powerful thermals of the Chamonix valley make it one of the most spectacular places to glide in the entire world. Whether you’d prefer a tandem flight with an instructor, or are qualified to go it alone, the stunning peaks and glaciers of the area will leave you breathless. If you’re up for something a little bit edgier, why not give Speed Riding a go? This mash-up of paragliding with skiing offers a truly adrenaline-packed experience.
If you’re highly physically fit and up for a challenge, you could take on the summit of Mont Blanc itself in a six day hike. Designed for novice or totally inexperienced climbers, a six day expedition will usually be split between three days of training and three days on Le Mont Blanc itself. You’ll receive all the instruction you need to summit (and descend) in one piece: from ice axe and crampon training to how to scramble down a rock face safely.
For the expert skier and ice-climber, the ultimate test around Chamonix is a two day climb up Mont Blanc’s 40º slopes, before skiing all the way back down… You’ll take one of several established climbing routes to the highest point in the Alps, a not-to-be-sniffed-at 4,807m. Not for the faint-hearted, this journey over glaciers and ice-cliffs is every mountaineer’s dream. If you’ve got the fitness and the skills, plus you can handle the altitude, this trip is sure to provide an experience like no other.
How to Get There
Shuttle Direct’s ski transfer service makes it easy to travel to Chamonix from Geneva airport. As anyone familiar with winter sports knows, navigating public transport with lots of kit can be a nightmare. Whether you’re looking for a private transfer for you and your group, or want to economise by sharing with others, our friendly driver will take care of all your gear. So avoid the hassle, hop into one of our comfortable vehicles, and let us transport you to the mountain resort of Chamonix from Geneva in style.
Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you need an airport transfer to Chamonix from Geneva, Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.
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