Surely one of the world’s best-known peaks, Mont-Blanc is a sight to behold, arousing both admiration and mystery. The summit of Mont-Blanc is located in the commune of Saint-Gervais. The development of mountaineering and the influence of Europe’s highest peak are an integral part of the village’s history and daily life. In fact, you can admire the mountain from some of the village’s terraces and villages. What could be better than a view of the summit of Europe while enjoying a drink with friends or family? Here, it’s everywhere!
The highest peak in the Alps, Mont-Blanc is the highest mountain in Western Europe.
The ascent of Mont-Blanc represents the self-transcendence and freedom that every mountaineer dreams of. Michel Gabriel Paccard and Jacques Balmat were the first to achieve this feat in 1786. Their route is impassable today. Marie Paradis was the first woman to reach the summit of Mont-Blanc in 1808. Today, an esplanade in Saint-Gervais bears her name. To reach the summit, there are 3 classic routes: the Voie royale from Saint-Gervais, the so-called 3 monts route from Chamonix and the Voie italienne from Courmayeur.
The ascent of Mont-Blanc via the normal route begins with a trip on the TMB from Saint-Gervais. Arrival is at the Nid d’Aigle station, at an altitude of 2372 meters. From here, the walk begins.
There are then 2 options open to climbers. The first is to reach the Tête Rousse refuge at an altitude of 3167 meters, around 2h30 walk away, or to go directly to the Goûter refuge, which is a 5-6 hour walk away at an altitude of 3835 meters.
The latter is the route most often taken.
The next morning, very early, often around 2 or 3 am, the final ascent begins to reach the summit. It’s not this last part that’s the most technical, but the altitude requires good acclimatization. The breathtaking views of the Alps are yours to enjoy!
To make the ascent, we advise you to call on the Compagnie des Guides de Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc. They’ll share their knowledge with you and ensure a safe ascent.
Also, you’ll need an ascent permit. In other words, to take on Europe’s highest peak, you’ll need a reservation at one of the 3 refuges on the normal route: Nid d’Aigle, Tête Rousse and Goûter. The aim of this regulation is to better manage the influx of climbers attempting this ascent and to ensure everyone’s safety.
Don’t hesitate to ask the Compagnie des Guides for more information. We welcome you all year round to enjoy the exceptional view of this jewel, welcome to Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc!