Le Brevent, 2525m ~ Looking onto Mont Blanc

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On the Brevent trail, with low clouds and Mont Blanc peak at the top of the mountain range

"Mont Blanc is the monarch of mountains; They crowned him long ago on a throne of rocks, in a robe of clouds, with a diadem of snow."  -- Lord Byron

My fascination with the mountains brought me yet again to the Alps and this time to the French Alps. Always mesmerised by Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Western Europe at 4,808m, a trip to the world famous Chamonix for some great hiking in the rugged alpine mountains under the nose of Mont Blanc was a natural choice, especially in combination with a visit to some friends staying not too far away from the French Alps.

With some 400 summits, 40 glaciers and seven, the Mont Blanc massif spans three countries – France, Switzerland and Italy.

View of Mt Blanc Massif and its summit from Brevent
Chamonix is the vibrant town sitting at the foot of Mont Blanc. It offers different panoramas situated along the length and breadth of the valley, right in the heart of its two distinct alpine areas with their own features and ski resorts i.e the Mont Blanc and the Aiguilles Rouges mountain ranges.

Chamonix was our base for some great hikes across forests, mountain pastures and lakes which led gradually to the foot of the peaks and glaciers. There were so many panoramic viewpoints along the numerous trails that offering spectacular and unforgettable views of the snowy peaks, glaciers, alpine meadows and rugged peaks of the majestic French, Swiss and Italian Alps.

Having read that the best views of the Mt Blanc massif could be seen from the top of Brevent at 2325m, we decided to make that the first hike and to enjoy the panoramic view of the mountains.

A walk in the clouds, with the Mt Blanc peak in the background
Taking the Le Brevent cable car to reach the top, we were indeed not disappointed with the views of the majestic Mt Blanc sitting in a sea of clouds with its round domed peak proudly rising about the clouds.

From the Brevent cable car station, our aim was to make our way down to the Lake Brevent about an hour and a half away. It took a while to get used to walking down the rocky paths which at certain parts, there was no trail at all. With frequent stops to enjoy the scenery, my eyes were slowly trained to spot the blueberry plants. I had such a great time picking the blueberries and they tasted so delicious as well. Having reached the lake in the late afternoon, we made our way back up the slopes to the cable car station to get back down to the village.

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mountaingirl says:
This is easy peasy in comparison again to your Pico trip!
What I did not do then was a summit trek to Mt Blanc, which I am still contemplating to someday. If not, then GroƟglockner with the "horizon of horizon of mountains" :-)
Posted on: Oct 08, 2011
lauro says:
i will do this someday! waahahaha
Posted on: Oct 08, 2011
schochon says:
Wow, you are the 'mountain girl' of TB. Great pictures up in the clouds!!!! scott
Posted on: Jan 27, 2008
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On the Brevent trail, with low clo…
On the Brevent trail, with low cl…
View of Mt Blanc Massif and its su…
View of Mt Blanc Massif and its s…
A walk in the clouds, with the Mt …
A walk in the clouds, with the Mt…
The Mont Blanc Massif and the summ…
The Mont Blanc Massif and the sum…
On the way to Brevent Lake
On the way to Brevent Lake
Walking down from Brevent cable ca…
Walking down from Brevent cable c…
Brevent Lake down there
Brevent Lake down there
Brevent Lake
Brevent Lake
On the trail to the lake
On the trail to the lake
Harvesting some blueberries
Harvesting some blueberries
Wild blueberries
Wild blueberries
Amidst the blueberries and had a f…
Amidst the blueberries and had a …
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