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AERIAL VIEW photo of the Mont-Blanc summit, Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. VUE AERIENNE, sommet du Mont-Blanc.

Mont-Blanc is the highest peak in the Alps and in Western Europe. Its elevation is around 4807 to 4810 meters depending on the snowpack and snowdrift. It was first climbed in 1786 by Jacques Balmat and Michel Paccard. A touchy issue between France and Italy is the exact location of the border. Between the two countries, the ridgeline (which is a line formed along the highest points of a mountain ridge) of the Mont-Blanc massif separates the two countries but the Mont-Blanc summit is included entirely in France on French maps. Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France and Courmayeur, Aosta Valley, Italy.

AERIAL VIEW photo of the Mont-Blanc Massif, Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. VUE AERIENNE.

Southwesten rocky side of the Mont-Blanc Massif with (left to right) Aiguille du Goûter (3863m), Dôme du Goûter (4304m), and Mont-Blanc (4810m). Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of the Vallot Hut and observatory, Chamonix Mont-Blanc, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. VUE AERIENNE, Refuge et Observatoire Vallot.

Mont Maudit (elevation: 4465m), in the lower right the two buildings are the historic Vallot Observatory (4350m), it is a research center and the Vallot Hut (4362m), it is an emergency shelter for mountaineers on the way to the summit of Mont-Blanc. Chamonix Mont-Blanc, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Duingt Castle, Lake Annecy, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. VUE AERIENNE, Château de Duingt, Lac Annecy.

Duingt Castle on a small island linked by a causeway to the left bank of picturesque Lake Annecy. Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of the Grande Chartreuse Monastery, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. VUE AERIENNE, Monastère de la Grande Chartreuse.

Since the 11th century, the Grande Chartreuse Monastery has this picturesque remote alpine valley as a backdrop. The name Chartreuse is known worldwide for the strong liquor produced by the monks of this Carthusian order in the nearby town of Voiron. Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Notre-Dame de la Salette Sanctuary, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. VUE AERIENNE, Sanctuaire de Notre-Dame de la Salette.

High in the Alps below the Gargas summit (elevation: 2208m), the sanctuary of Notre-Dame de la Salette (elevation: 1769m) was built on the site, where in 1846, two young sheepherders were eyewitnesses to a Marian apparition. La Salette-Fallavaux, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of the Old Town of Annecy, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. VUE AERIENNE, Vieille Ville Annecy.

The castle of Annecy, overlooking the Old Town and the Thiou River. Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Yvoire, Lake Geneva, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. VUE AERIENNE, Lac Léman.

Medieval village of Yvoire on the left bank of Lake Geneva. Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of the casino of Évian-les-Bains, Lake Geneva, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. VUE AERIENNE, Lac Léman.

The Casino of Évian-les-Bains (the spa town with the famous mineral water) on the left bank of Lake Geneva. Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Port Ripaille, Thonon-les-Bains, Lake Geneva, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. VUE AERIENNE, Lac Léman.

Port Ripaille is a man-made marina in a wooded environment on the picturesque shore of Lake Geneva. All 550 apartments have a direct access to a mooring. Thonon-les-Bains, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Les Deux Alpes, Oisans, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. VUE AERIENNE.

With 227km of ski slopes, Les Deux Alpes is one of the largest ski resort in the Alps. The town, on its southern outskirts, stands on the edge of a precipitous cliff. Oisans, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Chamonix Mont-Blanc. Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. VUE AERIENNE.

The center of Chamonix Mont-Blanc with the Arve River. Chamonix is a bustling city all year round, it is considered, and rightly so, the mountaineering capital of the world. A short five to ten-minute walk from the Church Square are the Aiguille du Midi cable car and the Montenvers cog train, both will take visitors, in less than half an hour, into another world made of granite and glaciers. Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Megève, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. VUE AERIENNE.

The upscale mountain resort of Megève (elevation: 1096m) looking north towards Tête du Colonney (elevation: 2692m). Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Pont-en-Royans, Vercors Mountain, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. VUE AERIENNE, Montagne du Vercors.

Pont-en-Royans is a medieval village at the western gateway to the grandiose La Bourne Gorge and the equally grandiose Vercors Plateau. Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Montvernier Switchback, Savoie, Auivergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. VUE AERIENNE.

Opened in 1933, this scenic road was built to have access from the Arc Valley to the remote village of Montvernier, high on a clifftop. Being scenic and with a 400-meter-high climb through 18 switchbacks, it is a cyclist magnet, and sometimes the Tour de France tackle this challenging climb. Lacets de Montvernier. Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Auris road, Le Bourg d Oisans, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. VUE AERIENNE, route de Auris

The Oisans region in the French Alps has quite a few roads not advised for drivers with acrophobia. The road leading to the village of Auris is impressive with its 600-meter vertical drop above the Romanche Valley. Le Bourg d Oisans, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of the Montenvers Cog Train, Chamonix Mont-Blanc, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. VUE AERIENNE, Train à Crémaillère de Montenvers.

In operation since 1909, the historic Montenvers Cog Train has taken countless visitors to see the wonders of the Mer de Glace, the longest glacier in France. Before reaching its terminal station above timberline at an elevation of 1913 meters, the train climbs up through a forest of larches, turning a dazzling yellow in the fall. Chamonix Mont-Blanc, Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Mont Aiguille, Vercors Mountain, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. VUE AERIENNE, Montagne du Vercors.

Once part of the Vercors Plateau, the relentless forces of erosion have separated and isolated this limestone Butte. Northeasten face of Mont Aiguille (elevation: 2087m), Vercors Mountain, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Mont Aiguille, Vercors Mountain, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. VUE AERIENNE, Montagne du Vercors.

Southeastern face of Mont Aiguille standing a good 1000 meters above the meadow. Vercors Mountain, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France.

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