Paralpinism, which is a combination of paragliding and mountaineering, was invented in the French Alps and is slowly but surely gaining popularity in the rest of the mountain range as well as the country.
For the most intrepid adventurers, it is the perfect way to cap off a visit to the summit of Mont Blanc, Aiguille du Midi or a number of iconic peaks within the French Alps. When combined with mountaineering or Via Ferrata, it adds an extra incentive to get to the summit and a new dimension to the views you’ll have one you are up there.
While it has not yet gained as much popularity as it has in the Alps, people are taking what they’ve learned from this mountain range and heading west to the French Pyrenees to try it out there as well. Be one of the first adventurers to get ahead of the curve and try it out there as well.
During the summer, the French Alps are fairly cool with average daily temperatures ranging from 12 °C to 15 °C in the valleys and continuing to cool off at higher altitudes. The summer is also the wettest time of year in the French Alps, with an average of 45 to 60 mm of rain falling per month.
Any paralpinism trip to France likely will bring you to the Alps, in which case arriving at Geneva International Airport (GVA) is your best bet. From here, it is easy to rent a car, take a bus or train to your final destination within the Alps. In all likelihood, it will be near Chamonix.
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