From the top of Mont Blanc – the highest peak in Western Europe – to the more modest slopes of Gran Paradiso to Monte Rosa, there are plenty of incredible mountaineering opportunities all around this part of the Aosta Valley.
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Situated in the shadow of the Mont Blanc massif, in the northwestern corner of the Aosta Valley, Courmayeur is a popular and ideally located starting point for a variety of different mountaineering expeditions.
Along with the lesser-climbed Via Italiana up to the summit of Mont Blanc, there is also the lesser-climbed southern route up to the top of the Matterhorn, or Monte Cervino, as it is known on the southern side of the border. This is challenging variation is also a bit tougher than from the Swiss side, but yields the same unbeatable views.
Aside from these two, there are plenty of other iconic peaks to be conquered. Monte Rosa, Gran Paradiso and the Breithorn are all perfectly suited for novice mountaineers looking for some high-altitude alpine experience.
Meanwhile, Aiguilles d’Entrèves is the perfect 1-day challenge for advanced mountaineers looking to get another classic alpine route under their belt.
During the summer months, the weather for climbing in Courmayeur is ideal. Average temperatures on the mountain hover between 8 ºC to 12 ºC. Weather on the mountain can be fairly unpredictable, but the summer months tend to be the driest.
Any trip to Courmayeur generally begins with a flight into either Geneva International Airport (GVA) or Turin’s international airport (TRN). From both of these spots, the resort town is a few hours drive away.
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