The first Ascent- Mont Blanc

Mont Blanc

Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.- Dag Hammarskjold

The first Ascent to the Mont Blanc was done by Jacques Balmat and Michel-Gabriel Paccard today albeit on a different year. On 8th August 1786, they became the first person to climb the Mont Blanc, highest mountains of Alps and successfully inked themselves in History. We have try our best to provide you with a concise Article on Mont Blanc. Please read, share and comment below.


  • It is the highest mountain of Alps.
  • It is the highest peak in Europe.
  • It rises 4,807 m (15,771 ft) above sea level and is ranked 11th in the world in topographic prominence.

First Ascent:

  • Date: 8th August 1786
  • Name of the person: Jacques Balmat and Michel-Gabriel Paccard
  • First woman: The first woman to reach the summit was Marie Paradis in 1808.
  • First Animal:  “Tschingel”, A Dog.
  • Now the summit is ascended by an average 20,000 mountaineer-tourists each year.

About elevation:

The summit of Mont Blanc is thick and full of ice, that is why its thickness varies. It has been measured umpteenth times. The latest one is in year 2009, at 4,807.45 m (15,772 ft).


There are myriad of Routes Aavailable. Some of them are:

  • Voie Des Cristalliers, also known as the Voie Royale.
  • La Voie des 3 Montsis also known as La Traversée.
  • The historic itinerary.The normal Italian itinerary is also known as La route des Aiguilles Grises
  • The Miage — Bionnassay — Mont Blanc crossing.
About Jacques Balmat:
  • He was was amountaineer and a mountain guide too.
  • Balmat completed thefirst ascent of Mont Blanc with physician Michel-Gabriel Paccard on 8 August 1786.
  • For this achievement, King Victor Amadeus III gave him the honorary title le Mont Blanc.
  • Balmat died by falling off of a cliff while prospecting for gold in theSixt valley in 1834.

  • He was a Doctor and Alpnist.
  • Due to his passion forbotany and minerals, he metHorace-Bénédict de Saussure, who initiated the race to be the first to ascend Mont Blanc.
  • Paccard had a first, unsuccessful, attempt in 1783 withMarc Theodore Bourrit.
  • In 1784, he made several attempts withPierre Balmat.
  • Finally, he made the first ascent of Mont Blanc with Jacques Balmat on 8 August 1786.



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