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Western Alps

Range TypeBogus mountain grouping for this site
Highest PointMont Blanc (4810 m/15,781 ft)
CountriesFrance (75%), Italy (24%), Switzerland (1%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
States/ProvincesProvence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (41%), Rhône-Alpes (34%), Piedmont (19%), Liguria (2%), Valle d’Aosta (2%), Valais (1%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
Area74,952 sq km / 28,939 sq mi
Area may include lowland areas
Extent384 km / 239 mi North-South
328 km / 204 mi East-West
Center Lat/Long44° 45' N; 6° 42' E
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Map of Western Alps
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Other Ranges: To go to pages for other ranges either click on the map above, or on range names in the hierarchy snapshot below, which show the parent, siblings, and children of the Western Alps.
AlpsLevel 2 (Parent)
         Western AlpsLevel 3
                 Maritime AlpsLevel 4 (Child)
                 Dauphine AlpsLevel 4 (Child)
                 Cottian AlpsLevel 4 (Child)
                 Savoy AlpsLevel 4 (Child)
                 Graian AlpsLevel 4 (Child)
         Northern AlpsLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Southern AlpsLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Eastern AlpsLevel 3 (Sibling)



Major Peaks of the Western Alps

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NamemftRange4
1.Mont Blanc481015,781Savoy Alps
2.Pic Luigi Amadeo446914,662Savoy Alps
3.Mont Maudit446514,649Savoy Alps
4.Mont Blanc du Tacul424813,937Savoy Alps
5.Grand Pilier d'Angle424313,921Savoy Alps
6.Grandes Jorasses420813,806Savoy Alps
7.Aiguille Verte412213,524Savoy Alps
8.Aiguille Blanche411213,491Savoy Alps
9.Pointe Croz411013,484Savoy Alps
10.Grande Rocheuse410213,458Savoy Alps
Sub-peaks are excluded from this list. List may not be complete, since only summits in the PBC Database are included.
Child Range High Points
RankPeak NamemftRange4
1.Mont Blanc481015,781Savoy Alps
2.Barre des Écrins410213,458Dauphine Alps
3.Gran Paradiso406113,323Graian Alps
4.Monte Viso384112,602Cottian Alps
5.Argentera329710,817Maritime Alps



Photos of Peaks in the Western Alps

Mont Blanc

The summit of Mont Blanc as seen from the Dome du Gouter area, on the standard ascent route (1993-08-17).
Monte Bianco di Courmayeur
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Italian topographic maps clearly show the France-Italy border passing over the summit of Mont Blanc, as specified by treaty.
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Grandes Jorasses

From the lower Vallée Blanche ski route, the massive Aiguille du Tacul dominates the view. The Aiguille de Rochefort is the pointy peak to the right, and the famous Grandes Jorasses is in the background to the left (1996-03-12).
Aiguille de Rochefort

From the lower Vallée Blanche ski route, the massive Aiguille du Tacul dominates the view. The Aiguille de Rochefort is the pointy peak to the right, and the famous Grandes Jorasses is in the background to the left (1996-03-12).
Aiguille du Midi

Perhaps the most famous tram ride in the world terminates at the Aiguille du Midi, in the middle of the glacial splendor of the Mont Blanc massif (1996-03-12).
Aiguille du Tacul

From the lower Vallée Blanche ski route, the massive Aiguille du Tacul dominates the view. The Aiguille de Rochefort is the pointy peak to the right, and the famous Grandes Jorasses is in the background to the left (1996-03-12).
Monte Teu Blanc
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Teu Blanc as seen from Col del Nivolet (2014-08-14). Photo by Graziano Coppa.
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Pointe Noire
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Pointe Noire is the large hill in the center, made of black stone - hence the name (2015-06-24). Photo by Graziano Coppa.
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Punta Nera
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Punta Nera as seen from its French counterpart Pointe Noire (2015-06-24). Photo by Graziano Coppa.
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Monte Palon
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Monte Palon as seen from Alpe Arcella (2014-06-14). Photo by Graziano Coppa.
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