The mountains in the French Alps include some of the loftiest peaks in Europe. In fact, this portion of the larger Alps mountain range is home to the tallest mountain on the continent if you don’t count Russia. Also found within the French Alps range are a number of notable towns, the likes of which include Chamonix, and thanks in part to several international airports, the region is well connected.
The French Alps more specifically call the regions of Rhone-Alps and Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur home. Together, these regions offer some of the most spectacular mountain scenery that you will find anywhere on the planet. Visitors can also enjoy a multitude of fun activities. The French Alps are especially ideal for skiing and hiking, and many mountaineering enthusiasts look to scale one or more of its renowned peaks. Other examples of activities that can be enjoyed among the mountains in the French Alps include snowmobiling, ice diving, mountain biking, fishing, and rock climbing. Suffice it to say that the region is a verifiable playground for outdoor enthusiasts.
Of all the mountains in the French Alps, none rise higher than Mont Blanc. Taking things further, this mountain is actually the tallest in the entire Alps mountain range, and no other peak in Western Europe is taller. The summit of Mont Blanc tops out at 15,782 feet above sea level, and thanks to the high elevation, the upper reaches are perpetually covered in snow. As for the location of Mont Blanc, it basically sits on the border of France and Italy near the popular resort towns of Chamonix (France) and Courmayeur (Italy). Many visitors to the area come to ski, snowboard, mountain climb, and hike, though these are just some of the activity options.
Barre des Ecrins
Another notable peak that can be found in the French Alps is Barre des Ecrins. The highest mountain in the Massif des Ecrins, it reaches an elevation of 13,458 feet. Among the European peaks that are higher than 4,000 meters, this is the most southerly, and it undoubtedly dominates the province that it can be found in. This province is known as the Dauphine province. Barre des Ecrins is a popular French mountain to climb, and the surrounding environs of Ecrins National Park present other activity options. Ecrins National Park, it should be noted, is one of nine national parks in France and welcomes approximately 800,000 visitors on an annual basis.
Annecy is one of the most popular resort towns that can be found in the French Alps. Part of the reason for this is its proximity to a mountain that goes by the name of La Tournette. This mountain isn’t the loftiest in the Alps range, so it is often overlooked by mountain climbers. Trekking enthusiasts should take notice, however. Hiking and a little scrambling are all that are required to access the 7,713-foot summit of La Tournette. The ascent to the top isn’t the easiest hike in the world, though it certainly isn’t as demanding as climbing Mont Blanc or something the like. From the summit of La Tournette, it is worth noting, you can actually spot Mont Blanc some 30 miles away in the distance. Only adding to the allure of a trip to the top of La Tournette are the views of Annecy and the turquoise lake that shares the town’s name.
The Graian Alps, which is a subrange of the Alps, extends through parts of France, Italy, and Switzerland. A number of high-rising peaks call this subrange home, and they include Grande Casse. The Vanoise Massif’s highest mountain, Grande Casse tops out at 12,648 feet and has little trouble attracting climbing enthusiasts to the Savoie province. As is true of the other mountains in the French Alps, this one is best climbed during the months of June, July, August, and September.