Grandes Jorasses from Grand Col Ferret

Grandes Jorasses from Grand Col Ferret

The high point of the Mont Blanc tour, in more ways than one, the 2,500 metre Grand Col Ferret is part of the trail taking you from Switzerland into Italy, and is as grand an entry into a new country as you’ll find anywhere. To the east is the brooding hulk of the Grand Combin, while west stands the immense, imposing Les Grandes Jorasses – the most spectacular sight of the Mont Blanc massif, and its north face one of the classic, toughest climbs of the Alps, as stern a test as the Eiger or Matterhorn. The black granite concertina ridge of Jorasses’s six summits is a jagged crown, its face pockmarked with snow, icefield chutes tumbling down its ribs to the narrow valley far below. The Italian Alps lie to the south, an army of green peaks and rocky outcrops, The Val Ferret in comparison is a lush treat: the sun warms as you descend into the valley, the slopes lined with wildflowers, its floor home to pine forests and a patchwork of glacial streams.

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