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The natural jewels of the mountain

 A majestic land

Rich in lakes, valleys and high peaks, the mountainous terrain of the French Alps offers a permanent spectacle. Discovering and surveying it is the promise of stopping time. Man feels small in the face of the immensity of nature. At the foot of peaks that seem to rub shoulders with the sky.

 

Impressive summits

The French Alps are bursting with high-mountain scenery. Mont-Blanc, Europe's highest peak between Haute-Savoie and Italy, rises to 4,809 metres. Nicknamed the "roof of Europe", it is a grail for mountaineers. The paradox of a summit that is difficult to reach but can be admired from hundreds of kilometres away. 
 
Many other mountains in France promise a change of scenery. Further south, in the Hautes-Alpes, the Barre des Ecrins rises to 4,101 metres. Many other lesser summits, but just as magnificent, are within reach and accessible by hiking, such as the Pointe Portée in the Aravis range or the Grand Pic de Belledone in Isère.

Countless Alpine lakes

The lakes of the Alps are renowned for their purity and the colour of their water. Some are of glacial origin, meaning that they were formed in a hollow caused by the erosion of a glacier. The Ecrins National Park, between the Isère and Hautes-Alpes departments, has around fifteen of them. The splendid Lac de l'Eychauda and the Glacier d'Arsine lakes, for example, are fascinating to observe and are well worth a visit after a hike in the heart of the mountains.
 
At the foot of Mont Blanc, the high-altitude lakes of Cheserys and Lac Blanc are renowned and popular for admiring the legendary summit. The region also boasts a number of large, easily accessible lakes. The lakes of Annecy, Bourget and Aiguebelette, located in Savoie, are also very accessible.

Picturesque valleys

The Alps form a whole. And while the peaks are the stuff of dreams, the deep valleys are the lifeblood of the region. The place where the locals settled centuries ago, where charming hamlets and villages continue to live to the rhythm of the mountains and the seasons.
 
In Savoie, the Tarentaise valley, bordered by the Mont-Blanc and Beaufortain massifs, and the Maurienne valley, the largest in the Alps, are the region's must-sees. In Haute-Savoie, the legendary Vallée Blanche, situated at high altitude in the heart of the Mont-Blanc massif, links the summits of the Aiguille du Midi and the Pointe Helbronner.

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