The Three Monts Route is shorter than the Gouter, but it's much tougher, gaining 10,000 feet on summit day. On day one, you'll ride a cable car up to the Col du Midi and walk less than an hour to the Cosmiques hut, where you'll spend the night. On the second day, you'll rise around 2 a.m. and set out for the summit. The route traverses the exposed humps of Mont Blanc du Tacul and Mont Maudit before arriving at the pinnacle of Mont Blanc.
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