Aiguille des Glaciers

The Aiguille des Glaciers (Italian: Aiguille des Glaciers) (3,816 m) is a mountain in the Mont Blanc massif of the Graian Alps. It lies on the borders of Savoie and Haute-Savoie in France and Aosta Valley in Italy.

Aiguille des Glaciers
Highest point
Elevation3,816 m (12,520 ft)
Prominence299 m (981 ft)[1]
Coordinates45°46′43″N 06°48′09″E
Aiguille des Glaciers
Location in the Alps
LocationSavoie and Haute-Savoie, France
Aosta Valley, Italy
Parent rangeMont Blanc Massif, Graian Alps
First ascent2 August 1878 by E. Del Carretto, Francesco Gonella, Laurent Proment, Ange Henry and Gratien Henry

A fine pyramidal peak when seen to the south from the Italian side, Aiguille des Glaciers dominates the view from the upper Veny Valley, although it is less distinct from its French side. It is usually climbed from the Vallee des Glaciers in Savoie. The view from its summit is one of the best in the entire area.[2]

On 1 November 1946 a B-17 Flying Fortress of the US Airforce crashed into the Aiguille des Glaciers, just 66 meters before the summit of Mont Blanc, killing all 8 crew members. The crash site was not discovered until July 1947, when remains were found at an altitude of 3,700 metres (12,000 ft)[3]

See also


  1. "Aiguille des Glaciers". Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  2. "Summitpost - Aiguille des Glaciers". Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  3. "Overview". B17 MontBlanc. Committee for the Commemoration of the B17 of the Aiguille des Glaciers. Retrieved 15 June 2016.

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