Pointe Helbronner

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Pointe Helbronner
Punta Helbronner.JPG
Elevation 3,462 m (11,358 ft)
Translation Helbronner Peak (French)
Location
Pointe Helbronner is located in France
Pointe Helbronner
Pointe Helbronner
Location in France, on the border with Italy
Location Haute-Savoie, France / Italy
Range Mont Blanc Massif
Coordinates 45°50′45″N 6°55′54″E / 45.84583°N 6.93167°E / 45.84583; 6.93167Coordinates: 45°50′45″N 6°55′54″E / 45.84583°N 6.93167°E / 45.84583; 6.93167
Climbing
Easiest route cable car

Pointe Helbronner (3,462 m (11,358 ft)) is a mountain in the Mont Blanc massif in the French Alps on the watershed between France and Italy.

The peak which previously was a mere geodetic reference point was named after Paul Helbronner, a French polytechnicien, alpinist and geodesist who pioneered cartography of the French Alps.

Pointe Helbronner is served with the Funivie Monte Bianco, a cable car from La Palud, a village near Courmayeur in the Aosta Valley (Italy), and also with the Vallee Blanche Aerial Tramway leading to the Aiguille du Midi at a distance of 5 km (3.1 mi) which in its turn is the top station of the Téléphérique de l'Aiguille du Midi, the cable car arriving from Chamonix.

Pointe Helbronner is also the starting point of a ski run via the Glacier du Géant and the Mer de Glace to Montenvers and even to Chamonix and the starting point of various routes to the mountains nearby.

The station's platform offers a remarkable view over the Aosta valley and the Piedmont region. The French-Italian border splits this platform.