Pointe Helbronner

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Pointe Helbronner / Punta Helbronner
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Highest point
Elevation 3,462 m (11,358 ft)
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
Translation Helbronner Peak (French / Italian)
Pointe Helbronner / Punta Helbronner is located in France
Pointe Helbronner / Punta Helbronner
Pointe Helbronner / Punta Helbronner
Location in Italy, on the border with France
Location Aosta Valley, Italy / Haute-Savoie, France
Parent range Mont Blanc Massif
Easiest route cable car

Pointe Helbronner (3,462 m (11,358 ft)) is a mountain in the Mont Blanc massif in the Graian 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. Many mountaineers stay at the nearby Refuge Torino.

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

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