Mont Blanc Massif: A Taiwanese mountaineer has disappeared


A Taiwanese mountaineer (25) has been reported missing since last week in the Mont Blanc massif.

According to Le Dauphine, the Chamonix PGHM (high mountain rescue team) is searching for a Taiwanese mountaineer, who has given no a sign of life since last week.

The man was last seen on the night from Friday 7th to Saturday 8th April at the Cosmiques Refuge (3613m), where he slept.

According to the preliminary investigations led by the Chamonix PGHM, he left early in the morning the Hut towards the summit of Mont Blanc, via the 3 Monts route and was not heard from him again after that.

The Cosmiques Refuge (3613m) is the starting point for Traverse of the 3 "Monts" to reach the summit of Mont Blanc and the great ski descent of the Vallee Blanche.

A Taiwanese mountaineer has disappeared in the Mont Blanc Massif. photo source:
Traverse of the 3 Monts : Mont Blanc Du Tacul (4050m), Mont Maudit (4465m), Mont Blanc (4810m). photo source:
The Traverse of the 3 Monts. photo source:
A Taiwanese mountaineer has disappeared in the Mont Blanc Massif. photo source:
The 3 Monts. photo source:
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The alert was given by the Consulate of Taiwan in Geneva, which reported the disappearance of this young man. According to the identification elements provided, he had a green backpack with large pockets and a large camera.

The Chamonix PGHM has already started aerial searches in the Mont Blanc du Tacul area. Unfortunately the searches has not given any result yet.

According to Radio Mont Blanc, a call to witness has been launched to try to find out more about this disappearance.

If you have any information do not hesitate to contact the Chamonix PGHM at +33 (0) 4 50 53 16 89 /

Traverse of the 3 "Monts"

Mont Blanc (4810m), Mont Maudit (4465m) and Mont Blanc Du Tacul (4050m)

Difficulty: PD +, long high altitude snow run with some steep passages.

The Traverse of the 3 "Monts" is a long route at high altitude with a considerable height gain. It requires a high level of physical health and alpine experience, walking with crampons and an ice ax. So, as mountaineer you need to be well acclimatized to avoid altitude sickness.

Also, due to the relatively high temperatures of the recent years, more and more crevasses have opened, so it is necessary to take great precautions when climbing this route.

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