Mont Blanc Mountain is part of a massif and is the highest in the Alps standing 4,807 meters above sea level. It is found in the Graian Alps between the regions of Aosta Valley, Italy, Haute-Savoie, France and reaches into Switzerland. Despite being one of the deadliest mountains in the world, Mont Blanc is well visited by tourists for hiking, snowboarding and skiing. The summit was first conquered by Michel Paccard and his porter/guide Jacques Balmat on August 8, 1786. In the recent years 20,000 mountaineer-tourists have ascended Mont Blanc as it is a great achievement to reach the peak of the highest mountain in western Europe. The first scientific investigations of the summit was first conducted at the end of the 19th century by Joseph Vallot, a botanist-meteorologist who even built his own permanent cabin near the summit.