Mont Blanc rises 4,810 meters above sea level - and that makes it the highest mountain in the Alps. A cable railway takes visitors to the 3,800 meter level - where they can enjoy spectacular views.
Several ski tourers died and others were in critical condition after spending a night on an exposed Swiss mountainside at 3,000 meters altitude. German, French and Italian nationals were among the group.
A cable car whose dramatic breakdown last September forced 33 tourists to spend the night stranded - suspended high over the French Alps - is to reopen on Thursday
Passengers have been rescued after a series of cable cars over the Mont Blanc massif in the French Alps stopped at an altitude of 3,800 meters (12,468 feet). At least 30 people had to spend the night high up in the air.
As night fell, rescuers were forced to abandon their work until dawn, when they took the last 33 people stranded in cable cars. Despite blankets, the cold was the most difficult part of the midair stay.
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