Mont Blanc first ascent: Google marks 229th anniversary with a doodle

On August 8, 1786, two Frenchmen – Dr Michael Gabriel Paccard and Jacques Balmat – created history by becoming first people to ascend the summit of Mont Blanc.

Updated: Aug 08, 2015, 09:21 AM IST
Mont Blanc first ascent: Google marks 229th anniversary with a doodle

New Delhi: It was not untill 1786 that human beings trekked up to the highest point of the Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps.

On August 8, 1786, two Frenchmen – Dr Michael Gabriel Paccard and Jacques Balmat – created history by becoming first people to ascend the summit of Mont Blanc.

Mont Blanc, also known as Monte Bianco,or White Mountain, is the highest peak in Europe outside of the Caucasus range. It rises 4,807 m (15,771 ft) above sea level and is ranked 11th in the world in topographic prominence.

In order to commemorate the 229th anniversary of the historic ascent to the 'White Mountain', Google on Saturday created a special doodle for its homepage.

The doodle depicts two men reaching the top of the marvellous snow-capped Mont Blanc. Giving close resemblance to nature, the doodle also creates a sense of tranquillity with green forests at the foothills of the ice covered mountain.

The first woman to reach the summit was Marie Paradis in 1808. It is said that now the summit is ascended by an average 20,000 mountaineer-tourists each year.