The Alps. By Ankita. Where are they?. The Alps covers a vast area from Annecy in the west to the Swiss and Italian borders in the east and from Geneva in the north whilst reaching almost to the Mediterranean in the south. The Alps comprise about 180 mountains, from 1200m to 4810m high.
Mont Blanc 4,810 m (15,781 ft)
Monte Rosa 4,634 m (15,203 ft)
Dom 4,545 m (14,911 ft)
Weisshorn 4,505 m (14,780 ft)
Matterhorn 4,478 m (14,692 ft)
Grand Combin 4,314 m (14,154 ft)
Finsteraarhorn 4,273 m (14,019 ft)
Aletschhorn 4,192 m (13,753 ft)
Barre des Écrins 4,102 m (13,458 ft)
Gran Paradiso 4,061 m (13,323 ft)
Piz Bernina 4,049 m (13,284 ft)
Weissmies 4,023 m (13,199 ft)
In the Alps the summers are quite warm but this is the wettest period of the of the year in Switzerland's Alps. Much of the summer rainfall is heavy and is often accompanied by the severe thunderstorms.
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The great urus, the elk and the wild swine have all disappeared since the Roman period, and a bear in more recent times; but the brown bear, the lynx, the wild cat, and the wolf still survive. Among Ruminants, the red deer, fallow deer, and roebuck, chiefly found in the lower forest refion, are common to other mountain districts. Much rarer is the ibex or bouquetin, which still lives in the higher Alpine region of the Graian Alps, and possibly also in some recesses of the Pennine chain.
There are airports in Switzerland at Basel, Bern, Zürich, Geneva and Sion. Easyjet fly to Zürich & Geneva & are very cheap if you book well ahead. Then, proceed to your first base by train & bus.
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