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Malabar Princess Memorial Bossons





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The "Malabar Princess" was an Air India airplane which crashed into the Glacier des Bossons on November 3, 1950. The plane was flying from Mombay to Cairo and then to Geneva. René Payot led the rescue operation after the airplane crash site was found from the air. He unfortunately died during an avalanche. The plaque on the memorial also mentions the names of Vincendon and Henry, two students who died  during their December 1956 winter attempt to climb Mont Blanc. The last name on the plaque reads "Kangchenjunga", the name of another Air India airplane which crashed into Mont Blanc on January 24, 1966  killing all 117 people on board.

The memorial is located near the Belvedere de Glacier des Bossons reachable from the Chalet du Cerro. We have a detailed trail description for a trail that visits both the Cascade du Dard, the Chalet du Cerro with an optional visit to the memorial. There is no formal or marked trail leading to the memorial. From the Belvedere, you will notice a path on the right side when facing the glacier that will take you further up. You will then have to turn to your right and follow an unofficial trail to make it to the memorial. The setting of the memorial is pretty amazing and the memorial itself is nice too. We have no idea why no formal trail leads to the memorial site as it is a worthwhile point of interest.

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Cascade du Dard and Belvedere des Bossons


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Above Average

Out and Back Trail:

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An out and back trail visiting the Cascade du Dard, the Buvette de Cerro and the 3 view points of the Glacier des Bossons

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End Apr - End Oct

How long does it take to hike this trail

Hiking Time

1.5 - 2.5 Hours

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+337m / -337m

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7+ Years old

How long does it take to run this trail

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45 - 75 Mins

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Moderate (3/5)

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Dogs Allowed

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