The Alps - Mont Blanc & Montanvert
First, Victor and the family leave Geneva for their country home near the Alps: "About this time we retired to our home in Belrive. The change was particualrly agreeable to me" (begining of Ch 9). Then, still in "sullen dispair" and overwhelmed by grief and guilt he leaves for a valley in the Swiss Alps with the peaks near Mont Blanc as his final destination. "I suddenly left my home, and bending my steps towards the near Alpine valleys... My wanderings were directed towards the valley of the Chamounix" (end of Ch 9). He hopes that "bodily exersize" and change in climate will alter his mood.
He leaves on horseback, and then hires a mule, as it is "more sure-footed." He crosses the bridge of Pelissier. He enters the glacier valley of the Chamounix an arrives at the village of the same name. He makes repeated refferences to the tall peak looming overhead, Mont Blanc. He comments that thes valleys are the source of the river Arveiron (Ch 10). It is on this final part of the journey, on a trek to the summit of icy Montanvert, that he encounters and speaks with the monster.
Victor went sailing on the lake near the family house at Belrive (near Geneva).