Mountain melt shutters classic Alpine routes


The Mer de Glace glacier on the Mont-Blanc massif, seen at night from Chamonix, the French Alps, on July 9, 2022. Alpine guides are suspending ascents on most classic routes up Mont Blanc as rapidly melting glaciers increase the risk of falling rocks released from the ice. – AFP pic, July 31, 2022.

LITTLE snow cover and glaciers melting at an alarming rate amid Europe’s sweltering heatwaves have put some of the most classic Alpine hiking routes off-limits.

Usually at the height of summer, tourists flock to the Alps and seek out well-trodden paths up to some of Europe’s most iconic peaks. 


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