On Western Europe's highest mountain, the number of inexperienced climbers is growing and climate change is taking a toll. Are new safety measures enough?

The Goûter Refuge — a futuristic structure that clings to a cliff at 3,800 metres— is, for many people, the final stop en route to the top of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Western Europe, straddling the border between France and Italy.

Every summer at least 20,000 people attempt the 4,800 metre summit. The majority spend a night in the Goûter Refuge, on the French side, which welcomes climbers from late May through September. Local


The roof of Western Europe

Routes and risks


Crumbling mountains

New controls