The Planpincieux Glacier in Italy, photo from the Tour du Mont Blanc TMB trail

You've heard in the news recently that the Planpincieux Glacier (one of the 70 glaciers of the Mont Blanc range) will collapse. It may happen, but you don't have to worry as there is no danger if you come and hike the Tour du Mont Blanc TMB

The Planpincieux Glacier is located on the southern side of the Mont Blanc range, in Italy, on the south face of the Grandes Jorasses. It sets above the hamlet of Planpincieux in the Val d’Aosta region.

In September 2019 an acceleration in the displacement rate of the glacier occurred, and the local authorities have signed an order saying that "concerning the possibility of ice volume collapses". Even if these collapses aren't dangerous for people at the bottom of the valley, they can be a serious danger for the persons who hike to access the Boccalatte-Piolti refuges.

Local authorities of Courmayeur (Aosta Valley) have decided to evacuated both mountain huts in the area and closed the road up to Val Ferret as a precaution. It is estimated that there is no threat to residential areas or tourist ski resorts.

So you don't have to worry, because whatever happens on the Planpinceaux Glacier, it can't affect the Tour du Mont Blanc TMB. The paths are high above the valley and on the opposite side of the valley.

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