Mainly intended for mountaineers and hikers, mountain refuges are often used as rest stops! Visiting the Mont-Blanc massif? There are several refuges dotted around the mountains of Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc.
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The standard-bearer for high-altitude accommodation, the mountain refuge is a warm and friendly place where the hosts, always welcoming, invite mountaineers, hikers and travelers to share a unique eexperience.
Located in the heart of the Mont-Blanc massif, the mountain refuges and alpine chalets around the ski area are the ideal places to spend time with the family or recharge your batteries for a night, before resuming your ascent to Europe’s highest mountains.
Frequently asked questions
Do you have to be a hiker or mountaineer to go to a refuge?
Absolutely not. Some refuges (Miage, Mont-Joly and Nid d’Aigle) are easy to get to. You can even take your kids there for a breath of fresh air at altitude!
Are shelters open all year round?
Some refuges are open all year round. Others are not. This is particularly true of the Mont Blanc refuges (refuge du Goûter and refuge de Tête rousse), which are open from early June to late September.
2 must-see refuges for climbing Mont-Blanc
The Saint-Gervais area is home to the “voie royale”, the main route up Mont Blanc. On its route, 2 internationally renowned mountain refuges: the refuge du Goûter and the refuge de Tête rousse.
The former, located at 3835 meters, is an obligatory stopover for all mountaineers who choose the main route to climb the roof of Europe. It’s also the highest guarded refuge in France. Good to know: reservations for the Goûter refuge are made via the internet. The refuge is open to the public between June and September.
The second, located near the glacier from which it takes its name, rises to 3165 meters. This mountain hut is an additional, non-compulsory stopover for mountaineers wishing to complete the 3-stage ascent of Mont Blanc. For more information about the Tête rousse refuge (booking, accommodation…), contact the establishment via this number: 04 81 91 86 56.
Both refuges sell out quickly, so don’t wait until the last moment to book your place!
A mountain refuge for mountaineering enthusiasts in Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc
Perched at 3,338 meters above sea level, right in the heart of Mont-Blanc country, on the border ridge at the Col du Miage, the Durier refuge and its 12 beds are an essential stopover on the ascent of the Dômes du Miage or the Aiguille de Bionnassay.
This is the most authentic mountain refuge in Saint-Gervais. It’s a place like few others exist anymore. Small, charming and unusual, this establishment made entirely of wood hugging the mountain face is accessible via 2 marked hiking trails. Open all year round, the Plan Glacier refuge is, however, unoccupied in winter.
Some of Saint-Gervais’ refuges, located at around 2000 meters, are easily accessible to all and offer 360° panoramic views to admire over a hot drink or a generous dish.
The Nid d’Aigle refuge (2,372 meters) is close to the arrival of the Mont-Blanc tramway. Here, climbers on their way back down can stop off and reward themselves with a well-deserved fondue! Otherwise, hikers and tourists out for a stroll can stop here to contemplate the scenery.
The chalet-refuge du Mont-Joly (2002 meters) is the highest restaurant in the Évasion domain. Also known as the “Pavillon du Mont-Joly”, this refuge in Saint-Gervais, accessible winter and summer alike, is a superb spot to soak up the sun before putting on your skis or hiking boots again!