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Refuge de la Pierre a Berard

Refuge

Contributors:

8

Our Rating

Very Good

The Refuge de la Pierre a Berard is smaller sized refuge located at the end of the valley in the Vallon de Berard natural reserve. This reserve is surrounded bu the Aiguilles Rouge natural reserve and borders the Passy Natural reserve on its western border. Overall, the Refuge de la Pierra a Berard is located in one of the most natural settings without any 4x4 tracks or paved rounds anywhere to be found. 


The Refuge itself is built against a very large rock which acts as a natural protection barrier against avalanches. The refuge is not a very large structure but still has a capacity of 40 beds split over 2 dormitories. As usual, you should bring your own sleeping bag liner. The refuge is closed in winter and does not provide a winter dormitory like some of the other refuges do. There are no showers but there is a large outdoor water trough with multiple faucets you can use to refill your water bottles or give yourself a quick splash. The refuge doubles as a snack bar when it is open and serves drinks and snacks.


There are a couple of very popular routes that run past the refuge. The normal route for climbing to the summit of Le Buet takes you past the refuge both on your way up and your way back. We got a detailed trail profile for our preferred route which runs via the Refuge de Loriaz and the Cheval Blanc and then descends back via the Refuge de la Pierra a Berard. 


Another popular route is the full traverse from the Le Buet train station near Vallorcine to the train station of Servoz. This is a fantastic route that takes you through both the natural reserves of Vallon de Berard and the natural reserve of Passy. Beautiful route. 


A shorter option would be to go from the Cascade de Berard at the start of the valley and walk or run to the refuge and then go back again. 


Nearest town to this point of interest

Nearest Town

Vallorcine

Altitude of this point of interest

Altitude

1925m

Capacity for this point of interest
Accommodation Type
Phone number for this point of interest
Website for this point of interest

Capacity

Accommodation

Phone

Website

40

Dormitories

+33 (0)4 50 54 62 08

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Linked Trails & Points of Interest

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Le Buet to Servoz via Pormenaz

9

Our Rating

Exceptional

Point to Point Trail:

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An amazing route that takes you deep into the nature reserve of Passy and the Vallon de Berard. There are no towns or paved roads in these valleys so its a pure natural experience.

Trail Length

Length

25.66km

When is the best time to go on this trail

When to Go

End Jun - Start Oct

How long does it take to hike this trail

Hiking Time

7.0 - 11.0 Hours

Elevation gain and loss for this trail

Elevation +

+1489m / -2067m

How old do kids have to be to go on this trail

Kids

15+ Years old

How long does it take to run this trail

Running Time

4.0 - 6.0 Hours

The technical difficulty level of this trail

Technical Difficulty

Moderate (3/5)

Are dogs allowed on this trail

Dogs

No Dogs

Nearest Town to this Trail

Nearest Town

Chamonix

Loriaz to Mont Buet via Cheval Blanc

10

Our Rating

The Best

Loop Trail:

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A challenging route that takes you to the summit of Mont Buet at 3096m passing by the Refuge de Loriaz, the Col de la Terrasse and the Cheval Blanc

Trail Length

Length

23.31km

When is the best time to go on this trail

When to Go

Mid Jul - End Sep

How long does it take to hike this trail

Hiking Time

8.0 - 13.7 Hours

Elevation gain and loss for this trail

Elevation +

+2048m / -2048m

How old do kids have to be to go on this trail

Kids

15+ Years old

How long does it take to run this trail

Running Time

5.0 - 8.0 Hours

The technical difficulty level of this trail

Technical Difficulty

Very Difficult (5/5)

Are dogs allowed on this trail

Dogs

No Dogs

Nearest Town to this Trail

Nearest Town

Chamonix

Mont Buet via Tre les Eaux Loop

10

Our Rating

The Best

Loop Trail:

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A long and challenging route taking you through the gorgeous Tre-les-Eaux valley to the Cheval Blanc and summit of Mont Buet before looping back via the Refuge Berard.

Trail Length

Length

22.3km

When is the best time to go on this trail

When to Go

Mid Jul - End Sep

How long does it take to hike this trail

Hiking Time

8.0 - 13.0 Hours

Elevation gain and loss for this trail

Elevation +

+2103m / -2103m

How old do kids have to be to go on this trail

Kids

15+ Years old

How long does it take to run this trail

Running Time

5.0 - 8.0 Hours

The technical difficulty level of this trail

Technical Difficulty

Very Difficult (5/5)

Are dogs allowed on this trail

Dogs

No Dogs

Nearest Town to this Trail

Nearest Town

Chamonix

Col de Salenton

9

Nearest Town

Exceptional

Mountain Pass

Mountain Pass between the Berard and Aiguilles Rouges natural reserves

Nearest town to this point of interest

Nearest Town

Vallorcine

The altitude of this point of interest

Altitude

2526m

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Mont Buet Summit

10

Nearest Town

The Best

Summit

The highest summit outside of the Mont Blanc Massif at 3096m with great views all around

Nearest town to this point of interest

Nearest Town

Vallorcine

The altitude of this point of interest

Altitude

3096m

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Location & Map

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Longitude:

6.8687

Latitude:

46.003

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