The Refuge Tre-la-Tete is located at the foot of the Tre-la-Tete Glacier on the southern end of the Montjoie Valley, south-west from Chamonix. The beautiful Notre Dame de la Gorge and the Sainte Chapel are located directly below the refuge down in the valley. The refuge has a beautiful location perched on a plateau with great views all around.
The Refuge Tre-la-Tete has a history going all the way back to 1907 when it was the first mountain refuge near Les-Contamines Montjoie, with Joseph and Francois Barbier as its first owner. In the 1930s, Leon Orset bought the refuge and he past it on to his son Nes and since then big improvements have been made to the refuge, making it one of the nicest refuges in the region.
The refuge has 6 rooms with a capacity of 2 to 5 guests each. There is also a dormitory with 30 beds. There are toilets and showers with hot water. Overnight stays include dinner and breakfast. The refuge also doubles as a restaurant with snacks and drinks served throughout the day.
The Refuge Tre-la-Tete gives access to the valley that is cut out by the Tre-la-Tete Glacier. This is an alternative route for climbing Mont Blanc with the Refuge des Conscrits at 2614m on the way. The entire area around the refuge is absolutely spectacular with great trails leading southward to Nant Borrant and onwards to the Col du Bonhomme. There are also great trails leading down the valley to the Notre Dame de la Gorge and Les Contamines and onward to Saint-Gervais-les-Bains.
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