Refuges in and around the Chamonix Valley
Refuges or mountain cabins offer accommodations in the mountains. Typically these are fairly basic accommodations in dormitories and using bunkbeds. There are some exceptions though, and some offer private rooms and even private little chalets. For the majority of refuges in and around Chamonix the same general rules apply: the refuge will provide pillows and blankets but these are shared and for repeated use and you will need to bring your own sleeping bag liner. The French call this a "Sack a Viande", or literally translated "sack of meat" and many refuges will sell them at low cost if you need one. Depending on how remote the refuge is located, there may be restrictions on water and electricity use and the type of shower and toilet facilities and how you are supposed to use these facilities. Some refuges have restrictions on young children and dogs. Some refuges remain open year round and have options for staying in them without the refuge having a care-taker, or guardian, on location. In those cases the refuge will typically have a money box where you can leave your payment and it will have basic supplies like blankets, pillows and gas canisters. Refuges have different operating dates but most of them will at the minimum be open from mid June to mid September. This is the peak hiking and trail running season for Chamonix. During those summer months they will typically also serve as a snack bar and offer meals, snacks and drinks. The refuges in and around the Chamonix Valley are very popular and should be booked many months ahead of time. If your plans rely on a stay in a refuge or if you plan to refuel food and water at a refuge then it is imperative that you check directly with the refuge to make absolutely sure they are open.
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