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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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Refuge du Plan de Aiguille

Very nice refuge perched high above Chamonix along the Grand Balcon Nord

Nearest Town

Chamonix

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Altitude

2207m / 7241ft

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Refuge de Bellachat

Mountain refuge with a spectacular view of Mt Blanc and overlooking the Chamonix valley

Nearest Town

Chamonix

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Altitude

2152m / 7060ft

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Refuge de Moede Anterne

Refuge on the crossroads in the direction of Chamonix, Sixt, Servoz and the Berard valley

Nearest Town

Servoz

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Altitude

2000m / 6562ft

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Les Ecuries de Charamillon

Refuge and restaurant located near near the Charamillon mid station above Le Tour

Nearest Town

Le Tour

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Altitude

1914m / 6280ft

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Refuge du Montenvers

Iconic Refuge dating back to 1880 built next to the Mer de Glace glacier

Nearest Town

Chamonix

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Altitude

1913m / 6276ft

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Refuge Col de Balme

Refuge located on the Col de Balme right on the border with Switzerland

Nearest Town

Le Tour

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Altitude

2203m / 7228ft

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Refuge de la Pointe Percee

Mountain Refuge near the Pointe Percee, an iconic rock summit on the Chaine des Aravis

Nearest Town

Sallanches

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Altitude

2164m / 7100ft

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Buvette des Mottets

Mountain refuge on the way up to Montenvers offering unique bubble tent accomodation

Nearest Town

Chamonix

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Altitude

1638m / 5374ft

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Cabane du Vieux Emosson

Refuge and restaurant located at the foot of the Vieux Emosson Dam

Nearest Town

Finhaut

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Altitude

2172m / 7126ft

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Refuge de Sales

Fairly remote refuge located in the valley near de Desert de Plate

Nearest Town

Servoz

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Altitude

1877m / 6158ft

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Refuge de Loriaz

Beautifully situation Refuge in the Montagne de Loriaz above Vallorcine

Nearest Town

Vallorcine

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Altitude

2020m / 6627ft

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Refuge Lac Blanc

Popular Refuge at the shores of the famous Lac Blanc

Nearest Town

Argentiere

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Altitude

2353m / 7720ft

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Refuge de la Pierre a Berard

Refuge located at the end of the valley in the Vallon de Berard nature reserve

Nearest Town

Vallorcine

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1925m / 6316ft

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Refuge de Plan de Glacier

Spectacularly located little refuge perched against a rock side near the Glacier de Miage

Nearest Town

Les Contamines

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Altitude

2680m / 8793ft

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Chalets de Miage

Large Refuge with dormitories, private rooms and small chalets in the Miage valley

Nearest Town

Les Contamines

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Altitude

1560m / 5118ft

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Refuge du Tornieux

Very nice refuge and restaurant located above Sallanches below the Chaine des Aravis

Nearest Town

Sallanches

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Altitude

1450m / 4757ft

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Refuge de Doran

Refuge situated above Sallanches and below the Pointe Percee along the Chaine des Aravis

Nearest Town

Sallanches

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1495m / 4905ft

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Refuge Albert 1er

High altitude Refuge at 2702 meters right next to the Glacier du Tour

Nearest Town

Le Tour

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Altitude

2702m / 8865ft

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Chalet Refuge de Lognan

Beautifully situated refuge and restaurant near the Argentiere Glacier

Nearest Town

Argentiere

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Altitude

2032m / 6667ft

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Refuge du Nid Aigle

Mountain snack bar and refuge at the end of the Tramway du Mont Blanc

Nearest Town

Les Houches

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Altitude

2412m / 7913ft

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Chalets du Truc

Beautifully situated refuge on alpine pastures between Les Contamines and Miage

Nearest Town

Les Contamines

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Altitude

1750m / 5741ft

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Refuge de Nant Borrant

Beautifully situated refuge near the Notre Dame de la Gorge

Nearest Town

Les Contamines

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1465m / 4806ft

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Hotel La Prairie

Small fourth generation family run hotel and snack bar in Les Bois

Nearest Town

Chamonix

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Altitude

1084m / 3556ft

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Auberge la Boerne

Refuge with restaurant in Tre-le-Champ at the north-western end of the Chamonix Valley

Nearest Town

Argentiere

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Altitude

1402m / 4600ft

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Refuge Alfred Wills

Fairly remote refuge located in la Montagne de Anterne and near the lake

Nearest Town

Servoz

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Altitude

1810m / 5938ft

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Refuge Tre-la-Tete

Beautifully situated refuge at the foot of the Tre-la-Tete Glacier valley

Nearest Town

Les Contamines

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Altitude

1970m / 6463ft

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Refuge de Plate

Refuge located on a plateau at the Desert de Plate

Nearest Town

Servoz

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Altitude

2032m / 6667ft

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Auberge de Bionnassay

Refuge and Restaurant in the hamlet of Bionnassay south-west from Les Houches

Nearest Town

Les Houches

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Altitude

1320m / 4331ft

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We try to make the trails we present on our website as interesting as possible by combining as many points of interests as possible in a single trail. This way you get you to maximize your time spent. We got many other points of interest listed in the Chamonix Valley and beyond. You can pick a different category from the list on the right.

If you know a refuge or mountain accommodation in or around Chamonix that is missing from our site, then please send us a message

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