The Refuge d'Agnel is a modern, newly refurbished refuge that is found on the French - Italian border. In the summer months it's easily accessible by car as it's just off the road which goes to the Col Agnel, a famous Tour de France col. In the winter, when the col is closed due to snow, it becomes more isolated, only accessible on snowshoes or skis.
Built from wood, the refuge is self-sufficient. It gets its energy from the solar panels on the roof and water from a spring not far from the refuge.
The refuge is found at an altitude of 2580m and has great views of the famous Mt Viso, which is just over the border in Italy. There are lots of walks around the refuge in the summer. Ski tourers use the refuge as a stop-over or as a base camp in the winter as there are variety of routes to do near by including the Pain du Sucre, and le Grand Queyras. You can also access the refuge on snowshoes which takes about 2.5 hours with 550m of ascent. You can even get there on cross country skis!
The refuge has a large dining area, running (spring) water, toilets inside the building, and even showers (which are a payable extra). There are a range of dormitories sleeping from 6 - 11 people. Sheets and blankets are provided but it's best to bring your own sleeping bag liner as the bedding isn't washed everyday!
You will find Agnès and her team there from mid June to mid September and again from mid January to mid April. They provide an all day restaurant service with a bar.
Facilities and equipment included:
Bar, Duvets, Garden, Open Fire or Wood Burner, Sheets, Storage
Facilities and equipment at extra charge: