The refuge d'Olan is a Club Alpine Francais (CAF) refuge and was built in 1978. It is situated on a high alpine plateau at 2345m in the heart of the Ecrins National Park.
The refuge was build just behind a small mound which protects it from avalanches. The SE face of the Olan (3564m) towers over the area and you have great views of the Navette Valley and the Vieux Chaillol.
It's very popular with walkers as the GR54 walking path runs close to the refuge. It's also a great spot for mountaineering and is the access refuge to do the Olan (3564m) and Cime du Vallon (3409m). There are wide range of rock and mixed routes in the area.
On the ground floor there is a large sociable dining room where your meals will be served. There are 4 large dormitories with blankets and sheets. We recommend that you bring a sleeping bag liner as the sheets can't be washed after every guest! The toilets and wash basins on the first floor and there are some more toilets in an outside block.
The team are there from mid June to mid September to look after you and provide a bar and restaurant service (all day) with half board for overnighters and picnics available to order. In the winter there is a winter section left open which sleeps up to 15 people.
Facilities and equipment included:
Facilities and equipment at extra charge: