The refuge de Vallonpierre is a Club Alpin Français (CAF) refuge and was newly built in 2000 in wood and stone. It is situated on a high alpine plateau at 2271m with a small lake near the col de Vallonpierre at the foot of the west face of the Sirac summit in the Ecrins National Park.
The refuge is very popular with walkers and mountaineers. It is one of the overnight stops on the Tour du Vieux Chaillol long distance walking route marking the point between the Valgaudemar and Champoléon valley. It is also the access refuge to do the Sirac mountain, an iconic 3340m summit with various rock and mixed routes to choose from.
There are several routes to walk in to the refuge, the quickest being about 3 hours.
It is a modern refuge with showers (payable as extra) and toilets inside the building, a large sociable dining room with wood burner and a range of dormitories sleeping from 9 to 11 people. Bedding is blankets and sheets but please bring a sleeping bag liner as these can't be washed after every guest!
Guillaume and his 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 19 people.
Facilities and equipment included:
Bar, Duvets, Open Fire or Wood Burner, Restaurant, Sheets, Ski Locker
Facilities and equipment at extra charge: