Refuge des Ecrins

Refuge des Ecrins

The Refuge des Ecrins is situated in the heart of the Ecrins National Park. It's situated at 3175m, perched on a rock that looks down onto the Glacier Blanc and has magnificent views over the Ecrins.

It's a busy refuge and is very popular with people who want to climb the Dome des Ecrins (4015m) or the Barre des Ecrins (4102m).

It's accessible on foot and takes about 4 and a half hours from Pré de Madame Carle (1300m of ascent). You pass the Refuge du Glacier Blanc and continue either on a rocky path at the side of the glacier (recommended) or you can access the refuge by the glacier. Please note, you should not attempt to walk on the glacier without the correct equipment and it is advisable to have a guide with you.

It's also a popular choice with ski tourers in the spring time.

There is an open plan dining hall on the ground floor and a range of dormitories of varying sizes on the upper floors with sheets and blankets (a sleeping bag liner is recommended). The toilets are found in a separate block outside.

Jeff and Jocelyne are there to welcome you from 30 March to mid September and offer a restaurant service all day serving drinks and snacks. Full evening meals are for overnighters and are a set menu.

There is an unmanned section of the refuge open in the winter that sleeps 40 people.

124 people

Facilities and equipment included:
, Bar, Blankets, On-Site Restaurant, Private Garden, Sheets

Facilities and equipment at extra charge:

Board Options

There is a full restaurant service available in the refuge from the end of March to September serving snacks and drinks. Evening meals and breakfasts are for overnighters only and are a set menu.


Hot Lunch in Refuge 24.50€
Picnic 12.00€
Breakfast 8.50€


Jocelyne and Jeff, the couple who run the refuge have a multitude of jobs including; welcoming people, general up keep of the hut, changing the beds, as well as making the food. Please respect their rules and timetables to make their lives easier.

There is no mobile phone signal in the refuge and the refuge telephone is reserved for private use except in the case of emergencies.It is not possible to charge phones or cameras in the refuge.

All items brought up to the refuge including any rubbish must be taken back out. There are baskets in the refuge for you to put your belongings in to keep the refuge tidy. Please do not leave your belongings lying around the refuge.

Outdoor shoes are not permitted inside the refuge and indoor shoes are provided. Mountaineering hardware must be left in the locker room.

Dinner is usually served at 7pm. Please aim to be at the refuge 1/2 an hour before so the staff are able to welcome you properly. If not the will be too busy preparing and serving dinner. Any help offered to do the dishes, clear or wipe tables is greatly appreciated in the refuge.

If you are heading up to do a mountaineering summit, you will be woken up in the early morning between 4 and 5 am and served breakfast. Walkers and other guests' breakfast is served between 7 and 9am.

All dormitories must be left in a tidy condition with blankets and sheets folded as you found them.



Rebecca Gossage - Dome des Ecrins Mountaineering Trip

July 2018

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The dorm style accommodation was warm and comfortable (if you remember your ear plugs) with the best views of any hotel ...

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