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.
Facilities and equipment included:
Bar, Blankets, Garden, Restaurant, Sheets, Storage
Facilities and equipment at extra charge: