Refuge du Glacier Blanc

Refuge du Glacier Blanc

The refuge du Glacier Blanc is a large Club Alpine Francais (CAF) refuge situated at the foot of the Glacier Blanc at 2542m.

There are fantastic panoramic views over the Ecrins from the refuge and you can easily walk up to the glacier blanc from there. Please note, you should not attempt to walk on the glacier without proper equipment and it is advisable to have a guide with you.

It is a popular and busy refuge accessible on foot in 2 and a half hours from Pre de Madame Carle (670m of ascent) and is a great base for a number of mountaineering routes including Les Agneaux, The Pointe des Cineastes, Pic du Glacier D'Arsine, Col des Ecrins, Roche Faurio, Pic du Glacier Blanc and more.

It is also popular in Spring for ski tourers traversing the Ecrins.

There is a large open plan dining hall on the ground floor and a range of dormitories sleeping from 10 to 20 on the upper floors with sheets and blankets (a sleeping bag liner is recommended). Toilets and wash basin are accessible from outside in a separate block.

Nicolas and his team 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 open in the winter sleeping 39 people.

131 people

Facilities and equipment included:
Bar, Blankets, On-Site Restaurant, 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 24.00€
Picnic 12.00€
Breakfast 8.00€


Resources such as water, electricity (solar) and food are hard to come by in a refuge so please respect this and don't waste energy, water or food. Showers are a luxury so please don't empty the water reservoir! It is not possible to charge phones or cameras in the refuge.

There is no mobile phone signal in the refuge and the refuge telephone is reserved for private use except in the case of emergencies.

All items brought up to the refuge including any rubbish must be taken back out.

The staff running the refuge run a tight ship to be able to cater for everyone and clean the refuge to a good standard and their timetables and rules must be respected.

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 slippers, flip flops or Crocs are provided. Mountaineering hardware such as ice axes, crampons and walking poles, must be left in the locker room or outside and should not be taken into the dormitories.

Dinner is usually served at 7pm and it is considered impolite to arrive at a refuge any later than 1/2 an hour before dinner as the staff will be too busy preparing and serving dinner to be able to welcome you.

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 need to be vacated before 9am and 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

Google Review Google Verified Review

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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Mountaineering and Alpinism Holidays - Matt Belton

March 2017

Customer Review

Well, this is the mountains so don't expect a hairdryer in the heated toilet block! Seriously though, great camaraderie ...

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