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