The Refuge du Tourond is a privately owned high mountain refuge situated in the Ecrins National Park at 1712m.
The refuge was originally a shepherd's cabin and the owner, Stéphane and his friends have been renovating it gradually over the years. It is now a very popular and well presented alpine refuge with rustic charm and modern facilities!
There are flush toilets, a shower and small family friendly dormitories sleeping from 4 to 6 people. Bedding is duvets and sheets and it is recommended you bring a sleeping bag liner as these aren't washed after every guest but they are still a lot cleaner than some refuges!
There is a cosy dining room with wood burning stove and outside there is a beautiful sun terrace with views over the mountains.
You can arrive from several directions to the refuge so have the option of a 11/2 hour walk in or going over a mountain pass from Chaillol - 6 - 7 hours. You could even take in Champsaur's highest mountain, The Vieux Chaillol.
There are short walks you can do from the refuge to explore including visiting a dramatic waterfall or a walk up on to the plateau above.
As such, it is a popular refuge with families and has cots and baby equipment available for toddlers and babies.
You will see lots of wildlife, including chamois, marmots, golden eagles and ibex. In spring time, there is a herd of ibex who regularly come down near to the refuge and wildlife lovers come from all over at this time of year to get a close up peak!
Stéphane and his team run the refuge from May to mid September and will surprise you with their culinary skills. They serve a range of local and traditional dishes using fresh produce carried in on foot as well as the dried stock that is helicoptered in at the beginning of the season.
This is a fantastic refuge for a first experience en famille and seasoned refuge guests will appreciate the little luxuries!
Facilities and equipment included:
Bar, Cot, Duvets, Garden, Open Fire or Wood Burner, Refuge shower, Restaurant, Sheets, Sun Terrace
Facilities and equipment at extra charge: