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Charpoua Hut (2841m), Massif du Mont-Blanc

An exclusive hut for serious climbers and mountaineers in a stunning setting

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More of a hut than a refuge, this 8 person accommodation is certainly simple but provides a peaceful respite from every day life. 

This quaint and cosy little hut is open all year around but only provides half board between mid-June and early September. Out of season, you are still able to use the refuge for a small fee, however, you should contact the guardian for details.

During the summer season, accommodation can be booked on a half-board, B&B or bed only basis. Bedding is provided but for hygiene reasons you should bring your own sleeping bag liner.

There is no electricity at the hut and the guardian cooks all meals over a gas stove using organic local ingredients. The majority of the dishes are vegetarian, other dietary requirements can be catered for with advance notice.

Bivouacking is allowed from sunset to sunrise. Out of the summer period the winter room (8 places) is unstaffed but equipped with blankets, dishes and gas. Before leaving you need to clean up after yourself, remove any waste/litter and close the door behind you. There is a small fee per night, which is to be left in an honesty box.

Please contact the refuge directly for this season's prices and opening/closing dates.

Worth knowing

The refuge has no electricity; this means no WiFi, no charging of phones and no card payment so please ensure that you bring enough cash.

Getting Here


You can access the refuge from the bottom of Mer de Glace, following a signposted path that takes approximately 4 hours. The route involves crossing the glacier and climbing up ladders, so some level of mountaineering experience is required. You can contact the refuge guardian before you set off for information about the route and weather conditions.

Trains run from the Montenvers station in central Chamonix to the Mer de Glace daily.


  • Catering
  • Half-board
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner


  • Open Seasons
  • Summer
  • Address
  • Chamonix
  • 74400