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Col de Balme Refuge (2191m), Massif du Mont-Blanc

Traditional cottage refuge, half board accommodation

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This privately run refuge is based in a cottage that is actually just over the border in Switzerland. Having been built in 1877 the accommodation is pretty basic and there is no drinkable tap water available. Water is provided at an additional cost.

The refuge is open from the end of June until mid-September. The restaurant is open for non-guests to purchase drinks, snacks and lunches; the outdoor tables are on a grassy plateau overlooking the Trient valley - popular lunch stop for hikers and mountain bikers. Known to locals as the "dragon lady refuge" due to the charming disposition of the proprietress, worth a visit just to see how much wrath you can incur.

Half board is compulsory at a price of €40. Sheets and bedding are provieded. Showers are not included in the price and you will have to pay extra to wash yourself.

You can access the refuge using the Charamillion gondola from the bottom of the Le Tour resort, followed by the Les Autannes chair lift. Buses run regularly to Le Tour from the centre of Chamonix. Please see bus timetables here.

Location: Chamonix / Mont Blanc Valley | Le Tour


Property Style: Dormitory


Sleeps: Sleeps 20+


Catering: Half-board


Open Seasons: Summer

Address: Le Tour | Chamonix / Mont Blanc Valley | 74400

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