This refuge was recently rebuilt alongside the old metal shelter. It has great views of the Aiguille Verte chain as well as the north wall of Grandes Jorasses.
The new Couvercle Refuge has a much larger capacity of 128 places as opposed to the older shelter which only had 22 beds. Sleeping arrangements are in large dormitories of 16 to 25 beds; consider bringing ear plugs as there is bound to be at least one heavy snorer in such a big room...
Mattresses and bed covers are provided but for reasons of hygiene you are required to bring your own sheet or sleeping bag liner.
The refuge is open and staffed during the summer months of mid-June to mid-September. Accommodation can be booked on a half-board, B&B or bed only basis; special diets (vegetarian, gluten-free, etc) can be catered for on request but you will need to let them know in advance of your arrival, preferably at time of booking.
The old shelter is still open throughout the winter, unstaffed but bedding is provided.
The refuge has no WiFi and mobile phone signals are weak; the refuge also relies on solar power for their electricity, so charging of phones and other devices is only possible in case of emergency. They do however have a collection of books, magazines and board games for your entertainment, so unplug and relax!
Please enquire directly with the refuge for this season's prices and opening/closing dates.
Location: Chamonix / Mont Blanc Valley
Catering Basis: Self-catered
Property Style: Bivouac | Dormitory | Hut / Refuge
Sleeps: Sleeps 20+
Catering: Half-board | Breakfast
Access: Pedestrian access
Restrictions: No wheelchair access
Open Seasons: Summer
Address: Chamonix | Chamonix / Mont Blanc Valley | 74400