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Couvercle Refuge (2687m), Massif du Mont-Blanc

Newly built refuge (replacing an old one) accessed from the Mer de Glace

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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.

Getting Here


To access the shelter, you will need to take the train to the Mer de Glace. Trains run from the Montenvers rail station in central Chamonix. From the Mer de Glace the route takes approximately 4hrs. Once you have taken the stairs down to the glacier, follow the common route for all the refuges that are accessible from the Mer de Glace. Follow the Les Chaux glacier. You should be able to see a large white sign on the cliffs to the left which indicates the ladders that need to be taken to reach the refuge. Once at the top of the stairs, the refuge is about a 30 minute walk. This route is recommended for skilled hikers.


  • Accessibility
  • No wheelchair access
  • Pedestrian access


  • Catering
  • Half-board
  • Breakfast


  • Open Seasons
  • Summer
  • Address
  • Chamonix
  • 74400