The Durier refuge is tucked away between the Bionnassay ridge and the Dome de Miage. This refuge is one of the more difficult shelters to access, taking approximately 7.5hrs and a 2200m ascent. It is certainly not meant for the casual climber. Especially as there is no heating or water and night time temperatures even in summer often drop below freezing.
This small refuge sleeps just 12 people in one dormitory; bed covers are provided but you must bring your own sheet or sleeping bag liner.
Accommodation can be booked on a half-board basis, with discounts for Club Alpin Francais members. The refuge does not offer kitchen facilities during the summer season, so self-catering is not possible.
The refuge is open and staffed between mid-June and the beginning of September. It can also be used during the winter; bedding and cooking materials are provided but it is unstaffed.
Please contact the refuge directly for this season's prices and opening/closing dates. Due to the remote location, the refuge guardian advises that you call in advance of your arrival to ask their advice on weather and conditions.
Location: Chamonix / Mont Blanc Valley
Property Style: Dormitory | Hut / Refuge
Sleeps: Sleeps 12
Open Seasons: Summer
Address: Saint-Gervais-Les-Bains | Chamonix / Mont Blanc Valley | 74170