Refuge de l'Aiguille du Goûter

Refuge de l'Aiguille du Goûter

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elevation: 3835 m

waypoint_type: hut

capacity: 20

capacity_staffed: 120

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quality: medium



phone: 04 50 54 40 93

custodianship : always_accessible


matress_unstaffed : yes

blanket_unstaffed : yes

heating_unstaffed : no

gas_unstaffed : yes


The new hut will open the 1st August, (or later following bad weather in April/May,) and will replace that of 1960, which will be dismantled. The current annex will become the winter room.
Attention, The hut is built on a protected site, camping is strictly forbidden, (but takes place each summer nonetheless.)
Exclusively by internet :

Anybody without a reservation will not be allowed in the hut.

Winter Room
Open when the hut is without a warden, 20 places.

pedestrian access

There are several ways to get to the Tete Rousse hut.
1. The most popular is to take the Bellevue Telecabin from Les Houches and then the Tramway du Mont Blanc up to the Nid Aigle. From there follow the well used track on the left, up to under the Col des Rognes, (and the little shelter "Baraque forestiere des Rognes" 2768m). From here cross the boulder field going S to the ridge leading up to the true right bank of the Glacier du Tete Rousse, (another little shelter.) Cross the glacier to the Tete Rousse hut, or if going directly to the Goûter hut, traverse diagonally rightwards to reach the ridge on the true right bank of the Grand Couloir. (2h-3h from the Nid d'Aigle.)
2. More aesthetic is to avoid mechanical means and start either from Les Houches village, top of the Rue des Gens, (1100m), using the footpath to the Col du Mont Lachat 2077m, or from the parking at the end of the Bionnassay village (1400m) taking the track to the top of the Bellevue Lift, via the col du Voza and then the path along the Chamonix face of the Mt Lachat to the Col du Mont Lachat. From this col take the path to the Col des Rognes, recently renovated by the St Gervais guides, (superb setting), and so join the way up from the Nid d'Aigle. (5h-6h)

From the Tete Rousse hut 3187m, go up the snow slope to the ridge on the true right bank of the Grand Couloir and climb up slightly to the obvious crossing point, cable usually in place. Cross the couloir, serious danger of stonefall, especially in the afternoon or during a heat wave, and scramble the vague ridge line, well marked with cables, iron steps etc. higher up. This leads to the old Goûter hut. The new Goûter hut (opening 2012) is slightly lower to the right. Crampons advisable if conditions are snowy/icy. (2h30 -3h30 from the Tete Rousse).


June to the end of September

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