Refuge des Conscrits

Refuge des Conscrits

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elevation: 2602 m

waypoint_type: hut

capacity: 12

capacity_staffed: 90

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phone: +33 (0)4 79 89 09 03

custodianship : always_accessible


matress_unstaffed : yes

blanket_unstaffed : yes

heating_unstaffed : no

gas_unstaffed : yes


The Refuge des Conscrits is recently built and comfortable. With a warden and very popular in high season.

pedestrian access

The parking is at Cugnon, 1km beyond the centre of Contamines. From Cugnon follow the summer trail of Tré la Tête hotel (via Les Plans). Altitude 1970 m. 2h00.

The summer trail from the Tré la Tête refuge to the Conscrits was recently modified and is well signposted. 2h30 It uses a new footbridge and so avoids the glacier and ladders of the old route. There are lots of ups and downs as it traverses the hillside. (Count on 2h for the descent from the hut to the Tré la Tête.)

In winter the old route might be preferable. Continue on the SE side which dominates Glacier de Tré la Tête arm and climb up 70m of HD. Go towards the flat area and then go down to reach the base of the final arm of Glacier de Tré la Tête. This place is known as Mauvais Pas. It is often necessary to take off your skis. Then go back up the centre of the glacier then its right bank. At the level of the ramp marking the ascent trail to the summer refuge, go towards the rocks to avoid a zone of crevasses (seracs of Tré la Grande). You arrive on a flat area that you go up for a distance of 200 or 300m. Here you can see the roof of the refuge on the right bank of the glacier perched 200 m above the glacier. You reach it by two scoops. The one located before the spur on which the refuge sits, or the one located after the spur (less steep than the first). It takes 2h30 from Tré la Tête, 4h30 from Le Cugnon. Altitude 2605 m.

Warning: on the old maps, the refuge indicated is the old Conscrits refuge (at 2730 m, 750 m further to the east than the new one). The old refuge was demolished.

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