Refuge des Écrins

3175 m

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General

General

elevation: 3175 m

waypoint_type: hut

capacity: 35

capacity_staffed: 120

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Contact

Contact

url: http://refugedesecrins.ffcam.fr/

phone: +33 (0)4 92 23 46 66

custodianship : always_accessible

maps_info

maps_info

  • IGN - 3436ET - Meije - Pelvoux - Parc national des Écrins

Equipment

Equipment

matress_unstaffed : yes

blanket_unstaffed : yes

heating_unstaffed : no

gas_unstaffed : no

Licence

Licence

pedestrian access

296084

Access:
L'Argentière la Bessée > Vallouise > Pelvoux > Ailefroide > Le pré de Mme Carle. Generally the road is open until the entry of Pré Mme Carle in spring, just before the place called "camp des militaires". The HD are indicated from this point. However, depending on the snow cover, the road may be closed at the Ailefroide exit (until around mid April, add an hour), or Claux à Pelvoux tunnel (until around the beginning of April, add two hours). For information call Pelvoux town hall at 04.92.23.31.07

Day 1: If the road is not open until Pré de Mme Carle, start by following it cutting across some bends until the meadow. Go past Cézanne refuge and go up the south slope right bank of the torrent of Glacier Blanc, primarily along the path of the summer trail. This slope dries quickly during the season, while the meadow may still be covered with much snow. Above point 2163m a rock band cuts across the slope. Cross it via the trail if it is visible, if not slightly more to the east, be careful the slope is steep (S3) and exposed.

By ascending traverses you then reach the broad flat area at the foot of the final arm of Glacier Blanc. This entire first part is exposed to avalanches due to strong snow cover.

Pass to the left bank of the dale and climb in the direction of Glacier Blanc refuge which is visible. Go up the dale until near the rock barriers dominated by the seracs of the glacier, and climb NE in a steep corridor (S3) emerging to the west of the refuge. Sometimes it is more comfortable to climb this corridor on foot. (It takes 2 hours from Cézanne refuge to Glacier Blanc refuge 2550 m).

Go past the Glacier Blanc refuge and go up via a corridor to the right of the summer trail, to top out to the west at the altitude of 2640m. Via dales and croups on the left bank of the glacier, you reach the glacier and take foot on a not very inclined area around 2850m. Stay on the left bank of the glacier to surmount a crevassed area, pass the dale which rises in the direction of Col Emile Pic to reach the foot of the bar which supports Ecrins refuge. You reach the refuge (3175 m) via an unrelenting slope (S3) to the east of it which passes the rocky steep pitch. (it takes 2 hours from the Glacier Blanc refuge, 4 hours from Pré de Mme Carle ).

Accommodation:
Ecrins refuge (CAF, French Alpine Club) generally open from the last weekend in April, refuge telephone: 04.92.23.46.66, caretaker Laurent Vernet telephone 04.92.23.34.77, CAF Briançon telephone 04.92.20.16.52 without caretaker, open in winter, no kitchen, provide own equipment, Glacier Blanc refuge (CAF, French Alpine Club) generally open 2 weeks earlier, altitude 2550 m, telephone 04.92.23.50.24

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