Refuge du Couvercle

Refuge du Couvercle

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elevation: 2687 m

waypoint_type: hut

capacity: 22

capacity_staffed: 114

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phone: 04 50 53 16 94

custodianship : always_accessible

phone_custodian: 06 87 99 01 66


matress_unstaffed : yes

blanket_unstaffed : yes

heating_unstaffed : yes

gas_unstaffed : no


Private telephone of the warden: +33(0)
Bivouac is allowed from sunset to dawn
Winter Room :
22 places in the old hut. No wood, blankets, some pots and plates. 8.50€ a night.
After the closure of the hut some of the ladders at Egralets are removed.
For weekends in April and May it is necessary to reserve by telephone first:

pedestrian access

In summer :
From Montenvers, get onto the Mer de Glace and go up it to the start of the Leschaux glacier. On the true right bank there is a large white painted square. This marks the start of ladders, which are fairly steep and strenuous, (harness with a sling, helmet.) After the ladders follow the path to the hut. (3-4h)

It is also possible to follow the "Balcon de la Mer de Glace" route, longer in time but more pleasant. Start as for the Charpoua hut, then follow the path, ladders, cables etc to the hut. (4-6h)

In winter
Two possibilities : Either from Montenvers, easily but long up the Mer de Glace or the Aig du Midi, following the Vallee Blanche descent.

As the ladders are not there in winter you have to either :
Go up a gully to the true right, left looking up, of the Talefre seracs. Careful if there is not enough snow then rock slabs will be exposed.
Or the true left side of the seracs, (Pierre à Bérenger).


Open weekends in May and from mid June to mid September

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