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Refuge du Charpoua from Montenvers

Aiguille du Midi


Ladders. Glaciers. Granite. Wild. An unforgettable journey back in time to a tiny refuge which despite only 8 places is still guarded.

Hiking Difficult

6.7 km
1.2 km
219 m
3-4 hrs
Low Point
1.7 km
High Point
2.8 km
Refuge du Charpoua from Montenvers Map

A wonderful, wild hike away from the crowds to a very old, very small refuge. The views are amazing and the whole experience is unforgettable. There is no mountaineering on the route but getting down from the Montenvers train and up from the glacier are long metal ladders so a head for heights is needed. Note that the access from the Mer de Glace has changed - more information can be found here: https://www.chamoniarde.com/images/files/Acc%C3%A8s-Charpoua-2016.pdf.



Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

Extreme Exposure

4 out of 4

Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.


3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

between July and September


  • Alpine

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