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La Fare

Altitude: 2 280 m

Re-opening date: early august 2017.


    Refuge closed
Departure point:

  • Oz resort, then Alpette gondola (1 hour)
  • Alpe d’Huez (from the car park at the Lac Besson) (2 hours)
Height gain:

  • 280m from l’Alpette
  • 300m from the car park at the Lac Besson

  • 1 hour from l’Alpette
  • 2 hours from the car park at the Lac Besson.
Difficulty Easy walking
Number of places: 12
Hut keeper: Pauline MUSOLESI
Owner: STD

The refuge

Refuge de La Fare

Getting there:

Tree ways are possible to reach the hut:

the less sportive can simply take the Alpette cable car from Oz or Vaujany resorts, and then climb the remaining 280 m of height gain in one hour.

Second possible way (2 hours) : go to the end of the small road after the Alpe d’Huez, that goes over the Col du Poutran, and start off from the car park at the Lac Besson. Can see nearby a true goelogical curiosity: ripple-marks on a small slab of rock, witnessing the return of the sea during the Seconfary Era. Almost flat, the path to the refuge only starts to climb after the Alpette fork. It will delight lovers of flora and wildlife: the banks of the Lac Besson and the Lac Faucille are abound with marmots, cotton-grass and even some types of carnivorous plants which, fortunately, eat insects rather than children’s fingers!

The last possibility for good walkers to reach the refuge is to start from the hamlet of Bessey in Oz-en-Oisans following the GR549 path (4 hours).

The refuge itself has a particular history, having even been a temporary hospital during World War II. No phone, water outside, and truly small…
But you won’t find a friendlier refuge !


A word from the hut keeper


In the heart of Les Grandes Rousses, the refuge of La Fare offers an authentic atmosphere, with its 134-years history. Because of its low capacity and the lack of a separate accomodation, the hut keeper’s life is quite hard is the summer… but it never affected the cheerfulness of those who worked there, often as their first experience of being a hut keeper.



From the hut

  • Many hikes are possible from the hut, and the best known are the tour of the Lacs des Grandes Rousses (seven lakes in 6 hours), or the descent to Vaujany via the Lac de Balme Rousse and the Col du Couard (2234m).
  • Descent also possible to Oz resort via the Plan du Cerf

The refuge is a base camp for climbing the main summits of Les Grandes Rousses: the Pic de l’Etendard (3464m) via the Col de la Barbarate, or the Pic Bayle (3465m) via the Col de la Pyramide.

Refuge de La Fare

Refuge de La Fare