Altitude : 2 841 m
The path starts below the hamlet of Le Pied du Col, where you have to take the paved road (not cleared in winter) that begins after the gite called Le Pas de l’Ane, the car park being at the bottom of the valley.
The path starts off on the famous path GR 54 (Tour de l’Oisans), and then quickly forks off to the right towards the Plan de Valfourche. The place is wonderful, almost flat, where the Romanche river draws long meanderings along which it is good to lie in the grass, contemplating Les Agneaux away. Take then the right-hand in the bottom of Le Plan, walk along the Torrent des Cavales, and then turn right again towards the majestic Pic Gaspard, to climb the remaining few hundred meters to the refuge.
A word from the hut keeper
Located in the heart of a high-mountain circus, between the Pavé, Roche Méane and the Pic Gaspard on the shores of a glacial lake, this small, altitude hut offers something of a Himalayan feel in one of the most untamed, secret valleys of the Ecrins massif. The atmosphere of this modest, somewhat rustic hut is rather like that of a base camp, where the friendliness is reminiscent of the spirit of the mountaineering pioneers. An outstanding environment, with a spectacular view… this suspended valley is well worth the visit. Whether for a meal or to spend the night, come and discover the lovely atmosphere of this Alpine gem.
From the hut
- Le col des Chamois (3202m),a fine classic
- The descent of the col Claire (3409m), challenging
- Col du Clôt des Cavales (3195m)
- The traverse to the refuge of Le Châtelleret. , when the weather condtions are good.
Mountaineering and climbing
- Pic Nord des Cavales (3362m)
- Le Pavé (3824m)
- Pic Gaspard (3883m)
- Pointe Emma (3346m)
- Pointe des Chamois (3317m)