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Le Soreiller

Altitude : 2 730 m

Open:

  • 11th of June to 25th of September 2017.
  • Off season: ask the hut keeper.
Departure point: Les Etages (St Christophe en Oisans)
Height gain: 1 100 m
Time: 3hours
Difficulty: Very steady walking
Number of places: Summer 90 – winter 20
Hut keeper: Martine Turc
Owner: STD
 

The refuge

Refuge du Soreiller

Getting there:

Two routes are possible to reach the refuge

The first one is the traditional path of La Combe d’Amont starts at the entrance of the hamlet of Les Étages. After climbing up through the rhododendrons and crossing a small avalanche that may remain early in the season, it joins La Combe d’Amont where it crosses a stream (there is a footbridge in the summer). You then discover, with much emotion, the extraordinary Aiguille Dibona (3130m) that stands in the centre, with its pure lines, with the refuge nesting at the foot. The flat ground following the end of the combe is conducive to a rest. Several steep zigzags will lead you to the red shutters of the refuge that have been in sight for a while.

A wilder and more difficult route follows the path of the Vallon d’en Bas, which starts 600 metres before the hamlet of Les Etages, close to a little bridge, then soon crosses a large rockfall. After going past some caves (« barmes » in French), you discover an amazing large flat slab in balance.
The climb zigzags up through rocky outcrops then sharply turns to the right (eastwards), in the middle of alpine flowers, to join the ridge that separates the two valleys. The Aiguille Dibona comes out of a zigzag : turn westwards to enter in the quiet Vallon d’en Bas at the foot of the imposing Aiguilledu Plat de la Selle (3596m). Back eastwards
to reach the Arête du Soratay, at 2800 mètres, before going on to the post where you discover the refuge.

Be careful: this path is airy and difficult, especially when descending, or in rainy weather.

 

A word from the hut keeper

Gardienne du reufuge du Soreiller

Martine Turc, the heiress of a long tradition of hut keepers and mountain guides, is happy to welcome you to the refuge of Le Soreiller (which means « sunny » in the local dialect) nestled at the foot of the Aiguille Dibona, an extraordinary granite sculpture in the silent sky of Oisans. This refuge, welcoming and friendly small island in the middle of a stone garden, offers a comfortable base for exceptional climbs on a famous rock. Two distinct paths can lead to the refuge: it is thus both a destination and a nice stop-off midway through a hike. From the terrace, you’ll enjoy watching the climbers in action, without forgetting the south-facing 180° panoramic view.

Martine Turc

 

From the hut:

Hiking
  • What a pleasure to admire this magnificent Aiguille Dibona and to enjoy this high mountain atmosphere! A circular route passes by the refuge, with two distinct mountain paths to reach the refuge. A dormitory is reserved for late risers, which may take their breakfast on the terrace facing south…
Mountaineering and climbing
  • The Aiguilles du Soreiller (western, central, eastern) dominate the Vallon du Diable (north side) for 1200 metres. Their sunny ridges, rather easy, lead you to magnificent panoramic viewpoints. The site offers a wide range of climbing routes of all levels: Le Rouget, Les Burlans, L’Orientale and the inevitable Dibona. Ask for details and information at the hut.
 

The refuge in images

Refuge du Soreiller

Refuge du Soreiller