Deconfinement: Opening Dates for Mountain Huts in the Mont-Blanc Massif


After the reopening of ski lifts in the Chamonix valley, it is now time for the next step of the deconfinement: the reopening of mountain huts.

The reopening of mountain huts was authorized on 2 June 2020, as confirmed by Secretary of State, Emmanuelle Wargon.

The Goûter refuge is scheduled for reopening on 11 June 2020. Photo author Coronium, photo source, licensed under CC BY SA 3.0.
Refuge du Nid d'Aigle is scheduled for reopening on 13 June 2020. Photo author Jacek Rużyczka, licensed under CC BY SA 4.0, photo source

The guardians, as well as the owners, have been busy preparing for the season. Each hut is obliged to comply with the protocol agreed with the respective town hall or prefecture for their specific building.

For this reason, the reopening will progress gradually, with reduced capacities, at least initially.

Please note: reservations in mountain huts in France are mandatory. A "Hiker's Charter" must be validated and signed. Each guardian is responsible to ensure that all tourists sign the "Hiker's Charter".

All measures to guarantee the safety of hosts and employees, such as regular disinfection, are applied.

In addition, each user must have protective equipment (mask, gel, etc.) and their own equipment.

Upon arrival at the refuge, the guards are responsible for explaining the particular organization due to the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic: the direction of traffic, times for getting up and eating, arrangements for dormitories, etc.

Opening dates for mountain huts in Mont-Blanc & Beaufortain:

Refuge des Conscrits: 2 June
Refuge de Tête Rousse: 10 June
Refuge du Goûter: 11 June
Refuge du Presset: 13 June
Refuge du Nid d'Aigle: 13 June


The Chamonix Valley huts are gradually reopening

Since the weekend of 13 & 14 June 2020, the Chamonix Valley huts have started to reopen with a special health protocol.

Albert-1er: 13 June

Les Cosmiques: 13 June

Plan de l'Aiguille: 13 June

Refuge du Lac Blanc: 17 June

Refuge d’Argentière: 20 June

Refuge de la Charpoua: 20 June

Refuge de Leschaux: 20 June

L’Envers des Aiguilles: 27 June

The Couvercle, Grands Mulets and Requin refuges are closed until further notice, as well as the Bellachat and Flégère refuges.

Source @Le Dauphine

According to, the French government is considering to reopen the borders for travellers coming from the European Union, Schengen Area and the United Kingdom, starting 15 June 2020. However, be aware that the two-week self-isolation might still be mandatory with regards to countries which impose it on France, such as Spain and the United Kingdom (

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