The spectacular new construction of the Gouter Hut is due to open to the glimbing public on 22 June 2013.
This magnicifent building, some 3835 meters above sea level can accommodate up to 120 visitors. So maybe it's time to adopt the french term 'Refuge' and drop the 'Hut'?
The Gouter Refuge is situated almost 1000m below the summit of Mont Blanc, on the tradtional route with the same name, the Gouter route.
Each year, thousands of climbers attempt to summit on this route, sleeping overnight at the Refuge and departing in the early morning for the final push to the summit.
The Refuge has passed all safety requirements. The safety committee, chaired by the Prefect and composed of elected officials plus firefighters, police and public safety officers, the Mayor of Saint Gervais, Jean Marc Peillex, issued on the June 14, 2013 an application to the French Federation of Alpine Clubs and Mountain (FFCAM) permission to open. Permission is pending but in now a formality and is antiicapted for the 22 June.
To book an overnight stay at the Gouter Refuge
Reservations by INTERNET ONLY http://refugedugouter.ffcam.fr
For all other information:
Guardians: Amelia Thomas and Faure Duconseille
T: +33 (0) 6 72 81 22 08