• Refuge

Platé Refuge

Small refuge nestled on the edge of the Platé desert, a vast plateau
limestone where the rock takes on unusual shapes (the lapiaz).
A pretty path winds through the foothills of the plateau to take you there.
drive and offers you an exceptional view of Mont-Blanc.

Refuge Platé Refuge Passy


Passy (74190)
Animals not allowed

Romain and his team welcome you to a small, friendly refuge that retains a rustic style and atmosphere typical of the refuges of yesteryear.
His specialities: In the evening, good homemade dishes that are always different. In day, pastries and gourmet dishes, all concocted with care and
pleasure, with organic and local products.

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    Refuge on the route of the GR96 and GR5 nearby.
    Summits : Tête de Coloney - Aiguilles de Varan
    Day hike : Tour du désert de Platé (3h) - Tête de Colonney (2h30 / 660m ascent) Col de la Portette (1h / 322m ascent) Les Grandes Platières (2h / 448m ascent) La Combe de Barmerousse (2h) and access to the Varan refuge (4h / 200m ascent) - Le Vallon de Sales (GR96) and Refuge de Sales (3h / 322m ascent) - Le Vallon d'Anterne (GR5) and Refuge Alfred Wills (6h / 350m ascent)
    A two-day loop starting from Plaine-Joux or Sixt, via the Dérochoir, Barmerousse or the Combe de Sales (call the refuge for more information)


    Night: 10 to 20 €
    Child rate per night (8-18 years): 11 to 16 €
    CAF member rate per night: 5 to 10 €
    Breakfast: 8 €
    Dinner: 20 €
    Half board (pp): from 42.80 €
    Group rate per night: 16 €
    Picnic to take away: 11 €.

    Free entry for children < 8 years.
    Group rate available for > 9 people.

    All rates and discounts on http://refugedeplate.ffcam.fr/tarifs.html

    Outside of the babysitting period, a single rate of 8 € to be paid in the box or by cheque to the CAF of Chedde-Passy.

    Tax not included.

    Methods of payment accepted : Cash, Chèques Vacances, Check


    Animals not allowed
    Languages spoken : English, Spanish, French, Italian

    Permanent restaurant. reservations compulsory. Varied menus and homemade desserts.

    • Bivouac
    • Restaurant
    • Picnic hampers
    • Terrace
    • Waste management
    • Photovoltaic panel
    • Sustainable development


    Total capacity of the units of accommodations : 35

    Dormitories numer 4/9 persons : 1

    Dormitories numer +10 persons : 2


    Desert de Platé Plateau d'Assy 74190 Passy

    From Passy:
    By public transport: 6 buses a day leave from the SNCF station in Sallanches and St Gervais and go up to the Plaine Joux resort (in Passy) http://www.sat-montblanc.com/horaire-timetables/ligne-85-sallanches-plateau-d-assy-pleine-joux.aspx
    Shortest way, get off the bus or park at Praz Coutant (in Passy, Plateau d'Assy, on the way to Plaine Joux ski resort), a small car park on a hairpin bend, 2km before Plaine Joux resort. 800m of ascent and maybe 2h30 of walking.

    Start early, if you can, as the path is south-facing on white limestone, so it can get very hot in the middle of the day, making the climb harder!

    To get there by extending the path :
    - crossing Barmerousse by the chalets and the Varan refuge, about 1200m of ascent and 6h of hiking (the path is not indicated on some IGN maps, but it is very well marked!)
    - crossing the Dérochoir by the Plaine Joux station, about 1100m of ascent and 5h30 of hiking

    From Flaine:
    with very young children: by bus to Flaine http://www.flaine.com/fr/hiver/bus-liste-52.html or by car of course. From the resort take the cable car up to the Grandes Platière. There is only about 1 hour of gentle downhill walking left.

    From Sixt:
    by bus to Sixt http://www.sat-annemasse.com/lignes-regulieres/ligne-94-cluses-samoens-sixt-fer-a-cheval.aspx
    or by car, go to the Lignon car park, then start the walk via the chalets and the refuge de Sales and the Col de Portette. It's a 1200m climb and can be a 5h30 hike

    From Servoz:
    by train: stop at Servoz, on the St Gervais-Chamonix line, from either the St Gervais TGV station or the Chamonix station. Go up towards the Lac Vert and once in Plaine Joux take the path that goes up to the refuge via Charbonnière. Cedric and Létizia, the caretakers of the Chatelet d'Ayères, have explained it well on their website, and once at the Lac Vert we recommend a short diversions to their restaurant before returning to Plaine Joux or, if you arrive late at night, you can sleep there.

    • Not accessible in a wheelchair
    Information update on 29/06/2022 by Office de Tourisme de Passy