Reserving your accommodation at the refuge is indispensable during peak seasons and can be done just by ringing, emailing, or reserving online. Let them know the date and your approximate time of arrival. If the refuge is full or you’ll be bivouacking, the caretaker will let you know if you can set up a tent near the refuge within a well-defined zone.
Arriving at the refuge
Do not arrive too late. Try to be there at least 30 minutes before dinner. The first thing to do is introduce yourself to the caretaker. They will let you know where to put your bags and give you slippers to help maintain cleanliness.
Life at the refuge is based on conviviality. The set meal is concocted with seasonal products and features local producers. Pay attention to the service times and do not hesitate to lend a hand when cleaning up. Tell the caretaker about any food allergies or intolerances you have when reserving.
Refuges have bunk beds. Some also have family rooms. You must respect the other occupants and keep your possessions tidy.
Refuges function autonomously. They use either rainwater catchments or reserves. Power comes from solar panels. Do not waste these resources. Quick showers and charging devices ahead of time is best for everyone involved. You need to take your rubbish back home with you.
When you are ready to leave after a good night’s sleep in the mountains, let the caretaker know.
Have a great hike!