Situated at the heart of the nature reserve, this mountain refuge hut sits at the foot of the Pennaz needles (2688m) in the direction of the Bonhomme mountain pass.

Refuge Mountain Refuge Hut: La Balme Les Contamines-Montjoie


Les Contamines-Montjoie (74170)
Animals not allowed

Enjoy the magical surroundings and a wide variety of animal and plant species. Allow 1h30 from the car park at Notre Dame de la Gorge.

- Waste management.
- Micro electric power station.

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    Mountain refuge on the GR trail: Tour du Mont- Blanc - Grande traversée des Alpes.
    Mountain refuge on the GRP: Tour pays du Mont-Blanc - Tour du Beaufortin
    Hiking suggestions:
    Lac Jovets 2175 m: An easy 2 hour hike towards a magnificent alpine lake.
    Col de la Fenêtre 2245 m: A 2 hour hike, more difficult towards the end, offering panoramic views of Mont-Blanc.
    Tête nord des Four 2756 m: A long and more difficult 3h30 hike.
    Longer hikes: GR5 - GRP


    Breakfast: 12 €
    Picnic to take away: 13 €
    Half board (pp): 60 to 85 €.

    Free entry for children < 3 years, people > 3.

    Rates for children 3 to 10 years.

    Tax not included.

    Methods of payment accepted : Check, Cash


    Animals not allowed
    Languages spoken : English, Spanish, French
    Languages of documentation : English, French

    Permanent restaurant: full meals available, starter or soup, a meat dish, chesse and fruit.
    A la carte options: omelettes, dish of the day, salads or soup.


    From 15/06 to 15/09 between 7 am and 8.30 pm.

    • Breakfast
    • Booking obligatory
    • Half-board
    • Restaurant
    • Picnic hampers
    • Drinking water
    • Restaurant
    • Phytosanitary treatment
    • Terrace
    • Defibrillator
    • Sustainable development
    • Waste management
    • Photovoltaic panel
    • Hot showers
    • Duvet
    • Family bedroom
    • Shared WC
    • Bunk beds


    Total capacity of the units of accommodations : 40

    Number of bedrooms, apprtments or house 4 persons : 2

    Number of bedrooms, apprtments or house 6 persons : 2

    Dormitories numer 4/9 persons : 1

    Dormitories numer +10 persons : 1

    Number of bedrooms : 4


    Chemin du Col du Bonhomme 74170 Les Contamines-Montjoie

    Nearest village or resort: Les Contamines Montjoie.
    Duration of walk from nearest car park: 1h30 from the car park at Notre Dame de la Gorge.
    Access possible on horseback, with a donkey or on a mountain bike.
    Guide book reference: FFRI
    IGN map reference: TOP 25 3531 - 3531 OT

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    Information update on 07/05/2024 by Office de Tourisme des Contamines-Montjoie