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Refuge d'Avérole (FFCAM)

Situated in Haute-Maurienne, on a grassy bump above the Avérole valley and the confluence of two torrents, in a calm, flowery site with a view of the area's debonair glaciers, the refuge is the starting point for many hikes.

Refuge Refuge d'Avérole (FFCAM) Bessans


Bessans (73480)
Animals not allowed

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    Refuge on the following GR route : Country of Haute Maurienne
    Summits: Pointe de Charbonnel - Albaron - Bessanese - L'Ouille d'Arbéron - Pointe Marie.
    Day hikes : Shepherds' Hut - Lake Arnès - Lake Arbéron - Lake Pareis.
    Hiking over several days: Tour de la Bessanèse, a 3-night and 4-day French/Italian tour for experienced hikers. Documentation "Tour de la Bessanèse" sold at the refuge 3 euros

    Ideal refuge for families: easy access in summer, family dormitories, adapted rates.
    A family room with double beds for parents, "hut" beds for children (up to 8 people). Baby bed, changing table, high chair, children's books, colouring books, games room, library...

    Sensitive to our environment, we have chosen to favour local, fair-trade and organic products and remain attentive to the ecological management of our refuge.

    Drinks, snacks and food based on local and organic products are served on the panoramic terrace!


    Night: 8 €.

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

    Methods of payment accepted : Check, Cash


    Animals not allowed
    Languages spoken : English, French, Italian

    Permanent restoration


    From 16/09/2023 to 03/03/2024.
    Open and unguarded winter refuge.

    • Independently Managed
    • Breakfast
    • Bivouac
    • Half-board
    • Restaurant
    • Picnic hampers
    • Refuge guarded in winter by reservation only
    • Covered picnic area
    • Bar
    • Car park
    • Sustainable development
    • Restaurant
    • Coach parking
    • Waste management
    • Photovoltaic panel
    • Hydroelectric power plant
    • Rain water collectors
    • Baby equipment
    • Wood available
    • Gas available
    • kitchen corner
    • Hot showers
    • Pay shower
    • Family bedroom


    Total capacity of the units of accommodations : 84

    Number of bedrooms, apprtments or house 4 persons : 4

    Number of bedrooms, apprtments or house + 6 persons : 1

    Dormitories numer +10 persons : 5

    Number of bedrooms : 5

    Types of accommodations : Mountain chalet, Old building


    Hameau d'Avérole 73480 Bessans

    Nearest village or resort: Village de Bessans.
    Walking time from the nearest car park: Parking Vincendières 1h45 to 2h walking, or 45 mn with the shuttle bus in July and August.

    Coach parking in Vincendières.
    References topo guides :
    - Mountaineering or hiking in Vanoise de P. Col.
    Map references :
    - IGN maps : 3634 OTN -3633 ET.

    By road : Paris 670 kms, Lyon 230 kms, Chambéry 130 kms.
    Motorway A43 Grenoble, Chambéry, Turin. Exit Modane N6, take direction Modane then Lanslebourg, then Bessans. From there, take the direction of Bonneval sur Arc to the holiday centre "La Bessannaise".
    Beautiful family walk with the crossing of the hamlet of Les Vincendières, dominated by the Charbonnel (3752 m) then the hamlet of Avérole, very well preserved.
    July and August: shuttle bus to the hamlet of Avérole (information at the tourist office of Bessans on 0033 479 059 652

    Information update on 05/06/2024 by Haute Maurienne Vanoise Tourisme