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Refuge Albert Premier

 
Refuge Albert Premier

Page Type: Hut/Campground

Location: France, Europe

Lat/Lon: 45.99672°N / 6.98655°E

Object Title: Refuge Albert Premier

Elevation: 8865 ft / 2702 m

 

Page By: Lortnoc

Created/Edited: May 14, 2007 / May 14, 2007

Object ID: 293064

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Overview

The refuge Albert Premier (sometimes written as Albert 1er) is located on the north bank of the Tour glacier in the Mont Blanc massif. It is mostly used as a base for climbing the two most popular mountains of the Tour basin: the Aiguille du Tour and the Aiguille du Chardonnet.

The main hut has room for 137 people and is staffed from mid-June to September.

The old hut is used as a winter room and can accommodate 30 people. Beware: some websites and books state the hut has firewood and gas available but this was not the case (may 2007).

Acces

You can reach the hut from the small town of 'Le Tour', near Chamonix.


Road acces:

From Chamonix take the N506 to Argentiere. Just after leaving Argentiere turn right towards Montroc, Le Tour. Park your car at the Charamillon lift station.

Path acces:

The first option is to follow the Charamillon-Balme ski lifts all the way to the top (or use the lift if they are working). From there follow the path under the Tete de Charamillon past the small lake to the right bank moraine of the Glacier du Tour. The path is airy sometimes and some passages are equipped with cables. 1.45 hrs.

The second option is the steeper direct route from Le Tour. This path requires some light scrambling and some passages in the lower part are a bit exposed to stonefall. You end up on the right bank moraine which you follow to the hut. 3-4hrs, 1300 hm.


 
Map of the Albert Premier area
 

Contact

The hut is owned by CAF section Chamonix: +33 (0)4 50 53 16 03

The hut can be reached directly in the season at: +33 (0)4 50 54 06 20

Website

Charamillon - Col de Balme lift: +33 (0)4 50 54 00 58

 
Helicopter landing on the roof.
 

Climbs

Mountains:

-Aiguille du Tour 3544m
-Tete Blanche 3429m
-Petite 3520m & Grande Fourche 3619m
-Aiguille du Chardonnet 3824m
-Aiguille du Passon 3389m

Cols:

-Fenetre du Pissoir
-Col du Tour
-Fenetre du Tour
-Col du Passon

Cartography and GPS

IGN Carte de Randonnée: 3630 OT Chamonix, Massif du Mont Blanc 1:25.000

GPS:
Lat 45.99672
Long 6.98655

32T E 0344 N 5095 650

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The hut has a picnic room which has clean water and a cooking place. Also this hut is VERY busy in good weather, there are a lot of bivi sites just above the hut, if its full and you don't mine carrying the gear.
Posted Aug 16, 2011 5:20 am

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