Refuge Albert Premier

Refuge Albert Premier

Page Type Page Type: Hut/Campground
Location Lat/Lon: 45.99672°N / 6.98655°E
Additional Information Elevation: 8865 ft / 2702 m



The Refuge Albert Premier  m 2707 (sometimes also 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 three most popular mountains of the Tour basin: the Aiguille du Tour, the Aiguille Purtscheller and the Aiguille du Chardonnet. Its name is due to the King of Belgium, Albert 1st, who was a mountaineer.
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 winter hut has firewood and gas available but this was not the case (may 2007).

Aiguille du Tour 3542m
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the old refuge Albert Ier...
the old refuge Albert Ier...


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

Road access

From Chamonix take the N506 in the direction of Argentière. Just after leaving Argentière turn right towards Montroc, Le Tour. Park your car at the Charamillon lift station.


Aiguille Purtscheller map

Path access

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.

Other information

Aiguille du Chardonnet at sunset from Albert Ier Hut
Aiguille du Chardonnet at sunset from Albert Ier Hut


Situation: Glacier du Tour right bank, this is the only refuge FFCAM massive that one can reach without going on a glacier.
Owner: Fédération Française des Clubs Alpins et de Montagne
Guardian: Paul Laborde
Guarding period: early March to late April and from early June to late September
Size: 140 people + 30 in the winter shelter
Hut Phone: The hut can be reached directly in the season at +33 (0)4 50 54 06 20
Charamillon - Col de Balme lift: +33 (0)4 50 54 00 58

Helicopter landing on the roof.



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


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


Switzerland Forecast

Cartography and GPS

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

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.

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