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).
You can reach the hut from the small town of 'Le Tour', near Chamonix.
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.
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.
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
Charamillon - Col de Balme lift: +33 (0)4 50 54 00 58
-Aiguille du Tour
3520m & Grande Fourche 3619m
-Aiguille du Chardonnet
-Aiguille du Passon 3389m
-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
32T E 0344 N 5095 650