Refuge Bivouac Vallot

Refuge Bivouac Vallot

Page Type Page Type: Hut/Campground
Location Lat/Lon: 45.83868°N / 6.85276°E
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Additional Information Elevation: 14311 ft / 4362 m

Refuge Bivouac Vallot

Bivouac VallotBivouac Vallot
Ref. Biv. VallotView from Biv. Vallot to Mont Blanc and Mont Maudit

Refuge Bivouac Vallot is located at Mont Blanc 4.807 m, the highest summit of the alps. The small bivy-hut stands between Dome du Gouter and Mont Blanc on a small rock at the start of the Bosses-ridge, the normal route to the main summit. At this place there is also a small observatory and a radio station. Due to the small space inside (12 places), it is officially not allowed to plan a stay over night in this hut. The hut is officially reserved for people in case of emergency, mainly for climbers coming via the long routes from the south or east side of the mountains. In fact that the Refuge Gouter is totally crowed every day of the season, some climbers plan to pass this place and made a bivy at Biv. Vallot. One advantage is to be close to the summit in the morning. You can reach the summit first (maybe at sunrise) before the mass comes up from Refuge de Gouter.

Getting there:

  • From Chamonix to Les Houches. Parking at the cable car station.

  • From Les Houches with the cable car to Belvedere. From Belvedere with the train to Nid d'Aigle. In 2 hours to Ref. Tete Rousse. Passing the Grand Couloir (rockfall) and in 2 hours to the Ref. Gouter. In another 2 hours via Dome du Gouter to Biv. Vallot. (Min. 6 hours from Nid d'Aigle)

Alternative access not very common:
  • From Chamonix with the cable car to Plan d' Aiguille. Traverse to Refuge Les Grands Mulets and going up to Dome de Gouter and Biv. Vallot. (also ski route)

Informations about the hut:
  • Hight: 4.362m
  • Phone@hut: no phone
  • Adress: no adress
  • Renter: CAF PAris, no service
  • Beds: 12 beds
  • Hut opened: the whole year
  • Rates for overnight-stay: You are kindly asked to pay 6 € if you use the hut

Think about staying at Biv. Vallot:
  • (+) a hut far away the mass in Ref. Gouter
  • (+) a hut close to the summit of Mont Blanc
  • (-) it's officially not allowed to plan a bivy there, the hut is reserved for climbers in a case of emergency (Think about it!)
  • (-) the hut is totally remote, if the weather is changing, you are caught in a bad place
  • (-) the bivouac is located in a high altitude (4.362m), if you are not well acclimatised you'll have some problems the next day
  • (-) the hut is sometimes very dirty

Some mountains of this area:
  • Mont Blanc
  • Dôme du Goûter

    Some routes of this area:
  • Dôme du Goûter (Bosses Ridge)
  • Gouter route with ski
  • Route via Grands Mulets
  • Mont Blanc - 3 Mounts Traversee
  • Mont Blanc - italian route

    Some huts of this area:
  • Refuge du Goûter
  • Refuge Cosmique

    Some albums and TRof this area:
  • To be alone on Mont Blanc
  • Mont Blanc at sunrise

    Additions and CorrectionsPost an Addition or Correction

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    dmiki - Sep 3, 2011 1:17 pm - Voted 10/10

    coordinates for the hut

    I think they should be Lat=45.83868, Lon=6.85276


    dmiki - Sep 3, 2011 1:24 pm - Voted 10/10

    not free

    If I remember correctly, you are now kindly asked to pay 6 € if you use the hut.


    dmiki - Sep 3, 2011 1:30 pm - Voted 10/10

    indeed very dirty

    We waded thigh deep in torn emergency foil blankets, pieces of clothing, and general rubbish. :(

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