Les Bans refuge

at Vallouise-Pelvoux

  • Despite the relatively low altitude of this small mountain refuge, it has a ‘high mountain’ feel due to the nearby high summits (Jocelme, Aupillous and Bans).

    Set in a wonderful, wild valley, the Bans refuge is the Pays des Écrins' family refuge. Indeed, at less than two hours’ walk, access to this high mountain refuge is possible for the whole family, a perfect opportunity for youngsters to discover life in a refuge. For mountaineering, it is the start point for the Bans massif, Coste Counier, Le Diable par la Queue…magnificent routes to explore in summer. It is a Club Alpin Français refuge that can accommodate 22 and is manned from June to mid-September. Catering possible when it is manned. Reservation necessary.
  • Deals
    Access to the Bans mountain refuge is easy. It will take 1½ to 2 hours to walk there (460 m climb) from the Entraygues car park approximately 10 km from Vallouise. (By car from Vallouise, go to and drive through Le Villard, continue up the magnificent Onde valley to the car park). To start, cross a typical gravel area that leads to the first steep section that in turn leads you to cross a larch forest. As you leave the wood, you enter a valley of waterfalls and streams. It is possible to see the refuge from here, on the headland in the distance. This relatively flat valley means that the walk to the Bans refuge is open to children and people who do not have much training. About half-way there you will go past the tadpole pond, which is an ideal spot to have a short break. Finally, to reach the refuge, skirt the rocky headland to the back on the recently renewed path. This last portion is short but slightly steeper. It is the deserving aspect of the Bans refuge. Once you are up there, you will be able to admire the valley that you have climbed from above.
  • Environment
    • In the mountains
  • Capacity
    • Accommodation :  15 Person(s)
  • Spoken languages
    • English
  • Documentation
  • Activities
    • Climbing
    • Hiking
    • Climbing sports
    • Snowshoes
  • Amenities
    • Fireplace / Wood burning stove
    • Bunk beds
    • Kitchen - kitchenette
    • Hot showers
  • Equipment
    • Terrace
    • Restaurant
    • Solar hot water
    • Waste management
    • Photovoltaic panel
    • Cheese fondue set
    • Shady terrace
  • Services
    • Independently Managed
    • Breakfast
    • Half-board
    • Restaurant
    • picnic hampers
Payment methods
  • Cheque
  • Cheques and giro cheques
  • Holiday cheques
  • Cash
  • From June 8, 2020 until September 30, 2020
    Opened Everyday
    * Refuge gardé. Réservation obligatoire (Covid-19)
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