Le Châtelleret mountain hut

The word "Châtelleret" means "small castle". This large stone house was built on the very place where Pierre Gaspard bivouacked the night before he conquered La Meije. The hut nestles at the heart of the Vallon des Etançons and is surrounded by breathtaking rugged and unspoilt landscapes.

Descriptif Le Châtelleret mountain hut

The Vallon of Etançons is a mecca for ski touring enthusiasts. There are routes perfect both for beginners and those looking for a higher Alpine experience.
Some skiers enjoy day trips out, returning to the hut, whilst others stay for a night on the Tour de la Meije. The wardens are able to accompany you on your ski tours. Hikers can also enjoy the valley by snowshoeing up to the hut, either as a day trip or staying overnight.

Accessible to families with children aged over 7.
Lunches served.


  • Refuge
  • Old building
  • Dormitory

Classification & labels

  • Club Alpin Français


  • Terrace
  • Defibrillator
  • Sustainable development
  • Photovoltaic panel


  • Independently Managed
  • Breakfast
  • Half-board
  • Restaurant
  • Picnic hampers


Languages spoken

  • English
  • French


  • Total capacity: 40
  • 9 people minimum


From 08/09/2019 to 26/03/2020, daily.

From 27/03 to 10/05/2020, daily.

From 04/07 to 05/09, daily.

From 06/09/2020 to 25/03/2021, daily.

Subject to snow conditions.

Subject to snow conditions


Night : 20,80 € Child rate per night : 11,45 € CAF member rate per night : 10,40 € Breakfast : 7 € Dinner : 20 € Half board (pp) : 47,80 € Group rate per night : 16,65 € Picnic to take away : 10 € Tourist taxes : 0,80 €
Price Min. Max.
Night (from 04/07/2020 to 06/09/2020) €20,80
Child rate per night (from 04/07/2020 to 06/09/2020) €11,45
CAF member rate per night (from 04/07/2020 to 06/09/2020) €10,40
Breakfast (from 04/07/2020 to 06/09/2020) €7
Dinner (from 04/07/2020 to 06/09/2020) €20
Half board (pp) (from 04/07/2020 to 06/09/2020) €47,80
Group rate per night (from 04/07/2020 to 06/09/2020) €16,65
Picnic to take away (from 04/07/2020 to 06/09/2020) €10

Tariff and discounts available at http://refugechatelleret.ffcam.fr/tarifs.html
Heating fee in addition winter.

City tax included: NON

Means of payment

  • Cheque
  • Chèques Vacances
  • Cash

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Location supplement

An easy path leads to the hut in about 2 hrs and then continues towards Refuge du Promontoire.
This is the starting point for many mountaineering routes, including the Col and Tête du Replat and the Pic Nord des Cavales.
As the hut is inside the National Park; dogs are NOT permitted, even if they are on leash.