Le Refuge du Montenvers

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Sleeping in a high mountain refuge

The Refuge du Montenvers offers you the charm of yesteryear in its 18 rooms and suites. A journey into the past to pay homage to Montenvers, an architectural and historical heritage that has seen the greatest mountaineers, adventurers, famous artists and writers come and go. If the walls could talk, many secrets would be told about the history of this great building.

The Refuge Spirit


To go to the Refuge du Montenvers, a 30 minutes trip aboard the little red train is waiting for you. Destination: 1913 m altitude at the foot of the famous Mer de Glace. You will find in this refuge Made in Mont Blanc a deliciously old atmosphere, a place of sharing, authenticity and homecoming!


Built in 1880 to accommodate the first mountaineers and travelers who came to visit the Mer de Glace, it displays a sober granite façade, dotted by many small windows. After a renovation, the historical charm of the site, as well as the "refuge" spirit seep into the unconscious of each visitor under the name Refuge du Montenvers: inviting a place of sharing, authenticity and homecoming.

Romantic getaway in altitude

If you've always dreamt of having a mountain all to yourself and adding a little sparkle to your life, then take your other-half on a passionate mountain-top escapade or celebrate a totally unique honeymoon here. The destination is sure to surprise. Perched high up in the mountains, you discover the famous Mer de Glace and its Ice Cave. The dream continues at this intimate refuge imbued with tranquillity and serenity.

Digital Detox


When here, having the right to switch off is no special favour. You are invited to put your smartphone to one side and replace it with books and board games while on a digital detox break. At this stylish refuge, isolated from the rest of the world, you put down your digital devices and unwind in a pixel-free environment. With its picturesque lounge and modern, comfortable rooms and dormitories, you put yourself on “off” mode, away from all the hustle and bustle, all the while surrounded by the razor-sharp peaks of the vertiginous mountains.


How incredible it feels to find yourself in a state of contemplation. On the terrace at the restaurant Le Panoramique Mer de Glace, you are almost within reach of the Mer de Glace and the Drus peaks and you pop on your hiking boots for the Montenvers traverse. Faced with this display of nature, you take a breath of fresh air and stillness, a moment in which to reconnect with what is genuine and renew ties with life's essentials.


The View


After the last train has departed along the rack railway, the site of Montenvers, the height of tranquillity, offers spectacular views of the Mer de Glace and the Drus and Grandes Jorasses peaks, leaving you feeling like the only person on earth. The ultimate luxury! This is a unique, iconic place at an altitude of 1,903m in the heart of the valley of Chamonix where you can take a break from reality.

The Montenvers formulas

During your stay at the Refuge du Montenvers, you can choose your formula: breakfast included, train included, and restaurant credit for the evening dinner as an option.



Breakfast-wise, you can stock up on energy with a selection of regional produce: local cheeses and ham plus pastries, cereals and fresh fruits served with a tasty hot chocolate to get the day off to a gentle start. At dinnertime, regional specialities are given pride of place at the Montenvers Restaurant. A mountain-style salad or soup of the moment followed by cheese speciality - fondue, tartiflette with farm-made Reblochon, "Ecorce de spain" or our lovingly-cooked stew of the day.

OPTIONAL : credit for the dinner à la carte in the evening at the Refuge (only possibility to eat on site).


Train and credit restoration

As an option, you can integrate the train ticket with your overnight stay to enjoy a global package and a preferential offer. For a total experience, add an optional restaurant credit to take full advantage of the Refuge's restaurant menu for dinner.

PLEASE NOTE: For dinner, the Refuge restaurant is the only restaurant on site. See the menu.

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