The Tour du Mont Blanc is a unique trek of approximately 200km around Mont Blanc that can be completed in between 7 and 10 days passing through Italy, Switzerland and France.

Hikers, climbers and mountaineers will greatly appreciate stop overs offered by refuges and gites along the Tour du Mont Blanc.

Chalet Les Méandres (ex Tupilak) ( 1120 m )

Capacity : 24 persons
All year round
Click on the green boxes below to reserve this refuge :
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Emmanuel RATOUIS
1474 montée de Coupeau 74310 Les Houches
Tel. (During the off season): 0033 (0) 450 545 666
Tel. (During the season): 0033 (0) 450 545 666
Tel. (Mobile): 0033 (0) 680 425 864
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Located at the start and finish of the Tour du Mont-Blanc (TMB) on the southern flank of the Chamonix valley, the gîte des Méandres (formerly Tupilak) offers sun-drenched terraces with a fantastic view of the Mont-Blanc massif.
An authentic old eighteenth century farm totally renovated in 2009, it holds 24 people in large 2 to 6-bed rooms. The gîte has 2 dining rooms and 4 comfortable bathrooms.
You are free to do as you choose. You can use the kitchen to cook for yourself or you can take the meals provided (dinner: €13, breakfast: €6).


Half Board, Picnic, Upon reservation, Evening meal, Breakfast, Free tap water, Hot water for Thermos

Services offered

Dining area, Kitchen area, Free hot showers, Wifi (free), Extra sheets, Weather information, Electricity (220v)


Dining Area, Private Parking, Terrace

Languages spoken

French, English, Italian, German, Spanish

Payment methods

Bank Cheque, Cash, Holiday Vouchers

Services located close by

Train, Bus, Taxi, Bakers, Grocers, Pharmacy, Doctor, Post Office, Cash machine, bank, Tourist Office, Ski Lifts
From the centre of the village of Les Houches, go towards the train station. When you get there, take the route de Coupeau on the right. The gîte is at number 1474, below the Christ Roi statue that protects the Chamonix Valley (1.5 km from the centre of Les Houches. 15 minutes walk from the station or 10 minutes with shortcuts).
Yes, up to 24 people. Please contact the caretaker directly (0450545666).
Summer prices 2014
Night alone: €20
Night and breakfast: €26
Half-board: €39
The owner is a climbing, canyon and mountain guide and will be able to provide information on conditions on the mountains, itineraries and the main sites in the Chamonix Valley and the surroundings (Aiguille du Midi, Mer de glace, Brévent, The Aiguilles-Rouges Nature Reserve…).
For further information, see his website:
All facilities are close by (Geneva airport 80 km, train 1 km, bus 1.5 km, post office, supermarket, lifts, GR5, TMB)

Caretaker :

Emmanuel Ratouis

More informations

Other refuges :

Traditional direction of the TMB

Gîte Michel Fagot (25mn)
Refuge du Fioux (3h05mn)
Chalet-Hôtel Le Prarion (3h25mn)
Auberge de Bionnassay (3h30mn)
Refuge de Miage ( 5h45mn )
Auberge du Truc (6h20mn)
Chalet CAF des Contamines (7h55mn)
Gîte le Pontet (8h15mn)
Refuge de Nant Borrant (9h20mn)
Refuge de Tré la Tête ( 10h25mn )
Refuge de la Balme (10h35mn)

Clockwise direction of the TMB

Refuge de Bellachat ( 3h10mn )
Refuge de la Flégère ( 8h00mn )
Auberge la Boërne (12h00mn)
Gîte Le Moulin (12h20mn)
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