The Tour du Mont Blanc is a unique trek of more than 170 km 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.

Refuge de la Balme ( 1706 m )

Capacity : 40 persons
Open from 13th June 2024 until 15th September 2024

Click on the green boxes below to reserve this refuge :

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Michaël GUT
Chemin du col du Bonhomme 74170 Les Contamines Montjoie
Tel. (During the season): +334 50 47 03 54 (8h - 20h30) (15.06-15.09)
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My name is Michaël GUT and I am the caretaker of the Balme refuge since 4 years, like my father and my grandfather. The refuge is a family affair.
Nature and me is a great love story. Apart from the refuge keeper, I am a ski instructor and mountain guide.

We are located in the commune of CONTAMINES MONTJOIE (74170, in Haute-Savoie) in the heart of the nature reserve, a privileged and preserved place. What I want is for you to feel at home here by making this refuge a welcoming and warm place to spend good times in the company of nature enthusiasts.

Mountain refuge located at 1706m, at the foot of the Aiguille de la Pennaz (2668m), on the paths of the T.M.B, GR5, Tour du Beaufortain, Tour des Pays du Mont-Blanc.

The bivouac area near the refuge is freely accessible. We do not take reservations to be able to camp there.

ATTENTION: When booking, be careful not to confuse with the Col de Balme refuge (Vallorcine/Argentière) or the balme communal refuge in Beaufortain (73)

We benefit from a splendid clear view above the forest.

Visit us!!

Half-board: - 1 charming room (a double bed - 1 bunk bed) - dormitories (from 4 to 14 places) - hot showers included in the half-board

Lunch, a la carte restaurant for mid-day, homemade desserts, drinks, local mont Blanc beers.

Takeaway home made picnic.


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

Services offered

Paid for hot showers, Weather information, Electricity (220v)


Bar, Terrace

Languages spoken

French, English, Spanish

Payment methods

Bank Cheque, Cash
1h30 from Notre Dame de la Gorge car park (distance: 4km, différence in height: 496m)
2h20 from the village of les Contamines (distance: 8km)
Prices 2024

Half-pension = 60 € - 70 €
Half-pension in a charming room = 170 € per 2 persons - 70 € 1 more person
Discount for children (35€ - 10 years old, free for - 3 yrs)
Tourist tax (adult)= 0.80€

Included in the rate: hot shower - evening meal - overnight - breakfast

Pic-nic homemade (taboulé - slice of local meats - slice of local cheese - homemade dessert - apple - slice of bread) = 13€ each

Dinner:6.30 pm - Breakfast: 7am

Chek-in before 6pm for an easier welcome.

If you have a special diet (vegetarian, various allergies), please let us know when booking.


Cancellation Policy :

Cancellation made more than 31 days prior to arrival: 80% of the amount paid will be refunded. 20% of this amount will be retained to cover the cost of refunding and processing the cancellation.

Cancellation made less than 30 days before the arrival date: The sums paid will be kept in full by the host.

The cancellation request must be sent in writing to each of the hosts.

The host reserves the right to impose the means by which the refund will be made. The opening of a PayPal account or other request may be a condition for the refund.

When you make a reservation via the website, you are offered a "Cancellation / Interruption of stay" insurance.

We strongly recommend that you take out this insurance, which will cover all the costs incurred during your reservation, in accordance with the guarantees stipulated by the insurer.

In addition to your accommodation, have you thought about insuring yourself for mountain rescue?

For only 2.75€ per day, cover yourself up to 50 000€ for rescue costs (especially helicopter) by clicking on

You can find our terms and contions of sale on our website :

Caretaker :

Michaël GUT
Pauline JANAND help lodge keeper

More informations

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Traditional direction of the TMB

Les Chambres du Soleil (5h10mn)
Auberge-Refuge de la Nova (5h10mn)
Refuge des Mottets (6h55mn)
Cabane du Combal (11h50mn)

Clockwise direction of the TMB

Refuge des Prés (55mn)
Refuge de Nant Borrant (55mn)
Gîte le Pontet (1h50mn)
La Ferme à Piron (2h20mn)
Auberge du Truc (3h45mn)
Refuge du Fioux (6h25mn)
Gîte Michel Fagot (9h45mn)
Chalet Les Méandres (ex Tupilak) (10h10mn)
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