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 15th June 2022 until 18th September 2022

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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) (15.06-18.09)
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My name is Michaël GUT and I am the new caretaker of the Balme refuge, 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.

We benefit from a splendid clear view above the forest.

Visit us!!

Half-board: - 1 charming room (a double bed - 1 bunk bed) - private rooms (2 or 4 or 6 people) - dormitories (up 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

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


Bar, Terrace

Languages spoken

French, English, Spanish


Animals welcome

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)
For 12 people and more, please contact the refuge directly by email (
Prices 2022

Half-pension in dormitory = 55 €
Half-pension in private room = 66 €
Half-pension in a charming room = 160 € per 2 persons - 66 € 1 more person
Discount for children (35€ - 12 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 between 7am to 7.30am
Chek-in:before 6pm for an easier welcome.

We accept dogs at the refuge. Just inform us before to organize.

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

Caretaker :

Michaël GUT

More informations

Other refuges :

Traditional direction of the TMB

Refuge de la Croix du Bonhomme (2h55mn)
Les Chambres du Soleil (5h10mn)
Auberge-Refuge de la Nova (5h10mn)
Refuge des Mottets (6h55mn)
Refuge Robert Blanc (9h25mn)
Cabane du Combal (11h50mn)

Clockwise direction of the TMB

Refuge des Prés (55mn)
Refuge de Nant Borrant (55mn)
Gîte le Pontet (1h50mn)
Chalet CAF des Contamines (2h20mn)
Auberge du Truc (3h45mn)
Auberge de Bionnassay (5h45mn)
Refuge du Fioux (6h25mn)
Chalet-Hôtel Le Prarion (7h35mn)
Gîte Michel Fagot (9h45mn)
Chalet Les Méandres (ex Tupilak) (10h10mn)
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