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.

Chalet Les Méandres (ex Tupilak) ( 1120 m )

Capacity : 28 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 (France)
Tel. (During the off season): 0033 (0)4 50 54 56 66
Tel. (During the season): 0033 (0)4 50 54 56 66
Tel. (Mobile): 0033 (0)6 80 42 58 64
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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: €17, breakfast: €9).


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

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 at 0033 (0)4 50 54 56 66
Prices 2024

Half-Board = 64 € *
Overnight and breakfast = 41 € *
Overnight only = 30 € *
Dinner only = 24 €
Breakfast only = 11 €
* The tourist tax of 1€ per person and per day is extra
The owner is a climbing, canyoning 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, TPMB)

Caretaker :

Emmanuel RATOUIS

More informations

Other refuges :

Traditional direction of the TMB

Gîte Michel Fagot (25mn)
Refuge du Fioux (3h05mn)
Auberge du Truc (6h20mn)
La Ferme à Piron (7h55mn)
Gîte le Pontet (8h15mn)
Refuge de Nant Borrant (9h20mn)
Refuge de la Balme (10h35mn)
Refuge des Prés (11h00mn)

Clockwise direction of the TMB

Auberge la Boërne (12h00mn)
Gîte Le Moulin (12h20mn)
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