Tête Rousse Hut

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Tête Rousse Hut
Mountain hut beside glacier
Tête Rousse Hut beside the Tête Rousse glacier with Aiguille de Bionnassay in the background
view down mountainside
View down the Grand Couloir, looking towards the Tête Rousse Hut and the Tête Rousse Glacier
The old Tête Rousse Hut, now dismantled

The Tête Rousse Hut (French: Refuge de Tête Rousse) is a mountain hut in the Mont Blanc massif in the French Alps. It is located beside the Tête Rousse Glacier at an altitude of 3,167 m. Owned by the Club Alpin Francais (CAF), it is normally reached after a multi-hour climb from Nid d'Aigle, the highest stop on the Mont Blanc Tramway. It is commonly used by mountaineers attempting to climb the normal (Gouter route) to the summit of Mont Blanc. Staying here, rather than continuing to the higher Gouter Hut adds an extra 2–3 hours to the ascent of Mont Blanc, but is less cramped than the latter and also avoids having to climb the dangerous 'Grand Couloir' later in the day when the risk of injury from stonefall is at its greatest.

The mountain refuge was completely refurbished in 2003 and can accommodate 72 people in summer and 16 people in winter. Because of the popularity of the Goûter route to ascend Mont Blanc, both huts only accept reservations in advance, and also require confirmation three days before arrival. Camping at high altitude is banned on this route, and especially around the Goûter Hut, however it is permitted on the snowfield above the Tête Rousse Hut.[1]


  1. ^ "Tête Rousse Hut - Activities". refugeteterousse.ffcam.fr. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 

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Coordinates: 45°51′18.5″N 6°49′4″E / 45.855139°N 6.81778°E / 45.855139; 6.81778