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Refuge de Platé from Flaine

© Refuge de Platé from Flaine - Romain Bonnet
  • © Refuge de Platé from Flaine - L Lafosse
  • Refuge de Platé from Flaine

A small refuge nestling on the edge of the Platé desert, a vast limestone plateau where the rock takes on unusual shapes (lapiaz).
A pretty path winds its way along the foothills of the plateau, offering an exceptional view.


Romain and his team welcome you to a small, friendly refuge that retains the rustic feel and atmosphere typical of the refuges of yesteryear.

Specialities: in the evening, delicious home-cooked dishes that are always different. During the day: pastries and gourmet dishes, all prepared with care and pleasure, using organic and local produce.

There is always a winter shelter when the refuge is not open.


  • Terrace
  • Book shop
  • Restaurant
  • Outhouse
  • Waste management
  • Photovoltaic panel
  • Rain water collectors
  • Board games
  • Loan of games

Complément accueil

Please note that the Refuge de Platé is located in the mountains, so you will be asked to leave with your own waste during your stay. Thanking you for your understanding.
The refuge has dry toilets, but no showers.
Must take: a Sleeping Bag Liner.


  • Bunk beds
  • Sheets and towels included


  • Mountain location
  • High mountain
  • Presence of livestock and guard dogs


Night: Children (0-8 years): free.
Young people (8-18 years): €11.30.
Adults: €20.50.
Breakfast: Children (0-8 years): €6.
Young people (8-18 years): €8.
Adults: €10.
Picnic to take away: 12 €
Dinner: Children (0-8 years): €18.
Young people (8-18 years): €20.
Adults: €22.
Half board (pp): Children (0-8 years): €24.
Young people (8-18 years): €39.30
Adults: €52.50
Price includes: evening meal, breakfast and overnight stay.
Tourist taxes: 0.70 € (to be added, for adults only).

Group rate available for > 9 people.

Outside the guarding period, the single rate is €8, payable in the trunk or by cheque to the CAF Chedde-Passy.

All prices and discounts:

Payment methods

  • Bank/credit card
  • Check
  • Travellers Cheque
  • Cash

Bons plans

Refuge on the route of the GR96 and GR5 nearby.
Summits : Tête de Coloney - Aiguilles de Varan
Day hike : Tour du désert de Platé (3h) - Tête de Colonney (2h30 / 660m ascent) Col de la Portette (1h / 322m ascent) Les Grandes Platières (2h / 448m ascent) La Combe de Barmerousse (2h) and access to the Varan refuge (4h / 200m ascent) - Le Vallon de Sales (GR96) and Refuge de Sales (3h / 322m ascent) - Le Vallon d'Anterne (GR5) and Refuge Alfred Wills (6h / 350m ascent)
A two-day loop starting from Plaine-Joux or Sixt, via the Dérochoir, Barmerousse or the Combe de Sales (call the refuge for more information)

Opening period

From 03/06 to 23/09.
Open 24/7.

Languages spoken

  • English
  • French

Adapted tourism

  • Not accessible in a wheelchair


In summer, you can park for free in car park P2, at Flaine Forum. From the resort centre, at Flaine Forum, take the cable car up to the Grandes Platières (900m vertical drop), open from 01/07 to 27/08/23 from 9am to 5pm. There is only around 1 hour of gentle downhill walking left.
To return to the Grandes Platières cable car (DMC), allow around 1 hour and 30 minutes for the ascent.
To get to the refuge from the DMC, follow the red dots on the ground.

In winter, you can park in car park P2 (at a charge), and take the Grandes Platières cable car, open from December 16th, 2023 to April 21st, 2024, from 9am to 4pm.


Pets allowed : Yes

Pets accepted at extra cost : No

Pets are not allowed in the Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval / Passy Nature Reserve, in the Grandes Platières cable car or in the dormitories of the Refuge de Platé.
On the other hand, dogs are authorized outside these limits, on a leash and on the terrace only.

Watch out for herds and herding dogs.


Refuge de Platé from Flaine
Desert de Platé 74300 Flaine
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