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By car or public transport

By car, several accesses are possible,
either North coming from Haute-Savoie
or South from Savoy.

From the Beaufortain massif in Savoy :

From Albertville, head to Beaufort, then take road D 902 to the Cormet de Roselend and, 2 km before reaching the pass, park your car at the refuge du Plan de la Lai. Take the Beaufortain tour footpath heading North-East until you reach the pass de la Sausse at 2307 metres and then climb the CrĂȘte des Gittes before arriving at the refuge.

Rise time: 3 hours
Elevation: 600m map4
From Saint-Gervais in Haute-Savoie :

Drive to les Contamines Monjoie on road D902 and then to Notre-Dame de la Gorge where you can park your car. Then take the GR 5-E2 footpath up to the Nant Borrand refuge and follow the TMB (Tour du Mont-Blanc) South.

Rise time: 4h
Elevation: 1230m
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From the Tarentaise massif in Savoy

From the Cormet de Roselend pass, you can also follow road D 902 all the way to les Chapieux and park there. Follow the signs to the TMB and climb on North-West all the way to the refuge.

Rise Time: 3h
Elevation: 900m
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By train

Take the train to Saint-Gervais and then a coach to les Contamines-Notre Dame de la gorge.
There are trains and coaches to Saint-Gervais all year long. You can then hitch-hike to Les Chapieux.