Frequently Asked Questions
We’ll do our best to answer the most frequently asked questions, but don’t hesitate to write to us if you wish to get more information on this page.
- What time are we supposed to arrive?
- Is it advisable to book?
- How fit must one be to ascend to the refuge?
- What equipment is necessary to climb to the refuge?
- Should we take a sleeping bag or sheets with us?
- Is there any hot water at the refuge?
- Is there a picnic room?
What time are we supposed to arrive?
Meals are served at 7 P.M. but you must arrive at least one hour before so we have time to see to you. During busy periods, there are two meals services and the first one is served at 6.30 P.M.
Is it advisable to book?
Booking is compulsory in all mountain refuges. We advise you to book as early as possible (At least two weeks in advance) and to let us know if there are any changes since we must ensure enough food supplies for the evening meals ahead of time as well as organize the sleeping arrangement in dorms.
Here's what you will be required when booking :
- Your name,
- number of persons,
- the meal you plan to take ( dinner, breakfast, one night)
- If you wish to have a picnic for the next day,
- A phone number to reach you (especially if you are a group or in case of bad weather).
How fit must one be to ascend to the refuge?
There are several intermediate-level trekking itineraries, most of which are accessible, with a two-and-a-half to three-an-a-half-hour climb and an elevation gain of about 700 meters.
What equipment is necessary to climb to the refuge?
Never go on a trek without a snack and something to drink (at least 1liter water per person), a sunscreen, sunglasses and a cap, as the sun shines harder at altitude.
At the refuge, temperatures vary a lot. They may reach 25°C at noon in the sun and fall to – 5°C at night. Rain can also arrive in a matter of minutes and it’s important to have a raincoat, a fleece jacket, warm trousers and good trekking shoes.
Some hikers have sticks, which may alleviate the effort in knee joints when climbing down and help a little when ascending. Always give your itinerary and time of return to someone you know.
Always tell someone your route and return schedule.
Should we take a sleeping bag or sheets with us?
There are pillows, duvet covers and duvets at the refuge du Bonhomme, but it’s impossible for us to change sheets every day so if you wish to make sure you have clean sheets, it’s better to bring your own.
Is there any hot water at the refuge?
Hot water is provided by solar panels and there’s enough for everyone providing people are reasonable enough when having a shower. Showers open à 5 P.M.
Is there a picnic room?
There’s a well-equipped picnic room, with cooking utensils, pots and cutlery, where one can cook. A 1 € contribution per person is requested for the use a gas.