Club Alpin Francais

The French Alpine Club

The refuge belongs to French Alpine Club. It is run by the Albertville French Alpine Club , founded in 1893, which has 1000 active members and manages the Croix du Bonhomme pass refuge as well as the Plan de la Lai refuge in the Beaufortain massif.

The Albertville Club Alpin Français offers a large range of mountain activities to its members : mountaineering, climbing, trekking, alpine skiing, downhill skiing, Nordic skiing, snowshoes, canyoning, potholing, slackline, etc. for the young and grown-ups’ pleasure, whether beginners or confirmed mountaineers.


Pharefuge, first aid for refuges...

The association PHAREFUGE was created in December 2005 , by a male-nurse and a doctor from the emergency medical service -SAMU 73- in Chambéry.

The purpose of this association is to :
  • Provide the refuge guardians who are members of the association with a regularly checked and up-to-date first aid pharmacy.
  • Train the guardians to some first aid gestures.
  • Allow the refuge to get 24h/24h medical advice and prescriptions from the French emergency Centre 15 (emergency medical service) in all the departments involved
  • Avoid rescue operations by helicopter or by foot whenever possible.
  • Equip all refuges with totally automated defibrillators


Useful links

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Emergency numbers

  • From a mobile phone, call: 112
  • PGHM Bourg Saint Maurice (Emergency helicopter hopital) : 04 79 07 01 10
  • PGHM Courchevel : 04 79 08 29 30
  • PGHM Courchevel : 04 79 05 11 88

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Mont Blanc Ultra Trail :

Club Alpin Francais The Mont Blanc Ultra Trail goes by the Bonhomme refuge every year. We welcome about twenty volunteers who are in charge of the catering point all night long until dawn.
From its very first occurrence, the Mont Blanc Ultra Trail has been called the race of all superlatives: it’s a complete tour of the Mont Blanc massif, across three countries, France, Switzerland and Italy, starting in Chamonix, 168 km long (103 mi), with a total elevation gain of around 9,600 m, seven valleys, seventy-one glaciers, four hundred summits… a race which any ultra-racer must complete once in a lifetime.

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