Latest news from Mont-Blanc!
The new Gouter Hut gets the green light! The departmental commission for security met on 11th June 2013 and were unanimous in their decision to open the 7 million euro “hut” to the public. The mayor of St-Gervais is expected to sign the minesterial decree in the next few days, after which the Gouter will be able to welcome its first climbers.
Located at 3,835 metres on the classic route to climb Mont-Blanc, this futuristic ovoid construction is an awesome sight. The the hut is designed to function with solar panels, biomass energy using innovating technologies. It fulfils the HQE environmental criteria and sets a benchmark for high mountain building technology.
With a capacity of 120 beds, it will ultimately replace the existing refuge hut, which must be dismantled within a year of the new hut’s opening.
An estimated 10,000 people overnight in the hut over the summer season, whilst they attempt to climb western Europe’s highest mountain. This is not without its risks and consequences and for the first time this summer, there will be a degree of monitoring by mountain police on both the Gouter (normal) and 3 Monts route to increase safety awareness and to ensure that climbers respect this protected natural site.
Reservations for the hut are on-line only. Visit the web site for more information