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Refuge de Sarradets (Breche de Roland): Refuge and Million Euro view :-)
Well, the only accomodation I can (want to) write about, is Refuge des Sarradets or Refuge de Breche de Roland (both names are used in the web, but the plate at the house says Roland).
It is located at 2587 m, belongs to the Tarbes section of CAF (Club Alpin Français). It can be reached via hiking up from Col de Tentes or from the bottom of Cirque de Gavarnie.
The view, sitting in front of the refuge, is spectacular, on the one side (south) you can see the Breche de Roland, and on the other side (east) the Grande Cascade.
The refuge is “farmed” (= hosted) during May 25 until September 30.
Outside of this time, you can also access it, however only via an iron ladder (2,5 m) at the east side, which brings you through a window into the rooms. This is a bit tough, heaving your backpack up this ladder, or climbing out in the night for “powdering your nose”. There is no heating in the room, as well as upstairs (well, “upladders”), where an iron ladder brings you to the 30 bunk beds, which are provided for out-of-season hikers. No water and no toilet off-season, so bring water when you want to cook or…. melt snow.
In-season, it provides 57 bunk beds, water, toilet and offers restaurant service.
Charges: out of season: nothing, during season: depends if you are member of Alpince Clubs (rebate) or not. No members pay 14 Euro per night, members 7 Euro.
I didn’t take a picture of the refuge, but the website given below shows it from the (southern) entrance.
Million Euro view - Cirque de Gavarnie, Breche de Roland, etc.
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