/ Chamonix Mountain Hut suitable for kids.
grateful for any advice.
I know it frequently gets slated but Albert Premier? We had not a bad time there, the warden put is in with some english speaking parisians and had a decent night (apart from the usual carrier bag rustling shenaginans you tend to get in huts)
Chairlift and then a walk, dont remember anything challenging.
cable car up to midi then across the valley again by cable car to the italian hut , sorry cant recall that name, has some private rooms with 6 bunks would suit a family.
Easy ground to bring the kids onto the snow, and some F walks right nearby
sorry i cant recall name of hut, plenty on here will
Take a pair of binos up, for wildlife and star watching. Ear plugs, to blank out the snorers and farters!
> Take a pair of binos up, for wildlife and star watching. Ear plugs, to blank out the snorers and farters!
he'll be sharing a private room with his kids
For the Marmots!!
There's the refuge de la Pierre à Bérard which you can walk to from near Vallorcine. The approach is a pleasant, not too steep but fairly long walk. No snow or glacier but from the hut itself you can't see the Mont Blanc range.
The Albert Premier has a safe ascent in summer. You can take chairlift up behind Le Tour and the path contours across then up to the hut, with a steep climb just before the hut - splendid views of Mont Blanc and numerous snowy mountains.
The Torino hut involves a very scenic, and expensive, trip by telepherique across the Vallée Blanche, or a telepherique ride up from the Italian side... That could be good pretext for taking the tunnel and visiting Val Veni... There is a hut called the Elisabetta up there, with an easy approach, no glacier, but I haven't been to it myself - a wild area, quite different to the Chamonix valley with views of the Freney Pillars and the Aiguille Noire de Peutery - very impressive.
Agree with what's already been suggested. If you wanted something more adventurous, you could try the Couvercle hut. You can probably cross the Mer de Glace in ordinary walking boots. Getting up to the hut involves climbing a set of very exposed ladders. You would definitely want to take harnesses and slings to clip into the ladders, but not technically difficult.
There is also the hut next to Lac Blanc in the Aig. Rouges, which has very good views of the range.
Some nice accessible huts around the south side on the TMB like Tre la Tete and Chalet la Balme. Maybe less wow factor but you could string a few days walking between them.
'tomorrow we will be going over there'
Might help build some anticipation ...
You can also have a walk from the albert premier which gets amazing views. If you go up the glacier further up than the col du tour then head up onto the frontier ridge you get fantastic views of the trient basin.
If you take your kids to the Albert Premier, they'll NEVER go to another hut with you.
The Bonatti hut in Val Ferret (It) is a popular "first time" hut but can be busy with TMB traffic.
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