refugees booking


Posted: Sun, Jan 8, 2017, 20:34

Dear all,
I am planning to do GR20 in the end of June, and as I am starting to plan everything- starting from flights, days and everything else. First of all I want to see the refugees and their options. For a couple of weeks I am trying to reach the website but I cannot reach it. Does this problem have to someone else? Is there any other option to book refugees online?
and one more question about refugees. Does they offer the blanket or do I need to take my own sleeping bag with me?


Posted: Sun, Jan 8, 2017, 22:33

The booking process doesn't become fully active until later. During the winter you can play with the booking process, but you can't complete a booking and pay for it. Check later and it will suddenly become active, and you'll be able to pay through the site. I guess they don't like anyone to book far in advance.


Posted: Fri, Jan 13, 2017, 20:58

thank you so much for this information, I could not find it somewhere else!
have a nice day!



Posted: Sat, Jan 14, 2017, 8:36

To answer your last question: you have to bring your own sleeping bag.


Regards, Simon


Posted: Sat, Jan 14, 2017, 9:04

Simon, thank you!


Posted: Sat, Jan 14, 2017, 9:11

I have one additional question about the reservation. I notice that there are three possibilities that to reserve:

1. Nombre de couchages refuges
2. Nombre de couchages en bivouac
(Emplacement par personne)
3.Nb. location tente (2 places + matelas)
(En sus du couchage bivouac)

my French is not very good, but I understand that 1. option is sleeping in refugee and 3. sleeping in your tent, but what is 2.option? could someone please explain this to me?


Posted: Sat, Jan 14, 2017, 9:57

Number 2 is sleeping in YOUR tent, so you just get a space to pitch your tent.
Number 3 is sleeping in THEIR tent, which also includes a mattress. If you are early, the tent will already be in place. If you are late, you might be given a tent and have to find a place to pitch it yourself.


Posted: Sat, Jan 14, 2017, 13:22

GRRR 20 many thanks for information! Very useful! so just one more for clarification, if we are going 2 persons, then I need to take one tent which will be for two persons? is my understanding correct?


Posted: Sat, Jan 14, 2017, 23:19

You pay twice. First you pay for a space to pitch your tent, then you pay for each person. It is cheaper to have two people in one tent, instead of two one-person tents.


Posted: Mon, Feb 20, 2017, 11:41

HI! can you please help me? :) I am trying to reserve the place in the refugee. I want to sleep in their tent. we are 2 persons. so it means that I need to put 2 persons in -Nombre de couchages en bivouac and 2 persons in Nb. location tente (2 places + matelas). Is this correct? there will be 2 tents for us of one? I donot understand this one!


Posted: Mon, Feb 20, 2017, 11:56

and for me it looks that sleeping in the refugee is cheaper than in their tent.


Posted: Mon, Feb 20, 2017, 12:06

There is a difference between 'persons' and 'places'.

The hire tents are for two 'persons', and include mattresses. The tent itself takes up one 'place'.

When you say 'refugees', I think you must be using the same auto spell-checker as me. The word 'refuge' always comes out as 'refugee' and I have to go back and correct it.


Posted: Mon, Feb 20, 2017, 12:15

GRRR 20, thank you so much for helping and for correcting me! Have nice day!


Posted: Sat, Mar 11, 2017, 16:35

Dear All,
do I understand correct that if I am hiking with my own tent, I do not need to make reservation in refugees?


Posted: Sat, Mar 11, 2017, 22:11

You don't need to reserve if you have your own tent. Just turn up and pay the fee, then go and look for somewhere to pitch your tent. All the best places will already be gone!


Posted: Sat, Apr 1, 2017, 17:02

I am sure this question has been answered already but if we want
to camp with our own tents we reserve under this below?

2. Nombre de couchages en bivouac
(Emplacement par personne)

Also if we want meals do we just mention this when we book into
the refuge on the day. We are hoping to go in late June and
walk South to North from Conca.

PS: Think their website is down again at
Possibly it goes flakey at weekends!


Posted: Sat, Apr 1, 2017, 18:47

Thank you for your comment!
Our intention now is to go with our tent without booking to more flexible as possible!

It sounds like we will meet on the road somewhere, because we are planning to go on trip on 21st June from Calenzana to Conca.


Posted: Sat, Apr 1, 2017, 18:58

Yep, guests who do not sleep indoors (i.e. in their own tent/hammock/whatever) must book under the "bivouac" category (one booking per person). It's cheaper and entitles each paying customer to use the common facilities (cooking, bathroom etc.) to their liking. The website (or the staff) *must* deliver a receipt upon successful booking, as a proof.
Meals cannot be booked in advance (still, as a courtesy you are welcome to mail/phone the staff to help them anticipate how many dining guests to expect).
Remember that the Parc Naturel has nothing to do with the food, it's all taken care of by the staff - that's how they make about half of their meager salary. It incidentally explains the rather high (and differing) prices for snacks and meals at each refuge... (food delivery by helicopter/mule is not cheap, also when using those scheduled helicopter rotations arranged by the Parc)


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Posted: Sun, Apr 2, 2017, 17:18

SQFP, thank you for the comment! Appreciated!