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Arrémoulit refuge - Lac d'Artouste

  • Lac d'Artouste

  • Lac d'Artouste

  • Lac d'Artouste


  • Time1h 15'
  • Vertical rise40 m
  • Vertical descent375 m
  • Horizontal distance3,4 Km
  • Type of journeyMountain Crossing
  • Severity of the natural environment2
  • Orientation2
  • Difficulty in movement2
  • Amount of effort required2
Valuation method used MIDE
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Next to the dam at the biggest of the Arrémoulit lakes is the Arrémoulit refuge (2305 m) which is one of the remain mountain refuges that still conserve their old austere character. Its small size, simple construction and location make it one of the most beautiful refuges in this mountain range.

Just a few metres separate the dam and the refuge, and crossing the dam is where we start our walk. On the left bank of the steam flowing out of the lake, there is a well marked path signposted with numerous milestones that make it easy to follow. We have to border round a small lake and head northeast over a fairly flat area. After completing this first stretch, the route starts to zigzag along the mountainside, although it is fairly easy going, down the south side of the basin closing the valley to the now visible Lac d’Artouste (1997 m). Near the end of the rise there is signposted crossroads where the path coming down from Col d'Arrious joins on our left. Follow the right down to the start of the reservoir and follow the western bank. After bordering the lake we pass near a dam built into the side of the lake, much smaller than the main one, and a little further down there is a metal bridge (crossing route 12). Do not cross the bridge. Instead continue downwards over the rocky terrain following a well-trodden path to the higher Lac d'Artouste train station, that you cannot miss (1911 m).

This small railway was built for transporting the material and tools that were used to build Artouste dam. It is kept in use for tourists and saves us the long walk separating Lac d'Artouste from the Fabrèges reservoir, the last point that can be reached by vehicles. We reach the Artouste - Fabbrèges ski station (1934 m) on the train, where we then take the ski lift down, and in just a few minutes we arrive at the car park next to Lac de Fabrèges (1934 m).


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