refuge Les Estagnous et le Mont Valier

Mountain refuge on the classic Mont Valier (2838m) hiking trail

and the  Pass’Aran, Tour du Valier, Chemin de la Liberté et Retrouvance Valier circuits.

The refuge was built in 1912 and has been guarded since 1976. It belongs to the Community of Communes Couserans Pyrenees – it is located in the commune of Bordes/Uchentein in the Mont Valier national reserve in the heart of the Parc Naturel Régional des Pyrénées Ariégeoises.

We have been the caretakers (via SAS les Estagnous under public service delegation) for 12 and 17 years respectively.

A rich history, numerous activities (via-ferrata, fishing, mountaineering…), various entertainment events and a preserved natural environment will ensure you an enjoyable stay.


74 sleeping facilities in different dormitories,

Hot and cold drinks and mountain catering service.

Bed sheets or sleeping bag liners are required,

Mattresses, duvets and slippers are provided for all.

Domestic animals are not accepted.

Tents with insulating pads are available for rent,


A generous cuisine using local produce from the valley of Ariège.

Different menus each evening.

Fresh meals prepared each day to be served in the evening ,,,

One service for all ! Served at 19h00 !


The refuge offers an unforgettable encounter with music, storytelling, reading or gastronomy in an exceptional setting.


We are pleased to host you in our comfortable refuge – despite constraints related to isolation and altitude (limited energy, helicopter transport of goods …) – at the best possible price in a collective and friendly spirit,

You will take delight in the spectacular view and appreciate the harmony with which the refuge blends with its environment – not to mention the delicious Pyrenean cuisine made from local produce.

We wish you a pleasant stay in this mountain nook and hope that you will join in the spirit of our rugged high lands – with its customs and practices and also its rules,

Stéphane and Laurent

Internal regulations to download: Internal regulations


Continuously from Saturday June 15th to Saturday September 28th, 2024
and the Saturday October 05th, 2024

See you soon in the Mont-Valier mountain range !

The custodians : Laurent TRIOLET and Stéphane AMIEL.

Refuge Les Estagnous - soirée des gardiens 2019


by telephone 00 33 (0)9 72 51 02 39

or by mail

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