Not all the structures which can be reached by cableway today can still be considered refuges. However, the two Torino refuges, deserve to be included in the list because of their historical importance – the Colle del Gigante has been used by mountaineers since the times of Horace-Bénédict de Saussure – and the role which they play for mountaineers heading towards Mont-Blanc du Tacul, its satellites, and Dente del Gigante and Aiguille de Rochefort. <br>They are two large brickwork structures, with bathrooms, although they are not especially comfortable also because of their altitude.
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How to get here by car
Courmayeur motorway exit. <br>After the Courmayeur motorway exit carry on towards the Traforo del Monte Bianco (Mont Blanc Tunnel) for approximately 4 km going past the hamlet of Entrèves. On the last hairpin bend before the tunnel it is possible to exit the main road and go onto the road which leads to Val Ferret. Having turned towards Val Ferret, a short distance afterwards you will find a hotel on your left, in front of the start of the Mont Blanc cableway. The refuge can be reached by cableway.
Geographical co-ordinates: Est: 6,9338 Nord: 45,84449
How to get here by public transport
The nearest train station is in Pré-Saint-Didier.<br>Scheduled Coach service as far as Courmayeur (approximately 15 trips a day).<br>It is possible to reach the start of the cableway taking the local line for Val Ferret (approximately 15 trips a day).