_SUMMER MOUNTAIN HUTS

JULY 08 2022

With the summer season upon us, we caught up with members of the FW team to get their recommendations of unmissable mountain huts for your upcoming alpine adventures. Here are their top picks, from Europe to the US.

Gamskarkogelhütte, Austria

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Sunset over mountains with hut on grassy land

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Mountain landscape with blue skies and mountain hut in foreground

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The Gamskarkogelhütte, located in the Gastein Valley of Salzburg, Austria, is one of the oldest huts in the Alps. Offering stunning 360 degree views from Europe’s highest grass mountain, the hut is ideal for watching the sunset whilst sipping a cold beer or enjoying the sunrise with your morning coffee. Although arguably the most special aspect of Gamskarkogelhütte, is the host Veronika and her team who provide a delicious meal (and “Gipfelschnaps”) with big smiles on their faces.

Stripsenjochhaus, Austria

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Mountain hut with large mountain towering behind it

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Rocky mountain with sunset light

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Stripsenjochhaus’ location between the Wilder and Zahmer Kaiser mountains of Tirol provides perfect views during the day, as well as the chance to watch the last sun rays touching the many peaks around you and the beautiful night sky. Offering traditional mountain food, the hut is the ideal place to end a day hike or spend the evening before starting on one of the many climbing adventures in the Wilder and Kaiser mountains the next day.

Refuge de Chalin, Switzerland

small red brick hut next to mountain

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Women with red backpacking bag walking towards mountain

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View onto valley with a lake

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Red wine bottle and snacks on table in small hut

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Sunset behind mountain range and valley

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Night time falling on mountain landscape

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At the foot of the famous Dents-du-Midi, located in Valais, Switzerland, you’ll find the tiny Refuge de Chalin. The hut faces Lake Geneva and is only accessible following a climb of Dent de Valerette and de Valere. The climb itself features two beautiful summits with a stunning view. The Refuge de Chalin operates on a first come first serve basis, with a total of eight beds and a small kitchen to cook a warm dinner after a long day of hiking. You have to carry food and water to the hut yourself.

Cabane des Dix, Switzerland

point of view image of light stone hut on top of mountain

©Patrick Nouhailler
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mountains surrounding thin lake

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outdoor shower structure in mountains

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La Cabane des Dix is located between Lac des Dix and Mont Blanc de Cheilon, at an altitude of 3000m. Being part of the famous ‘Haute Route’, the hut draws people of all different nationalities with a similar passion for the mountains, who will not hesitate to advise you on your route for the next day’s excursion. In the evening, you can enjoy the incredible colors of the sunset on Mont Blanc de Cheilon with a beer in hand.

2 night hut-to-hut: Cabane de Moiry and Cabane du Petit Mountet, Switzerland

wooden chalet with green mountain landscape behind

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women and child with backpacks walking to chalet

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man with green jacket stood in front of chalet entrance

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young boy with blue hat and yellow jacket playing cards

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glacier being lit by sunset light

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4 adults watching sunset behind mountains on chalet terrace

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Cabane de Moiry, in Grimentz, Switzerland, is situated at 2825m and offers unbeatable views of the Glacier de Moiry. It is very accessible and has all the amenities you need to make your stay memorable, including a foosball table and outdoor ping pong table.

If you’re seeking a multi-day adventure, on day two you can continue to the Cabane du Petit Mountet via the Corne de Sorebois through Zinal. The hike up to the cabane is filled with waterfalls and lush vegetation. Families can take advantage of the easy routes, and even the lifts, whilst the longer hikes surrounded by the unmatched beauty of the Alps are perfect for those with more experience.

Wiwanni Hütte, Switzerland

stone hut under starry night sky

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dirt trail leading up to mountain

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landscape view onto two mountains with snow covered peaks

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Another Swiss recommendation is the Wiwanni Hütte situated above Visp and the Rhone Valley at 2470m. This stone hut that offers stunning views of all the 4000m peaks of the area can easily be reached by an hour and a half walk from Fuxtritt. For those looking for a full day outing, the hut is also accessible via the Baldschiedertal Via Ferrata, an amazing route through an old water canal and wall! Wiwanni is perfect for climbers of all levels (including children) looking for great scenery during the summer months. The small size of the hut, along with the incredibly hospitable hut keeper, provide a cozy ambience after a long day out.

Refuge de la Charpoua, France

wodden hut next to mountain cliff

©Jerome Bon
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mountain hut dining table surrounded by supplies and maps

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View of glacier from a doorway

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Moving from Switzerland to France, Refuge de la Charpoua is located at the feet of the giant “Les Drus” in Chamonix. The hut was built in 1904 and for the most part remains the same today, enabling visitors to experience the lives of the pioneers of alpinism. The hut hosts 12 people along with a small kitchen. The host Sarah does an amazing job at hiking in locally produced food in her backpack to reduce the hut’s carbon footprint. Reaching the hut is a journey in itself, walking from the Montevers train, Chamonix, to the Mer de Glace and then through the Glacier. However, from there you can continue to the Dru Traverse or other challenging climbing routes if you wish.

Garnet Mountain Fire Lookout, USA

wodden bunk beds with blue and grey sleeping bags

Across the pond in the USA, the Garnet Mountain Fire Lookout sits just shy of the 8,245 ft peak on Garnet Mountain, Montana, making it the highest building in the area. The lookout features a 360-degree panoramic view of the Gallatin Valley, the Spanish Peaks, and the world-famous Yellowstone National Park. Although originally designed to help firefighters identify forest fires, the lookout was recently made available for rental, still complete with the original 1911 Osborne Firefinder and maps marked with the observations of past firewatchers. The lookout practically allows you to spend the night in the sky, with the lack of nearby lights leaving nothing but the twinkle of stars. The hut is accessible by foot, car, or horseback in the summer and is an experience that should not be missed.

3 night hut loop in Jotunheimen National Park, Norway

two fjords side by side

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wodden house next to small pond surrounded by mountains

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Our final recommendation is a loop in Norway linking multiple huts in the Jotunheimen National Park. Starting at Bygdin Mountain Hotel, the walk ventures to the Torfinnsbu Cabin, the Gjendebu Cabin, then the Memurubu Cabin, and lastly to the Gjendesheim Cabin. The walk between each hut varies between 4.5 and 6.5 hours, with each stage promising turquoise-colored lakes fed by glacial runoff, and hundreds-of-feet-high waterfalls with massive peaks all around. You will even climb Besseggen Ridge, one of Norway's most photographed locations!


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