100 Hut Walks in the Alps
Routes for day walks and overnight stays
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This guidebook has route descriptions for 100 day walks to suit alpine walkers of all abilities, with suggestions for some hut-to-hut tours. These routes take you through breathtaking scenery in the Maritime Alps, Julian Alps, Gran Paradiso, the Turnitzer Alps, Bernese Oberland, the Kitzbuheler Alps and the Dolomites of South Tirol.
- Most huts are staffed from July to the end of September (see guide for details).
- Chamonix, Briançon, Zermatt, Grindelwald, St Moritz, Aosta, Cortina, Innsbruck, Kitzbühel, Trenta and Kranjska Gora.
- From undemanding to long, tough walks, the routes suit alpine walkers of all abilities. Basic navigation skills are required. Some routes feature scrambling and easy glacier walking.
- Must See
- The overall hut experience is the main highlight. This includes hot showers at the end of the route, sunset views from the hut, lunch on the terrace and the companionship of other walkers.
Extending in huge arc of more than 1000km (620 miles) from the Mediterranean coast near Nice to the low, wooded foothills outside Vienna, the Alps display the full gamut of mountain landscape features. All of the routes in this guide have been specially selected to show the amazing diversity of this wonderful mountain chain.
There are walks to suit every taste: gentle and undemanding, long and tough, and everything in between. Most of the routes avoid climbing of a technical nature except the odd scramble aided by a fixed rope. Glacier crossings where crevasses lurk for the unwary have also been avoided in the main, although just a small handful of walks stray onto ice in order to reach a distant hut.
Located in some of the most breathtaking locations in the Alps, mountain huts provide welcome facilities and a focus for all the walks in this guide – whether you choose to stay overnight or simply to have lunch or a drink on the terrace. They come in all shapes and sizes, from simple unstaffed shelters to bustling mountain inns with hot showers and restaurant service.
- 100 routes to suit alpine walkers of all abilities, with suggestions for some hut-to-hut tours
- background information on walking in the Alps and staying in mountain huts
- covers France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria and Slovenia
Walking in the Alps
Paths and Waymarks
Safety in the Mountains
The Alpine Environment
Recommended Maps and Guides
Using this Guide
The French Alps
1: Refuge de Valmasque (Maritime Alps)
2: Refuge des Merveilles (Maritime Alps)
3: Refuge de Nice (Maritime Alps)
4: Refuge de Cougourde (Maritime Alps)
5: Refuge de Gialorgues (Maritime Alps)
6: Refuge du Balif Viso (Dauphiné Alps – Queyras Region)
7: Refuge des Bans (Dauphiné Alps – Massif des Écrins)
8: Refuge du Pré de Chaumette (Dauphiné Alps – Massif des Écrins)
9: Refuge de Vallonpierre (Dauphiné Alps – Massif des Écrins)
10: Refuge du Glacier Blanc (Dauphiné Alps – Massif des Écrins)
11: Refuge du Carrelet (Dauphiné Alps – Massif des Écrins)
12: Refuge du Châtelleret (Dauphiné Alps – Massif des Écrins)
13: Refuge de l’Orgère (Graian Alps – Vanoise National Park)
14: Refuge de l’Arpont (Graian Alps – Vanoise National Park)
15: Refuge d’Entre Deux Eaux (Graian Alps – Vanoise National Park)
16: Refuge de la Leisse (Graian Alps – Vanoise National Park)
17: Refuge du Col de la Vanoise (Graian Alps – Vanoise National Park)
18: Refuge de la Croix du Bonhomme (Mont Blanc Range)
19: Refuge de Bellachat (Mont Blanc Range)
20: Refuge du Lac Blanc (Mont Blanc Range)
The Swiss Alps
21: Cabane du Mont-Fort (Pennine Alps)
22: Cabane de Chanrion (Pennine Alps)
23: Cabane des Dix (Pennine Alps)
24: Cabane des Aiguilles-Rouges (Pennine Alps)
25: Cabane de Moiry (Pennine Alps)
26: Cabane du Petit Mountet (Pennine Alps)
27: Täsch Hut (Pennine Alps)
28: Monte Rosa Hut (Pennine Alps)
29: Hörnli Hut (Pennine Alps)
30: Schönbiel Hut (Pennine Alps)
31: Mischabel Hut (Pennine Alps)
32: Britannia Hut (Pennine Alps)
33: Gelten Hut (Bernese Alps)
34: Wildhorn Hut (Bernese Alps)
35: Fründen Hut (Bernese Alps)
36: Blümlisalp Hut (Bernese Alps)
37: Balmhorn Hut (Bernese Alps)
38: Lötschenpass Hut (Bernese Alps)
39: Rottal Hut (Bernese Alps)
40: Schmadri Hut (Bernese Alps)
41: Weber Hut (Bernese Alps)
42: Burg Hut (Bernese Alps)
43: Damma Hut (Central Swiss Alps)
44: Chelenalp Hut (Central Swiss Alps)
45: Tresch Hut (Central Swiss Alps)
46: Windgällen Hut (Central Swiss Alps)
47: Capanna Basodino (Lepontine Alps)
48: Capanna Cristallina (Lepontine Alps)
49: Capanna Leit (Lepontine Alps)
50: Capanna Cadagno (Lepontine Alps)
51: Carschina Hut (Rätikon Alps)
52: Chamanna Tuoi (Silvretta Alps)
53: Blockhaus Cluozza (Bernina Alps – Swiss National Park)
54: Coaz Hut (Bernina Alps)
55: Boval Hut (Bernina Alps)
56: Albigna Hut (Bregaglia Alps)
57: Sasc-Furä Hut (Bregaglia Alps)
58: Sciora Hut (Bregaglia Alps)
The Italian Alps
59: Rifugio Benevolo (Gran Paradiso)
60: Rifugio F. Chabod (Gran Paradiso)
61: Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele (Gran Paradiso)
62: Rifugio Vittorio Sella (Gran Paradiso)
63: Rifugio Elisabetta (Mont Blanc Range)
64: Rifugio Bonatti (Mont Blanc Range)
65: Rifugio Luigi Brasca (Bregaglia Alps)
66: Rifugio A. Omio (Bregaglia Alps)
67: Rifugio C. Ponti (Bregaglia Alps)
68: Rifugio Longoni (Bernina Alps)
69: Rifugio Larcher (Ortler Alps)
70: Rifugio Mandrone (Adamello Group)
71: Rifugio Tuckett (Brenta Dolomites)
72: Rifugio Brentei (Brenta Dolomites)
73: Rifugio Puez (Dolomites – Puez-Odle Group)
74: Rifugio Vicenza (Dolomites – Sassolungo Group)
75: Rifugio Viel del Pan (Dolomites – Marmolada Group)
76: Rifugio Pian di Cengia (Sexten Dolomites)
77: Rifugio Locatelli (Sexten Dolomites)
78: Rifugio Vandelli (Dolomites – Sorapiss Group)
The Austrian Alps
79: Saarbrücker Hut (Silvretta Alps)
80: Wiesbadner Hut (Silvretta Alps)
81: Täschach Haus (Ötztal Alps)
82: Braunschweiger Hut (Ötztal Alps)
83: Innsbrucker Hut (Stubai Alps)
84: Bremer Hut (Stubai Alps)
85: Franz Senn Hut (Stubai Alps)
86: Starkenburger Hut (Stubai Alps)
87: Berliner Hut (Zillertal Alps)
88: Plauener Hut (Zillertal Alps)
89: Grutten Hut (Kaisergebirge)
90: Brechhornhaus (Kitzbüheler Alps)
91: Bochumer Hut (Kitzbüheler Alps)
92: Schönleiten Hut (Kitzbüheler Alps)
93: Bürgl Hut (Kitzbüheler Alps)
94: Statzerhaus (Salzburger Schiefer Alps)
95: Salzburger Hut (Glockner Group)
96: Kals-Matreier-Törlhaus (Granatspitz Group)
97: Nassfeldhaus (Carnic Alps)
98: Julius-Seitner Hut (Türnitzer Alps)
The Julian Alps
99: Triglav Lakes Hut (Julian Alps)
100: Bogatinom Hut (Julian Alps)
Appendix A Useful Addresses
Appendix B Suggested Equipment List
Appendix C Glossary
Appendix D Bibliography
RECOMMENDED MAPS AND GUIDESMaps
At the head of each walk description a note is given in regard to the map or maps recommended for that particular route. These are mostly at a scale of either 1:25,000 or 1:50,000, with a few at 1:30,000 or 1:40,000, depending on the publisher responsible. Not all are entirely accurate, although I found each one adequate for the walker’s needs.
The Rando Éditions Cartes de Randonnées sheets recommended for walks in the French Alps are based on maps of the official French survey, l’Institut Geographique National (IGN), with paths, huts, National Park boundaries etc overprinted upon them.
Those suggested for use in the Swiss Alps and marked with the initials LS are by the Swiss National Survey, Landeskarte der Schweiz. A few Wanderkarte are also noted; some of these are produced by local tourist authorities under licence, others published by Kümmerley and Frey with easy-to-read routes and hut details etc overprinted on them like those of Rando Éditions mentioned above.
Maps published by Kompass for Alpine districts in Austria and Italy often include a booklet giving basic tourist information regarding towns and villages which appear on specific sheets, as well as hut details and walks suggestions.
All these maps should be obtainable from Stanfords in London, who operate a mail order service, or from The Map Shop in Upton-upon-Severn. (SeeGuides
In the introductory essay to each Alpine country, a selection of guidebooks is given, for as the present collection of walks covers the length of the Alps and concentrates on hut routes, there will be countless possibilities left for walkers to explore elsewhere that simply could not be covered in this book. So for each district, or mountain group, visited within these pages, I have given a note of those English-language guidebooks that cover the same area. Most of these are produced by Cicerone, but a few others are published by West Col, Cordee or Inghams. Again, addresses are given in Appendix A.
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Sept 2014Readers planning to visit the Monte Rosa Hut above Zermatt, described as Walk 28 in 100 Hut Walks in the Alps, are warned that as a result of climate change the route as described is no longer valid. Descent onto the Gorner glacier is now by way of near-vertical ladders, and the hike over the glacier crosses numerous widening crevasses. Unless experienced and adequately equipped for glacier travel the Zermatt website (www.zermatt.ch) recommends all potential walkers on this route to hire a mountain guide.
Since this guide went to print, certain website changes have come to our attention. (They have been corrected in the digital formats.)
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Kev Reynolds is a freelance writer, photojournalist and lecturer. A prolific compiler of guidebooks, his first title for Cicerone Press (Walks & Climbs in the Pyrenees) appeared in 1978; he has since produced many more titles for the same publisher, with others in the pipeline. A member of the Outdoor Writers' Guild, the Alpine Club and Austrian Alpine Club, his passion for mountains and the countryside remains undiminished after a lifetime's activity, and he regularly travels throughout Britain to share that enthusiasm through his lectures.View Articles and Books by Kev Reynolds
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