Europe is a paradise for those seeking adventure in the great outdoors. From the breathtaking mountain ranges of the French, Swiss, and Italian Alps, to the picturesque forests and trails of Austria and beyond, there is no shortage of stunning locations for hut-to-hut hiking.
Under our brands, we have selected some of the best hut to hut hikes in Europe, everything from Tour du Mont Blanc to the Walker’s Haute Route.
Experience the thrill of waking up in a cozy mountain hut surrounded by stunning scenery and wildlife. Watch the sunrise from your doorstep and take in the awe-inspiring views as you embark on your daily hike. As the sun sets, retire to your hut for a warm meal and a good night’s rest before setting off on the next leg of your journey.
While hut-to-hut hiking in the Alps can be an amazing experience, planning can be challenging if you don’t know the mountains well or haven’t done lots of research.
That’s where we at Hut to Hut Hiking Europe come in.
We have extensive knowledge of the trails and can take care of all the details, including booking accommodations and making sure you have everything you need for a successful and enjoyable hike.
So why wait? Choose one of the brands above and start planning your dream hut-to-hut hike today. We’ll make sure you have an unforgettable experience.
The ideal time for hut-to-hut hiking across Europe generally falls between mid-June and late September. However, this can vary depending on the region and the specific trail you’re considering. Elevations and local climate conditions play a role, particularly for trails that cross higher mountain ranges. Always research the current conditions for your chosen route before setting out, and be aware that many mountain huts operate only within the main hiking season, limiting the feasibility of multi-day excursions outside this timeframe.
We’ve rated our tours on a difficulty scale from 1 to 5 — with 1 being the easiest and 5 the most difficult.
The difficulty level of a tour tells you how fit you need to be and how much hiking is involved. Most of our tours are appropriate for people who are regularly active and can hike for about five to seven hours per day.
Technical difficulty means how skilled you need to be to hike on the path. Level 1 means the trail is smooth and wide (like a gravel road), while 5 means the surface is uneven and exposed, and you have to use your hands to help yourself move forward. In practice, that means that the higher the level, the more surefooted and skilled in scrambling you need to be.
You should book your tour as soon as possible, as many accommodations along the trail fill up quickly. That way, you can ensure that you have a place to stay.
In case of an injury, it is best to call the local emergency services. You might find yourself in the wilderness, unable to continue without worsening your situation.
Do not worry too much, though. You will be hiking along popular trails, so you will not get stranded even if something happens.
On the other hand, if you feel too tired to continue hiking, you can always stop in any of the towns and villages along the way and use public transport to get to where you want to be.
Most huts along our hut-to-hut hikes are equipped with showers, but they might be a matter of whether there has been any rainfall lately. Do not expect too much, as mountain huts are not luxurious hotels.
No. The huts provide blankets and pillows for comfort. However, you should bring your sleeping liner so they will not have to wash their bed linen every day.
Cell reception is unreliable in the mountains. If you can see a town, you will likely have a reception. The same goes for mountain huts. If you cannot get it inside, try stepping outside. Wifi is available only at select lodges; most do not have it.
If you dress appropriately, most stages can be done even in light rain. However, if a storm is forecasted, do not hike. In that case, you should wait until the storm passes, even if that means spending a day at the hut.
If you’d like to eat a vegetarian meal, it’s usually available at most accommodations. Vegan options are harder to find in huts, but we’ll let you know about them in advance so you can plan accordingly.
We do not demand that you have insurance before booking, but it is advisable to do so.
There should not be any problem if they are physically prepared for long hiking days. Sure-footedness is also essential, so we recommend they are at least eight years old.
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