Cicerone The Mountain Hut Book

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An introduction to mountain huts and refuges for walkers and trekkers. Informative and entertaining, this book explores the mountain hut experience, from how huts have developed to modern-day hut etiquette. With profiles of the author's top picks, and the best hut-to-hut routes in the Alps and Pyrenees.

Cicerone says:

This book is a celebration of mountain huts, showcasing the the sheer variety and sometimes quirky nature of these buildings that allow walkers, trekkers and climbers to access remote corners of the mountains. Packed with entertaining stories that bring the places and people to life, it contains descriptions of the author's favourite huts in the Alps, along with suggestions for hut-to-hut tours of 3-13 days duration, including the Tour of Mont Blanc. It also traces the history of huts and how they have evolved from the most primitive of shelters to the often purpose-built, eco-friendly buildings of today. For the uninitiated, it unravels some of the mystery of huts and explains how to use them and what facilities to expect. Above all, it illustrates the way in which mountain huts can be truly sociable places, where like-minded people can spend a night or two in the most magical of locations and share a love of wild places.


For nearly 50 years Cicerone have been producing guidebooks on recognised treks, regions, areas and general tips for hikers.

We have used them countless times and they've always provided excellent insight and knowledge that you only get through experience, giving you the edge to make your trip a success and more enjoyable too.

If you're a gram counter you can easily remove sections of the book to take with you making your own ultra-lightweight guidebook with only the essential sections that you require.

- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear

  • Edition: First
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Size: 21.0 x 14.8  x 1.4cm
  • Weighs 460g


1 Rooms with a view
Huts for all
Huts for trekkers
Huts for climbers
Huts for watching wildlife
Huts for walkers
2 Hut life
House rules
Sleeping and eating
The hut guardian
Paying for the privilege
Not huts – Berghotels and gîtes d’étape
3 Top ten huts
Cabane d’Arpitettaz
Refuge des Bans
Refuge de Bellachat
Rifugio Bolzano/Schlernhaus
Burg Hut
Cabane des Dix
Refuge Entre Deux Eaux
Grutten Hut
Rifugio Longoni
Totalp Hut
4 Hut to hut
Tour of the Vanoise
Rätikon Höhenweg
Tour of the Jungfrau Region
Stubai High Level Route
Tour of the Bernina
Tour of Mont Blanc
Tour of Val de Bagnes
Tour of the Oisans: GR54
Alta Via 2
Tour of the Wilder Kaiser
5 Hovels to hotels
Bivouacs, boulders and caves
Loathsome dens
The age of the mountain hut
The overcrowded Alps
Between the wars
The future has arrived
Alpine Clubs and their huts
6 Beyond the Alps – bothies, huts and lodges
Atlas Mountains
Canadian Rockies
Picos de Europa
Southern Alps
Appendix A    Useful contacts
Appendix B    Directory of alpine huts
Appendix C    Glossary for alpine trekkers
Appendix D    Further reading


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