THE WEEKLY #167: SWISS MOUNTAIN HUTS
This week was all about mountain huts. After 50 days in Switzerland, I still hadn’t stayed overnight at one of the many incredibly situated mountain huts. After staying at three different ones this week, I’m now full of regret for how much I missed out on in those first 50 days.
I stayed overnight at Glecksteinhutte, Dossenhutte, and Baregghutte throughout the week. Each time I would hike back down and spend the following night in Interlaken, resetting, charging my gear, doing a quick file dump and then heading out to adventure the following day.
It’s now my favorite type of adventure and these are the reasons why:
- Many of the mountain huts are quite high and take several hours to reach, which means many would require huge days to do a return trip. By staying overnight you can reach huts that are 10km or more of hiking, without having to do a massive day on the trails. It can be split up into two days.
- Following on from the point above, often you want to be at the summit, peak or hut at the best moment. This moment is generally sunrise or sunset when you get the alien glow, pastel pinks and calm nature of the mountains. When you stay in a mountain hut you can enjoy all of the natural beauty that comes with a golden hour, right from the front door of the hut.
- The food at the mountain huts is usually quite good with homecooked soup, dinner and dessert part of the half-board price.
- The bedding is usually dormitory-style, simplistic beds but if you go on a weekday or on the fringe of the season there won’t be many others staying overnight.
- With most hotels ranging from $100+ in Switzerland just to stay in a regular town or city, you may as well get your money’s worth. A mountain hut can range from $40 to $100 but includes breakfast and dinner as part of your board.
- If you join the SAC (Swiss Alpine Club) membership, you get pretty much half price off your nights stay and just pay a yearly fee of a couple hundred per year, which pays itself off after the fourth mountain hut stay.
- There’s no need to hike down in the dark or leave in the early hours of the morning for the good lighting. You can hike up, shower and then enjoy the evening and the morning before hiking down.
So, now that you get the idea of why the mountain huts are such good value and a good option, I’ll show you some of my favorite photos from this week. I’ll start with the mountain huts themselves and then show you the photos of the hikes that took me to the mountain huts. I’ve created a few drone videos from these mountain hut hikes aswell.