Aug 9, 2022 - 3:54 AM
in reply to pkerr
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I discovered a few Swiss Huts a few years ago, and they are absolutely amazing. You hike for endless hours, in the most remote area, and will find a wonderful hut that serves you good healthy food and drink, and that has dormitory type rooms with beds and blankets! No need to carry your own sleeping bag! Only a 'liner' is required.
As far as I understand (somebody could correct me), the huts are obliged to respect certain standard hut 'rules'. For example, I think meals are at fixed times (for example I think supper is always at 18:30). Also, as soon as you enter, you have to remove your boots ; crocs will be available (see photo - so organized, so Swiss !).
Most huts are managed by a 'Hut manager/ hut managers' often a couple. Many huts receive weekly supplies by helicopter. The huts I went to had no showers (I don't imagine that any have showers); electricity to recharge cell phones is limited and could cost some fees. Toilets may be outside of the main building.
I have only been to 3 huts, in 2019 and now in June 2022. I reserved a place to sleep many months prior to arriving.
You might need to plan for lunch on the day you leave the hut (after sleeping there). Well, you can buy a lunch as long as you let them know ahead of time!
I find the 'hut experience' absolutely fascinating!!! Not only the majestic surrounding beauty of the mountains, but the interesting people you meet, the sleeping in a dormitory with total strangers , going to bed early, getting up early, and feeling healthy and on top of the world!!