The 10 most beautiful mountain huts and their particularities
From small mountain huts to large ultra-modern lodges, and from altitudes of 1,475 to 3507 m, Valais offers you a tremendous variety of accommodation at which to rest on your hikes. Here is our selection of 10 top refuges for you to discover in the Valais Alps :
Anenhütte – Lötschental
The concept of the Anenhütte, in the Lötschental valley, was developed by the engineer Peter Tscherrig. His philosophy is to respect the environment while taking account of modern expectations and needs. Located at an altitude of 2,358 m, the refuge is self-sufficient in drinking water and electricity.
Monte Rosa Hut – Zermatt
With its strange shape and aluminium cladding, the Monte Rosa refuge is certainly one of the most original in the Valais Alps. Thanks to its south-facing façade covered with photovoltaic panels and other features installed by the federal technology institute ETH Zurich, the venue covers more than 90 % of its energy requirements.
Britannia Hut – Saas-Fee
Built in 1912 between the Chessjen and Hohlaub glaciers, the Britannia Hut is a monument to British-Swiss friendship. To thank the Swiss for welcoming them in their mountains, the Association of British Members of the Swiss Alpine Club had the refuge built with the requirement that a washroom with running water be installed – a modern innovation for the period !
FXB-Panossière – Verbier
Located at an altitude of 2,641 m in the heart of the Combins massif, the Cabane FXB Panossière is named after the famous helicopter pilot and founder of Air-Glaciers, François-Xavier Bagnoud. The refuge offers a panoramic stop on magnificent hikes such as the Tour des Combins, the Tour du Val de Bagnes and the Chemin des cols alpins.
Binntalhütte – Goms
The path that leads through wild and dramatic landscapes to the Binntal refuge is none other than the ancient mule trail linking the Binn valley with the Val d’Ossola in Italy. The view from the hut of the Bietschhorn and Nesthorn is magnificent. The climb is well worth the effort !