The Alps are a great place for hiking in the summertime. Getting back to nature is a treat for the soul, while the scenic views please the eyes. Many trekkers spend weeks at a time strolling through grand valleys, across mountainous ridges and along picturesque passes. Most stay in mountain refuges – basic accommodation that enables them to avoid civilisation for longer. It’s a great way to really make the most of your time in the mountains, providing a means to really get off the beaten track and delve deeper into the heart of alpine wilderness.
The term ‘refuge’ can be misleading, since these authentic mountain huts are becoming increasingly luxurious and inviting. Staying overnight in a mountain refuge is a wonderful way to spend time with family and friends and meet people from all over the world who share a love of the great outdoors. What’s more, with so many hotels in Serre Chevalier – a great starting point for a mountainous escapade – it is easy to plan you hike to the surrounding refuges. They offer advice, connect you with guides and look after your luggage while you are on your memorable adventure. There are hundreds of these idyllic sanctuaries perched above Alpine resorts, but here are some of our favourites.
1) Refuge du Roc de la Pêche, Pralognan la Vanoise, France
The privately owned Refuge du Roc de la Peche is a fantastic treat at the end of a strenuous trail. This refuge was one of the trailblazers of upscale hut life and it has been around longer than most of the new luxury refuges. Although it isn’t a hotel, it has cosy rooms with en-suite bathrooms and outside of peak season, it’s possible to request a double room and they will try to arrange it. The views are amazing, the food is very tasty and all mod cons are accessible – even a hot tub for an extra charge.