Most people are surprised to find that the mountain huts are actually much better appointed than they thought. Staffed and heated throughout the season, they provide evening meals and breakfasts, basic washing facilities and dormitory accommodation. Running water is available in the lower huts and is generally safe to drink, but in the higher huts it has to be bought, usually at about 4€ for 1.5 litres. Your evening meal and breakfast will always paid for by us. However, it is worth taking some money with you in case you want to make use of the bar service to purchase additional drinks and snacks.
Vegetarians and those with other dietary requirements are usually catered for, but you need to let us know so we can give the staff some notice. Sleeping is in communal dormitories with either blankets or duvets provided, so there’s no need to bring a sleeping bag. People sleep more or less fully clothed, but earplugs are almost a necessity.
Huts are unique and interesting places to stay but there’s a bit of a knack to getting the most out of the experience while at the same time avoiding the wrath of the guardian. By the time you’ve completed your Gran Paradiso training climb however you should be getting the hang of it sufficiently so as not to have any problems in the busier Mont Blanc huts. The most important thing to remember is: don't lose anything vital!
Dinner Time at Tete Rousse
A Hut Dormitory