Hut to Hut Hiking Adventures
Want to get lost for a few days without carrying the weight of the world - or a backpack, rather? Multi-day hut to hut hiking adventures offer the happy wanderer the opportunity to reach remote places while limiting the amount of equipment required to carry on one’e back. Many trips have varied terrain and itineraries for hikers and families of all ability levels.
The Tour du Mont Blanc traverses 170 kilometers around the Mount Blanc Massive, with 10,000 meters of ascent and descent while crossing through the three countries of France, Italy and Switzerland. The tour has a variety of accommodations along its route including huts, hotels and bed and breakfasts, allowing trekkers to travel with a minimal pack while enjoying the majestic alpine views. Enthusiasts can hike the route independently, or numerous organized operations will provide guided hiking or running as well as luggage transport. The hike on average takes seven days, but can be done at any pace. High season is from mid-July to mid –August, and hut reservations are a must.
10th Mountain Division Hut System in the Colorado Rocky Mountains encompasses 34 backcountry huts connected by 350 miles of possible trails. The huts were constructed in honor of the men of the 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army and are widely used year-round for hiking, mountain biking and backcountry skiing. Huts are unguarded and travelers must be self-sufficient and reserve beds in advance. Many companies offer organized hut trips providing food and trail guidance. Hut Run Hut ratchets things up a notch, offering six-day, 100-mile trail running trips from Aspen to Vail over the Continental Divide, guided by accomplished mountain runners Rickey Gates and Ted Mahon. The trips prioritize fun over fast and travel 10-25 miles a day.
The Milford Track is one of New Zealand’s Great Walks and considered one of the world’s finest walks and hut to hut experiences. The trek begins at the head of Lake Te Anau and runs 53 kilometers up rugged hills across numerous suspension bridges and lush green valleys over four days. Hikers will also pass the Sutherland Falls, the tallest waterfall in New Zealand. Huts must be booked in advance and permits are required as only forty hikers can start the trek each day. Huts have gas cooking stoves and wardens, but hikers need to be self-sufficient. However companies such as Active Adventures offer supported trips during high season (October - April) The trek offers stunning mountain panoramas in the sunlight and endless torrents and waterfalls down the mountains when it rains.
The Laugavegur Trail in Iceland is a four-day adventure trail that crosses the Icelandic highlands, hot-spring terrain, glaciers, lava fields and multi-colored rhyolite mountains. Hikers stay in appointed huts and in late August and September are able to view the majestic northern lights. The hike covers fifty-five kilometers with a max ascent of 490 meters and is open June to September. Hikers can specify either huts or tents. At the end of the Laugavegur Trek, happy trekkers will arrive in Thorsmork, a green and fertile valley named after the Norse god of thunder, Thor, who is believed to have created the valley by striking down his hammer.
The Sunshine Coast Trail in British Columbia, starts at Sarah Point in Desolation Sound, covering the 180 kilometers to Saltery Bay. The route traverses coastal shorelines, old growth forests and mountain landscapes and attracts hikers from all over the world while offering fourteen huts for accommodations. A fifteenth hut will be added next year making it Canada’s longest hut to hut adventure. Trekkers can choose the level and duration of hikes and will have the opportunity to meet new people in shared huts. No permit required and the huts are free, but a back-up tent is needed as huts are filled on a first-come first-serve basis.
So grab a light pack and head for the hut!
Lyndsay Meyer is a professional skier, adventurer and multi-sport gal who travels the world in search of an escapade she doesn't like. Based in Aspen in winter and Switzerland in summer, she divides her time between teaching, training and sometimes accompanying like-minded adventure seekers on their next endeavor.
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