5 mountain huts for young hikers
Easy walks and enchanting panoramas: these are our family-friendly mountain huts
You know what’s really unique about a “rifugio” or mountain hut? It’s that you feel one step closer to the very soul of the mountains. Maybe it’s the crisp air that tickles your nostrils, maybe it’s the amazing views or maybe it’s simply the walk you took to arrive, but one thing’s for sure: the mountains are much closer here. And why not stay a night, you’ll be guaranteed a front-row seat for the greatest show there is. Timeless and breath-taking.
And how about enjoying some old mountain stories straight from the mouth of a local, and soaking in the warmth and hospitality that only a “rifugista” (hut manager) can offer. Truth be told, some mountain huts are too difficult to reach for younger climbers, so here we have selected a list of easily-accessible yet genuine mountain huts all waiting to be discovered!
The “Rifugio Malghette” hut
You can reach this mountain hut from Malga Zeledria, not far from Madonna di Campiglio, after an easy one and a half-hour walk. Once you reach your destination, at an elevation of 1,888 metres, you’ll find a small mountain lake surrounded by the forests of the Val Meledrio. Before stopping at the hut for a bite to eat, why not take a walk around the lake?
The Monte Zugna mountain hut
The easy hike that leads you to this hut starts off in an area soaked in history: the Buole Pass was, sadly, the scene of a bloody battle in 1916 when this area was still criss-crossed with trenches. Luckily today things have changed and most sites that once played host to battles during the Great War have become symbols of peace, something that can and should be celebrated, maybe with a toast and a big smile.
The “Brigata Lupi di Toscana” hut
Despite the name, this mountain hut is located in Trentino, close to the border with Lombardy in an area known as Boniprati (“Fine meadows”): the name itself is a guarantee! You can even reach it by car and from there take off on any number of pleasant walks which, with little effort, will lead you to magnificent panoramas, such as Cima Pissola.
Capanna Cervino Mountain Hut, San Martino
This cabin offers one of the best panoramas in the Pale di San Martino Dolomites.
From the Capanna Cervino Mountain Hut you can easily reach the Segantini cabin, where the view that opens up before you will take your breath away. From here it’s possible to take a pleasant walk through the green Val Venegia, at the feet of Cimon della Pala.
Roda di Vael Mountain Hut, Val di Fassa
Located in the heart of the Catinaccio/Rosengarten group, in a beautiful valley surrounded by the Dolomites. You can reach the hut from many directions. One of the simpler routes includes a ride on the Ciampedie cable car followed by a walk of about 1h 30mins. During the summer this mountain hut organises numerous activities, such as the unmissable evenings spent observing the stars in the company of astronomers.