The large area of the Mont Blanc massif is home to many mountain huts, located on the many routes coming up on all sides of Mont Blanc. Some are manned, providing you with a standard of comfort close to a hotel. And some are empty, only there to shield you from the elements in case of an emergency.
Every year, thousands of mountaineers stop by in these huts on their way to the summit. The most prepared stop only for a short rest on their one-day climb, but most others stay the night to further acclimatize to the high altitude. Those who want to climb Mont Blanc in multiple days must reserve a spot in a hut well in advance, or they won’t get any space and may even get a fine if they arrive without prior reservation.
In our 6-full-day Mont Blanc expedition, we use a few different huts, depending on the conditions — One on the Gran Paradiso tour, and two on the Mont Blanc climbing trip. Although they offer different levels of service there, we usually book them for half-board. That means we should take some food for in between breakfast and dinner with us, or buy the food and drinks when we stop at the huts.
The sleeping spaces of most huts are in dormitories and sometimes rooms, where we recommend you bring a hygienic sleeping liner. All huts also have slippers which are mandatory to use in the rooms, so you don’t have to bring your own. For Covid-19 safety purposes, you should also bring a mask and a hand disinfectant.