Practical stuff

If you're thinking of going walking in Alpine countries, here's some practical detail to help get you started.

Accommodation

Mountain huts provide a simple place for walkers to stay and great company. They are generally staffed from about mid-June to mid-September, and can offer you simple but filling meals and somewhere to sleep in dormitories. To be sure of a space, you should phone ahead to book a place. Most huts are run by the countries Alpine club, though some are also run by locals or smaller hut organisations. Membership of the British Mountaineering Council often entitles you to discounted accommodation.