(CNN) – Holding a special place in the world of adventure, mountain huts have provided a roof over the heads of travelers since the dawn of exploration.
If you can reach them, they provide a thrilling and wild escape from civilization below – a place to marvel at a starry night sky, then wake up to breathtaking vistas.
Their isolation provides additional insurance at a time when avoiding crowds is a preferred option.
Here are some of the most impressive ones to inspire your next expedition when it’s time to conquer the mountains again.
Desolation Peak Lookout, Washington State (6,102 ft, 1,860 m)
There are few better places to escape the world than a lonely home overlooking the beautiful North Cascade Mountains.
This rugged and spartan landscape inspired “On the Road” writer Jack Kerouac to stay here for 63 days in the summer of 1956, which resulted in the short story “Alone on a Mountaintop” and the book “Desolation Angels “.
The windswept cabin in question is a historic lookout with larger-than-life panoramas. It is one of the best places to marvel at the twin peaks of Hozomeen Mountain as well as a perfect place for existential introspection.
Cabane des Grands Mulets, France (3,051 m)
The ascent alone: the Grands Mulets.
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Located on the way to the Mont-Blanc massif, the Grands Mulets refuge offers a breathtaking view of the Alps.
Located at 3,051 meters above sea level, the first reincarnation of the cabin was built in 1853 to serve mountaineers exploring the alpine peaks.
Today it is one of the most popular mountain huts in the country thanks to its strategic position and its wonderful environment. Overlooking the imposing Bossons glacier in the middle of a snow-covered wonderland, Grands Mulets is almost worth the climb on its own.
Brandenburger Haus, Austria (10,751 ft, 3,277 m)
For experts only: Brandenburger Haus.
Located in the heart of the largest glacial system in the Eastern Alps, Brandenburger Haus is an almost surreal sight.
A small gray point devoured by the magnificent snow-covered landscapes, it was built in 1909 to serve the German Alpine Club.
Currently, it enjoys a prominent place among the most beautiful refuges in the Alps, offering a welcoming stopover on the way to the top of Dahmannspitze mountain.
Konkordia Hut, Switzerland (9,350 ft, 2,850 m)
Adjacent glacier: Konkordia refuge.
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One of the most legendary alpine huts in the world, Konkordia was built in 1877. Anyone who reaches this place can be made to constantly remind themselves that they are not dreaming, so much is the power of the panoramas on offer.
The mighty Konkordiaplatz glacier and the high mountain peaks can be seen from this fantastic vantage point.
There is also a disturbing reminder of climate change. When the Konkordia Hut was built, it was only 50 meters from the glacier. Today it is 200 meters away as the natural wonder has melted over the years.
Cabane du Mont Rose, Switzerland (9,459 ft, 2,883 m)
Above the glaciers: Mont Rose refuge.
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Reflecting the beauty of its magical surroundings with an aluminum cladding, Monte Rosa is perhaps one of the most well-designed and futuristic mountain huts in the world.
Opened in 2009 as a replacement for an old stone-clad hideaway, it has since been a favorite with travelers due to its comfort, sleek appearance, stunning location, and easy doorstep access. .
It is a wonderful place to spend a night above the glaciers, taking in the magnificent mountain views.
Rifugio Re Alberto, Italy (8,599 ft 2,621 m)
Under the towers: Rifugio Re Alberto.
Rifugio Re Alberto
Rifugio Re Alberto is the kind of place that feels more like a fantasy video game venue than a real one.
But there are no end-of-level bosses to fight, just magnificent landscapes, including the Vajolet Towers, the most precious jewels in the Dolomites’ crown.
Waking up to the first rays of the sun in the company of these jagged peaks is a wishlist experience that makes Re Alberto one of the most exceptional places on the planet.
Luxmore Hut, New Zealand (3,560 ft, 1,085 m)
Simple pleasures: Luxmore cabin.
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With fantastic views of the Kepler Mountains and Lake Te Anau, the Luxmore Hut is one of the highlights of Fiordland National Park and is a must visit for anyone who enjoys nature tourism.
Its configuration is quite simple: 54 berths, water supply, fuel for heating and some kitchen equipment. Perfect for a digital detox.
A trip to Fiordland National Park also offers the chance to see Kepler Mire, who replaced the mysterious dead swamps in the “Lord of the Rings” film trilogy.
Rabothytta Hut, Norway (3,937 ft, 1,200 m)
Nowhere Nordic: Rabothytta Hut.
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Modern architecture meets the arid landscapes of northern Norway in this astonishing hut located in the glacial bottom of the afterlife.
Managed by the Norwegian Trekking Association, this elegant and striking building is a gateway to the Okstindan mountain range in Helgeland.
Despite being far from the tourist-frequented fjords or the Lofoten Islands, Rabothytta offers total seclusion in an uncharted land – the perfect place to get away from it all.
Castle Mountain Cabin, Canada (7,850ft, 2390m)
Little wonder: the Castle Mountain refuge
Alpine Club of Canada
Some mountain huts are built to accommodate large numbers of people drawn to the hills during peak season.
And then there’s the Castle Mountain Hut.
This tiny six-person house, located halfway to the top of spectacular Castle Mountain in Banff National Park in Canada, serves as a base for climbers and offers magnificent views of the Canadian Rockies.
Anyone lucky enough to be here will find it sparsely equipped with a propane stove and lantern.
Because what else do you really need to enjoy the wonders of nature?
Lloyd MacKay Cabin, Canada (8,900 ft, 2,720 m)
Ideal seclusion: Lloyd MacKay refuge.
Alpine Club of Canada
The scenery offered at Lloyd MacKay Hut is truly unforgettable.
Set amid the most mighty peaks on the continent, this modest hideaway is guaranteed to be the highlight of any trip to the heart of Jasper National Park in Canada.
With just six beds and modest but functional furniture inside, the Lloyd MacKay Hut is a secluded, spartan bucket list spot.
Refugio Emilio Frey, Argentina (5,577 ft, 1,700 m)
Patagonian perfection: Refugio Emilio Frey.
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Fairly easy to access during a day hike, Refugio Emilio Frey is a treasure of the beautiful Nahuel Huapi National Park in Argentina.
It is home to one of the most striking panoramas in all of South America, with a turquoise lagoon reflecting the sharp peaks of Patagonia.
Overnight stays are possible as the cabin can accommodate up to 40 people and offers everything a mountain traveler needs.