Each country has it’s own version of mountain refuges, ranging from very basic wooden huts with no facilities to fully blown catered ‘mini hotels’ in the mountains!
They are usually run by the mountaineering and alpinism clubs of each country, but some are also privately owned.
The aim of a mountain refuge is to provide a stop over and refuge to walkers, climbers and mountaineers as they embark upon their adventures in the mountains which can be 2 or 3 or more days away from civilization.
The existence of refuges in the mountains has opened up access to the some of the most beautiful and otherwise, inaccessible mountains in the world
There is a general etiquette to follow in mountain refuges which differs depending on where you go so be sure to read up on the refuges you are visiting to make sure you don’t commit a refuge social gaffe!