Hiking from hut to hut is an amazing way to experience Europe's nature and hospitality. From the rugged Laugavegur trek in Iceland to the spectacular Dolomites traverse, Europe is full of incredibly scenic trails connecting characterful mountain huts that can be strung together into hiking itineraries for every level. All you have to do is show up and enjoy the company of your family, friends and nature surrounding you while walking through some of the word's most beautiful mountains.

We've selected 6 hut-to-hut hiking itineraries in Europe that represent the best treks the continent has to offer. Each of these treks is worth making the trip to Europe, but of course, they can be combined with visits to Europe's cities, countryside or beaches. While the itineraries described here represent common durations for each trek, in most cases the trips can be shortened or lengthened. Ask your local specialist for insights. 

#1 Dolomites High Traverse: Hut-to-Hut Hiking in Italy - 7 Days

Tre Cime di Lavaredo

Tre Cime di Lavaredo

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 San Candido - Val Campo di dentro - Dreischusterhütte Mountain Hut
Day 2 Dreischusterhütte – rifugio Locatelli – Tre Cime Mountain Hut
Day 3 Rifugio Locatelli – Rifugio Pratopiazza Mountain Hut
Day 4 Rifugio Pratopiazza – Lago di Braies Braies
Day 5 Lago di Braies – Senes – Pederu – Fanes Mountain Hut
Day 6 Fanes – Medesc – Alta Badia – Rifugio Gardenaccia Mountain Hut
Day 7 Gardenaccia – rifugio Puez - San silvestro / Wolkenstein  


On this seven day trek, you'll encounter some of the world's most beautiful alpine scenery, including three of the most famous peaks in the Dolomites: the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Hike between mountain huts high in the beautiful Northern Dolomites, traverse sheer rock walls using the area's famous via ferrati, and enjoy authentic Italian cuisine in cozy refugi lodges along the route. Read more

#2 The Laugavegur Trek, Iceland - 8 Days

Landmannalaugar

Landmannalaugar

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Reykjavík & Self-Guided Tour Reykjavik
Day 2 Landmannalaugar Mountain & Volcano Trekking Landmannalaugar
Day 3 Rhyolite Mountains Trek - Hrafntinnusker to Lake Álftavatn Lake Alftavatn
Day 4 Cross the Emstrur Desert & View Hattafell Emstrur-Botnar Hut
Day 5 Explore Þórsmörk Valley Thorsmork
Day 6 Þórsmörk - Discover Goðalönd and Fimmvorduhals Pass Thorsmork
Day 7 Final Hike in Þórsmörk & Return to Reykjavík Reykjavik
Day 8 Visit the Blue Lagoon & Depart From Reykjavík  


Discover Iceland's famous Laugavegur Trail on this eight-day adventure. Journey through an active geothermal world of lava fields, the Rhyolite Mountains, and snow-covered passes. Cross through a black-sand desert and reach the enchanting, native forestry. Enjoy the wild and rare flora and fauna, typical Icelandic food, and hot springs. This back-to-basics camping trek follows a rhythm designed to maximize your connection to—and enjoyment of—this unique environment. Available as a guided or self-guided tour, luggage transport can be arranged if you prefer to trek with just a day pack. Read more

#3 Tour du Mont Blanc Self-Guided Trek, France, Italy, Switzerland - 10 Days

Ville des Glaciers with Les Chapieux
Ville des Glaciers with Les Chapieux
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Geneva & Transfer to Chamonix Chamonix
Day 2 Chamonix - Les Houches - Les Contamines - Montjoie Les Contamines Montjoie
Day 3 Les Contamines-Montjoie - Notre-Dame-de-la-Gorge - Les Chapieux Les Chapieux
Day 4 Les Chapieux - Col de la Seigne Pass - Val Veny - Courmayeur Courmayeur
Day 5 Courmayeur - Rifugio Bertone - Rifugio Bonatti Rifugio Bonatti
Day 6 Rifugio Bonatti - Grand Col Ferret Pass - Champex  
Day 7 Champex - Bovine/Fenêtre d’Arpette - Trient Trient
Day 8 Trient - Col de Balme Pass - Argentière Argentiere
Day 9 Argentière - Col des Montets Pass - Lac Blanc - Chamonix Chamonix
Day 10 Depart Chamonix  


Traverse over high mountain passes and through small alpine villages on this 10-day trek around the famous peak. Start and end in Chamonix, the self-proclaimed "French capital of Alpinism". See why this town got its nickname as you explore the Alps on foot, wandering through peaceful meadows and taking in the sweeping views.  Read more

 

#4 Hut-to-Hut Hiking in the Slovenian Alps - 6 Days

The Valley of the Seven Lakes
The Valley of the Seven Lakes
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Ljubljana, Transfer for your Hotel Ljubljana
Day 2 Enjoy walking at Lakes Bled and Bohinj Bohinj
Day 3 Hiking in the Julian Alps  
Day 4 Hiking in the Valley of the Seven Lakes (Hut-to-Hut Trek Day 2/3) Mountain Hut
Day 5 Hiking in the land of Alpine pastures Bohinj
Day 6 Explore the emerald Soca river valley  


Explore the beautiful landscapes of the Slovenian Alps with this six-day hiking tour of the country that includes staying in cozy mountain huts, trekking through Triglav National Park, visiting famous Lake Bled and its less-famous but equally-dazzling neighbor, Lake Bohinj, discovering the Soča Valley, and lots more. Read more

#5 Hike Scotland's Highlands & Islands: Glen Coe, Ben Nevis & the Isle of Skye - 9 Days

The Old Man of Storr overlooking Skye's coast.
The Old Man of Storr overlooking Skye's coast.
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive at Bridge of Orchy bridge of orchy
Day 2 Bridge of Orchy to Kingshouse Glencoe
Day 3 Kinghouse to Kinlochleven Kinlochleven
Day 4 Kinlochleven to Fort William Fort William
Day 5 Fort William & Ben Nevis Fort William
Day 6 The Jacobite Express Steam Train & Isle of Skye Broadford
Day 7 Hike Skye's Southern Coast Broadford
Day 8 Explore the Isle of Skye Broadford
Day 9 Travel to Glasgow & Departure Glasgow


This active 9-day hiking itinerary travels through some of Scotland’s most spectacular landscapes. Starting in the heart of the Highlands, you’ll walk along the West Highland Way, experiencing the wild beauty of Rannoch Moor and Glen Coe. The first leg of your walking journey ends at the adventure capital of Fort William, where you’ll get the chance to scale Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest peak. After a memorable ride on the historic Jacobite Express Steam Train, board a ferry for the Isle of Skye, where you’ll have three days to explore the rugged mountains, secluded coves, and idyllic villages of the Inner Hebrides. Read more

#6 Chamonix to Zermatt Walker's Haute Route, Switzerland - 7 Days

Lake Moiry as seen from Corne de Sorebois
Lake Moiry as seen from Corne de Sorebois
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Geneva & Transfer to Sion Sion
Day 2 Sion – Thyon 2000 – Col de Prafleuri Pass – Prafleuri hut Prafleuri Hut
Day 3 Prafleuri Hut - Col des Roux & Col de Riedmatten Pass - Arolla Arolla
Day 4 Arolla - Col Torrent Pass & Lake Moiry - Zinal Zinal
Day 5 Zinal - Col de la Forcletta Pass - Grüben Grüben
Day 6 Grüben - Augstborg Pass - St. Niklaus - Zermatt Zermatt
Day 7 Depart Zermatt  


Hike through thick pine forests, visit traditional Swiss villages, and look for wildlife (like ibex and marmots) on this 7-day trekking itinerary through the Swiss Alps. Cross the high-elevation Col de Riedmatten Pass, traverse mountainside, and hike along glacier foothills as you make your way east towards Zermatt, which sits at the base of the Matterhorn. At night, cozy up in huts and small villages that retain an authentic alpine feel. Read more