At Bookatrekking.com, we like to do things the right way, and when it comes to accommodation on the Tour des Combins, it means you'll primarily stay in rifugios and cabanes. A rifugio is the Italian name for a hut where mountaineers can enjoy a bed, a meal, and, in most cases, even a freshly tapped glass of blonde beer or a good glass of wine. Cabane is the Swiss name for the same, on the Swiss side of the Tour des Combins. In some cases, mountain huts and cabanes are owned by alpine clubs; in Switzerland, that's the Schweizerische Alpen Club (SAC), and Italy has its own association known as Club Alpino Italiano (CAI), which has been around since 1863. What all these mountain huts have in common is their unusual location: in the most remote places in the Alps, you can check into these small refuges.
The huts along the Tour des Combins offer the option of half-board, which means both breakfast and dinner are included in the price. This has several benefits that make your trek even more enjoyable. After a long and often strenuous day on the trails, there's little that can compare to the satisfaction of arriving at a mountain hut and knowing that a warm, nourishing meal awaits you. It eliminates the need to cook for yourself or carry food, giving you more time to relax and savor the mountain atmosphere.
Additionally, there's the practical aspect. Every gram counts when you're covering miles with a backpack on your shoulders. By opting for half-board, you can avoid the weight of your own food, reducing the load on your body and making your trek lighter and more comfortable. This means more energy to enjoy the breathtaking surroundings and challenges of the Tour des Combins. In short, half-board is a smart choice that both your stomach and your back will appreciate during this adventurous journey.