Five Things: Luxurious Hut-to-Hut Hikes

If you ever thought that multi-day trekking experiences had to be comfortless, then these luxurious hut-to-hut hikes might just change your mind.

Hut to hut hikes were invented for those who want to extend their outdoor explorations without sleeping in a tent and carrying a 20kg backpack.

Our friends at Property Turkey have hand-picked their top five most luxurious ‘hut to hut’ hikes for your next trip abroad.

Kumaon, India

A little-known region, sometimes known as Kumaon Himalayan, lies in the northern hill state of Uttarakhand, promising some of the most stunning mountain scenery in the world.

Hikers can wonder at sights from the gorgeous snow-capped peaks of the Great Himalaya, to the pretty hill stations at its foothills.

Lucky to have escaped the influx of backpackers common in other hill areas, Kumaon Shakti has been able to pioneer the concept of village walks in an unspoiled, offbeat part of India. Take part in a privately guided tour tailored to your personal travel style, love of food and art, combined with a passion for the Himalayas.

Hut to hut hikes in India
The spectacular Shakti 360 Leti is available on the Shakti Kumaon tour.
High Sierra Camps, California

The High Sierra Camps in Yosemite National Park allow hikers to travel through some of the most glorious ranges, without camping overnight.

Each hut is spaced six and 10 miles apart over a 51-mile loop, creating a scenic journey that takes six days to complete. Each heated hut is kitted out with hot showers, woollen blankets and family-style dining with options such as wild Alaskan salmon.

Naturally, reservation requests outstrip capacity, so in order to give everyone a fair opportunity to experience this unique trip, they are assigned by lottery. Simply fill out a lottery application online in September and October and wait for availability.

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Overland Track, Tasmania

The Overland Track is a well maintained 50-mile track through Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park.

As you hike through this ancient landscape, you will get a glimpse of Tasmania’s wildlife including wallabies, wombats, echidnas as well as stunning rainforests, eucalyptus forests and wrinkled peaks.

The private, luxury six-day experience includes accommodation in huts discretely located off the main trail. Each hut offers sustainable shelter, hot showers, drying rooms, bespoke menus and games to be enjoyed out on the deck or helipad.

No matter how you feel after a long day of hiking, you will always know you will come home to a hot shower, exquisite food and a room to dry your clothes.

Cappadocia, Turkey

In the central Anatolian region of Turkey, Cappadocia is a hiker’s paradise due to its unique lunar-like landscape of fairy chimneys formed by thousands of years of wind erosions.

The most popular trails are the Pigeon and Love Valleys, the Rose and Red Valleys and the Zemi Valleys, but really, a trip in Cappadocia can be as long as you want it to be.

Stay in small river huts, cabins and cave suites as you explore its vast landscape and abundance of historic sights. Whilst you’re there, why not take a hot air balloon ride and explore the carved rock churches?

Hut to hut hikes in Turkey
Presidential Range, New Hampshire

New Hampshire’s White Mountains offer beautiful alpine scenery from 6,000ft summits.

When you reach the highest hut – ‘Lakes of the Clouds’ at 5,012ft – you’re rewarded with stunning panoramas of plunging valleys and rocky summits.

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Each evening you will be greeted with freshly baked bread, homemade soup and a gourmet main meal.

To complete all eight White Mountain huts, you will need nine days to cover 56 miles of trekking. However, for less dedicated hikers there are shorter 20-mile routes available over the course of three days too.