If you have ever been on a mountain hiking trip before, you probably are familiar with mountain huts. They are generally basic shelters in which hikers can sleep and eat for the night at a relatively low cost. Well, on Foronon del Buinz Mountain there is a mountain hut where you can stay for free, but you’ll have to hike 8,300 feet to get there.
This mountain hut has a beautiful panoramic view of the Julian Alps. After mountain climber, Luca Vuerich died in an avalanche in 2010, his family had architect, Giovanni Pesamosca design a wood cabin. The hut is located on the Ceria-Merlone trail and offers safe refuge for hikers. Launched in September 2012, the cabin prevents snow from piling in and its south facing opening lets the sun melt any snow that does build up.
Being so high up, the building materials for this hut had to be flown in by helicopters, it took 18 trips. A team of 12 workers, mountain rescue volunteers and Luca’s friend helped to build this impressive 16sqm mountain hut in just one day.
For those who aren’t as adventurous, there are other low altitudes huts as well. You may have to pay to stay there. Some huts are also staffed with cooking and cleaning staff. So if you can go up and knock on the door of this hut, you can surely spend the night, free of cost.