Swiss Alps, Switzerland
Set in an isolated spot at 8,600 feet between Verbier and Arolla, the newly built Prafleuri Hut (or Cabane de Prafleuri in French) allows us to sleep high on the Haute Route rather than descending to the valley floor for the night. We sleep in multi-bedded dorm-style rooms with shared toilets/showers. Local ski guides Babeth and Paul are our welcoming hosts here. In the evening, graceful ibex can often be seen approaching the salt lick left out for them.