Courtesy of a reciprocity agreement, member federations of the UIAA are currently entitled to use over a thousand mountain huts in Europe in addition to the largest network of backcountry huts in North America, thanks to the support of the Alpine Club of Canada’s extensive network.
Members of UIAA member associations (see directory here) are entitled to use about 1,200 mountain huts offering accommodation for up to 70,000 people in the entire alpine region – from Slovenia to Spain.
Those eligible to benefit from reciprocity are offered the same overnight rates as members of the hut-owning associations; in some huts, these special conditions are up to 50 per cent of the regular rate.
Common questions for individuals wanting to receive member benefit discounts:
Who can benefit from these discounts?
Individual mountaineers of a federation belonging to the UIAA benefit from this agreement and should contact their national federation in order to purchase Reciprocity Stamps. These stamps are valid during one calendar year and will offer discounts when staying in huts around Europe and Canada. Click here for more information about International Reciprocity Agreement on Mountain Huts
Where can I buy Reciprocity Stamps?
Your local member federations. UIAA member federations can buy stamps from the Reciprocal Agreement Secretariat, currently managed by the Swiss Alpine Club. The stamps are delivered to the associations upon receipt of payment.
My federation has no stamps, how do they purchase them?
Member federations of the UIAA may purchase Reciprocity Stamps from the SAC. The stamps cost 50 euros each and are valid for one year.
My federation still has stamps from the past year, are these still valid?
No, however, unused stamps may be exchanged for stamps valid the following year. Your federation needs to contact the SAC to validate the exchange.
What are the proceeds of stamp sales spent on?
Stamp sales are refunded to the founding and hut-owning clubs for maintaining or renovating the huts. This ensures that they continue to meet the needs of the guests and the requirements authorities. In essence, your contribution goes directly back into the huts and improving the experience of all future hut visitors.
May I also get discounts when visiting Canadian huts?
Yes, discount benefits also apply to the largest network of back country huts in North America thanks to the support of the Alpine Club of Canada. UIAA members are able to use the huts at ACC member rates without a supplemental annual upgrade hut fee. Please click here for more information on how to book a backcountry hut managed by the Alpine Club of Canada. A full catalogue of the mountain huts operated by The Alpine Club of Canada is detailed below.
Credit: ACC/Leigh McClurg, Pebbleshoo.ca
The Alpine Club
The Alpine Club of Canada operates the largest network of backcountry huts in North America. Access to these family-friendly huts in alpine meadows, backcountry powder paradises and remote climbers’ refuges will now be cheaper for UIAA members.
UIAA members are able to use the huts at ACC member rates without a supplemental annual upgrade hut fee.
The move is part of the ACC’s goals of helping to increase mountain fraternity, increase UIAA member benefits and hopefully gain more reciprocal rights for its members with other UIAA members around the world.
Please click here for more information on how to book a backcountry hut managed by the Alpine Club of Canada.
A full catalogue of the mountain huts operated by The Alpine Club of Canada can be found here.