Reciprocity agreement allows members to use each other’s huts

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The Moiry Cabin is managed by the Swiss Alpine Club

Member federations of the UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation are entitled to use about 1,200 mountain huts offering accommodation for 66,000 people in the entire alpine region – from Slovenia to France, including the Pyrenees.

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.

In the last 10 years, the hut-owning associations have invested almost €170 million in the modernisation and maintenance of this alpine infrastructure.

Use of the huts is government by the International Reciprocity Agreement on Mountain Huts which has its goal, the improvement of mountaineering through the promotion of the use of huts in the Alps and Pyrenees ranges.

The agreement is based on the application to all members of the associations of the same discounted rates for use of the huts, according to each national rule.

Member associations

The founding associations, other hut-owning associations and non-hut-owning associations participate in the International Reciprocal Agreement on Mountain Huts.

The founding associations areDAV (Germany), OeAV (Austria), FFCAM (France), CAI (Italy), FEDME (Spain) and CAS (Switzerland).

Hut-owning associations AVS (Italy), PZS (Slovenia), LAV (Liechtenstein), Academic Alpine Clubs in Switzerland (Basel, Bern, Zurich, Geneva) and FAT (Switzerland).

Nonhut-owning associations: CAB (Belgium) GAL (Luxemburg), NKBV (Netherlands)

Reciprocity Stamps

All member associations are obliged to acquire reciprocity for all their members and thus to print reciprocity stamps in membership cards.

All UIAA member associations are entitled to obtain individual stamps for their members from the Reciprocal Agreement Secretariat. The stamps are valid for one year.

Other mountaineering associations which are not UIAA members can submit an application to purchase individual stamps for their members to the meeting of the participating associations. The meeting decides after a response has been obtained from the national UIAA association.

Individual mountaineers who are interested in the benefits of the agreement should contact their national federation.

The Reciprocal Agreement Secretariat, currently managed by the Swiss Alpine Club, has the sole right to print and issue individual stamps. The stamps will be delivered to the associations upon receipt of payment. Unused stamps may be exchanged for stamps valid the following year.

The scale of fees, which fixes the level of fees for hut-owning and non-hut-owning associations as well as the fee for individual stamps, will be determined at the annual meeting of the participating associations.

For more information about International Reciprocity Agreement on Mountain Huts, please contact the Swiss Alpine Club