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I am planning a hut-to-hut hiking trip in May. However because that's still very early in the summer season, I am pretty sure that most high alpine huts will still be closed, and some mountain passes may be uncrossable.

What's a good itinerary in the Swiss Alps that would visit at least a few huts, be reasonably clear of snow in May, and spend a few days hiking through the Alps?

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  • Check out the Hut listing on the SAC's website. For each hut you should have some info about tours that this hut is part of, and transitions to other huts. Also, there should be a link to an external site for reservations (which usually shows you opening times).
    – Lukas Graf
    Feb 6, 2016 at 11:29

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I highly recommend this website to look for touring options in the alps: http://www.alpenvereinaktiv.com/en/tours/

The website allows searching for everything from day-hikes to multi-day trips from hut to hut. The detail page for each tour lists the months that the hike is recommended for. There are some that are good for May, such as this one: http://www.alpenvereinaktiv.com/en/tour/piz-bernina-4049m-ueber-biancograt/11637047/

The descriptions are typically in German, so Google Translate is your friend.

As far as what time of the year the huts are open, The German Alpenverein lists that on their website for the huts that they support: https://www.alpenverein.de/DAV-Services/Huettensuche/

You'll also want to check the websites of the huts, since they usually list when they open for the year.

In general I would recommend Austria over Switzerland for an alpine tour, since there is a wider selection of options. Last August I spent 4 days hiking in the Dachsteingebirge outside of Salzburg, which was stunning. That included staying at the Simony Hut and Adamek Hut, and climbing to the top of Hoher Dachstein. enter image description here

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