Desolation Peak Lookout, Washington State: Mountain huts offer the ultimate escape from it all. Some may be basic, but thanks to the effort involved in reaching them, they're among the most exclusive places to stay on the planet. The views are amazing too. Click through the gallery for some of the world's best.
Monte Rosa, Switzerland: This stylish aluminum-clad mountain refuge was built in 2009 to replace an earlier stone hut.
ETH Zürich / Tonatiuh Ambrosetti
Grands Mulets, France: One of France's most popular mountain refuges, this stop on the way to Mont Blanc can accommodate up to 68 people.
FFCAM / Armelle Squinabol
Konkordia, Switzerland: Built in 1877, the Konkordia hut stands over the mighty Konkordiaplatz glacier.
Brandenburger Haus, Austria: You'll need good climbing skills to reach this refuge on the flanks of Dahmannspitze mountain.
Luxmore, New Zealand: With bunks for up to 54 hikers, this refuge with fantastic views over Kepler Mountains and Lake Te Anau is a highlight of the Fiordland National Park.
Department of Conservation, NZ
Rifugio Re Alberto, Italy: Italy has no shortage of incredible hotels, but few can match the location of this refuge, right beneath the Vajolet Towers in the mountains of the Dolomites.
Rifugio Re Alberto
Castle Mountain, Canada: This basic, six-person hut offers incredible view of the Canadian Rockies.
Alpine Club of Canada
Rabothytta, Norway: Away from Norway's well-beaten tourist trail around the fjords or Lofoten islands, Rabothytta offers a stylish place to enjoy some true Scandinavian wilderness.
Svein Arne Brygfjeld
Refugio Emilio Frey, Argentina: With space for 40 overnight guests, this refuge offers extraordinary panoramas of the Patagonian landscape.
EMPROTUR / Chiwi Giambirtone
Lloyd MacKay hut, Canada: Another basic and tiny refuge -- with space for just six people -- the Lloyd MacKay hut offers a base for exploring the Jasper National Park.