The Reciprocal Rights Card gives BMC members discounted rates in alpine huts.
The Reciprocity Fund, managed by the Swiss Alpine Club, allows the BMC to supply its members with a card entitling the holder to discounts (normally between 20% and 50%) in the many huts owned by the organisations that are signatories to the agreement (the Alpine Clubs of France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Holland, South Tyrol, Austria and Spain). The Reciprocal Rights card is sometimes also recognised by organisations and countries that are not signatories to the charter.
The Reciprocal Rights Card
The Reciprocal Rights card is valid for one calendar year from January to December and for 2020 costs £48.00. Income from their sale is redistributed amongst the Alpine clubs and used to maintain huts. Holders of this card will be offered free Alpine Club membership for one year on completion of an AC application form and satisfying the conditions for admission.
Typical costs for hut accommodation
The cost of a night in a hut varies from country to country and region. High altitude huts are often more expensive, but as a guide typical costs for a night in a hut (without discount) excluding food costs are 30 Euros in France and 30 Swiss Francs in Switzerland.
For details on hut locations and services (such as when the hut is open or a guardian present) you should consult the relevant guidebook for the area or the local Tourist Offices. You can also find hut information on the following national alpine club websites:
Additionally, the OHM (Office du Haute Montagne) in Chamonix hosts information on huts in the Mont Blanc area on its website: www.chamoniarde.com
How to purchase
Buy from the BMC online shop
Download a pdf form for post / fax back
or purchase by phoning 0161 445 6111.
On receipt of payment, your sticker and card will be despatched.
You should stick a recent passport sized photograph onto the Reciprocal Rights card where indicated and attach the Reciprocity sticker over the top.
Once a Reciprocity card has been issued a refund cannot be given even if the card has not been used or has been lost in the post.
If you require your card urgently, we can despatch it by registered delivery for an additional charge of £6.95. Registered post guarantees delivery before 12:30 on the next working day, but a signature is required on delivery.
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