Bivacco Gervasutti - Capsule At The Edge Of A Cliff In The High AlpsBivacco  

Are you looking to spend a night or two in a space-age capsule that appears to be teetering off the edge of a cliff?

Set 9,300 feet (2,835 meters) above sea level on the Frebouze Glacier in the Mont Blanc massif in Italy, Bivacco Gervasutti, named after the Turin-born Alpine climber Giusto Gervasutti, replaces a modest wooden shelter built in his memory in 1948.

Type: Mountain
Location: Lavachey  Italy  West Europe

Mont Blanc, literally meaning “White Mountain,” has the highest peak in Europe and lies in a range that spans Italy and France.

Bivacco Gervasutti

Mont Blanc is now home to this capsule hotel, a popular hiking, skiing, and snowboarding spot.

Bivacco Gervasutti on the rocks in the Alps

They were designed and built by Italian architects Luca Gentilcore and Stefano Testa, using helicopters to fly in each section.

Bivacco Gervasutti from the top with the solar panels

Anyone capable of the challenging ascent from Val Ferret by foot is welcome to visit and stay in the bivouac.

People at the Bivacco Gervasutti

With solar-powered energy and Internet access, this modern Alpine shelter is far from the old, draughty wooden version.

Bivacco Gervasutti side view
Bivacco Gervasutti sunset
Bivacco Gervasutti stairs
Bivacco Gervasutti interior with Alps views

The unique new structure includes living and dining areas and two sleeping quarters that can accommodate up to twelve people.

Bivacco Gervasutti Christmas decoration on the window
Bivacco Gervasutti mountain shelter room with 12 bunk beds