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Maps and guides:
Didier Richard guides and maps are excellent .
The pocket guides Rother are a very practical combination of text, maps and photographs, available in English and German.
1:25 000 maps available from Institut Géographique National

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Huts (Refuges, Rifugi):
Most of them are staffed, it costs around 12 euro for a bunk and about the same for a copious set meal, hot shower when available is 2 to 4 euros. In France only, a cooking area is generally available for self sufficient trekkers, often with gas burners in the Alps.
Bivouac:
Is generally allowed in Parks, that is, a small tent pitched from 7:00 PM to 9:00 am, more than 1h from the park boundary.
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