Panoramic views of the Nuvolau hike in Dolomites, Italy

Nuvolau hike

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Nuvolau hike

Distance: 13.5km
Elevation: 720m
Time: 3.5-5h

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A hike around the Nuvolau peak gives you views of some of the most beautiful mountains and rock formations in the world. This walk shows off some of the best views in the dolomites, and a stay at Rifugio Nuvolau is a wonderful experience.

Nuvolau hike Map

Getting there

From Cortina take the SS48 south towards Passo Falzarego. Park at the restaurant.

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About

When to do

May to September

Backcountry Campsites

No

Toilets

Yes, in the huts

Family friendly

No

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

Moderate

Route Type

Circuit


Nuvolau
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Route Description for Nuvolau

The trail starts behind the Passo Falzarego restaurant. Take the path following the indications to Rifugio Averau. The hike starts with a light ascentbut soon it’ll become steeper and steeper.

Behind you, the skyline is dominated by Le Tofane massif, and in particular La Tofana di Rozeswhich is the southern-most mountain in the group.

Keep walking on the rocky, steep path until you come to a crossroad with two different signs: one will indicate for Averau hut, the other one for Croda Negra.  Take the Averau Hut path.

Following the path for Averauyou will walk just underneath the Averau mountain. A small path will climb up and up. The view from there will astonish youTo the south is Mount Civetta.  Gazing west, you’ll see the Marmolada.

In a short amount of time you’ll reach the Rifugio Averau.  From here you can rest for a while and drink something in the hut.  From there you’ll continue your hike up to the top of Nuvolauat 2575m abover sea level.

The signs are good along the barren, ascending ground. You’ll eventually reach Rifugio Nuvolau.  It will take you no longer than twenty minutes from the Averau hut.  The Nuvolau is one of the most renowed peaks in the Dolomites. It has amazing views. You might be able to see the Cinque Torri from here.

Take a break here and enjoy the views. Then take the path back to Rifugio Averau and go right, proceeding to the Rifugio Scoiattoli. Follow the path until you arrive at a fork near the Scoiattoli hutThen, take the broad path that goes down into the forest.

The path descends steeply, leading you to the Bain de Dones Cable Car. After you get there, there is a path on your left which will lead to Passo Falzarego. Take the path and follow it through the forest.

After a long, but serene walk, you will begin to hear cars from the highway. Soon, you will be back in Passo Falzarego.

Insider Hints

  • If you are planning to stay in a hut make your reservation well in advance. They get busy in summer.

  • We like to do this hike paired with a trip up to Rifugio Lagazuoi for some strudel!

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TutiDulce 1 month ago

the view is breathtaking! recommend it to everyone

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Slavka Pochodi 1 month ago

Magnificent place! Beautiful memories! Definitely recommended!

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Francesco D. 2 months ago

The most beautiful panoramic views of the Dolomites!

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giuseppelo 1 year ago

It is like Italian Monument valley. Beautiful hike

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ALEXANDRA COFFIN 1 year ago

Does anyone know if you have to pay to park at the Passo Falzarego?

RC-DC 1 year ago

This was a really beautiful hike we did in the Dolomites. I would recommend it.

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