Tre Cime di Lavaredo hike

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Tre Cime di Lavaredo hike

Distance: 10.2km
Elevation: 380m
Time: 3-4.5h

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The hike along the Tre Cime di Lavaredo (also known as the Drei Zinnen) is a must-do for hikers in the Dolomites. Tre Cime is one of the best-known massifs in the Dolomites, and this walk gives stunning and varied views. Along the way you will pass by Rifugio Auronzo, Rifugio Lavaredo and Rifugio Locatelli. You’ll enjoy great views and great food!

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Getting there

Head towards Misurina, which is east of Cortina d’Ampezzo on the SR 48. Pass the town and Lago di Sisurina and take a road heading off on the Right. Part-way up you’ll pass through a toll-booth, where you’ll need to pay a fee, the money going to the local town. Continue to the top and you’ll be directed to one of the many parking lots.

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May to September

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Route Description for Tre Cime di Lavaredo hike

From the parking lots, head towards Rifugio Auronzo and then go around the Rifugio Auronzo and take the 4×4 path that leads counter clockwise around Tre Cime mountains. The three mountain spires will tower over you. The views are incredible to your right.

You’ll continue on the wide path for 2.0km, soon coming to Rifugio Lavaredo. There’s a clear path going up to the saddle on the left: take this if you want to walk below the cliffs.

Alternatively, you can follow the 4×4 track that goes past the Rifugio and goes up to the saddle from the right. Both paths meet at the saddle, so the choice is yours. Part way up the trail to the saddle you’ll pass a large, crumbling stonewall. From what we know of the surrounding region, it’s likely that this wall is from WWI. After passing this wall take the left-hand path up to the Saddle.

Enjoy the views at the Saddle, also known as Forcella Lavarado. Look down the next valley, to the right, and see a red-roofed Rifugio: your next destination – Rifugio Locatelli (also known as Dreizinnenhutte). Stay on the broad, lower route and ignore the narrow, higher routes to the Rifugio.

Partway down the trail, the path splits. Take the right-hand path until you reach Rifugio Locatelli, which happens to be at a stunning location, with views in all directions!

After a nice break, it’s time to complete the circuit and return to your car. Route 105 is signed to Rifugio Auronzo and they say it clocks in at 90 minutes. To proceed you need to head back down the route you came up for a short while and then take path going down to your right. You can see another junction just below you. Cross this path and continue downhill on path 105 to Rifugio Auronzo, signed at 80 minutes away. Within a couple of minutes, go left at the signed junction, staying on route 105.

As you descend, stop to look around. The mountains are dotted with openings to tunnels from WWI. As you descend, a faint path goes off on your right to the other side of the valley: Ignore this path and continue ahead.

You’ll come to a small plateau where the path splits: go right and continue downhill. You’ll arrive at a small meadow before beginning your ascent to Forcella Col.

As you walk through some low brush, take in the fine views as you head towards a hut. Past the Langalm Hut (Malga Langalm) – which is a great place to sit and take in the views – the path goes to the left, and soon a sign points you to Rifugio Auronzo which is 40m away, over the Col.

You’ll notice some stunning, small lakes on your left; these lakes offer beautiful places for photos.

Continue uphill to the Col, using the path heading to the right (there are some amazing views here). The final push to the Col is on a somewhat narrower scree slope.

From the Col, a sign points down to the right on route 105 to Rifugio Auronzo and lists it at twenty minutes away. Once at Auronzo, you can find your way back to your car.

Insider Hints

  • The rifugios on this route get very busy, so consider bringing your own food.

  • Many people only do the first part of this walk, so that section can be incredibly busy.

  • Consider staying in one of the Rifugios if you don’t want to do the entire walk at once. The views at sunrise and sunset can be magical.


chrisselwa 2 months ago

Busy. Really busy so much so that often in a line on track. Did it with 3 kids 7,9,11. All found it ok. The 7 year old grumbled a bit. Nice views. Lots of variety of view as you go around the 3 sisters and look down multiple vallies.

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giuseppelo 3 months ago

The mountains views here, Tre Cime di Lavaredo, are superb

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Brittany Wonders 3 months ago

wow, I actually found the only hike I've done in Italy, here. It's so nice to read about it. It was really special for me and my boyfriend.

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RC-DC 4 months ago

The hike around Tre Cime di Lavaredo (or Drei Zinnen) is absolutely incredible. Only downside is the start is very busy with lots of tourists.

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