Tre Cime di Lavaredo Hike, Dolomites, Italy

A Guide to Hiking around Tre Cime di Lavaredo in the Dolomites, Italy

Tre Cime Di Lavaredo Hikes in the Dolomites

Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Drei Zinnen in German) is the name given to the three iconic peaks located in the Dolomites of northeastern Italy. These memorable peaks are located within Tre Cime Natural Park, one of the most popular hiking destinations in the Dolomites. Mere words cannot describe the majesty of Tre Cime’s treeless landscape. In every direction, there are beautifully sculpted mountains and perfectly situated mountain huts.

The Tre Cime di Lavaredo circuit is a very popular day hike in the Dolomites. While it’s a great option to come here for a single day, we highly recommend slowing down and staying at least one night on the mountain. In Tre Cime Natural Park, there are several mountain huts (hütte, rifugio) to sleep in, delicious South Tyrolean food to eat, and many hikes to choose from. Hiking hut to hut around the colossal Tre Cime di Lavaredo peaks and to the more off-the-beaten-path locations in the park is an unforgettable experience. In this post, we’re going to outline two hiking options: (1) Tre Cime di Lavaredo Circuit hike and (2) 3-Day hut-to-hut hike.

Because this region is both German- and Italian-speaking, it’s called Parco Naturale Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Italian) and Naturpark Drei Zinnen (German). You’ll want to brush up on your Italian and German salutations before you start your hike. 

 

When to visit Tre Cime di Lavaredo

Late-June to late-September. We recommend timing your trip with the opening times of the mountain huts, which generally open June 30th and close September 30th. The road to Rifugio Auronzo, the trailhead, is open starting in late May. Consult this page for exact dates. You can also reach Tre Cime di Lavaredo in winter by snowshoeing, or ski mountaineering.

 

Tre Cime di Lavaredo Parking

You have two options. The first and most convenient option is to park at Rifugio Auronzo, which is a mountain hut directly located on the Tre Cime di Lavaredo loop trail. To reach the hut, you have to pay a 30 EUR mountain toll. The second option is to park at Parkplatz Fischleintal in Sexten, where you’ll pay a 5 EUR parking fee per day. This is a better option for those planning a multi-day hike. These options will be further explained in the “How to get to Tre Cime di Lavaredo” section of this hiking guide.

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Tre Cime di Lavaredo Hiking Guide Overview

  • How to get to Tre Cime Di Lavaredo (two options)
  • Tre Cime di Lavaredo Circuit Day Hike
  • 3-Day Tre Cime Trek
  • Where to Stay in Tre Cime Natural Park
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How to get to Tre Cime di Lavaredo

There are two main ways to get to the heart of the park, which are the three iconic peaks called Tre Cime di Lavaredo.

Option 1: Drive to Rifugio Auronzo (For Day Hikers)

If you’re only visiting for the day, it’s best to drive up to Rifugio Auronzo early in the morning. It’s a 40-minute drive from Cortina d’Ampezzo. You’ll have to pay a 30 EUR mountain toll (car fee). The toll increases to 45 EUR for campervans. From the Rifugio Auronzo parking lot, you can either hike towards Dreizinnenhütte (Rifugio Locatelli) via Rifugio Lavaredo on Trail no. 101,  or via Langealm on Trail no. 105. Both ways are stunning. For more info on tolls and driving to Rifugio Auronzo, read this post and fee info. If you’re planning to spend the night in one of the mountain huts, you’ll have to pay an additional 15 EUR fee per night to park your vehicle overnight, or 25 EUR fee per night (campervan).

Option 2: Hike up from Fischleintal in Sexten (For Multi-Day Hikers)

A second Tre Cime di Lavaredo parking option is Parkplatz Fischleintal in Sexten. The parking fee is 5 EUR per day, which you pay when you return to your car. The fastest way to see Tre Cime di Lavaredo is by following the signs to Dreizinnenhütte via Trail no. 102. It’s a steep 3 to 3.5 hours uphill climb. We only recommend starting your hike here, if you plan to spend 3, or more days hiking in Tre Cime.

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Tre Cime di Lavaredo Circuit Day Hike

Tre Cime di Lavaredo Circuit Trail Hiking Map, Dolomites, Italy

Tre Cime Di Lavaredo Loop Trail Overview

This hike upstages all others. The loop trail around Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Drei Zinnen) is arguably the best day hike in the Dolomites. The views are mind-blowing. You might even think that you don’t deserve them, after barely breaking a sweat on the trail. Well, you deserve them. And, we hope you go.

In a nutshell, the hike circuits the iconic Three Peaks (Drei Zinnen in German, Tre Cime in Italian). It takes about 4 hours to do the whole loop, which is 10 km in length. Starting at Rifugio Auronzo (accessible by car), you can either hike in the direction of Rifugio Lavaredo on Trail no. 101 (right), or towards Langealm on Trail no. 105 (left). Either way is beautiful. Because the trail is a loop. you won’t miss out on anything. This isn’t a difficult hike. You’ll be on a wide path that’s mostly flat the whole time.

The most impressive view of the peaks is from Dreizinnenhütte, which is a mountain hut facing the north side of Tre Cime di Lavaredo. It’s also a great place to have lunch.

Trailhead: Rifugio Auronzo parking lot. Note: there is a 30 EUR toll to drive up to the hut.

Trail Distance: 10 km

Time Needed: 4 hours

Eating Options: Between the end of June and end of September, there are several open mountain huts along the trail that offer food and beverages. Langealm is great for coffee and cake, but save your appetite for Drei Zinnen Hütte (Rifugio Locatelli). Skip eating at Rifugio Lavaredo.

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3 Day Hut-to-Hut Hike in Tre Cime Natural Park

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Important: Due to the popularity of this region, it’s important to make reservations for mountain huts well in advance of hiking dates. We recommend booking Halbpension, which means breakfast and dinner are included in your room rate. To secure a room or bed, contact the hut directly via email. 

 

[Day 1] Trekking Tre Cime di Lavaredo: Fischleintal – Dreizinnenhütte – Rifugio Lavaredo

After parking your car in the Parkplatz Fischleintal (5 EUR per day) in Sexten, start the ascent to Dreizinnenhütte (Rifugio Locatelli)The hike takes about 3.5 hours along Trail no. 102. You’ll pass two beautiful mountain tarns right before reaching the hut. Directly facing the north-side of the iconic Three Peaks, Dreizinnenhütte is arguably the most perfectly positioned mountain hut in the Dolomites. And luckily for all hungry visitors, the hut has a restaurant serving South Tyrolian cuisine. We recommend staying the night here (book in advance).

You can also stay the night in Rifugio Lavaredo, which is what we did. After a delicious lunch at Dreizinnenhütte, follow Trail no. 101 to Rifugio Lavaredo. The location of the hut is absolutely spectacular. Jagged purple mountains form the backdrop of the hut. We stayed in a 6-bed dormitory-style room, which was clean and comfortable. However in comparison to the other rifugios we stayed in, the food was subpar.

 

[Day 2] Trekking Tre Cime di Lavaredo: Rifugio Lavaredo – Langealm – Büllelejochhütte

Today, you’ll finish the loop trail around Tre Cime di Lavaredo and hike to the mountain hut Büllelejochhütte. From Rifugio Auronzo, Trail no. 105 begins at the end of the parking lot. The trail continues to the saddle Forcella del Col de Mezo and to the mountain hut Langealm. Lagealm is a perfect place to take a break. From the mountain hut, you can see Tre Cime di Lavaredo, as well as other impressive mountain pinnacles. We stopped here for cake and to enjoy the sun’s short-lived, but well-received appearance. Everything that’s served in Langealm is homemade.

The last section of the loop trail is on Trail no. 102. Eat lunch at Dreizinnenhütte. After you’re fully satiated, start the journey to your final destination: Büllelejochhütte (Rifugio Pian di Cengia). Trail no. 101 begins with stunning views of the two Bödenseen lakes (Lago dei Piani). A large section of the trail feels like a graveyard of a former mountain. Huge dolomite boulders dot the landscape like tombstones. The treeless, though nonetheless green, scenery expands in all directions as you hike beneath Paternkofel.

After climbing over the mountain saddle Büllelejoch (Forcella Pian di Cengia), it’s an easy path to the mountain hut.

We have nothing but the highest praise for this charming hut. You’ll be blown away by the scenery, cuisine, and friendly service. If you have some extra energy after arriving, hike to Oberbachernspitze (Croda Fiscalina).

Optional Hike to Oberbachernspitze

Oberbachernspitze (Croda Fiscalina) is a mountain peak at an elevation of 2,677 meters. It takes 30 minutes to reach the peak from Büllelejochhütte via Trail no. 101A. At the top, there are panoramic views of Fischleintal, Zwölferkofel (Croda dei Toni), and Gruppo delle Marmarole. You can also see the mountain hut Zsigmondy Hütte (Rifugio E. Comici) from the trail. Delicate pink and yellow flowers garnish the sides of the trail. Along the trail, we saw trenches and tunnels from World War I. Though difficult to imagine now, the front between the Austrian and Italian armies ran through the Dolomites.

 

[Day 3] Trekking Tre Cime di Lavaredo: Büllelejochhütte – Zsigmondy Hütte – Fischleintal

After breakfast, start the descent to Fischleintal via Trail no. 101 and later no. 103. After an hour, the trail winds around the mountain hut Zsigmondy Hütte (Rifugio E. Comici), where you’ll see several bell-wearing donkeys. From this mountain hut, it takes about 1.5 hours to get to Talschlusshütte. The trail eventually intersects 102 (which you took on the way up). From the fork, hike the familiar flat trail back to Talschlusshütte and Fischleintal Parkplatz.

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Where to Stay in Tre Cime Natural Park

mountain huts near Tre Cime di Lavaredo
Dreizinnenhütte (Rifugio Locatelli) , Tre Cime Natural Park, Drei Zinnen, Dolomites - Hiking around Tre Cime di Lavaredo
Dreizinnenhütte
Dreizinnenhütte (Rifugio Locatelli) is located at an elevation of 2405 meters. Directly facing the north-side of the iconic Three Peaks, Dreizinnenhütte is arguably the most perfectly positioned mountain hut in the Dolomites. And luckily for all hungry visitors, the hut has a restaurant serving South Tyrolian cuisine. This is usually the first choice in terms of where to stay in Tre Cime, so definitely book as early as possible. This mountain hut is directly located on the loop trail that wraps around the iconic three peaks.

 

Phone: Sommer / estate +39 0474 972002
Winter / inverno +39 329 6690335

Email: dreizinnenhuette@rolmail.net / rifugio-locatelli@rolmail.net

Rifugio Lavaredo
The location of Rifugio Lavaredo is absolutely spectacular. Jagged purple mountains form the backdrop of the hut. We stayed in a 6-bed dormitory-style room, which was clean and comfortable. The staff was very friendly. However, the food was subpar. This mountain hut is directly located on the loop trail that wraps around the iconic three peaks. It’s also about half-way between Dreizinnenhütte and Rifugio Auronzo.

 

Phone: +39 349 6028675

Email: rifugiolavaredo@hotmail.it

Rifugio Auronzo, Tre CIme Natural Park, Dolomites, Italy - Tre Cime di Lavaredo Trailhead
Rifugio Auronzo
Rifugio Auronzo, located at 2,333 meters, is the only hut you can drive to. The hut has 25 rooms and can house a total of 104 people. The scenery around the hut is breathtaking. We decided to not stay here because we wanted to be somewhere remote and somewhere where we wouldn’t hear cars. Rifugio Auronozo is directly located on the loop trail that wraps around the iconic three peaks. It’s also situated between Rifugio Lavaredo and Langealm.

 

Email: info@rifugioauronzo.it

Phone: +39 0435 39002

Büllelejochhütte (Rifugio Pian di Cengia) - 3 Day Hut to Hut Hike in Tre Cime / Drei Zinnen Dolomites
Büllelejochhütte
Büllelejochhütte (Rifugio Pian di Cengia), elevation 2528 m., is a place where dreams come true. Remotely situated, surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery, and gracing the clouds, Büllelejochhütte is the most charming mountain hut we experienced. The staff was beyond kind and friendly. And, the food was divine in an earthy-hearty type of way. This hut is the highest-elevation hut in Tre Cime and located on Trail no. 101. It’s also on the small side and has two dorm-style rooms. There’s running water, but no showers (it’s not that bad, promise). Also, you’ll need to bring a sleeping bag liner.

 

Email: info@piandicengia.it

Phone: +39 337 45 15 17

Zsigmondy Hütte (Rifugio E. Comici), Dolomites, Italy - Where to Stay in Tre Cime Natural Park
Zsigmondy Hütte
Zsigmondy Hütte (Rifugio E. Comici) is located at an elevation of 2,224 meters, significantly lower than the others. We hiked past the hut but didn’t get a chance to go inside. The hut can accommodate 80 people. It’s remote and surrounded by grazing donkeys.

 

Email: info@zsigmondyhuette.com

Phone: +39 0474 710358

Tre Cime di Lavaredo Hiking Trail, Tre Cime / Drei Zinnen, Dolomites, Italy

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