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.