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: Fischleintal – Dreizinnenhütte – Rifugio Lavaredo
After parking your car in the Parkplatz Fischleintal (5 EUR per day), start the ascent to Dreizinnenhütte (mountain hut). 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. 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 mountain huts we stayed in, the food was subpar.
Day 2: 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).
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: 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.