A Complete Guide to Hiking the Tre Cime di Lavaredo in the Italian Dolomites

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This loop is a classic Dolomites hike that you shouldn’t miss. With its quintessential jagged peaks, wonderful photo opportunities and the glorious views that the region is known for, here are my top tips for hiking the Tre Cime di Lavaredo / Drei Zinnen.


The rising sun paints imposing peaks in shades of gold and red.

Jagged spires reach towards the sky, slowly revealing their secrets as the light dusts their faces.

A fresh crust of brilliant white crunches under my feet, and the sting of a cold Autumn morning takes what little breath hasn’t already been stolen by the incredible views.

They say that seeing is believing, but even standing here in the heart of these mountains it’s hard to accept that this place is real. I almost feel like I’m standing in front of a giant green screen, with Hollywood responsible for this magical landscape.

Nestled beneath the three imposing spires, Rifugio Auronzo marks the start of one of the best day hikes in the region.

Mountain peaks tower all around, turquoise lakes punctuate alpine meadows and a maze of World War I tunnels weaves through the rocks. The diversity of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo (also known as Drei Zinnen) is a great introduction to everything that the Dolomites has to offer.

The only downside is that it’s one popular place.

Fortunately, with just a little planning, you can enjoy the mesmerising views and top-class hiking without having to contend with hundreds of other people. Inevitably, you’ll run into fellow hikers on the trail and at some of the many rifugios that dot the landscape. That, though, is one of the joys of alpine hiking.

The best way to explore here, especially in summer and early autumn, is by using the power of your own two feet. So grab your hiking boots and get ready to enjoy one of my favourite hikes in the Dolomites.

This guide contains everything you need to plan the very best trip to the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Don’t forget to plan your route to enjoy one of the rifugios or restaurants along the way!

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TRE CIME HIKING ESSENTIALS

DISTANCE | 10-12km circular route

TIME | 3.5-4 hours

ELEVATION | +/- 400m

DIFFICULTY | Easy to moderate

BEST IN | Late July or early September

FACILITIES | Several rifugios and restaurants in season with parking and toilets year-round

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A COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE TRE CIME DI LAVAREDO LOOP | THE DOLOMITES BEST DAY HIKE


WHY HIKE THE TRE CIME DI LAVAREDO?

The poster child for the Dolomites, the Tre Cime di Lavaredo are actually the symbol of the Dolomite UNESCO World Heritage site, and for good reason. The three peaks themselves are a marvel, and this area also gives you insanely beautiful views of the more distant mountains.

On a clear day, you’ll be treated to one of the most iconic views in the Dolomites as the three peaks glow gold in the sunlight. On more moody days, you’ll be treated to shades of grey and purple as clouds chase each other across the mountaintops. Either way, it’s a glorious sight to behold.

Sun rising over the three peaks of Tre Cime di Lavaredo/Drei Zinnen
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You can add various detours onto the main loop, so there’s a lot to explore up here. You can even extend the hike as far as Misurina if you’re after more of a challenge! The Tre Cime di Lavaredo are sure to become a highlight of your trip to the Dolomites and a hike here is not to be missed.

THE TRE CIME DI LAVAREDO HIKING EXPERIENCE

The Tre Cime tower above you for much of the hike, making you feel like a very tiny part of a massive world. The views over the Cadini range are simply mesmerising, and I found myself stopping every few minutes to just drink in the scenery.

Rifugio Lavaredo provides the perfect place for a brief stop. The deck that wraps around the building allows you to take in the three peaks, the sparkling waters of Lake Misurina far below, and distant mountains. I sat here in the sunshine just trying to make sense of the beauty spread out before me.

Rifugio Lavaredo with the peaks of Cadini di Misurina in the background
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The view to Cadini di Misurina from the Tre Cime di Lavaredo hiking loop
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Rifugio Lavaredo with the peaks of Cadini di Misurina in the background
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From here, the hiking becomes a little more challenging, but the Tre Cime provide a constant distraction from any struggles on the trail. A couple of detours provide a welcome break from some of the more crowded parts of the route, along with the opportunity to see the mountains from a different vantage point.

The final section of the hike is tougher, but on a good day, you can see for miles, making it one of the best portions for photographers. There’s enough variety to keep things interesting, with more difficult detours and several Via Ferrata. You’ll also find caves, World War I tunnels and sparkling alpine lakes scattered along the trail.

TRAIL CONDITIONS AT TRE CIME DI LAVAREDO

The paths around Tre Cime di Lavaredo are well marked and easy to follow, but there are several of them so pay attention to make sure you don’t take a wrong turn. You can, of course, complete the loop in either direction, but going anti-clockwise means that you’re always facing the best views. This puts the Tre Cime peaks on your left as you walk, so you can’t really go too far wrong.

There’s a moderate elevation change of is 400m along the route, but it’s fairly evenly spaced with uphill and downhill. The path down from Rifugio Locatelli is steep, and you’re then confronted by an immediate ascent. This is undoubtedly the toughest part of the route.

The towering peaks of Monte Paterno / Paternkofel on the Tre Cime di Lavaredo hiking loop
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The view to Cadini di Misurina from the Tre Cime di Lavaredo hiking loop
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The terrain is easy underfoot with no technically challenging areas and no special equipment required unless you want to tackle a Via Ferrata up here. At either end of the season it’s common to find snow and ice up here, so watch your step on the steeper sections.

A STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO HIKING THE TRE CIME DI LAVAREDO LOOP

1. RIFUGIO AURENZO TO FORCELLA LAVAREDO VIEWPOINT | 2.2KM – 40MINS

The route starts at the Rifugio Auronzo car park. Walk past the rifugio and follow the wide gravel path 101 in the direction of Rifugio Lavaredo. The Cadini range will be to your right and Tre Cime to your left. You’ll know you’re going the right way when you pass Capella Degli Alpini. This part of the hike is flat and pretty busy.

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Capelli degli Alpini on the Tre Cime di Lavaredo hiking loop
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You’ll quickly reach Rifugio Lavaredo, where you can stop for a break on the deck and a drink if you fancy. From here continue uphill on path 101 to Forcella Lavaredo, one of the best viewpoints in the area. After this, the path tends to get quieter as people have seen the view and have to get back to their bus!

Hikers sitting outside Rifugio Lavaredo on the Tre Cime di Lavaredo hiking loop
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2. FORCELLA LAVAREDO TO RIFUGIO LOCATELLI | 2.2KM – 40MINS

You’ll now be heading for Rifugio Locatelli / Dreizinnenhütte along a wide path that’s mostly slightly downhill. This is also a supply road, so watch out for trucks. Go up to the rifugio to take a break and see the pretty Piani Lakes behind. Continue past the hut and along the gravel road past the Chiesetta San Bernardo.

The turquoise mountain lakes of the Laghi dei Piani on the Tre Cime di Lavaredo hike
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The Chiesetta San Bernardo under a bright blue sky on the Tre Cime di Lavaredo loop
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3. RIFUGIO LOCATELLI TO MALGA LANGALM | 3KM – 60MIN

At the intersection, take path 105 towards Malga Langalm. This starts with a pretty steep descent and, much to my disappointment, a subsequent ascent to about the same altitude! This is definitely the toughest part of the hike. Malga Langalm restaurant is a great place for a rest and a meal or drinks before the final part of the hike.

4. MALGA LANGALM TO RIFUGIO AURONZO | 2.5KM – 40MIN

This final part of the hike provides some of the best views down into the Puster Valley and even as far as Lake Misurina. This section of the trail does involve the narrowest path, just before Forcella del Col di Mezzo, so watch your step.

TIP | There’s an official Tre Cime di Lavaredo viewpoint in Landro which is worth a stop if you’re driving past.

Optional detours when hiking the Tre Cime di Lavaredo

The short routes outlined below give you some of the best viewpoints that you’d otherwise miss if you simply walk the loop.

Route exclulding Rifugio Lavaredo

This route leaves the path just before reaching Rifugio Lavaredo, taking a narrow uphill to the left, following the edge of the mountain. The trail is steeper than the more popular route, slightly shorter, at about 1km, and will take about 20 minutes. In my opinion, the views along the slightly longer path are actually better.

Via Ferrata from Forcella Lavaredo to Paterkofel

Instead of following everyone down the descent from Forcella Lavaredo, head up the ridge to your right until you see the entrance to a World War 1 tunnel. You’ll be plunged into darkness for a short period, but then you’ll be wandering through tunnels with lookouts carved into the mountains. Go as far as you like, but once you reach the steep stairway you’ve seen the best views and can turn back.

A plaque beside the world war 2 tunnels of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo
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Hikers entering the via ferrata in the world war 2 tunnels above the Tre Cime di Lavaredo
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Hikers on the via ferrata of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo
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Gallerie del Monte Paterno route

The majority of people will take the well-travelled path 101 here, but if you’re after a bit more of an adventure, I recommend trying out the upper path. Carving through the rocks of Croda Passaporto and Monte Paterno, there are a couple of scrambling sections that aren’t for the faint of heart.

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Rifugio Lavaredo with the peaks of Cadini di Misurina in the background
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Be aware that there will be ice and snow on this trail by October, making it somewhat treacherous underfoot. It’s definitely worth considering as a more interesting alternative to the main path. You’ll find some World War I lookouts at the end near Rifugio Locatelli.

Route excluding Rifugio Locatelli

There’s an intersection below the climb to Rifugio Locatelli/Dreizinnenhütte that’s signposted Malga Langalm/Lange Alm path 105. If you’re in a hurry, you can simply take this route to get back to the parking area in about an hour and a half.

I wouldn’t recommend this unless you really have to, since you’ll miss out on a good meal at the rifugio, and also seeing the beautiful lakes behind.

The caves above Rifugio Locatelli

This is one of the best photo spots in the area in my opinion. The path up to the caves is clearly visible from the hut, and you should definitely take it. Once there, you’ll get stunning framed views of the Tre Cime peaks. The route itself will only take you about 20-25 minutes return from the hut. There is also a guided via Ferrata that you can do from here.

The Tre Cime di Laveredo Peaks seen through one of the arches of the world war 2 trenches
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The Rifugio Locatelli / Drei Zinnen Hutte nestled in the mountain peaks on the Tre Cime di Lavaredo hiking loop
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Rifugio Tre Scarperi detour

This is just a really quick detour for the views. After visiting Rifugio Locatelli/Dreizinnenhütte, and before you take a left onto path 105 to Malga Langalm, you can take path 105 straight ahead. This is signposted Rifugio Tre Scarperi, and a short walk along this path will give you wonderful mountain views. Simply turn back the way you came to rejoin the route.

Cadini di Misurina hike

This one isn’t so much a detour as an added extra! From Rifugio Auronzo, take the right, instead of the left loop of the Tre Cime and keep walking until you reach the stunning Cadini di Misurina viewpoint.

Whilst this does add an additional short hike onto your loop, it’s well worth it to see the incredible Cadini di Misurina group. Quite unlike the gentle peaks of the Tre Cime, the sharp spires of the Cadini range seem to be attempting to pierce the sky.

The view to Cadini di Misurina from the Tre Cime di Lavaredo hiking loop
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Stunning at any time of day, the best time to visit is at sunset, so you can tackle the Tre Cime loop, have some food and then head here to watch the beautiful alpenglow as the sun goes down. The out and back hike should only take you about 90 minutes.

READ THIS | Hiking to the Cadini di Misurina viewpoint

TRE CIME DI LAVAREDO HIKING MAP AND DISTANCES

The map below outlines the main route in addition to some great photo spots that you should definitely try to get to.

To save this map to your own account, just click on the little star next to the title.

HIKING DISTANCES AT TRE CIME DI LAVAREDO


RIFUGIO AURONZO TO RIFUGIO LAVAREDO
1.7km | 30min

RIFUGIO LAVAREDO TO FORCELLA LAVAREDO
1.5km | 30min

FORCELLA LAVAREDO TO RIFUGIO LOCATELLI
2km | 40min

RIFUGIO LOCATELLI TO MALGA LANGALM
3km | 60min

MALGA LANGALM TO RIFUGIO AURONZO
2.5km | 40min

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO HIKE THE TRE CIME DI LAVAREDO?

THE BEST TIME OF YEAR OF HIKE THE TRE CIME DI LAVAREDO

Just like the rest of the Dolomites, the best time to hike the Tre Cime di Lavaredo is either late July or early September through to October. The last of the winter snow will be gone, you won’t have to deal with the August crowds, and the cable cars and rifugios will still be operating.

As a general rule, the hiking season in the Dolomites runs from late May to early October. Specific hikes should take into account the weather conditions and elevation of the walks you want to undertake. The best weather is usually in August, but it’s also the busiest month and this is an incredibly popular hike. Like “busloads of people being dropped off here” popular.

Views to Misurina from the Tre Cime di Lavaredo hiking loop
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Hiking signposts along the Tre Cime di Lavaredo loop
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The Chiesetta San Bernardo under a bright blue sky on the Tre Cime di Lavaredo loop
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If your only option is to come in August then, at the very least, I recommend avoiding this hike at the weekend. Alternatively, you could try this 3-day hike instead which goes off the beaten track!

A lot of the cable cars and rifugios in the Dolomites are only open from mid-June to the end of September, with just a few remaining open until early October. Make sure you check the dates in advance of planning your hike.

THE BEST TIME OF DAY TO HIKE THE TRE CIME DI LAVAREDO

The views at Tre Cime di Lavaredo are impressive at all times of the day. The main thing is to make sure you leave early enough that you don’t have to rush. Take a headlight if there’s any chance of being caught after the sun goes down or you’re starting before sunrise.

Incidentally, sunrise and sunset are great times for photography here. You might want to consider booking a night at one of the rifugios to avoid a very early hike from Misurina since the road to Rifugio Auronzo doesn’t open until 7 or 8am depending on the month.

A deep alpine valley cuts through the landscape of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo
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HOW TO GET TO THE TRE CIME DI LAVAREDO TRAILHEAD

BY CAR

I definitely recommend hiring a car and taking a road trip through the Dolomites, especially if you’re here outside the peak summer months. It’s far and away the easiest way to see everything that the Dolomites has to offer.

To get to Tre Cime di Lavaredo / Drei Zinnen via car, follow the SS49 road towards Misurina. Just north of the town, take the toll road towards Rifugio Auronzo.

THE DETAILS

Cost | Take the toll road from Misurina to Rifugio Auronzo. The cost is pretty steep at €30 for cars and camping vans and €45 for motorhomes (valid for 24h). If you have a camper then it’s an additional €25 for extra days after your first. Parking at Rifugio Auronzo is included in the cost of the road.

Hours | The toll road is open from 7am – 7pm in the summer season and 8am – 6pm during the shoulder seasons (June and from mid-October). Arrive before 9am to be sure of a place to park in high season (August and weekends). Bring cash for payment, just in case, although cards are accepted at the toll booths.

BY BUS

For a cheaper option during peak season, take the bus to the start of the trail. If you have a Sütirol Pass then your bus ticket may well be included.

From Cortina | Take the 30/31 bus from Cortina d’Ampezzo via Misurina to the trailhead at Rifugio Auronzo. The timetable is here. Alternatively, take the 445 to Dobbiaco and then follow the directions below.

From Dobbiaco/Toblach | From late June to October 3rd, shuttle bus 444 goes to Rifugio Auronzo. From July 10th to September 10th, tickets have to be booked and paid for online in advance here. Outside this time, buy tickets at the Dobbiaco bus and train stations. The cost is €16 return.

BY FOOT

If you want to hike this loop outside the opening hours of the toll road then you’ll have an additional 7km walk each way from Misurina to take into account. This adds about just over 2 hours to on the way there, and just under 2 hours to return. It’s about a 600m elevation change and all uphill on the way there! To avoid the toll you can park about half-way along the road and hike an additional 4km each way.

RIFUGIOS AND RESTAURANTS – WHERE TO EAT & STAY AT TRE CIME DI LAVAREDO

There are several beautiful rifugios up here, and if you’re not keen to pack a lunch then you should definitely consider eating at one of them. You can also simply stop for a coffee/tea or cold beverage of your choice.

If you want to spend a full day or night exploring the Tre Cime di Lavaredo without a risky hike in the dark, then you should definitely consider staying at one of the options below.

Rifugio Locatelli/Dreizinnenhütte | This is the ultimate Tre Cime di Lavaredo accommodation. With a view directly over the 3 peaks, there’s no better place to stay for those sunset and sunrise opportunities. Online booking is essential to guarantee a place.
Open | Late June to late September – check website for dates.
Dorm | €29 bed only / €65 half board
Room | €45 bed only / €80 half board
Breakfast | €13
Shower | €8/6 min

Rifugio Auronzo | People are very divided on a stay at this hut – you definitely can’t beat it for convenience, but it does get crowded as a result. The food can be hit and miss, but the views are undeniably spectacular!
Open | late June – late September for accommodation – check website for dates
Dorm | from €60 half board
Dining | available until October

Rifugio Lavaredo | An easy 20 minutes walk from the car park at Auronzo, this hut has been welcoming guests since 1954. There are multiple hiking options from this location. No credit card payment available here.
Open | mid June to late September
Dorm | €70 half board
Room | €75 half board

TIP | Bring cash if you’re planning to eat or stay at one of the rifugios. Although they all theoretically accept credit cards, the connection can be variable up in the mountains and their machines may not be working.

Malga Langalm | This lovely restaurant champions local food and drink and is a great place to stop for a meal towards the end of your hike.

The Malga Langalm Restaurant stone building on the Tre Cime di Lavaredo loop
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WHERE TO STAY NEAR TRE CIME DI LAVAREDO

If you want to get the full Tre Cime di Lavaredo experience, with a magical sunset and sunrise surrounded by jagged mountain peaks, then you should book a night in one of the rifugios. This isn’t a place where I recommend hiking before or after dark unless you have a lot of experience in the mountains. You can also stay in campervans at the carpark.

Misurina is the closest village, located at the bottom of the road to Rifugio Auronzo and the trailhead. You can even start your hike from here if you don’t want to pay the (rather exorbitant) toll and parking fee.

The Rifugio Locatelli / Drei Zinnen Hutte nestled in the mountain peaks on the Tre Cime di Lavaredo hiking loop
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The Rifugio Locatelli / Drei Zinnen Hutte nestled in the mountain peaks on the Tre Cime di Lavaredo hiking loop
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Otherwise, Cortina d’Ampazzo or Dobbiaco/Toblach are larger towns within easy driving distance to the trailhead. Cortina is just over half an hour by car and Dobbiaco about 40 minutes. Both have a wide range of accommodation and these are very manageable driving distances to still give you time for a good day of hiking.

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MISURINA
Albergo Chalet Lago Antorno **
With beautiful views out over the lake, this is a lovely place to stay right near the bottom of the toll road that heads up to the Tre Cime. The shuttle bus stops right by the hotel to head up to the trails, so the location couldn’t be better. Breakfast is highly rated!

MISURINA
Hotel Sorapiss ***
Right on Lake Misurina, some of the rooms here have absolutely phenomenal views. Incredibly convenient for the road up to the Tre Cime, this is definitely a top choice.

CORTINA
Hotel Columbia & Spa ***
A great location near to bus stops and with mountain views. This is great value for money with the added bonus of the onsite spa. Massages are available for all your post-hiking aches!

CORTINA
Hotel Meuble Oasi **
Very reasonably priced with wonderful food and stunning views. There’s free onsite parking and you can hire bikes if you’re not too tired after all the hiking…

DOBBIACO
Hotel Rosengarten ***
The rooms are beautiful here and the food is fantastic. You can get a free shuttle bus from the train station if you’re arriving without a car. It’s family-run and you actually do get to feel like part of the family when you stay here.

DOBBIACO
Residence Rogger ***
These modern apartments have private parking and kitchenettes – a great option if you’re keen to save a bit of money by self-catering. Located on the outskirts of the town, they’re a better option if you have a car, although the bus does stop nearby.

DOBBIACO
Camping Toblacher See | Right on the shores of the lake, this campsite has wonderful modern facilities and is a fantastic option if you’re in a van or camping. The sites are flat and all located a stone’s throw from the lake. The onsite restaurant serves great food and pizza. If you want to splash out you can also check out their Skyview Chalets. From €20/night. Check availability here.

RESPONSIBLE HIKING IN THE DOLOMITES

With so many visitors every year, and the temptation of Instagram never far away, it’s sadly rather common to see bad behaviour on the trails. Always follow the signs and stay on the trails. Areas that are roped off and/or restricted are usually that way for a really good reason. A barrier isn’t an invitation for you to see how inventive you can be at getting over it.

If you’re planning on flying your drone, please be respectful of other people and bear in mind that drones are viewed as a nuisance by many. If you know of any specific rules relating to droning in the Dolomites region then please let me know.

Make sure that you bring your reusable water bottle and don’t leave your litter behind for others to clean up! I recommend visiting outside of the peak season since overtourism is definitely an issue here. Finally, although some of the prices can seem eye-wateringly high, it’s important to support local when you travel so try to make sure that you’re staying, shopping and eating at local businesses.

WHAT TO TAKE ON YOUR TRE CIME DI LAVAREDO HIKE

1 | There are some challenging up and downhill sections on the hike, so you should wear hiking boots. The extra ankle support is invaluable. I wear (and love) the Salomon Women’s X Ultra 3.

2 | I have only recently started using hiking poles, and love them for the downhill assistance. I recommend a lightweight option like these Black Diamonds. You can easily strap them to your daypack or backpack when not in use.

3 | Speaking of daypacks, you’ll definitely want to take one with you since you’ll need to carry some layers, water and snacks in addition to your camera gear! I use either my F-stop Gear Lotus which is a really great camera backpack, or the Osprey Tempest. The 34L size is perfect for the day and it’s designed specifically for women. For something larger, the 46L Kyte is great and if you’re just after something small, the 24L Sirrus is wonderful.

READ THIS | My Hiking Gear Guide

4 | This is a mountain hike and the weather is unpredictable in the mountains. Even if there’s not a cloud in the sky and there’s no bad weather forecast, you should prepare for all eventualities and bring layers. You’re also hiking at altitude and it will be colder at the summit than at the villages. I always have merino base layers with me, both top and leggings and recommend Kathmandu or Icebreaker. I usually wear a merino T-shirt or long sleeve shirt with hiking pants and bring a fleece, beanie and lightweight down jacket too. It’s all very light and packs down remarkably small.

5 | Sun protection is vital. Any hiking in the mountains in summer also requires bringing sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. Nobody wants that UV damage in their lives.

6 | Waterproof outer layers are also a really good idea in the mountains. Even if it doesn’t actually rain, these peaks are high enough that clouds can cover them quickly and you’ll get very damp very fast. I have this waterproof shell jacket and these trousers and they’ve saved me from a soaking more than once.

7 | Although most of you will use online maps such as google or maps.me, there’s nothing like an old school paper map. Tabacco Maps are arguably the best topographic maps in the Dolomites. They are scaled 1:25000 and cover the whole north-eastern part of Italy. You can buy the maps here. If you’re relying on your mobile phone then bring a charging cable and powerbank and make sure you’ve downloaded everything before you leave wifi behind.

8 | Water and snacks are a must, even if you’re planning on having a meal at one of the mountain rifugios or huts. For water, I use a combination of Hydroflask and Steripen if I’m worried about water purity. I love these snack bars in addition to nuts and dried fruit.

9 | A headtorch is always in my daypack no matter what and, in fact, I’m usually carrying 2 because that’s how I roll. If there’s any danger that you’ll be hiking before the sun comes up or goes down then this is essential.

10 | You’re definitely going to want to bring a camera to capture the amazing views up here, but it’s up to you whether that takes the form of your phone or your main camera. I’m that person who hauls all my gear plus a tripod up the mountain, but you might be more restrained! If you only want to bring a single lens then I’d recommend a 24-70mm for this hike.

READ THIS | What’s in My Camera Bag (coming soon)

HOW TO GET TO THE DOLOMITES

The Dolomites are located in northeastern Italy, but there’s no “Dolomites” airport or station. There are, however, plenty of good options for reaching the area from various nearby hubs. Tre Cime di Lavaredo is located in the eastern part of the Dolomites.

The closest transport hubs to the Tre Cime di Lavaredo are Cortina or Dobbiaco.

DISTANCE TO TRE CIME DI LAVARDO FROM MAJOR AIRPORT HUBS


ITALY | Venice Marco Polo
170km | 2h 30min

ITALY | Milan Malpensa
440km | 4h 30min

ITALY | Verona
275km | 3h

GERMANY | Munich
350km | 4h

AUSTRIA | Innsbruck
160km | 2h 20min

BY CAR

Undoubtedly the easiest way to get from the airport to the Dolomites is by hiring a car. Since the Dolomites is technically an autonomous region in Italy, there’s less hassle if you hire a car in Italy as you don’t have to worry about crossing borders. I recommend checking out AutoEurope for the best car deals and Insurance4carhire to cover excess insurance.

BY BUS

From the airports you can take either the AltoAdigeBus which has thousands of destinations throughout South Tyrol or the Flixbus to Cortina where you can transfer to a local bus service.

BY TRAIN

Honestly, with the number of train changes and cost, this is unlikely to be a convenient way to get to your destination. There are, however, stations in both Cortina and Dobbiaco if you want to investigate further. I recommend using Omio to check your options.

Hopefully, you’ve now got all the information you need to plan an epic hike at the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Let me know if you have any questions or tips for your fellow readers in the comments!

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