The walk around “Tre Cime di Lavaredo” (Drei Zinnen) is one of the most memorable and classic dolomite hike. The Tre Cime are the main symbol of the Dolomites, justified by their characteristic and particular tower form rising on a nearby plateau. The Cima Grande is 3,000 meters high, 2,999 for accuracy, and all three peaks are one of the Dolomite mountain climbing symbols due to the many climbing routes opened there.
From the point of view of a hiker, the Tre Cime walk around represent a fulfilling and varied scenario, and the opportunity to take a full turn from all four sides is truly wonderful.
The starting point must be carefully chosen. Coming from the south, the access roads are those that pass from Cortina di Ampezzo or alternatively from Auronzo di Cadore. In both cases, you will arrive by car to the famous Lake Misurina (1,750 mt). From here, continue on the road towards “Rifugio Auronzo” Hut, a classic and often crowded starting point for trekking. The road to the Auronzo hut is a toll road, and the cost is not to be underestimated: for motorcycles EUR 18.00 and for cars EUR 25.00 (prices 2017). For those who do not want to pay this price, you can park your car before the toll and walk on foot. In this case you should consider about 1.30 H. of hike and 500 mt. of altitude up to the Rifugio Auronzo Hut (2.333 mt). The trail crosses a varied and pleasant forest and there is no difficulty.
Once you reach the Auronzo hut, you can take the walk clockwise (the most widespread) or counterclockwise.
Consider that in the summer months, July and August in particular, this itinerary is one of the busiest of the Dolomites, frequented by both families and improvised hikers, due to the low altitude difference (from the Auronzo Hut) and the good path. Much better to come here, if possible, in May-June (attention to possible snow residues) or in September.
To admire the famous North walls, you will need to take the easy path 101 which in about 1 hour’s drive leads from Rifugio Auronzo to Forcella Lavaredo (2,454 mt.). From here the Cima Piccola (2,857 mt.), the Cima Grande (2,999 mt.) and the Cima Ovest (2,973 mt.) will appear in all their beauty.
From Forcella Lavaredo you can continue the tour on 2 different trails. The first, which makes a wider round, is always the number 101, which in less than 1 hour from the Forcella arrives at the panoramic Rifugio Locatelli/Dreizinnenhutte (2,405 mt.), and from there becomes path n° 105 and closes the tour through the alm Langalm, then for Forcella del Col de Mèdo (2,315 mt.) and then back to Rifugio Auronzo.
A second, slightly signaled but very intuitive trail takes a route closer to the Tre Cime Peaks. The path is shorter, cutting off the plateau and bringing it directly from Forcella Lavaredo to Forcella del Col de Mèdo. In fact you can find 2 trails running near the Three Peaks. In this case, we recommend that you take the path downstream, safer and protected from the possible discharges of stones from the numerous climbers that face these peaks.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||“Rifugio Auronzo” Hut 2.333 mt or Toll Station 1.850 mt., 2km after Misurina Lake|
(2h20′ from Venice – 2h from Treviso)
|DEPARTURE TIME||Recommended not after 10:00 AM.|
|LENGHT OF HIKE||Approximately 3-4 hrs from Rifugio Auronzo, 2,5 hrs more from the Toll Station.|
|WEAR||Comfortable athletic clothing (according with the weather), hiking boots, hat, rain jacket and sunscreen.|
|ELEVATION GAIN||+260 mt. from Rifugio Auronzo, +700 mt. from the Toll Station|
|DANGEROUS POINTS||No one in particular. Caution must always be used, especially with bad weather conditions or snow|
|SEASON||From end of May to October. In the other months it is likely to find snow on the trail.|
|SEE ALSO||Is a Day Trip from Venice to Dolomites Viable? #1|
Toll Station, Ready to Start
Rifugio Auronzo Hut
Rifugio Lavaredo Hut
Rifugio Locatelli Hut (not necessary)
Forcella del Col de Mèdo
Rifugio Auronzo Hut
Toll Station, End of the Hike
The track below start from Col de Varda Hut. If you have problem to see the track, expand it in full screen mode.