Arguably the most famous view in the Dolomites is the ‘Tre Cime di Lavorado’, or ‘The Three Peaks’. With an elevation of almost 3,000m, they are pretty easy to spot from anywhere in the area!
During our 5 night trip to the Dolomites, hiking the ‘Tre Cime loop’ was an absolute must and it did not disappoint.
We started the loop from Rifugio Auronzo, a 50 minute drive from where we were staying at the wonderful Hotel Adler.
- There is a 30 Euro toll fee for the mountain road leading up to Rifugio Auronzo
- The mountain road after turning away from Lago di Misurina is very steep and very windy, so take it slow and be careful of any oncoming vehicles! Multiple shrieky noises were made (by me) on the route…
Hikers most commonly take the loop anti-clockwise, so we followed suit.
The hike is approx 10km and took us about 3.5 hours including photo and drone stops. It starts off as a flat hike but after a short while becomes steep in places. Anyone with a relatively good level of fitness will be able to do this hike. (The hike itself isn’t overly difficult but having asthma I struggled with the 2500m altitude a little).
We followed trailhead #101 and then merged onto #105. There are refreshments on route but we didn’t stop anywhere so I’m not sure what they offer!
All of the hikes we did in the Dolomites were marked as you go along (see below) so you shouldn’t lose track of the path.
- Mountain weather changes really quickly. During our hike (mid June) I got sunburnt within the first hour and then drenched in torrential rain in the last half an hour!
Suggested packing list:
- Layers for temperature changes
- Waterproof jacket
- Plenty of water
- Money for the cafe
- Sturdy hiking shoes
In mid June, despite it being a hot day when we set-off, there was still a lot of snow around. Walking through these ‘ice-walls’ was a nice way to help us cool down in the heat.
And the scenery was just beautiful…
Tre Cime is a must-see if you are in the Dolomites! Let me know if you book a trip or if you have any questions!
Our Tre Cime hike is featured on the highlights video we made for our trip:
Read our full itinerary for our 5 nights in the Dolomites here.
Want to extend your trip? Check out my weekend guide to Venice.