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Trekking Tre Cime di Lavaredo in the Dolomites

Hiking Hut to Hut around Tre Cime Di Lavaredo

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 in the Sexten Dolomites, one of the most popular hiking destinations in Northern Italy. 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 in the mountains. 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 a 3-day hut to hut hike around Tre Cime di Lavaredo. If you’re only interested in the day hike, read our Tre Cime di Lavaredo day hike guide.

To find out what to pack for a hut to hut hike, check out our complete hut to hut hiking packing list.

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. 

 

Tre Cime di Lavaredo Trek Overview

  • Day 1: Parkplatz Fischleintal (1478 m) – Dreizinnenhütte (2438 m)
  • Day 2: Dreizinnenhütte (2438 m) – Rifugio Lavaredo (2345) – Rifugio Auronzo (2326 m) – Langealm (2240 m) – Dreizinnenhütte (2438 m) – Büllelejochhütte (2528 m)
  • Day 3: Büllelejochhütte (2528 m) – Zsigmondy Hütte (2242 m) – Fischleintal (1478 m)

Read our Dolomites itinerary to see how you can an integrate this trek into a road trip.

 

When to Hike Hut to Hut around Tre Cime di Lavaredo

Between Late-June and late-September. Because you’ll be overnighting in mountain huts (rifugios), you’ll need to time your visit with their opening times. Note: Wild camping is prohibited.

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Tre Cime di Lavaredo Hiking Guide Overview

  • Tre Cime di Lavaredo Trekking Route Map
  • How to get to Tre Cime Di Lavaredo 
  • Stage 1: Tre Cime di Lavaredo Trek 
  • Stage 2:Tre Cime di Lavaredo Trek 
  • Stage 3: Tre Cime di Lavaredo Trek
  • Other Rifugios in Tre Cime
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Tre Cime di Lavaredo Hut to Hut Hike - Dolomites

Tre Cime di Lavaredo Trekking Route

Drei Zinnen / Tre Cime di Lavaredo Hiking Map - 3 Day Hut to Hut Route | Dolomites, Italy

Tre Cime di Lavaredo Map

Use this 3D-Hiking Map Sextner and Pragser Dolomiten 1: 35.000 or the Sextner Dolomiten 625 Gps Wp Kompass: Hiking Map 1:25 000 for trip planning to Tre Cime di Lavaredo.

Tre Cime Trek Stages
  • Where to Stay Before/After Trek
  • Stage 1
  • Stage 2
  • Stage 3
Trekking Tre Cime di Lavaredo - 3 Day Hut to Hut Hike in the Sexten Dolomites

Getting to the Trailhead

Where to Stay Before / After the Trek

We recommend staying the night near Sexten (Sesto) before the trek. Hotel Dolomitenhof & Chalet Alte Post is located directly at the trailhead. Here are a few other options:

Budget | B&B Nonna Pina is a cozy bed and breakfast in Padola set in a traditional South Tyrolean house. With warm wooden interiors, this fantastic guesthouse offers traditional decor and comfort for a very good price.

Mid-Range | Hotel Kreuzberg Monte Croce is a fabulous hotel located only a quick drive (12 minutes) from the Parkplatz Fischleinbodenhütte trailhead. Here, you’ll be treated to delicious South Tyrolean food and rejuvenating spa facilities.

Luxury | Hotel Monika wows with its design, concept and extensive spa area. This 5-star hotel is the ultimate treat after hiking a few days in the Dolomites.

Look for accommodation in Sexten.

 

Tre Cime di Lavaredo Trailhead

To start the trek, head to Fishleintal (Val Fiscalina). Specifically: Parkplatz Fischleinbodenhütte.

 

Overnight Parking

For this hut-to-hut hike, the best place to park is Parkplatz Fischleinbodenhütte, where you’ll pay a 5 EUR parking fee per day. When you return to your car, you’ll pay the total sum.

Tre Cime di Lavaredo 3 Day Hut to Hut Hike: Cadini di Misurina

Stage 1: Tre Cime di Lavaredo Trek

Fischleintal (Val Fiscalina) to Dreizinnenhütte (Rifugio Locatelli)

  • Trailhead: Parkplatz Fischleinbodenhütte
  • Distance: 6.6 km
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Altitude Gain: 960 meters
  • Time Needed: 3.5 hours

After parking your car in the Parkplatz Fischleinbodenhütte (5 EUR per day) in Sexten, start the ascent to Dreizinnenhütte (Rifugio Locatelli)The hike takes about 3.5 hours along Trail no. 102. It’s steep and almost continuously uphill.

You’ll pass two beautiful mountain tarns right before reaching the hut. Directly facing the north-side of the iconic Three Peaks, Dreizinnenhütte (Rifugio Locatelli) 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 as soon as possible).

Stay in Dreizinnenhütte or Rifugio Lavaredo:

Dreizinnenhütte, Rifugio Locatelli, Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Dolomites
Dreizinnenhütte
Dreizinnenhütte (Rifugio Locatelli) is located at an elevation of 2405 meters. 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. This is usually the first choice in terms of where to stay in Tre Cime, so definitely book as early as possible. This mountain hut is directly located on the loop trail that wraps around the iconic three peaks.

 

Phone: Sommer / estate +39 0474 972002
Winter / inverno +39 329 6690335

Email: [email protected] / [email protected]

Rifugio Lavaredo, Tre Cime di Lavaredo Rifugio, Dolomites
Rifugio Lavaredo
The location of Rifugio Lavaredo 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. The staff was very friendly. However, the food was subpar. This mountain hut is directly located on the loop trail that wraps around the iconic three peaks. It’s also about half-way between Dreizinnenhütte and Rifugio Auronzo.

 

Phone: +39 349 6028675

Email: [email protected]

 
Laghi dei Piani, Tre Cime di Lavaredo Hut to Hut Hike

Stage 2: Tre Cime di Lavaredo Trek

Rifugio Lavaredo – Langealm – Büllelejochhütte

  • Distance: 12.9 km. (Loop Trail is 9.7 km. The trail to Büllelejochhütte (Rifugio Pian di Cengia) is 3.2 km.)
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Altitude Gain: 288 m
  • Altitude Loss: 198 m
  • Time Needed: 5.5 – 6 hours 

Today, you’ll complete the loop trail around Tre Cime di Lavaredo and hike to the mountain hut Büllelejochhütte. The full loop takes around 4 hours (9.7 km). 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. Lagalm 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). It takes 1.5-2 hours to hike the 3.2 km trail to Rifugio Pian di Cengia from Dreizinnenhütte. 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).

Optional Hike to Oberbachernspitze

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.

Stay in Büllelejochhütte:

Büllelejochhütte (Rifugio Pian di Cengia), Trekking Tre Cime di Lavaredo - Hut to Hut
Büllelejochhütte
Büllelejochhütte (Rifugio Pian di Cengia), elevation 2528 m., is a place where dreams come true. Remotely situated, surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery, and gracing the clouds, Büllelejochhütte is the most charming mountain hut we experienced. The staff was beyond kind and friendly. And, the food was divine in an earthy-hearty type of way. This hut is the highest-elevation hut in Tre Cime and located on Trail no. 101. It’s also on the small side and has two dorm-style rooms. There’s running water, but no showers (it’s not that bad, promise). Also, you’ll need to bring a sleeping bag liner.

 

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +39 337 45 15 17

 
Zsigmondy Hütte, Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Dolomites

Stage 3: Tre Cime di Lavaredo Trek

Büllelejochhütte – Zsigmondy Hütte – Fischleintal

  • Distance: 7.4 km
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Altitude Loss: 1,050 m
  • Time Needed: 3 hours

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, follow the familiar flat trail back to Talschlusshütte and Fischleintal Parkplatz.

 

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. 

 
Trekking Tre Cime di Lavaredo Hut to Hut, Dolomites

Other Tre Cime di Lavaredo Rifugios

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Rifugio Auronzo, Dolomites, Italy - Tre Cime di Lavaredo Loop Trail
Rifugio Auronzo
Rifugio Auronzo, located at 2,333 meters, is the only hut you can drive to. The hut has 25 rooms and can house a total of 104 people. The scenery around the hut is breathtaking. We decided to not stay here because we wanted to be somewhere remote and somewhere where we wouldn’t hear cars. Rifugio Auronozo is directly located on the loop trail that wraps around the iconic three peaks. It’s also situated between Rifugio Lavaredo and Langealm.

 

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +39 0435 39002

Zsigmondy Hütte, Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Dolomites
Zsigmondy Hütte
Zsigmondy Hütte (Rifugio E. Comici) is located at an elevation of 2,224 meters, significantly lower than the others. We hiked past the hut but didn’t get a chance to go inside. The hut can accommodate 80 people. It’s remote and surrounded by grazing donkeys.

 

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +39 0474 710358

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