Tierser Alpl Schutzhaus (Rifugio Alpe di Tires) is a one-of-a-kind mountain refuge located in the Naturpark Schlern – Rosengarten (Sciliar – Catinaccio Natural Park) in the Dolomites. You can hike to Tierser Alpl as a day hike from Seiser Alm (Alpe di Siusi), as an overnight hike, or as part of a hut to hut hike in the Rosengarten (Catinaccio) mountains. In this post, we’re going to show you how to get to Tierser Alp as a day trip from the high alpine plateau Seiser Alm (Alpe di Siusi).
One More Thing – This hike is located in the German-speaking province of South Tyrol (Alto Adige) in Italy. Prior to WWI, this region was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. And so, the German language continues to be spoken here. To avoid confusion (or maybe to confuse you further), we’re going to use both the German and the Italian names for all the locations. Eg. Seiser Alm is the German name for Alpe di Siusi. Tierser Alpl Hütte is the German name for Rifugio Alpe di Tires.
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How to Get to Seiser Alm (Alpe di Siusi)
The trailhead to Tierser Alpl Hütte (Rifugio Alpe di Tires) is at Compatsch (Compaccio), which is the largest settlement on Seiser Alm (Alpe di Siusi). Compatsch is situated at an elevation of 1850 meters and is reachable by cableway.
We recommend parking your car at Seis Am Schlern (Siusi Allo Sciliar). Next, take the Alpe di Siusi Aerial Cableway (Seiser Alm Bahn/Cabinovia Alpe di Siusi) from Seis Am Schlern (Siusi Allo Sciliar) to Compatsch (Compaccio). Are the names getting confusing yet?
Seiser Alm to Tierser Alpl Trail Map
- Take the Alpe di Siusi Aerial Cableway (Seiser Alm Bahn/Cabinovia Alpe di Siusi) from Seis Am Schlern (Siusi Allo Sciliar) to Seiser Alm (Alpe di Siusi), Compatsch (Compaccio).
- Follow path no. 7 to Hotel Panorama.
- From Hotel Panorama, take trail no. 2 to Rosszähne (Denti di Terrarossa), 2,657 meters. The trail ascends very slowly until you approach the Rosszähne ridge. This steep switchback section is the most challenging part of the hike.
- From the summit, turn right and follow the path until you see the red-roofed hut (10 minutes).
Tierser Alpl (Alpe di Tires) Day Hike
This is a soft-intermediate hike. Though the walk across Seiser Alm (Alpe di Siusi) is relatively easy, the trail eventually ascends very steeply to the mountain ridge Rosszähne (Denti di Terrarossa).
It takes 3 hours to hike to Tierser Alpl (Alpe di Tires) from Compatsch (Compaccio). The distance is 7.21 km one-way. A lot of people choose to hike to Tierser Alpl in the morning, enjoy a delicious lunch at the hut, and then return to Seiser Alm in the late afternoon. Because this is a full-day hike, we recommend spending the night directly on the beautiful mountain plateau of Seiser Alm (Alpe di Siusi), or directly below in Seis am Schlern (Siusi). Here are a few options:
Budget | Villa Rier is a bed and breakfast in Seis am Schlern (Siusi) with spacious bedrooms.
Mid-Range | Hotel Bellavista is located directly on the slopes of Seiser Alm at Compatsch (Compaccio). With panoramic mountain views and a spa and wellness center, this is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the Dolomites scenery. Breakfast is included.
4-Star Experience Hotel | Tirler – Dolomites Living Hotel is a deluxe hotel with an on-site spa, restaurant, bar, and amazing mountain views on Seiser Alm. Everything you could ever want is provided for. This eco-friendly hotel was also designed to reduce allergens.
Tierser Alpl (Alpe di Tires) Overnight Hike
Another option you have is to stay the night in Tierserl Alpl, which is what we did. The natural beauty that envelops this remote hut is astounding. And, if you’re like us, once you arrive, you won’t want to leave. This family-owned mountain refuge was renovated in 2015, resulting in an absolutely stunning interior and very comfortable rooms.
Tierser Alpl is very well managed, so you can expect excellent service. However, the best reward is the cuisine that awaits you. All food is prepared in Tierser Alpl. They source their ingredients from nearby farms and the surrounding area. Breakfast is included in the accommodation price. For dinner, you can choose between a three-course “Halbpension Karte” menu, or order a la carte. Everything we sampled was delicious.
If you want to stay at Tierser Alpl as part of a hut-to-hut hike, read our Rosengarten trekking itinerary.
Elevation: 2,440 meters
Rooms: They offer both dormitory-style (for 8, 10, or 12 persons) and private rooms (for 2, 3, 4, or 6 persons).
Showers: Hot showers are available for a small fee.
Reservation: Necessary. Book at least 3-5 months in advance.
Seiser Alm to Tierser Alpl Hike Summary
Trail Name/Numbers: 7, 2
Nature Park: Naturpark Schlern – Rosengarten (Sciliar – Catinaccio Natural Park)
Italian Province: South Tyrol
Starting Point: Compatsch (Compaccio), elevation 1,850 meters
Ending Point: Tierser Alpl Schutzhaus (Rifugio Alpe di Tires)
Points of Interest: Seiser Alm (Alpe di Siusi), Rosszähne (Denti di Terrarossa)
Parking: Seis Am Schlern (Siusi Allo Sciliar), free and paid parking available
Hiking Time: 3 – 3.5 hrs (one-way). Note: trail signs say it takes 2.5 hrs, but it took us a bit longer.
Distance: 7.21 km
Experience Level: Intermediate
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