Tre Cime di Lavaredo is one of the most famous mountains in the Dolomites. They are three distinctive massive rocky peaks that rise up from the rolling scenery of the Dolomites and surrounded by amazing views. The Tre Cime di Lavaredo hike is one of the best value hikes in the Dolomites; it’s quite easy and suitable for most people. This hiking loop takes only a few hours, and the scenery is stunning. If you have a chance to visit this area, you should consider taking this beautiful hike.
The trail begins at Rifugio Auronzo and starts with an easy walk to Rifugio Lavaredo.
From Rifugio Lavaredo, just follow the route 101 to climb up. Once reaching the top, the views change, opening up to a view of the valley in front of Tre Cime, with the mountains of the Dolomites stretching off beyond.
Continuing the route 101, you will go to Rifugio Locatelli, where you can have the best view of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. The scenery here is gorgeous; you can take a break, soaking up the sun or wandering around here.
After relaxing and enjoying the views, take the route 105, cross the valley in front of the Tre Cime to go back to Rifugio Auronzo.
How to get there?
With the starting point in South Tyrol, you can check the itinerary and timetable of public transport in this website to find the route to go to Rifugio Auronzo. The bus 444 that goes to Tre Cime di Lavaredo runs only on summer (from June to October), so you should check the timetable before planning your trip to go there. For the ticket, If the single ticket or return ticket is more than 15 euro, I suggest buying Mobilcard, a transportation card which allows you to make full use of the South Tyrol’s Integrated Public Transport network. However, from summer 2018 the bus 444 was changed to shuttle services and you cannot use this bus with Mobilcard anymore, so you need to buy separate ticket for this bus (8 euro for one way or 15 euro for two ways).
If you stay in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Auronzo di Cadore or Veneto region, you can come to Tre Cime di Lavaredo by Dolomiti Bus. These buses also run in summer, but the frequency of the bus is quite sparse. Unfortunately, Dolomiti bus doesn’t have a day ticket, so you need to buy a single ticket at supermarket or newspaper shop. You also can buy tickets on the bus, but it will cost some more euros. For more information about timetable or ticket price, you can check on Dolomiti bus app or Moovitt app.
If you go by car or motorbike, you can drive into the Tre Cime natural park, leave your car parked near Rifugio Auronzo, and hike the loop. However, the parking lot fills up quickly in summer, so you should come as early as you can. There is a fee for parking at Rifugio Auronzo; you can check more information about the fee here.
Where to stay?
If you just take a day trip to hike Tre Cime di Lavaredo, you can stay at some towns in South Tyrol or Belluno Province (Auronzo di Cadore, Cortina d’Ampezzo,…). In South Tyrol, you can read on my blog about Val di Funes. The nearest town of South Tyrol that has a direct bus to Rifugio Auronzo is Dobbiaco. If you choose Belluno, just check the accommodation in Booking.com or Airbnb.
You also can spend one night at some mountain huts on this trail. There are three huts: Rifugio Auronzo, Rifugio Lavaredo, Rifugio Locatelli. However, these huts only open in summer and you should bring your sleeping bag when you stay in these mountain huts. For detail information, you can read on the websites of these huts.