Tre Cime di Lavaredo or three needles is a well-known hike in the Dolomites. Tre Cime di Lavaredo acquired its status because of its stunning hiking trail with spectacular views over the surroundings. The hike is especially fun due to the fact that you hike around the three mountain tops. This creates the opportunity to see the Tre Cime from different perspectives while still being an easy-going hike😍. Read all you need to know about the Dolomites’ most iconic hike here.
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How To Get To Tre Cime Di Lavaredo
The best place to start the Tre Cime Di Lavaredo is at Rifugio Auronzo. Rifugio Auronzo is a mountain hut with a parking area next to it. This is also the official starting point of the hike. There are three different ways of reaching the Rifugio Auronzo. Either hike there, take the car or go by bus.
Go There By Car
As I mentioned earlier there is a big parking area on top of the mountain. Worth mentioning is that the road leading up to the parking area at Rifugio Auronzo is privately owned and therefore you need to pay a 25-30 euro fee to use it. Fortunately, this cost is including the parking area. Going to Rifugio Auronzo by car is the easiest way to reach the starting point of the hike.
Pro Tip ➳ Do The Hike To Lake Sorapis, the bright blue lake embedded in the peaks of the Dolomites.
Take The Bus
If you do not have a car available there the option of taking the bus up to Rifugio Auronzo. The busses leave from multiple locations at the foot of the mountain, check dolomitibus.it for the busstop closes to you and the time table which varies seasonally. If you take the bus, don’t forget to buy a ticket at the ticket booth of the busstop. Keep in mind they only accept CASH. The bus tickets are much cheaper than the car fee. (I believe it was 6 euros p.p. for a round trip)
Hike Up To Tre Cime Di Lavaredo
The third and final option is starting the hike from the foot of the mountain at Misurina – Genzianella. There is a hiking trail up the Tre Cime and it should take about 2 hours to read Tre Cime Di Lavaredo. However, it is quite a long way up towards Tre Cime so be prepared for that.
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What To Expect From The Tre Cime Di Lavaredo Hike
The hike around the Tre Cime Di Lavaredo is relatively easy. It is accessible for everyone who is in good shape. The trail is pretty flat all around with some elevation changes, however, not steep at all. For the average person who also likes to enjoy the stunning views now and then, the hike will take around 4-5 hours. Especially if you are taking a lot of pictures like we did 📸. For the more fast-paced hikers it will take you about 3 hours.
The hiking trail exists mainly of gravel and rocks. Therefore, it definitely is recommended to bring some sturdy hiking shoes to support your ankles and feet.
The hike around the Tre Cime Di Lavaredo is 7,5km long and we recommend that you start the hike counterclockwise. There are 5 stops along the hike, if you follow these it is impossible to get lost.
Start of the hike at Rifugio Auronzo, from there follow the signs Cappella degli Alpini. Afterwards hike towards Rifugio Lavaredo. The next stop is Forcella lavaredo. From there onwards follow Malga Langalm. And last but not least Forcella del Col de Mèdo. In the map below you can see the stops.
Things To Notice During The Tre Cime Di Lavaredo Hike
As you can see from the photos the views of Tre Cime Di Lavaredo are out of this world! But where to look without missing anything?! When we were hiking here we really appreciated noticing the following ❤️.
- The little church close to the first stop.
- The many stacks of stones.
- The views peaking into the valley down the mountain.
- The caves you can explore.
- The lake located on the foot of the Tre Cime.
- The restaurant on the last stretch selling apple pie.
- The cows grazing and the clinging of the bells around their necks.
Hiking Gear Needed
Even though the Tre Cime Di Lavaredo hike is relatively easy, it is still a hike. Therefore, you should definitely bring your hiking shoes and the necessary equipment. Here is a list with the essentials that you should take with you:
- Hiking shoes
- Thick hiking socks
- Hiking poles
- Rain jacket
- Small backpack
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