Tre Cime Di Lavaredo: The Best Hike In The Dolomites

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 delightful since 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 is the option of taking the bus up to Rifugio Auronzo. The busses leave from multiple locations at the foot of the mountain. Therefore, check for the bus stop closest to you and the timetable, which varies seasonally. Above all, if you take the bus, don’t forget to buy a ticket at the bus stop, and keep in mind they only accept CASH. Furthermore, bus tickets are much cheaper than the car fee. (I believe it was 6 euros p.p. for a round trip)

We parked the car on a grass area behind Zandegiacomo Seidelucio Aldo and walked to the Misurina-Genzianella bus stop. Here we bought our 2-way tickets and took the bus up.

Hike Up To Tre Cime Di Lavaredo

The third and final option is to start the hike from the mountain’s foot at Misurina – Genzianella. There is a hiking trail up to Tre Cime, and it should take about 2 hours. 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. Therefore 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, and 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. Afterward, 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.
  • Several stacks of stones.
  • Views into the valley.
  • Caves that you can explore.
  • The lake located at the foot of the Tre Cime.
  • The restaurant on the last stretch is selling apple pie.
  • 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 of the essentials that you should take with you:

  • Hiking shoes
  • Thick hiking socks
  • Hiking poles
  • Rain jacket
  • Small backpack
  • Food
  • Drinks
  • Snacks

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