On this seven day trek, you'll encounter some of the world's most beautiful alpine scenery, including three of the most famous peaks in the Dolomites: the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Hike between mountain huts high in the beautiful Northern Dolomites, traverse sheer rock walls using the area's famous via ferrati, and enjoy authentic Italian cuisine in cozy refugi lodges along the route.

Highlights

  • Hike between mountain huts high in the beautiful Northern Dolomites
  • See the Tre Cime di Lavaredo peaks from the region's famous via ferrati
  • Relax and enjoy Italian cuisine in cozy refugi lodges along the way

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 San Candido - Val Campo di Dentro - Dreischusterhütte Mountain Hut
Day 2 Dreischusterhütte - Rifugio Locatelli - Tre Cime Mountain Hut
Day 3 Rifugio Locatelli - Rifugio Pratopiazza Mountain Hut
Day 4 Rifugio Pratopiazza - Lago di Braies Braies
Day 5 Lago di Braies - Senes - Pederu - Fanes Mountain Hut
Day 6 Fanes - Medesc - Alta Badia - Rifugio Gardenaccia Mountain Hut
Day 7 Gardenaccia - Rifugio Puez - San Silvestro/Wolkenstein  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: San Candido - Val Campo di dentro - Dreischusterhütte

San Candido
San Candido

Meet your group in San Candido in the early afternoon for a short hike that will give you time to settle into the Dolomites. This easy, pleasant walk will take you to the Dreischusterhütte, your first Dolomiti rifugio, the cozy lodges that dot the mountain chain.

Hiking time: 30 minutes
Hiking distance: 1 mile (2 km)
Elevation: +361 feet (110 m)

Day 2: Dreischusterhütte - Rifugio Locatelli - Tre Cime

Tre Cime di Lavaredo
Tre Cime di Lavaredo

Hike up the upper valley to the Torre di Toblin, the entrance to the world of the three peaks of the Tre Cime mountain group. The area is famous for its rock climbing and via ferrata iron climbing routes that were originally constructed during World War I. You'll make your way to the Locatelli rifugio built in 1883, one of the oldest in the Dolomites. After settling into your room, you can choose to go for an additional hike at the foot of the area or around the famous Tre Cime or take a guided route around the  Paterno or Torre di Toblin via ferrata.

Hiking time: 3 hours
Hiking distance: 4 miles (6 km)
Elevation: +2,789 feet (850 m), -328 feet (100 m)

Day 3: Rifugio Locatelli - Rifugio Pratopiazza

Tre Cime di Lavaredo
Tre Cime di Lavaredo

Take in your last views of the north face of Tre Cime as you leave Locatelli and head west. You'll follow an easy trail down the wild Val Ribon. From the bottom of the valley, you'll go up the Strudelkopfsattel Pass under the Monte Specie to discover the pasture of the Pratopiazza.

Hiking time: 6 hours
Hiking distance: 10 miles (16 km)
Elevation: +2,953 feet (900 m), -4,265 feet (1,300 m)

Day 4: Rifugio Pratopiazza - Lago di Braies

Lago di Braies
Lago di Braies

Transfer to Ponticello and make your way up an easy path to the Malga Rosalm hut. Follow a traverse along the meadows to the Cavallo Pass, then down to Braies Lake nestled between the mountains.

Hiking time: 5.5 hours
Hiking distance: 7 miles (12 km)
Elevation: +2,953 feet (900 m), -4,429 feet (1,350 m)

Day 5: Lago di Braies - Senes - Pederu - Fanes

Fanes
Fanes

Start the longest hiking day of your trip along the lake shore before ascending up the Seitenbach Valley to reach Forcella di Riciogogn (2,331 m), the heart of Fanes-Senes natural park. After a snack break, continue through a wild limestone desert to Rifugio Senes (2,121 m) and on to the verdant valley of Pederu (1,550 m). Finally, hike up the Valun de Fanes and arrive at an open meadow and your refugio for the night.

Hiking time: 7 hours
Hiking distance: 11 miles (19 km)
Elevation: +4,260 feet (1300 m), -1,600 feet (800 m)

Day 6: Fanes - Medesc - Alta Badia - Rifugio Gardenaccia

Val Badia
Val Badia

Travel back to a thousand years ago as you hike across the Fanes altiplano (high plain), once an island with a lagoon, keeping your eye out for fossils that would have once been buried on the lakebed. When you reach the Medesc Pass, you'll hike down to La Villa Stern, the hearth of Alta Biada, along a steep path into the woods. Stroll through the village for a rest and shopping time before you climb up to the Gardenaccia rifugio and its view over Marmolada, the highest summit of the Dolomites. If you need some assistance, you can take a lift part of the way.

Hiking time: 7 hours
Hiking distance: 9 miles (15 km)
Elevation: +3,937 feet (1,200 m), -3,937 feet (1,200 m)

Day 7: Gardenaccia - Rifugio Puez - San Silvestro/Wolkenstein

San Silvestro Valley
San Silvestro Valley

From the refugio, a short hike leads you to Gardenaccia Pass (2,543 m). A traverse to Rifugio Puez offers nice views to the Marmolada and many other summits in the area before descending steeply to San Silvestro Valley. Here, cross a meadow to arrive at San Silvestro Church and the village of Selva-Wolkenstein, where your epic trek comes to an end. Head back to the Adige Valley and on to your next adventure.

Hiking time: 5.5 hours
Hiking distance: 9 miles (15 km)
Elevation: +2,000 feet (650 m), -3,280 feet (1000 m)

Map

Map of Dolomites High Traverse: Hut-to-Hut Hiking in Italy - 7 Days
Map of Dolomites High Traverse: Hut-to-Hut Hiking in Italy - 7 Days