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Greatest 9 Day Hikes In The Dolomites + Directions & Maps

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These are our favorite day hikes within the Dolomites, appropriate for various ranges of expertise. We now have included detailed directions, a map and suggestions for attending to and from the trailhead.

After a number of visits, the gorgeous landscapes of the Italian Dolomites by no means stop to amaze us.

They stand aside from different mountain ranges primarily because of their dramatic limestone peaks. Crags that soar out of rolling inexperienced meadows the place the change from rural idyll to inhospitable mountain is swift and beautiful.

Paul and I’ve carried out loads of climbing within the Dolomites however this information covers our high 9 hikes. Some are little greater than a delicate stroll; others will go away you panting on the high of a rocky peak.

We now have included detailed directions plus the place to remain within the space and suggestions on your first time visiting. We now have additionally listed our different Dolomites guides on the finish to assist plan your journey.

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All these implausible day hikes within the Dolomites are unfold over a reasonably large space. Use our map under to assist decide when to do which stroll. Alternatively, learn our Dolomites itinerary for some ideas on methods to spend every week within the space.

The way to use this map / Click on on the highest left of the map to show the listing of places, then click on on the places to show additional info. Click on on the highest proper nook of the map to open a bigger model in a brand new tab or the star to save lots of to your Google Maps.  


  • Begin Rifugio Auronzo
  • Distance10.3 kilometre spherical journey
  • Time3 hours, 20 minutes
  • Elevation+/- 400 metres
  • ProblemSimple-Medium

The Tre Cime di Lavaredo loop is probably the best hike within the Dolomites. Circling the three hovering spires of Tre Cime, this straightforward stroll on easy to observe paths, has breathtaking views the whole method.

Spiky peaks, reflective lakes, and well-positioned rifugios. In case you solely do one climbing path within the Dolomites, make it this one.


The path begins at Rifugio Auronzo. Take path 101 previous Rifugio Lavaredo and over Forcella Lavaredo, earlier than descending right down to Rifugio Locatelli (Dreizinnenhütte).

Go away the rifugio on path 102 taking care to rapidly flip left on path 105. It descends down a small canyon earlier than rising up the opposite aspect and passing immediately below the three Tre Cime peaks. Keep on path 105 because it rises to Forcella la Col di Mezzo, the place it turns left and heads again to Rifugio Auronzo.

Extra detailed directions and a downloadable map is out there on our Tre Cime information.


The path begins at Rifugio Auronzo, which has a big automobile park behind a toll sales space. The cost is €30 per day (€45 for campervans). It’s is a 40-minute drive from both Cortina d’Ampezzo or Dobbiaco. For public transport, the 444 shuttle bus from Dobbiaco takes 45 minutes.


There are 5 rifugios alongside the climbing route. All have eating places or cafes and bogs, so there’s no must take provides with you.


  • Begin Passo Tre Croci Automobile Park
  • Distance13-kilometre spherical journey
  • Time4 hours, 45 minutes
  • Elevation+/- 725 metres
  • ProblemMedium (summit return)

Lago di Sorapis is a glistening turquoise lake backed by the craggy buttresses of the three,200 mountain which shares its identify. Whereas most of the lakes within the Dolomites are full of individuals, this one requires an honest hike. You will have all of it to your self.

The climbing path winds by shady forests and over rocky ledges as views stretch off to jagged craggy peaks. The crisp mountain air, crunchy alpine foliage and crystal clear lake reflections make this Dolomites hike effectively price conquering.


From Passo Tre Croci, observe path 215 which takes simply over an hour to get to the lake. You’ll be able to both return the best way you got here, making it a simple 2 hour 30 minute stroll or head again over the summit. To return through the summit, head again on path 215. After 10 minutes, flip left on path 216 to climb the steep path up 400 metres.

On the high, there’s a brief difficult part with a handrail as you cross over a small basin. Keep on 216 because it passes by Forcella Marcoira after which drops steeply down the opposite aspect. Flip proper on path 213 which takes you again to the Passo Tre Croci. Extra detailed directions and a downloadable map is out there on our Lago di Sorapis information.


The path begins at Passo Tre Croci which is a 15 minute drive from Cortina D’Ampezzo. Automobile parking is free and accessible all alongside the aspect of the street. For public transport take a 20-minute journey on the 030 bus from Cortina.


Rifugio Alfonso Vandelli sits slightly below Lago di Sorapis. It serves easy meals and drinks throughout summer time. It opens later within the 12 months than many different rifugios, so examine forward.


  • Begin Lodge Lago di Braies
  • Distance3.5-kilometre spherical journey
  • Time1 hour, half-hour
  • Elevation+/- 50 metres
  • ProblemSimple

Lago di Braies is probably the most Instagram pleasant of the Dolomites’ lakes. Emerald water shimmers in opposition to dramatic cliffs within the background, with romantic wood boats lining the shore.

This very straightforward Dolomites hike circumnavigates the lake passing a quaint chapel nestled amongst towering pine bushes and some shingle seashores. It’s a ravishing however fashionable spot so arrive early within the morning, simply because the solar begins to rise over the peaks for a quieter go to.  


The trail across the lake takes simply over an hour. It alternates between working alongside the sting of the water and diverting into the woods. You’ll be able to’t go fallacious. For extra nice concepts within the space, learn our information to Lago di Braies.


There are 3 automobile parks at Lago di Braies however they’ll replenish rapidly. Arrive early or come within the late afternoon. For public transport, the 442 bus runs to Lago di Braies from Dobbiaco through Vallabass (Niederdorf) prepare station, however solely throughout summer time months (mid-June to mid-Sep)


There are bogs on the automobile parks and Lodge Lago di Braies, which additionally has a restaurant and bar overlooking the lake. We’d suggest taking your individual picnic as it may be a bit touristy.  


  • Begin Santa Maddalena
  • Distance7-kilometre spherical journey
  • Time2 hours, half-hour
  • Elevation+/- 250 metres
  • ProblemSimple

Val di Funes is a stunningly picturesque valley and one other Instagram favorite. The spotlight is 2 engaging church buildings, surrounded by fields of hay, backed by the hovering spires of the Odle-Geisler peaks.

The most effective views are captured on this straightforward Dolomites hike alongside the Panoramaweg and Sunnseitenweg trails. The 2 paths traverse the sting of the Funes valley as undulating meadows unfurl under them.

Larger up, fields lined with vibrant alpine flowers body the 2 church buildings and their towering backdrop, forming the most effective sights within the Dolomites


Begin within the city of Santa Maddalena and observe the roads as much as Santa Maddalena church. From the church take the trail north-west rising up the rolling hills for excellent views. Comply with indicators for the Panoramaweg because it contours the valley and drops to satisfy one other path. Flip proper heading into San Pietro.

On the best way again from San Pietro take the decrease Sunnseitenweg again to Santa Maddalena. Extra detailed directions and a downloadable map is out there on our Val di Funes information.


The path begins in Santa Maddalena the place there are a number of small parking spots. For public transport, the 330 bus runs roughly hourly up and down the Funes Valley from Bressanone (Brixen) prepare station to Santa Maddalena.


There are supermarkets in Santa Maddelena to make up a picnic lunch, and several other cafes in San Pietro – the Albergo Kabis Gasthof Café has good espresso and nice individuals watching.


  • Begin Ranui
  • Distance16.5-kilometre spherical journey
  • Time5 hours
  • Elevation+/- 1000 metres
  • Problem Medium

Whereas the Val di Funes hike admires the peaks of Odle-Geisler from afar, this hike will get up shut and private with the jagged enamel and numerous hovering spires. So shut you’ll be straining your neck to see them. It’s one in every of our favorite hikes within the Dolomites and it’s a wonderful day trip within the mountains.

Go away the Instagram-famous church to discover a dramatic part of the Dolomites by high-alpine farms and wooded trails as much as the bottom of the towering rock faces.


Begin in Ranui and take path 28 following a street which turns into a monitor because it ascends steeply by a forest. After simply over an hour the bushes skinny and the peaks seem. Flip proper on path 35 (that is the Adolf Munkel Weg) to Rufugio Magla Brogles and nice views.

From the rifugio backtrack the best way you got here, however ignore path 28, and keep on path 35 because it traverses below the peaks. After an hour of navigating scree and boulders below the spires, flip left on path 36 following indicators right down to Magla Glatsch after which Rifugio Zanes. At Zanes flip left on path 33, again alongside the valley ground to Ranui.

Extra detailed directions and a downloadable map is out there on our Val di Funes information.


The path begins at Ranui the place there’s a automobile park costing €4 a day. For public transport, hop on the 330 bus which runs from Bressanone (Brixen) prepare station to Ranui (remaining cease).


There are two glorious rifugios on this hike. Rifugio Malga Brogles has a reasonably quick opening season (July to September). Malga Glatsch is open from Could to October in a stunning setting. There are not any outlets in Ranui, however there’s a small grocery store in Santa Maddalena.


  • Begin Prime of Ortisei-Furnes-Seceda cable automobile
  • Distance5 kilometres
  • Time2 hours
  • Elevation100 metres ascent, 450 metres descent
  • ProblemSimple

The views from the summit of Seceda are extraordinary and probably the best within the Dolomites. From the ridge, a jagged line of hovering spires seem just like the enamel of a mangled noticed. Clouds repeatedly loiter under the highest, making a moody environment.

The enjoyment of this straightforward stroll is that it hardly takes any effort. From the highest of the dramatic ridge, it descends previous a number of rifugios every with spectacular views.


Take the cable automobile from Ortisei previous Furnes as much as Seceda. From right here ascend to the Seceda viewpoint overlooking the Odle-Geisler peaks. Now it’s all downhill. Descend following path 1 previous Troier Hut to Rifugio Firenze (Regensburger Hut). On the rifugio, flip proper on path 2 after which shortly afterwards, left on path 5 to succeed in Col Raiser.

From Col Raiser take the cable automobile into St. Christina from the place the 350/352 bus repeatedly runs again to Ortisei. The stroll takes round 2 hours and is a simple method to get unbelievable surroundings.


The path begins on the high of the Ortisei-Furnes-Seceda cable automobile. There may be undercover parking on the Ortisei cable automobile station. For public transport, the 350 bus runs repeatedly alongside the Val Gardena valley ground, connecting Ortisei and Wolkenstein with Besaanone (Brixen) or Bolzano.


This fashionable space has loads of amenities. Ristorante Seceda is on the high of the Furnes-Seceda cable automobile. A few third of the best way down, the superb Troier Hut is open all through the summer time and winter season. Regensburger (Rifugio Fierenze) is close to the top of the stroll and opens from June to October.

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  • Begin Passo Sella automobile park
  • Distance17.6 kilometres spherical journey (together with non-compulsory ascent to Rifugio Vincenza)
  • Time6 hours
  • Elevation+/- 1000 metres
  • ProblemMedium-Onerous

The Sassolungo circuit is a 6-hour hike with 1,000 metres of ascent and descent. It’s an extended, tiring day however one of the crucial rewarding climbing routes within the Dolomites. The path clings to the boundary between meadows and rocky peaks. On one aspect, the sheer-sided faces that make up the massif tower above the trail. On the opposite, grassy meadows, alpine flowers and winding trails, roll-off in the direction of different mountains. 

Views of the hovering spires of the Puez-Odle massif, the huge rocky lump of Sella and the craggy buttresses of the Catinaccio in addition to completely positioned rifugios make for a terrific Dolomites hike.


Begin at Passo Sella and head south for a couple of minutes earlier than turning proper on path 557 (Frederich August Weg). Comply with the 557 path previous Rifugio Frederich August and Rifugio Sandro Pertini to Rifugio Sasso Piatto. From right here head north-west downhill on path 9 for a brief distance earlier than turning proper on path 527.

Proceed on 527 (deciding if you wish to take the non-compulsory ascent up path 525 to Rifugio Vicenza) till you meet path 526 which takes you previous Rifugio Comici earlier than dropping again to Passo Sella. 

Extra detailed directions and a downloadable map is out there on our detailed Sassolungo information.


The path begins on the Passo Sella automobile park, which is a 20-minute drive from Selva’ half-hour from Canazei; or 40 minutes from Ortisei. The automobile park prices €5 and fills up rapidly, so get there early.

For public transport, the 471 bus runs from Ortisei and Selva in Val Gardena over Passo Sella (stopping on the automobile park) after which onto Canazei. It runs round each 20 to half-hour however solely in the summertime months.


Probably the greatest issues concerning the Sassolungo hike is the superb rifugios alongside the stroll. Rifugio Friedrich August is one in every of our favourites within the Dolomites with sweeping views and glorious meals.

Probably the most dramatic, nonetheless, is the non-compulsory detour as much as Rifugio Vicenza, excessive up amongst a barren wasteland of rock.


  • Begin Rifugio Ciampedie
  • Distance12.5-kilometre spherical journey
  • Time5 hours
  • Elevation+/- 1275 metres
  • ProblemMedium-Onerous

The Vajolet Towers are six summits that rise out of the rock-strewn basin of the Catinaccio group. Skinny and sinuous rocky spires, it’s troublesome to think about a few of them are nonetheless standing. However standing they’re, and exploring this barren wasteland of rock and stone makes for a wonderful, if considerably difficult, Dolomites tour.

However with the number of straightforward stroll by pine forests to a rocky slog up a zig-zagging mountain path, the hike as much as the bottom of the Vajolet Towers is a really memorable day trip within the Dolomites.


Begin at Rifugio Ciampedie cable automobile station (2000 metres) and observe path 540 making straightforward progress to Rifugio Gardeccia. The path now steepens and climbs reaching two spectacularly positioned rifugios, Paul Preuss and Vajolet.

From right here, it’s a heart-thumping scramble up a steep 400 metres incline to Rifugio Re Alberto. Though it’s powerful the ascent is tucked away rapidly and metal cables help within the tougher sections. Nonetheless, the rifugio comes as a welcome aid among the many barren rocky plateau. An additional gradual 100-metre climb brings you to Rifugio Passo Santner and its wide-ranging panoramic views to the west.  

Having savoured your achievement, head again the best way you got here.


Park in Vigo di Fassa on the base of the Vigo – Ciampedie cable automobile. Take the cable automobile as much as Rifugio Ciampedie to start the stroll. For public transport, the 101 bus runs up and down Val di Fassa between Canazei and Trento.


There are many amenities across the Ciampedie cable automobile station together with cafes, outlets & bogs. Immediately below the climb as much as the towers, Rifugio Paul Preuss and Rifugio Vajolet are nice locations to gasoline up.


  • Begin Grostè Gondola Raise
  • Distance – 18-kilometre spherical journey
  • Time6 hours
  • Elevation200 metres ascent, 1300 metres descent
  • ProblemMedium

Few head out to the Brenta Dolomites and we predict that’s a mistake. Its rocky canyons, towering needles and big blocks of stone are house to a few of the finest By way of Ferrata in Europe. However you don’t have to be clipped onto the iron street, trails weaving out and in of those pure wonders enable hikers up right here too.

This Dolomites climbing route is our favorite within the area. Whereas lengthy, it’s not as laborious as it might look. A cable automobile takes care of a lot of the top and an non-compulsory bus journey can lop 3 kilometres off the path. So seize your favorite climbing backpack and head into this rocky wonderland.


Begin at Passo del Grostè (Rifugio Stoppani), the ultimate cease on the Grostè Gondola raise. From the cable automobile observe path 316 because it winds round a rocky canyon, darting out and in of needle-shaped peaks. After 1 hour and half-hour, it arrives at Rifugio Tuckett, one of many best-located huts within the Dolomites.

From Rifugio Tuckett take path 328 (Sentiero del Fridolin) after which flip left on path 318 travelling deep into an amphitheatre of towering peaks. Proper within the centre of this wonderland of rock sits Rifugio Brentei – one other glorious place to cease.

Head again on path 318 to Rifugio Casinei, then take path 317 to Rifugio Vallisnella. Right here you will have a alternative. Comply with the route by the pine forest again to Madonna di Campiglio or get a bus and save your self the ultimate hour stroll.

Extra particulars are on Day 7 of our 1-week Dolomites itinerary.


The path begins at Passo del Grostè, which is on the high of the Grostè Gondola raise. Park on the Cabinovia Grostè cable automobile station simply outdoors Madonna di Campiglio (€3.50 per day).

For public transport, it’s a brief bus journey from Madonna di Campiglio on both the B642 or B201.


There are many bakeries and supermarkets in Madonna di Campiglio. However the rifugios serve foods and drinks, with the spaghetti at Rifugio Tuckett, and the beer at Rifugio Brentei each glorious. The rifugios are open for the summer time season solely: June to September.


There may be one hike that has been advisable to us by the good and the nice that’s not on this listing. Sadly, each time we’ve been within the Dolomites, driving rain or late-lingering snow has scuppered our plans to hike Puez-Odle Altopiano.  

In case you give it a go then tell us what it’s like within the feedback under.


For us, a terrific hike requires a little bit of leg-work, fascinating altering views and the chance to see issues we wouldn’t in any other case be capable to. Nevertheless, there are simply too many nice sights within the Dolomites which can be effectively price seeing, though they’re not on the finish of what we might take into account a extremely nice hike.


The vistas over Alpe di Siusi within the early morning or late afternoon are beautiful. Giant alpine meadows, carpeted with wildflowers, present a lush foreground to the imposing Seceda mountain ridge.

However the meadow is giant and you may be climbing for a lot of hours with out the surroundings altering a lot. In our opinion, Alpe di Siusi is finest explored on two wheels slightly than two legs. Rent an e-bike from Ortisei and spend the day amassing far more of the world than you could possibly on a hike.


The Sella massif is a large block of rock and the views from the highest are glorious. On a transparent day, you may spend hours figuring out the varied Dolomites peaks that encompass the summit.

Sadly, it’s excessive and troublesome to assemble a round day-hike that will get to the highest with altering views. It’s higher to take the cable automobile as much as Sass Pordoi and benefit from the views from there. 

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The Dolomites climbing season runs from June to September.

The most effective time to go to is the primary few weeks of July. Flowers carpet the higher meadows, and the snow ought to have cleared from the upper trails. Early September can also be glorious, as summer time crowds die down however the climate stays high quality.

Early in summer time, snow can hold round on the upper floor, making a few of the paths impassable. Chilly climate and snow can return as early as October.

The cable vehicles shut on the finish of the ski season and whereas a few of the bigger ones reopen in late Could, many others don’t return to service till mid-June. Many of the rifugios – such a terrific a part of climbing within the Dolomites – additionally shut after winter. Some don’t reopen till mid to late June.

Keep away from August if doable as the varsity holidays deliver giant crowds.


Many individuals are tempted to hike within the Dolomites in Could. It’s between the winter and summer time season and an excellent time of 12 months to get outdoor earlier than the summer time rush. Nevertheless, a lot of the cable vehicles within the Dolomites will nonetheless be closed in Could and most of the greater hikes in our listing might be coated in snow.

So most of the Dolomites hikes we have now instructed is not going to be doable in Could, nonetheless, snow-shoeing is a superb possibility for a mid-season tour to the mountains.

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Our favorite hikes within the Dolomites are unfold throughout a big space. Nevertheless, it’s doable to decide on a location that can can help you entry a number of of those walks pretty simply.


Val Gardena is rightly one of the crucial fashionable locations for climbing within the Dolomites. From its two essential cities, Selva (Wolkenstein) and Ortisei (St. Ulrich), cable vehicles rise into the mountains connecting a myriad of climbing trails.

Keep round Val Gardena for Val di Funes Panoramweg (4), the Adolf Munkel Path (5) and Seceda (6).

For extra particulars on the world learn our information to Val Gardena.

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The 2 essential centres within the northern part of the Dolomites are the cities of Cortina d’Ampezzo and Dobbiaco. Cortina is extra picturesque and higher when you’ve got a automobile, however Dobbiaco has extra complete public transport choices.

Keep round Cortina or Dobiacco for Tre Cime di Lavaredo (1), Lago di Sorapis (2), and Lago di Braies (3).

For extra info on the world, learn our information to Cortina d’Ampezzo.

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Val di Funes is an idyllic valley with only a few providers. Whereas it may be reached on a day journey from Val Gardena by bus, it could additionally make an excellent base if you wish to get away from all of it for just a few days.

Keep round Val di Funes for Val di Funes Panoramaweg (4) and the Adolf Munkel Path (5).

  • Fallerhof is a superb finances property within the centre of the village
  • Haus Puez has comfy self-catering flats with beautiful views simply outdoors the village of San Pietro
  • Proihof is an alpine gem 5-minutes drive from Funes.

Learn our information to Val di Funes for extra details about the world.

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1 – Two of the walks talked about right here require cable vehicles and costs can rapidly add up. Some lodges supply discounted passes and different multi-day passes can be found from the cable automobile station. Examine to see if they’ll prevent cash.

2 – All of the routes are effectively marked, however be sure to have a good suggestion the place you’re going. Ideally, take a bodily map or obtain the maps from our extra detailed posts onto your smartphone. MAPS: Cortina map Vajolet Towers / Val Gardena / Brenta

3 – All these walks have a minimum of a rifugio or café on route however if you’re at both finish of the season examine they’re open. Even when they’re, carry loads of vitality replenishing snacks and a water filter bottle. In case you’re doing an extended hike we extremely suggest a hydration bag like this one.

4 – To gather pictures of these turquoise lakes, we extremely suggest investing in good high quality ND Filters, they’ll actually make your photos pop. To make use of the filters, you’ll want an honest tripod, the Ultralight SIrui is the most effective we’ve come throughout.


The tougher hikes require climbing boots (we use one thing like these) or a minimum of sturdy strolling sneakers. Trainers are high quality for the straightforward hike. Mountaineering poles may assist to bypass a few of the pressure out of your legs to your arms.

All the time take a water-resistant and a few heat garments. Each 1,000 metres you rise the temperature drops about 5 levels and if the clouds come over and the wind picks up it could get chilly rapidly.

Equally, clouds can clear rapidly. Even when it appears overcast earlier than you set off, the solar could possibly be shining very quickly. So pack a hat and/or sunscreen.


We now have an in depth information about visiting the Dolomites for the primary time, which incorporates info on methods to get there and round, when to go and what to do in the principle areas.

You may also learn our information to the most effective locations to go to within the Dolomites for extra concepts.


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