Around the Drei Zinnen

Hut hike in the Dolomites in Italy around the Drei Zinnen – 3 days

Level: T1/T2
Period: End June – mid September

This amazing hut hikes goes around the ‘Drei Zinnen’ or ‘Tre Cime di Lavaredo’, Italian for ‘Three Peaks of Lavaredo’. The Drei Zinnen are three distinctive peaks, in the Sexten Dolomites of northeastern Italy.
This is a relatively easy hike that is nevertheless very high up in the mountains and is extremely spectacular. The level is T1 to T2, with an occasional small piece of T3. The paths are generally wide and easy. The part to the Büllelejochhütte is a bit more challenging and a lot steeper, but very rewarding. Because the Büllelejochhütte was not available, we slept the first night in the Lavaredohütte. This is an hour’s walk from the Auronzohütte. The huts are all quite close to each other and the hiking days can easily be shortened or extended. So don’t worry if one of the huts is not available, just adjust your hiking route.

This hike is listed in our travel blog. Hiking times mentioned below are adjusted to hiking with kids.

Day 1: Park at the Auronzohütte (Rifugio Auronzo – 2333 m) en hike via the Lavaredohütte (Rifugio Lavaredo) to the Büllelejochhütte (Rifugio Pian di Cengia – 2528 m). 5,6 km, 3:00,  450 m,  250 m

Day 2: Hike from the Büllelejochhütte to the Dreizinnenhütte (Rifugio Antonio Locatelli – 2405 m) and do some more hiking in that area. There are many hiking options around the Dreizinnenhütte. The hike from to the Dreizinnenhütte is a short one, but incredibly beautiful – 3,2 km, 1:30,  100 m,  240 m.

Day 3: Hike back from the Dreizinnenhütte to the Auronzohütte , 4 km, 1:30,  80 m,  200 m.

Good to know:
– All huts have drinking water.
– None of the huts have Wi-Fi. There virtually no mobile phone coverage in this area.
– All huts are cash only.
– There is ample parking space at the Auronzohütte (at 2300 m). It’s expensive (€30 for the first 24 hours, €15 for every executive 24 hours), but well worth it and very convenient.