The Tre Cime di Lavaredo are considered to be the most striking rocks of the Dolomite mountains, famous all over the world.
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The Tre Cime di Lavaredo, also called Three Peaks of Lavaredo, or Drei Zinnen in German, are a bizarre and striking alpenstock belonging to the Sesto Dolomites, the most north-eastern mountain group of the Dolomites. Due to the special shape, these three pinnacles are world-famous and are considered to be the symbol of the (Sesto) Dolomites. They consist of the Cima Grande in the middle (High Peak, 2,999 m asl), the Cima Piccola (Small Peak, 2,857 m asl) and the Cima Ovest (West Peak, 2,973 m).
The famous north face of this alpenstock belongs to the municipal territory of Dobbiaco in South Tyrol, whereas the southern part of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo belongs to the province of Belluno. In other words, the borderline between the two provinces passes above the Tre Cime di Lavaredo summits. The first ascent of the Cima Grande took place in 1869 by Paul Grohmann, Franz Innerkofler and Peter Salcher. Soon after other alpinists climbed the Cima Ovest as well as the Cima Piccola.
In the surroundings of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, there are numerous hiking paths. One of the most popular trails starts at the Auronzo mountain hut and terminates the at the Antonio Locatelli mountain hut (2,405 m asl), taking you past the impressive Lavaredo Saddle and Mt Paterno. Unforgettable: the Tre Cime di Lavaredo after sunset, when the “alpine glow” makes the alpenstock appear in a reddish light!