Huettenwanderung im drei zinnen gebiet person
Huettenwanderung im drei zinnen gebiet person

Hike from hut to hut in the Tre Cime area

This mountain hike offers breathtaking views on some of the most beautiful mountains in the Dolomites, including the Tre Cime, Monte Paterno and Cima Dodici.

By train we go to Dobbiaco where we take the bus to the Rif. Auronzo mountain hut, the starting point of our hike. Here we are already at 2,333 m a.s.l. and enjoy a wonderful view on the Cadini di Misurina group and Lago di Misurina lake.

We start our partial circumnavigation of the Tre Cime (Drei Zinnen) on the path no. 101. It leads us to the Rif. Lavaredo mountain hut at 2,344 m a.s.l. in about 30 minutes. We hike in rocky terrain, but the path is wide and nearly flat. We stay on this path, which now slightly ascends, but after the Forcella di Lavaredo saddle continues rather flat again and one hour later we reach the Rif. Antonio Locatelli mountain hut (Drei Zinnen Hütte) at 2,405 m a.s.l. From here we enjoy a fantastic view on the famous Tre Cime and the two beneath located Laghi dei Piani lakes.

Our partial circumnavigation of the Tre Cime ends here and we walk – always on path no. 101 – towards the Pian di Cengia ridge (Büllelejoch). Below the path there is a third lake which shimmers in many shades of blue and has still snow on its shore. Directly after the Pian di Cengia, the rustic Rif. Pian di Cengia mountain hut is located, where we enjoy our lunch (walking time from the Rif. Antonio Locatelli: 1 hour). After the nice break we decide to make a side trip to the Oberbachernspitze (path no. 101A, 2,677 m a.s.l.). The 30-minute walk from the Rif. Pian di Cengia mountain hut (2,528 m a.s.l.) is definitely worth it. On the way again and again we find traces of the mountain war which took place here during WWI. From the summit we can see again the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, the impressive Cima Dodici, Cima Undici and Cima Una mountains as well as the surrounding alpine world and the village of Moso near Sesto down in the valley.

Now the descent starts. Past the Rif. Pian di Cengia mountain hut we reach the Zsigmondyhütte hut (2,224 m a.s.l.) in about 40 minutes. At the wayside we meet some not shy marmots. We spend the night in the Zsigmondyhütte and enjoy the magic moment of the sunset, which colours the bright dolomite rock pink.

The next day we take the path no. 103 (later no. 102) down into the Val Fiscalina valley and reach the Rif. Fondovalle mountain hut (1,548 m a.s.l.) in approx. 1.5 hours and shortly afterwards the Rif. Piano Fiscalina hut (1,454 m a.s.l.). From here there are again bus connections into the Val Pusteria valley. But because our time allows it, we decide to continue on the path 1-1A to Sesto (1,302 m a.s.l.). There we take the bus to reach the train station of San Candido and go home by train again.

Please note: this hike is also possible without overnight stay. The total walking time for example is reduced by one hour, if you continue by bus already at the Rif. Piano Fiscalina mountain hut.

If you want to do this hike, please take information about the current conditions on site!

Author: AD

Starting point: Rif. Auronzo mountain hut
Route: Rif. Auronzo – Rif. Lavaredo – Forcella di Lavaredo – Rif. Antonio Locatelli – Pian di Cengia – Rif. Pian di Cengia – Oberbachernspitze – Rif. Zsigmondy – Rif. Fondovalle – Rif. Piano Fiscalina – Sesto
Markers: 101, 101A, 103, 102, 1-1A
Distance: 23 km (until the bus stop at the Dolomitenhof/Val Fiscalina valley: 19 km)
Walking time: approx. 7 hours (until the bus stop at the Dolomitenhof/Val Fiscalina valley: approx. 6 hours)
Altitude difference: 616 m (uphill), 1,628 m (downhill)
Altitude level: between 1,299 and approx. 2,677 m a.s.l.
Experienced in: July 2018
Further information: Tourist Association Sesto, tel. +39 0474 710310

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