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Hiking in the Dolomites

Find your hiking trail in the Dolomites

The Dolomites are a mountain range in northeastern Italy known for their diversity of hiking trails. The region is beloved for its limestone formations, high-altitude paths, and scenic valleys. They extend across the provinces of Belluno, South Tyrol, and Trentino, covering an area of about 15,942 square kilometers. The Dolomites get their name from a type of carbonate rock called dolomite, named after the French mineralogist Déodat Gratet de Dolomieu. This rock gives the mountains their unique pale color and contributes to the dramatic landscapes. You can explore the incredible geo-history of the region on hidden gem trails like the Dolomites UNESCO Geotrail or the Ring of the Friulian Dolomites.

Best hiking trails in the Dolomites


Alta Via 1

One of the most famous hiking trails in the Dolomites is the Alta Via 1, also known as the “Classic High Route.” This trail stretches approximately 120km from Lago di Braies in the north to Belluno in the south, typically taking 10-12 days. It passes through the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Nature Park, Lagazuoi, the Cinque Torri, and the Civetta, offering a mix of moderate to challenging sections with numerous rifugios (mountain huts) providing accommodation along the way.

Alta Via 2

The Alta Via 2 is considered even more difficult than the Alta Via 1. This route spans about 160km from Bressanone to Feltre, taking around 13-15 days to complete. The trail features difficult terrain and high-altitude passes, crossing through the Puez-Odle Natural Park, the Marmolada group, and the Pale di San Martino, and is best for experienced hikers who want a challenge.

Tre Cime di Lavaredo

When you think of the Dolomites, you likely think of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Three Peaks of Lavaredo). This 10-kilometer trail is a relatively easy hike around the three peaks, providing once-in-a-lifetime views of the Dolomites’ iconic landscape. The trail can be completed in a single day, but many people choose to stay overnight in one of the rifugios such as Rifugio Auronzo or Rifugio Locatelli.

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