The Dolomites

Hiking in the Dolomites is a bucket-list trip. These stunning walks below the jagged Dolomiti peaks in the northeast corner of Italy are all superb. Walk to incredible blue lakes like Lago Sorapis, see amazing rock formations like on Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Drei Zinnen) and above all live La Dolce Vita! Combine Italian cuisine with these wonderful Dolomite hikes. Even better, consider staying at a charming Italian Rifugio, away from the crowds. This is a world-class adventure-travel destination that should be on everyone’s bucket list. Speaking of lists, this list has the best hikes in the Dolomites, so you better be ready for some great Italian adventures.

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THE TOP 10 HIKES IN THE DOLOMITES

Many people know the striking shapes of the Dolomites, but a feature that is less well known, but equally amazing, is the alpine lakes. So, we highlighted some of the best lakes: Lago di Braes, for example, is one the most beautiful lakes on the planet. Then – of course – there are countless stunning mountain views, exciting cliffside trails with cables and tunnels, and amazing Rifugios with mouth-watering meals. This is a great destination for hiking and these are the greatest of those great hikes.

#1. Lago Sorapiss (13.5km, 325m): We love the hike to Lago Sorapis (Lake Sorapiss). This beautiful hike takes in all the scenery one expects when walking in the Dolomites, but the reward is entirely unique. The colour of Lago Sorapiss is a stunning baby blue. There are some cables along this trail, which can be tough to traverse if you have a fear of heights.

#2. Lago di Carezza (4.2km, 280m): The Lago di Carezza hike should be on everybody’s bucket list for the Dolomites. The beautiful colours of the lake, the forest, and the mountains that surround it, make the walk feel utterly magical.

#3. Viel del Pan (8.7km, 175m): The Viel del Pan hike treks over a historic path used by the flour and bread merchants to get from one valley to another. Linking Passo Fedaia with Passo Pordoi, this walk has amazing Dolomite landscapes, especially of Marmolada!

#4. Tre Cime di Lavaredo (9.8km, 380m): The hike along the Tre Cime di Lavaredo (also known as the Drei Zinnen) is a must-do hike. Tre Cime is one of the best-known massifs in the Dolomites, and this hike gives you all the views of them you could ever ask for. Along the way pass by Rifugio Auronzo, Rifugio Lavaredo and Rifugio Locatelli. You’ll enjoy great views and great food!

#5. Sassopiato and Sassolungo (20.3km, 700m): The circumnavigation around Sassopiato and Sassolungo is a great hike in the Dolomites. If you can handle a longer walk in order to experience stunning natural beauty, this hike is suited for you! This giant massif stands alone, giving you unimpeded, 360° views. It’s remarkable.

#6. Lago di Braies (4.35km, 50m): The hike to the stunning Lago di Braies (Pragser Wildsee in German) is one of the best hikes in the Dolomites. It is one of the most beautiful lakes on earth! This pleasant walk around the lake gives a variety of wonderful views. You really can’t miss this hike.

#7. Alpe di Sennes (17.1km, 735m): Walking the Alpe di Sennes is a wonderful circuit that takes you through a variety of different, stunning landscapes. Taking in three refugios (Rifugio Senes, Rifugio Fodara Vedla and Rifugio Biella), there are lots of ways to shorten this walk, so it’s a great hike for adventurous beginners.

#8. Secada – Puez Odle (11.4km, 445m): The Secada – Puez Odle circuit is a wonderful hike, especially if you love stunning mountain vistas and quiet nature walks. The little mountain huts and cabins sprinkled among the peaks and meadows make this walk a quintessential Dolomite trail.

#9. Nuvolau (12.6km, 720m): A hike around the Nuvolau peak gives you views of some of the most beautiful mountains and rock formations in the World. This mountain has been a famous challenge for adventurous climbers for years; however, we think that – for most people – a nice hike like this will suffice.

#10. Lagazuoi to Passo Falzarego – (5km, 215m): Heading to the top of the Lagazuoi cable car gives a lot of options for hiking for beginners and intermediates. There are mountain-top views, a gondola ride, historical ruins, a Rifugio with some of the best strudel in the entire world, and the option to take a fun walk down a mountain to test your hiking chops. It’s got lots of options for every skill level.

01. Lago di Sorapiss

01. Lago di Sorapiss

  • Difficulty
  • 13.5km
  • 325m
  • 3-4.5h

02. Lago di Carezza

02. Lago di Carezza

  • Difficulty
  • 4.2km
  • 280m
  • 1-1.5h

03. Viel del Pan Marmolada

03. Viel del Pan Marmolada

  • Difficulty
  • 8.7km
  • 175m
  • 2-3h

04. Tre Cime di Lavaredo

04. Tre Cime di Lavaredo

  • Difficulty
  • 9.9km
  • 380m
  • 3-4.5h

05. Sassopiatto and Sassolungo

05. Sassopiatto and Sassolungo

  • Difficulty
  • 20.3km
  • 700m
  • 5-6.25h

06. Lago di Braies

06. Lago di Braies

  • Difficulty
  • 5.0km
  • 50m
  • 1-2.5h

07. Alpe di Sennes

07. Alpe di Sennes

  • Difficulty
  • 17.0km
  • 735m
  • 5-7h

08. Secada / Puez Odle

08. Secada / Puez Odle

  • Difficulty
  • 11.4km
  • 446m
  • 3.5-4.5h

09. Nuvolau

09. Nuvolau

  • Difficulty
  • 12.6km
  • 720m
  • 3.5-5h

10. Lagazuoi to Passo Falzarego

10. Lagazuoi to Passo Falzarego

  • Difficulty
  • 6.9km
  • 300m
  • 2-3h

“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees

– Henry David Thoreau