Tre Cime di Lavaredo/Drei Zinnen Dolomite towers

These three peaks, the most famous feature of Dolomites towering independent of the surrounding mountains are a playground for intrepid climbers.

Name: Drei Zinnen (german), Tre Cime di Lavaredo (italian)

Summits: From left to right in the photo: Cima Piccola (Kleine Zinne) at 2,857 metres, Cima Grande (Große Zinne) at 2,999 metres, and Cima Ovest (Westliche Zinne) at 2,973 metres
Location: The awesomely beautiful Tre Cime/Drei Zinnen are located between the Valle di Landro/Höhlensteintal and the Val Fiscalina/Fischleintal in Sesto/Sexten Dolomites. The border between South Tyrol and the neighbouring province of Belluno runs across the summits.
Vie ferrate/Klettersteige routes around the Tre Cime towers: (A via ferrata or Klettersteig is a climbing route secured with fixed wire ropes, iron steps etc originally built by soldiers in the First World War.) Leitern-Steig, Dolomitenfreunde-Klettersteig, Feldkurat-Hosp-Steig


  • Around the Tre Cime/Drei Zinnen: Auronzo-Hütte - Patern-Sattel - Rifugio Locatelli/Dreizinnen-Hütte (4hrs)
  • Ascent from Sesto: Val Fiscalina - Altensteinertal valleys - Rifugio Locatelli (3hrs)
  • Around alpine huts: Sesto/Sexten - Dreizinnen-Hütte - Büllele-Joch Hütte - Zsigmondy-Hütte (6hrs)

Refuges: Auronzo-Hütte (2333 m) reached via the toll pass road; Rifugio Locatelli/Dreizinnen-Hütte (2405 m); Büllele-Joch Hütte (2528 m); Zsigmondyhütte (2235 m) 

Events: "Tre cime/Drei Zinnen Alpin Lauf" in September: mountain running race from Sesto/Sexten up to the Rifugio Locatelli refuge.

History: From April 1915 to November 1917 including two of the hardest winters in history, faced each other along the southern front which in the east ran through the Dolomites. In attempts to break the stalemate both sides dug tunnels beneath enemy positions, filled them with explosives, and... More soldiers were killed by avalanches, rock falls or were struck by lightning than by the enemy.