High routes, autumn trekking on the Dolomites

Top 5 trekking tours for high mountain excursions in autumn

Nature slows down, temperatures are mild and mountains paths are free of the summer crowds. In autumn, mountains show a more poetic and mystical side, lending themselves to great trekking experiences at high altitude. It’s time to pack - don’t forget to bring few layers - fasten your hiking boots and get ready for a memorable excursion on the high routes of the Dolomites. Many lift systems are still in operation and some mountain huts extend their season to mid-October.

Here, we share with you 5 trekking tours in Trentino, different challenges in different locations. Pick the best one for you!

Before setting out on an excursion at altitude, plan your trip with care. If you are inexperienced or you intend to tackle a route graded as technically difficult, then consult an alpine or mountain guide. You should also contact the refuge warden in the area you’ll be visiting for the latest weather information and to discuss whether your route is advisable. Take prudent precautions, wear suitable clothing for your route, and remember to act responsibly in the mountains at all times.


The three Lakes – Val di Fiemme

A route that will lead you to three blue gems nestled in the rough and rocky landscape.  This itinerary offers you magnificent views of the Cima di Cece (the highest peak in the Lagorai range) and the Dolomites of Val di Fassa.  It will allow you a glimpse of the wilderness of the Lagorai mountain chain, as well as the remnants of trenches and sheltered walkways left over from the Great War. The name of one of the three lakes, “Lago Brutto”, literally means “Ugly Lake”; ironic, given that it is actually one of the most beautiful lakes in the Lagorai! Difficulty: medium.


The lakes of San Giuliano

This is one truly stunning route we can recommend to you: taking in the magnificent Alpine lakes of San Giuliano and Garzonè, it boasts a spectacular view of the peak of Presanella. You can set out by car from Caderzone Terme, taking the road for the San Giuliano lakes. We also suggest you stop for a break at the welcoming San Giuliano lodge and the nearby church-sanctuary on the shore of the lake. Difficulty: medium.


Antermoia tour, Val di Fassa

This hut-to-hut tour starts from the Gardeccia basin, accessible up to mid-November via a mini-bus service from Pera di Fassa to Moncion (and then by feet) Follow the route to Rifugio Preuss and Vajolet, continue for rifugio Passo Principe and further ahead to rifugio Antermoia at the base of the great Catinaccio. Climb to Passo Dona and descend through the Val Duron. This is a demanding excursion.


Val Canali – Pale di San Martino

This trail combines two natural elements: the rocks and the woods. The climb, which is not too challenging, leads you from the bottom of Val Canali through the woods to Rifugio Treviso. This mountain shelter is located right at the foot of the Sass d’Ortiga peak, a major destination for climbing enthusiasts. Here, amid the silence and the natural beauty, you can also enjoy excellent food with an emphasis on authenticity and the land. Difficulty: medium.


Lago Denza - Val di Sole

This itinerary is not easily forgotten, especially owing to the close encounter with the north face of the “queen” Presanella, the highest peak in Trentino. In spite of the harshness of the rock, which dominates the higher altitudes together with the rhododendrons, the trail is well marked and well kept. Breathtaking view! Difficulty: medium.

Published on 06/06/2023