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Sexten / Toblach
Sextner Dolomiten / Hochpustertal
Naturpark Sextner Dolomiten
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A Tarred or paved road
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R26 Sillianer Hütte » Drei-Zinnen-Hütte / Rifugio Locatelli
  |   5h30   |   18.5 km   |   928 m   |   1013 m

From the Sillianer Hut, take the Karnische Höhenweg trail to the cable car. It will bring you sown to Sexten. A dolomites high altitude trail leads through glorious woodland to the Talschluss Hut in the Fischleintal valley (1,540m). Follow the trail to the Bödenalpe meadow, near the stage destination. To reach it, there is a climb of almost 900m in altitude from the valley head.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
Sillianer Hütte
2433 m
| CD  4 km / 1h00
Hahnspielhütte / Rifugio Gallo Cedrone
2150 m
| CD  1.5 km / 0h15
Helm-Restaurant / Ristorante Monte Elmo
2041 m
|   2 km / 0h00
Sexten / Sesto
1302 m
| ABCD  6.5 km / 1h45
Talschlusshütte / Rifugio al Fondovalle
1548 m
| CD  4.5 km / 2h30
Drei-Zinnen-Hütte / Rifugio Locatelli
2405 m
Detailed route description
Natural and cultural heritage
Other long-distance trails and alternative routes
The approx 110km long Karnische Höhenweg ("Peace Trail“) was created after 1974 from a trail system built in World War One, which was used by Austrian mountain troops for supply purposes. Dolomites high alpine trail no. 5 uses varying tracks to head straight through the eastern Sexten dolomites, running in a wide loop around the Marmarole chain and reaching Pieve di Cadore.
Useful topographic maps
  • WK 53, Pustertal - Brunneck - Drei Zinnen ~ Freytag&Berndt (1:50.000)
  • Nr. 57 Brunneck - Toblach ~ Kompass (1:50.000)
  • Nr. 010 Sextner Dolomiten ~ Tabacco (1:25.000)
Useful guidebooks
  • Lexikon 57 Brunneck - Toblach ~ Kompass (ISBN 3-85491-065-7)
  • Wanderführer Dolomiten 5 ~ Rother (ISBN 3-7633-4199-4)
  • Österreichischer Weitwanderweg 03 "Südalpenweg", Sekt. Weitwanderer ~ Sekt. Weitwanderer (ISBN )
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  • Oliver - 2022-07-23
    Since both huts of r26 and r27 are very tough to get a bed in, consider staying in Sexten instead (Hotel Willy, very recommended) and hike to Misurina where there is a campsite. From there hitchhike or walk to schluderbach to and hike to Prager Wildsee from there.
  • Oliver - 2022-07-18
    The drei zinnen Hütte is booked out essentially all the way until the end of August.

    Consider alternative routing options.
  • Carsten - 2022-01-10
    Basic resupply at Despar in Sexten.
    Frequent bus 446 (every 20min) up and down the valley (down to Innichen, which may or may not have better resupply options).
    For resupply, also consider a side trip (bus) in R27.
    A free hiking map available at the Sexten tourist office (in the entrance area when the office is closed) is useful through R29.
  • Lolo - 2018-08-12
    Le dénivelé de cette étape (928 m annoncés) est faux, il est superieur à 1500 m. De sesto au refuge Locatelli c'est déjà 1100m.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    The height difference of this stage (928 m announced) is false, it is superior to 1500 m. From sesto to Locatelli refuge it is already 1100m.
  • POPEYE GG - 2018-06-13
    1er juillet 2017
    Il a un peu neigé dans la nuit!
    C'est la fin du Kärnerhohenweg (chemin frontière entre l'Italie et l'Autriche). Nous nous séparons Egon et moi, à proximité de l'arrivée de télécabine... que je ne prendrai pas. Le chemin est simple et les 1100m de descente sur Sexten se font sans problème. Premières vues sur les mythiques Dolomites.
    Le beau temps revient, je passe devant le Rifugio al Fondovalle, et entreprends la montée sur le refuge Dreizinnenhütte; en cours de route je croise des randonneurs que j'avais vu précédemment, qui m'annoncent que le refuge est plein (on est un samedi, et tous les samedis sont réservés jusqu'au mois de septembre!). Je redescends donc sur le sympathique et moderne Rifugio al Fondovalle.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    July 1st, 2017 It has a little snow in the night! This is the end of the Kärnerhohenweg (border road between Italy and Austria). We separate Egon and me, near the arrival of gondola ... that I will not take. The way is simple and the 1100m of descent on Sexten is done without problem. First views of the mythical Dolomites. The good weather returns, I pass the Rifugio al Fondovalle, and begin the climb on the refuge Dreizinnenhütte; on the way I meet hikers I had seen previously, who announce me that the refuge is full (it is a Saturday, and every Saturday are reserved until September!). So I go down on the friendly and modern Rifugio al Fondovalle.
  • Eva - 2017-09-15
    I'm surprised that the route uses the Gondola, there's a marked hiking trail from (to) Sexten or you can go straight to ... where is also a supermarket, slightly expensive though.
  • tof - 2014-12-25
    Trieste-Monaco le 20/7/14

    Départ de Sexten vers les sublimes Drei-Zinnen. Pause à Locatelli puis descente sur le chemin de l'étape suivante. Orage, nuit dans une cabane ouverte à disposition des randonneurs. Propre, bien entretenue, balai pour nettoyer. Se nomme Jaghutte ou Rienzhaus sur la carte. Située à proximité du chemin avant l'arrivée à la route nationale.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Trieste-Monaco on 20/07/14 Departure from the sublime to Sexten Drei-Zinnen. Locatelli then break down on the way to the next step. Stormy night in an open cabin available for hikers. Clean, well maintained, broom to clean. Is called Jaghutte or Rienzhaus on the map. Located near the road before arriving at the highway.
  • Daniel - 2013-09-15
    Near the base station of the Cable-car in Sexten there is a tourist office. I asked them to inquire on free places in the Dreizinnenhutte. They told me that there were 100 beds, so I should not worry. So I climed up, and there I learned there were only 3 emergency-beds left: under the terrace next to the diesel generators. (Saturday, begin of July). No water or WC down there. Later I heard from people that did call up that they were told not to come up because they were full-up. My conclusion is just to go up and try your luck!
  • Knut Skarsem - 2013-06-23
    No snow problems in the Dolomites. I just completed stages R26-R29, and the snow is no longer a problem 22 June 2013. The small snow patches still left will soon be gone.
  • Mountain Girl - 2012-03-29
    If you plan to stay at either Talschluss hut or Drei Zinnen hut, it would be wise to reserve well in advance, as this area is extremely popular. The Hotel Tre Cime in Landro was also full when I visited in late June 2011, and since the managers treated me like a stray dog, I can't recommend it. The town of Toblach/Dobbiaco (11 km off-route) has a wonderful youth hostel in what was once the 'Grand Hotel'. Reservations here are also highly recommended.
  • Jean-Louis GIRAUD - 2012-03-28
    Lors de mon passage, en Juillet 2011, le refuge DREI ZINNEN / LOCATELLI etait complet et envahi de touristes... Je n'y avais pas ma place. J'ai alors repris sac et batons pour continuer sur l'itinéraire R 27 . Je me suis arrété dans un hotel au fond de la vallée à proximité de la route de TOBLACH :
    Hotel Résidence TRE CIME-DREI ZINNEN
    I 39034 Landro-Dobbiaco/Toblach (BZ)
    Tel 00 39(0)474/972 633
    Fax 00 39(0)474/972 330
    Hotel de bord de route peu fréquenté le soir ou j'ai dormi. Possibilité de prendre le diner. Petit dejeuner correct et varié.
    Le sentier vers le Refuge Vallandro (Fin étape R 27 ) passe juste derrière l'hotel .Parti tot le matin, jai pu enchainer R 27 et R28 jusqu'au refuge BIELLA .

    Automatic translation [Google]
    During my visit in July 2011, the refuge Drei Zinnen / LOCATELLI was full and hordes of ... I had not my place. I then resumed bag and sticks to continue on the route R 27. I stopped at a hotel in the valley near the road Toblach: TRE CIME-Residence Hotel Drei Zinnen Fam.Franchi-Baur I Landro-Dobbiaco/Toblach 39034 (BZ) Tel 00 39 (0) 474/972 633 Fax 00 39 (0) 474/972 330 Hotel roadside unfrequented at night or slept. Opportunity to have dinner. Correct and varied breakfast. The path to the Refuge Vallandro (End stage R 27) passes just behind the hotel. Parti early morning, i could enchainer R 27 and R28 to the refuge BIELLA.
  • Mountain Girl - 2011-11-07
    Be prepared for big crowds at Drei Zinnen hut-- especially on weekends. Everyone converges here: climbers, day hikers, and distance hikers. Atmosphere is like a zoo.
Last update : 2019-12-15