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Sexten / Toblach /Prags
Sextner Dolomiten / Pragser Dolomiten / Hochpustertal
Naturparke Sextner Dolomiten und Fanes-Sennes-Prags
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A Tarred or paved road
B Dirt track
C Mule trail
D Mountain trail
E Equipped trail (cables, ladders)
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R27 Drei-Zinnen-Hütte / Rifugio Locatelli » Dürrensteinhütte / Rifugio Vallandro
  |   4h10   |   13 km   |   556 m   |   811 m

From the Zinnen Hut (2,405m), Via Alpina leads westwards along trail no. 102 towards the Höhlensteintal valley. Past the Drei Zinnen Blick inn, it crosses the valley floor and heads along trail no. 34, rather exposed in parts (and therefore also secured) to the Strudelkopfsattel pass at 2,200m. The last metres of this stage lead from the pass down to the Dürrenstein Hut.

Easier alternative route (difficulty )

From Schluderbach in the Höhlensteintal valley on the old military road in 2.5 hours to the Dürrenstein Hut.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
Drei-Zinnen-Hütte / Rifugio Locatelli
2405 m
| BCD  8 km / 2h10
1406 m
| D  5 km / 2h00
Dürrensteinhütte / Rifugio Vallandro
2028 m
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Other long-distance trails and alternative routes
During this stage, Via Alpina follows the high altitude dolomites trail (alte vie delle dolomit) running from North to South for a while. The high altitude dolomites trail no. 3 leads from Niederdorf or Toblach in the Pustertal valley in 7 daily stages to Longarone. The high altitude dolomites trail no. 4 leads from Innichen in the Pustertal valley in 6 daily stages to Pieve de Cadore.
Useful topographic maps
  • Nr. 57 Bruneck - Toblach ~ Kompass (1:50.000)
  • Nr. 010 Sextner Dolomiten ~ Tabacco (1:25.000)
Useful guidebooks
  • Lexikon 57 Bruneck - Toblach ~ Kompass (ISBN 3-85491-064-9)
  • Wanderführer Dolomiten 5 ~ Rother (ISBN 3-7633-4199-4)
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  • Raphael - 2023-09-26
    As previously described, if you stay at Misurina, you can take the bus from there to the Drei-Zinnen-Blick bus station and start the tour from there. Bus costs 6€ if booked online or 8€ in the bus. The first one of the day leaves at 9am, which I found rather late, but I was not successful with hitchhiking before. Very nice and quiet path until the Plätzwiese, where you have to expect more tourists and packed paths again. But all in all an amazing leg! Also, I skipped the Seekofelhütte and went down directly to the Pragser Wildsee. From there I took the bus again to Niederdorf and stayed at the Camping Olympia.
  • Carsten - 2022-01-10
    Resupply: At the road crossing at Landro (Hoehlensteintal), c. 2hr 10min into R27, is a bus stop for Cortina d'Ampezzo (c. 20km, half a dozen buses a day from Toblach) which is a bigger town that should offer better resupply than the Sexten valley.

    Alternative route given the (earlier warning) comments on re the second half of R27 and R28: Just before the road at Landro, take the macadam road heading South, first trail 6 then trail 6B, for c.2.5km around the far side (away from road) of the Duerrensee (lake). Once one reaches an exceedingly good bicycle macadam road, follow that Southwest for c.3.5km to Cimabanche and c.0.5km further to a small parking area on the Western side of the parallel road (two big map displays). Follow forest road West to hamlet Ra Stua (c.7.5km), then continue North (with some variation, and various options) to Seekofelhuette. The app will display this route if done in two stages, first to Ra Stua, then to the Seekofelhuette.
  • Via Alpina - 2020-08-01
    Warning! This stage has around 1.000 m of descent.
    Höhlensteintal is at 1406 metres.
    Please for more info read detailed route description and visit
  • Thorsten - 2018-10-03
    The information about the distances is absolutely wrong. It would correctly more be something like 1000 metres down, then 1000 metres up. Of course, that's also not doable in 4:10 h (speed-hikers excluded).

    The ascent to Dürrensteinhütte is exhausting, but not actually difficult. Yes, there is a short part where the path is exposed, but here the path is flat and wide and well secured by steel cables, so it's much easier than for example R23.
  • POPEYE GG - 2018-06-13
    2 juillet 2017
    Je pars du Rifugio al Fondovalle de l'étape R26 (rappel: le Dreizinnenhütte plein comme un œuf!) et monte au Dreizinnenhütte, cadre effectivement sublime, d'où la forte population de touristes qu'on y trouve.
    Je redescends jusqu'à Höhlensteintal, où il y a théoriquement l'hôtel, mais le patron m'envoie 5km plus bas à l'hôtel Baur am See (bus), vieillot mais pas cher et au pied d'un bel étang, d'où je remonterai le lendemain par le même bus.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    July 2, 2017 I leave the Rifugio al Fondovalle stage R26 (reminder: the Dreizinnenhütte full like an egg!) And goes up to the Dreizinnenhütte, a truly sublime setting, hence the strong tourist population found there. I go down to Höhlensteintal, where there is theoretically the hotel, but the boss sends me 5km down to the hotel Baur am See (bus), old but cheap and at the foot of a beautiful pond, d where I will go back the next day by the same bus.
  • Eva - 2017-09-15
    About 3K from Landro (in direction of Cortina and at the hotel turn left) there's an unofficial but tollerated (climbers)camp spot.
  • tof - 2014-12-25
    Trieste-Monaco le 21/7/14

    Rifugio Vallandro par la variante. Pluie diluvienne. 1/2 pension à 40 euros. Difficile de négocier seulement la nuit.
    Douches disponibles. Beaucoup de monde y compris cyclistes sur les nombreux tours du Parc di bries.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Trieste-Monaco on 21/7/14 Rifugio Vallandro by the variant. Torrential Rain. 1/2 pension at 40 euros. Difficult to negotiate only at night. Showers available. Many people including cycling on the many tours of the park di Bries.
  • Daniel - 2013-09-15
    Opposite the Hut there is a WWI museum to be opened soon.
    Everywhere along the track you will see remnants of this terible war.
  • Daniel - 2013-09-15
    The privately owned Dürresteiner Hütte has free showers. The first one since -I guess- the Platten Hotel (R18). (Actually, some mountain huts may have showers, but I never use them because of environmental scrupules.)
  • Alpinisten - 2012-09-24
    Der Weg ab Landro zur Dürrensteinhütte dauert mit Terkkinggepäck eher 3h als wie angegeben 2h!
    Automatic translation [Google]
    The path from the Landro Dürrenstein hut takes with Terkkinggepäck 2h 3h rather than as specified
  • Mountain Girl - 2012-02-03
    Nasty owners at Hotel Drei Zinnen in Landro (Hoehlensteintal). Nowhere on the Via Alpina did I find innkeepers more concerned about making money than extending basic human courtesy.
  • Pierre - 2009-08-15
    entre Höhlensteintal et le refuge Dürrenstein, on passe par le col de Strudelkopfsattel, comme indiqué dans le descriptif, qui est à 2200, le dénivellé de l'étape est d'au moins 800 m. Pour cette étape le temps pour un marcheur moyen me semble léger.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    between the refuge and Höhlensteintal Dürrenstein it passes through the neck Strudelkopfsattel, as indicated in the description, which is 2200, the height difference of the step is at least 800 m. For this step time for an average walker seems light.
Last update : 2019-12-15