Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Misurina)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Misurina 2,360m 1,249m 18.0 km 6.9% 1,240 *****

Tre Cime di Lavaredo - Misurina - Cycling Profile

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Climb Description

One of the great Giro d'Italia climbs, Tre Cime is also one of the finest cycling routes in the Dolomites. The scenery is spectacular and the climb is hard, with the last five kilometres challenging enough to test the strongest of legs

The ascent really begins from the Misurina Lake and climbs to foot of the 'Tre Cime' mountain peaks, with a gradient that is steep and unrelenting.

The views are breathtaking and certainly help to take your mind off the suffering, but only a bit, because the suffering in those final 4km is real! The scenery at the top is incredible, the Tre Cime (three peaks) itself is not visible from the classic side where the road ends, but the massive rock formations still loom over you imperiously.

The climb has been used in the Giro since the 1960s, with stage winners here ranging from Eddy Mercks to Vincenzo Nibali.

Tre Cime is best climbed from late-May to early October.

Tre Cime di Lavaredo from Misurina - Italian Alps Cycling Climb

You can clearly see one of the three 'cime' from the road

Roads & Traffic

The road surface is in very good condition throughout. The first part of the climb can be quite busy at times, but the classic part of the ascent - the final 5km - comes after a toll booth which is very expensive for cars (free for bikes though!) and is generally very quiet as long as you avoid the early morning rush of hikers driving up to the car park.

Tre Cime di Lavaredo Lake

The challenging final 6km begin shortly after the lake

Alternative Routes

The first part of Tre Cime can be climbed from various different routes, but there is only one way up the final 6km from the Misurina lake.

Nearby Climbs

Passo di Giau

Sella Ciampigotto

Passo Pordoi

Passo Campolongo

Passo Gardena

Passo delle Erbe

Cycling Holidays

The climb to Tre Cime di Lavaredo is a highlight of our Dolomites & Italian Alps cycling holiday, which crosses Northern Italy from Zoncolan to Mortirolo.

In the links below you can find out more about this and some of the other tours that we run in high mountains.

Monte Zoncolan
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Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 9 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: €1,970 EUR
Lagos de Covadonga
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: from €1,490 EUR
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Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: €1,630 EUR
*Bike Hire Included