Rifugio Lavaredo is a high mountain hut at an elevation of 2.353m (7,719ft) above the sea level, located in the Sexten Dolomites of northeastern Italy, rising on the border between the northernmost section of the province of Belluno and Alta Pustera, in South Tyrol.
The road to the summit is closed to private vehicles but in good shape. It’s gravel, steep, narrow with hairpin curves and dangerous dropoffs. Be prepared, this road is not for the faint of heart or ill prepared. One mistake can have serious consequences. The refuge Lavaredo was built in 1954 by mountain guide Francis Court Colò “Mazzetta” pioneer of relief on the wall in the Three Peaks since the early ’50s, and one of the founders of the mountain rescue Auronzo.
The road to the summit starts from Rifugio Auronzo. It’s 1.7km long with stunning views of Marmarole, Cadini di Misurina and Antelao. The hut offers overnight accommodation and is therefore an ideal stopover for tours of several days. It’s an old military road built during WWI. The road is usually impassable from October to June (weather permitting).