Visiting the Dolomites in Italy was such a breathtaking experience for me. These peaks are insane!
The Dolomites are a mountain range located in northeastern Italy. They form a part of the Southern Limestone Alps.
There are many towns you can stay in to hike the Dolomites, but upon research and word of mouth: we stayed in Madonna Di Campiglio. This town is right in the center of some of the most famous hikes and peaks. It is also a very famous ski town!
The first hike my mom and I conquered was Cinque Laghi. This is a hike to 5 lakes (we ended up doing 2 lakes). We took the gondola up and then began our trek to the first lake. It is very common to take gondolas up to higher parts of the mountain when hiking in Europe.
The walk to the first lake was not too challenging. There were signs to the lake and the trail was very maintained.
The hike to the next lake was challenging! It was very steep and rocky and had some pretty exposed parts. I was happy I had my poles and a lot of water 😉
It took us an hour to hike to the next lake. The views were incredible and I would highly recommend this hike to anyone hiking in the Dolomites if you are up for a challenge.
Lago Lambin (Lake Lambin) in Dolomites & Views looking back to part of what we hiked.
After the second lake, we decided to turn back and finish the hike early. We did not have enough time to hike to the other lakes and the return gondola at the end of the fifth lake wasn’t going down! After a good nights sleep, we returned to the mountains the following day to hike Spinale.
The Dolomites shoot up to the sky directly above meadows of green grass and flowers. The contrast is amazing! We hiked on a clearly marked path for the majority of the hike, then hiked straight up a rock field to reach the top!
This was a tough hike but once again the views were more than worth it! If you ever head to the Dolomites I suggest doing these two hikes: Cinque Laghi and Spinale!
Also don’t forget to stop at a mountain chalet at the top and treat yourself to a much deserved glass of wine 🙂
I hope to travel back to the Dolomites to climb more mountains some day. This place made my heart beat faster.
Stay tuned to see my blog posts on hiking in Lugano, Zermatt, Luzern, Grindelwald, Interlaken, and Chamonix!
Get out and enjoy the amazing world we live in!