04 Aug 20

The best time to hike the Italian Dolomites

Diane McGuinness European Alps

Nestled in the heart of the Italian Alps, the Dolomites stand as arguably one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world. They’re known for their distinctive jagged peaks, tinted in hues of rose and gold during sunrise and sunset, and consist of 18 peaks rising to over 3000m. 

With a history steeped in geological evolution and human exploration, the Italian Dolomites are a paradise for adventure-loving travellers. From skiing and rock climbing to breathtaking hikes through alpine meadows adorned with wildflowers, there’s something for everyone. The region’s picturesque villages with charming architecture and rich culinary traditions offer a glimpse into the vibrant culture of the Tyrolean people. 

Why visit the Dolomites

The Dolomites are one of the best hiking destinations for travellers looking for an alpine mountain adventure. Located in northeastern Italy, getting to the Dolomites is easy by flying to either Milan or Venice. The Dolomites are surrounded by a good infrastructure of roads and even gondolas taking travellers up and down from valleys to access the trails above.

On our guided walks you will stay in some of the most picturesque and iconic towns of the area, including Cortina D’Ampezzo, Bolzano and Val Gardena. We use the very best rustic hotels and rifugios, chosen for their stunning location, spectacular mountain views, and wonderful atmosphere (private rooms – no dormitories). The Italian food served in these accommodations is hearty and delicious and a real highlight.

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What is the best time to visit the Dolomites

The best time of year to visit the Dolomites is during the European Alps summer hiking season, which officially starts in the second weekend of June and ends on the second last weekend in September. During this time, the Dolomites offer some of the best weather in all of the Alps.

We are sure you will love your hiking experience in the Italian Dolomites. Just remember to pack for all conditions! The daily weather in the Italian Alps can vary dramatically, so come prepared for all conditions, even the occasional thunderstorm!


If you are hiking in early June on one of our Dolomites treks, you will likely find yourself walking over some snow. Although more effort is required, the views of the snow-capped mountains are spectacular and make for great photos! Even in late June, on some of the higher passes that we cross on our Dolomites Circular Trek or our Dolomites Traverse there can still be quite a lot of snow underfoot.


At the start of July, you can still find soft snow on the passes and clearer trails. You will enjoy seeing classic Dolomite peaks and green mountain meadows, making this a popular time to visit. The beautiful green valleys and pastures are often overflowing with wildflower colours, and the weather is clear and pleasant.


As we move into August and the European holiday period, the main towns are busy with vacationing Europeans, the trails are surprisingly quiet, and the weather can be warmer than June or July. You will still need to bring warm clothing as the temperature can vary quite dramatically, even in August. July and August are both peak holiday months in Europe, so you might see more travellers during these months. 


As we hike into September, the days become cooler but weather conditions are often stable and pleasant, especially in early September. This makes the Dolomites a perfect place to visit at this time.

Hike in the Dolomites with RAW Travel

Experience this world-famous hiking destination together with RAW Travel’s experienced international mountain guides. We offer two itineraries: an 8-day Dolomites Circular Trek and 11-day Dolomites Traverse. If you are looking for an authentic and memorable hiking adventure in this stunning destination get in touch with our team today and we’ll help you plan a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Dolomites.

Other events and activities around the Dolomites

Hundreds of events are hosted in the Dolomites every year. They are the perfect location for cycling enthusiasts due to the rugged, challenging terrain, breathtaking views and fantastic atmosphere. This area is home to several bike races where competitors come from around the world to conquer this difficult landscape. Some of these events are Dolomiti Superbike, Maratona dles Dolomites, Dolomites Marathon and Giro d’Italia. There is a wonderful atmosphere in Canazei during the Dolomites SkyRace in July when experienced alpine runners take on the challenge of the mountain pathways.

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