04 Aug 20

When to trek the Italian Dolomites

Diane McGuinness European Alps

The best time to hike and trek the Italian Dolomites is when the European Alps summer hiking season officially starts, which is in the second weekend of June and ends on the second last weekend in September. The Italian Dolomite mountains offer some of the best weather in all of the Alps.

No matter what time you decide to visit this amazing region, we are sure you will love your trekking experience in the Italian Dolomites. Even though the Italian Dolomites receive less precipitation on an annual basis than the majority of the Alps, just remember to pack for all conditions. The daily weather in the Italian Alps can vary dramatically, so come prepared for wet, hot and very cold!


If you are hiking in the early in the season on one of our Italian 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 will 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!


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.


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

Events and Activities

The Dolomites are the happy hosts of up to 2000 events each year. They are the perfect location for cycling enthusiasts due to the rugged, challenging terrain. It is a popular choice due to the breathtaking views and fantastic mountain 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, Dolomites Marathon and Giro d’Italia.

You might enjoy the atmosphere in Canazei during the Dolomites Skyrace when experienced alpine runners taking on the challenge of the mountain pathways.

There is a wide range of leisure activities on offer in the Dolomites. With rock climbing, cycling, orienteering, rafting, skiing and of course hiking in abundance, there is no chance of getting bored!

sign up to our newsletter

explore the world with Raw