Lagazuoi – 5 Torri – Giau Pass

 The area Lagazuoi – 5 Torri – Giau Pass in Cortina d’Ampezzo is one of the most beautiful areas of the Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage: wide and stunning.

Full of history and legends, the Lagazuoi area – 5 Torri – Giau Pass offers a multitude of possibilities for everyone’s enjoyment.

Adventure for all

The Mount Averau is the highest peak in the Nuvolau Group. Mount Averau overlooks the 5 Torri, the Giau Pass and the Falzarego Pass and has been known since antiquity as the secret place where a central character of the saga of Dolasilla and the Kingdom of Fanes, the Golden-clawed eagle with fire beak, can be found.

The Lagazuoi (Fanis Group) consists of two distinct clearly reliefs, called Piccolo Lagazuoi (2,778 m above sea level) and Grande Lagazuoi (2,835 m). During the World War I, between 1915 and 1917, Lagazuoi was the scene of bloody clashes between Italian troops and Austro-Hungarian Army, who built complex networks of tunnels within the Piccolo Lagazuoi to attack opposing positions through mine warfare.

Recognisable for their particular spur formation, the 5 Torri (Nuvolau group) are among the most famous places in the Alps for climbing. Born in the late 1800s thanks to the great local climbers Angelo Dibona and Giuseppe Dimai, who opened the first climbing routes, its walls saw the rise of the historic climbing club “Scoiattoli”, the oldest club of non-professional climbers in Italy. Today it has become one of the largest natural climbing gyms in Europe: 300 routes, from 3rd grade to 8b, from single pitch to multi-pitch both classic and sporty.

Located in the middle of a vast and spectacular pasture at the foot of Nuvolau (2,574 m) and Averau (2,647 m), the Giau Pass (2236 m) is the Alpine pass that connects the municipalities of Colle Santa Lucia and Selva di Cadore with Cortina d’Ampezzo. For 5 centuries the flourishing pastures of Giau were contested between the Ampezzani (Habsburg Empire) and Sanvitesi (Serenissima Republic of Venice) who climbed to the pasture by fork Ambrizzola and fork Giau. The diatribes on grazing rights culminated in 1752 when the Oaketo Convention brought to the construction of the Giau Barriera 6-foot-high, 5-foot-wide wall that ran along the 2-kilometer border to prevent the encroachment of Sanvitese cattle on the broad meadows. Something unthinkable in those times, but the people of San Vito finished it within the 90 days imposed by the Convention. The wall, one can still admire parts of it, was dismantled in 1918 when Cortina d’Ampezzo became Italian.

Summer activities

Trekking, hiking, vie ferrate routes, climbing, historical routes and MTB trails

Winter activities

Not only skiing and snowboarding at all levels, but also snowshoeing and ski mountaineering


From 75€/night


5 Torri | Dolomites | Cortina d'Ampezzo

Località Forcella Nuvolau, 9
Colle Santa Lucia (BL) - Italy


Email: rifugioaverau@gmail.com
Tel: + 39 0436 4660
Cel: +39 335 6868066


Mid-June - Early October*
Early December - Easter*

*Approximate times. We recommend checking the exact opening dates.