Rifugio Nuvolau

Rifugio Nuvolau

Mountain is to desire the simplicity of a warm meal and the coziness of a small bed, it is to want to escape from the chaos of everyday life and find yourself, it is to loose yourself in nature and be moved by its beauty.


At Rifugio Nuvolau everything is mountain: from the rough rock on which it stands to the history it preserves. 


In this place you will experience the tradition of the old alpine huts of the Dolomites: places that take you back to the origins, to the first explorers of these areas, women and men who, with deep love and care, discovered and preserved the mountain and its wonders.


Emma Menardi, who with Juan and his four brothers has enthusiastically taken on the management of the Rifugio Nuvolau, maintains the spirit of the hut: offer visitors a warm and genuine welcome, today as it was over a hundred years ago. The difficulty of supplies, the scarcity of water and technology are challenges to be welcomed and faced. They will help you forget the stress of modern life and see the world with different eyes.


Opened only from June to September.

Live an incredible experience!

Rifugio Nuvolau is in the heart of Dolomites, in the town of Cortina d’Ampezzo at 2575 m.

Besides having an incredible 360° view it has an excellent bar service, restaurant and you can even sleep here!

140 years of Rifugio Nuvolau

It was built in 1883 from the Austrian Alpine Club thanks to a German Baron donation. Today it’s the oldest hut still running in the area!

How to reach us?
Obviously by foot!

Following trail 439 you will get to Rifugio Nuvolau in about 1 and a half hour.

Following trail 452, then 464 and 439 it takes about 2 hours and 15 minutes or  following trail 443 to Rifugio 5 Torri.

Following trail 441 and then 439 it takes about 2 hours 15 minutes.

Following path 464 and then 439 it takes about 2 and a half hour or  take the chair lift to Rifugio Averau (check opening times) and then take trail 439 for about half an hour.

Following path 424, take the right on trail 424 to Rifugio 5 Torri, it takes about 2 hours 45 minutes or take the chairlift to Rifugio Scoiattoli (check opening times) then follo trail 439 for about 1 hour.

Follow path 437 to Rifugio 5 Torri and then 439, it takes 3 hours in total.

Between Andraz and Piani di Falzarego, in front of the turn to Ciastél, starts trail 441, then along trail 439 you will arrive at Rifugio Nuvolau in about 3 hours 45 minutes.

Taking trail 443, in one hour from Rifugio 5 Torri and Scoiattoli or half an hour from Passo Giau, you will reach the intersection where trail 438 starts to Via Ferrata “Ra Gusela”. After the first climb there is a normal trail to a second climb that will lead directly to Rifugio Nuvolau. Via Ferrata gear is required.  Time needed: 1 hour 15 minutes from the intersection.

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