Panorama from the Carezza Lake Alpi di Sennes hike in Dolomites, Italy

Lago di Carezza hike

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Lago di Carezza hike

Distance: 3.5km
Elevation: 280m
Time: 1-1.5h

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The Lago di Carezza hike (also known as Karersee) should be on everybody’s bucket list for the Dolomites. The beautiful colours of the lake, the forest, and the mountains that surround it, make the walk feel utterly magical.

Lago di Carezza hike Map

Getting there

From Bolzano, take the SS241 and proceed to Nova Levante. Once there, find parking near Hotel Adler Carezza.

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When to do

April to September

Backcountry Campsites

No

Toilets

Yes, nearby the lake

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

High

Route Type

Circuit


Lago di Carezza
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Route Description for Lago di Carezza

Once you’ve parked, you are going to find a clearing or open space, on your left. Usually there’s a fence, but don’t be bothered by it: bypass the fence and walk along the path. You will see a wooden sign indicating the path for Carezza Lake. Start the trail there.

The steep part of the hike is just at the start. After the initial climb, the path evens out. As you walk through the forest you’ll be able to hear a river running beside you. At some point you can find a little trail that’ll go near the river if you want to see it up close.

After 2.5km you will see a little tunnel that passes under the highway: go through it. Take the stairs to your right, and then go left right away.

After a few meters you’ll reach the edge of the water: Carezza Lake. With its magnificent blues and greens, it’s a sight to behold. It’s surrounded by spruce trees and dominated by the great Latemar Dolomite Mountains, which reflects in the crystalline water.

Take your time and appreciate the colours of the lake before continuing the path around the lake. At some point, you’ll be able to see the Catinaccio massif, another famous and stunning group of Dolomite Mountains. Follow the path until you arrive at the tunnel you saw before. Take the tunnel and go back, following the same path back to Nova Levante.

Insider Hints

  • The best time to go on this hike is at sunrise or sunset. The mountains will be touched with a warm red or orange colour, giving the colourful vista even more paints on its palette.

  • A legend tells that the Latemar Wizard was in love with Ondine, a Mermaid that inhabited the lake. The Wizard, taking the advice from a witch, made a rainbow over the lake to draw the Mermaid to him. She came out of the water, but got scared upon seeing the wizard. Angry about what had happened, the Wizard broke the rainbow and threw it in the lake. So, from that day onward the lake has displayed all these beautiful colours.

  • For a great drive, continue on the SS241 towards Canazei and then along to Passo Pordoi. This is an incredible drive after a short-day of hiking.

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SJ 9 months ago

Wow, the Lago di Carezza hike is stunning, I am glad I didn't miss it!

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RC-DC 9 months ago

Lago di Carezza is a beautiful, easy hike. Definitely stop here, preferably early or late in the day as it can get busy!

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