Lago di Sorapiss hike

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Lago di Sorapiss hike

Distance: 13.5km
Elevation: 325m
Time: 3-4.5h

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We love the hike to Lago di Sorapiss (Lake Sorapiss). This beautiful hike takes in all the scenery one expects when walking in the Dolomites, but the reward is entirely unique. The colour of Lago Sorapiss is a stunning baby blue. There are some cables along this trail, which can be tough to traverse if you have a fear of heights.

Lago di Sorapiss hike Map

Getting there

Take the SR48 North out of town towards Passo Tre Croci. After 8.0km you pass a sign for Parco Naturale delle Dolomiti D’Ampezzo, and soon after there is a meadow on your right-hand side at the pass. There are often cars parked here and the path goes off to the right.

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When to do

May to September

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Out and back

Lago di Sorapiss
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Route Description for Lago di Sorapiss hike

Head out from the pass on the main broad path that goes off to your right: number 215. Follow this path through a forest – keeping your eyes open for old WWI bunkers, hidden in the trees.

After fifteen minutes the trail splits. If you want to see some WWI caves, then take the upper right-hand trail for one minute. Otherwise go left and continue on the trail to Lago di Sorapiss. The trail goes through forest with some occasional nice views of surrounding mountains.

After 4.3km, you’ll come to some cables and a staircase. This is not too demanding, and most people have no problem climbing these stairs.

Soon after the first set of cables, there are some more on a wide path. Most people don’t have an issue with these cables, however if you don’t like heights then this may not be ideal.

After another 20 to 25 minutes you will come to a longer section of cables to hold onto. While the path is wide, the drop off to your left is significant. This might be tough if you have vertigo, and people have turned around at this point.

At 5.3km you’ll go left at the fork, towards Rifugio Vandelli al Monte Sorapis. You’ll soon see the Rifugio and once you cross a (usually) dry stream, you’ll see route signage that points left to the Rifugio or right to the Lago. We prefer going to the Lago first, especially if we started early, as we can have the lake to ourselves.

Once you reach the lake, you can find a rock to sit on and simply enjoy the beauty, or you can try and get around the lake. We can’t find a safe path going all the way around the lake. We like to go counter-clockwise on a narrow path that goes through bushes and over rocks to the end of the lake. The end of the lake gives more stunning views, and you can even continue a bit more around the other side, continuing to go counter-clockwise until a rock wall bars your path.

After taking a break at the end of the lake – and enjoying new and stunning views – we walk back, retracing our steps around the lake. Now is the time to stop for a snack at the Rifugio.

Coming back down, you can see path 216 going off to the left. This is a beautiful route, although it is much more exposed and steep then the route taken in. It’s beyond the average hiker in our view, so we recommend you go back on the path you came in on.

Insider Hints

  • Check out the Rifugio Vandelli al Monte Sorapiss. Stay the night and get dawn and dusk at the lake and explore nearby trails. At the least, stop for a snack before heading down.


Sharon Shrieber Shaham 2 months ago

A really beautiful hike although quite demanding and long. The walk through the forest is very nice and serene. We did the hike on June 14 and counted on lunch at the Refugio. When we got there it was closed. So for June make sure you know if it’s open or closed. All together a great hike for adults.

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Pegasus 2 months ago

The colour of the Sorapiss lake was out of this world. A spectacular place.

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Lisa B 4 months ago

Lake Sorapiss is so beautiful, ad the cables were not that bad, I would go again!

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RC-DC 4 months ago

Stunning hike to Lago Soprapiss. We got there early and had the whole place to ourselves. You can also scramble back to the starting point. I didn't do it, but heard from a friend it was a very technical scramble, and definitely not a hike

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