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In this chapter we discuss one of the most beautiful trips in the Dolomites, a path that will leave you speechless, the Sorapiss Lake Excursion.

The Sorapiss Lake Excursion or to the Rifugio Valdelli is one of those things to do sooner or later in life, the spectacular nature of the path and the magic of Lake Sorapiss will leave you speechless. The Alfonso Vandelli refuge, 1926 meters, is located in a spectacular position, right in the center of the imposing natural amphitheater of the north side of the Sorapiss Group where, among all, Punta Sorapiss stands out with its 3205 meters.

The Sorapiss Lake Excursion

The Refuge is an ideal starting point for the numerous ascents to the peaks, for the long crossings of the via ferrata and for accessing the various bivouacs. A few steps from there, there is the changing lake which, with its fantastic green-water light, illuminates the eyes of the spectator, so as not to seem real. It is not difficult, in fact, that for a moment, admiring that intense blue-green, one is left speechless.

 

The Sorapiss Lake Excursion

The car is parked at the top of the Passo Tre Croci where, since there is no parking area used, one must invent one along the road; given the situation, it is therefore advisable to arrive early in the morning and avoid the most chaotic days of the summer holidays.

We walk along the CAI 215 path and the first stretch is wide and peaceful. Then you reach a gentle slope, which will continue for about an hour, giving you the opportunity to admire the Cristallo Group and the Cadini di Misurina. With the first demanding altitude difference, the most difficult part of the route begins, in fact some short sections equipped with a metal cord and some stairs will be positioned to more easily overcome fairly demanding gradients.

 

The Sorapiss Lake Excursion

There are no real difficulties, so the via ferrata set is not needed, however it can impress the exposure of some vertical sections; in any case, a minimum of caution and concentration is needed, since the mountain should not be treated superficially. The excursion is suitable for anyone, the route is always very popular with people walking and also with families with children. Pay attention to the ice that forms during the colder periods. We recommend a calm pace to enjoy the wonderful landscape that will surround you.

  • Info Sorapiss Lake Excursion
  • Start: Passo Tre Croci 1,805 meters
  • Arrival: Rif Vandelli or Lago Sorapiss 1,923 meters
  • Duration: 2.00 h
  • Difference in altitude: 200 meters
  • Trail number: CAI 215
  • Difficulty: Medium E (Hikers)
  • Lunch/Dinner: Rif Alfonso Valdelli Open - Packed
  • Suitable for: Hikers, Accompanied Guys
  • Notes: Presence of short exposed sections, a safe step is required.
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