Hiking to Lago di Sorapis in the Dolomites, Italy

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Hiking to Lago di Sorapis is one of the top day hikes in the Dolomites, a mountain region in Northern Italy. A trip to Lago di Sorapiss is a must on any Dolomites itinerary. While slightly less well known when compared to the famous lakes of Lago di Braies and Lago di Carezza, this stunning blue lake is equally as impressive. However, the lake has recently gained quite a bit of fame due to its picture-perfect colors and popularity on Instagram. The blue color of Lago di Sorapis is a see-it-to-believe blue, a sight not to be missed.

girl in yellow dress at the lago di sorapis

Hiking to Lago di Sorapis (Lake Sorapis)

Just 15 minutes down the road from Cortina d’Ampezzo, Lago di Sorapis (Lake Sorapis) was easily one of my favorite hikes in the area! It is the perfect moderate hike for a quick road trip in the Dolomites. In order to capture the full beauty of the lake, I recommend visiting in summer or spring. This is when the lake is at its fullest, a result of the melting snow.

The hiking route is absolutely beautiful, offering scenic mountain views throughout.

How Long is the Hike to Lago di Sorapis?

Originating at Passo Tre Croci, the hike to Lago di Sorapis is 11 km round trip (6.8 miles round trip), and takes approximately 2-3 hours each way. 

The lake itself is well worth the hike though, some of the bluest waters that I’ve ever seen! 

mountain views in the dolomites

How Do You Get to Lago di Sorapis?

By Car

The Passo Tre Croci trailhead is located just a 15 minutes drive from Cortina D’Ampezzo, an ideal hiker’s base and popular town in the Dolomites. You’ll find plenty of street parking at the trailhead, however I recommend arriving early, especially in the summer months, as it is a popular trail. This will also allow you to get a headstart on the other hikers!

By Bus

The easiest way to get to the trailhead is by car, however here are buses that run a few times a day between Cortina and the trailhead during the high season. It is important to consult a timetable for your dates, as the buses run less frequently during the shoulder and low seasons. If you plan to take the bus, you should account for 30-45 minutes in travel time to get to the trailhead.

By Foot

It is also possible to arrive at the trailhead by foot, hiking the 15 km from Cortina D’Ampezzo. I would recommend allotting a few hours for this, leaving in the early morning to avoid the crowds on the main trail.

Once you arrive at the Passo Tre Croci trailhead, follow the PATH 215. The trail is clearly marked throughout. 

beautiful trailhead in the dolomites

Where to Stay?

I recommend basing yourself out of the popular town of Cortina. Located only 15 minutes away from the trailhead, this is a great option with plenty of hotels and guesthouses.

If you are looking to capture the lake at sunrise, I recommend booking a night at Rifugio Vandelli. While I didn’t get a chance to stay here myself, I definitely plan to on my next trip to the Dolomites. The rifugio is only open during the summer months, from June 20th to September 20th. Prices begin at €13/€26 for members/non-members. There are options available for half-board. You can learn more about it on their website.

rifugio at lago di sorapis

How Difficult is it to Get to Lago di Sorapis?

While most websites list the hike as easy, I would rate it moderate. This is mostly due to the length of the hike, at approximately 4-5 hours round trip. Additionally, the hike includes some steep inclines narrow pathways. Luckily, there are a number of railing and ropes that you can use as support throughout. 

view of the lake - lago di sorapis

What to Pack

Proper Hiking Boots – While the hike isn’t super challenging, it is quite steep at times. I recommend wearing proper hiking boots, rather than sneakers, if possible. A few of my favorite hiking boot brands include Columbia and North Face.

Rain Jacket/Windbreaker – The mornings can be a bit chilly, so I recommend packing a lightweight jacket can you can throw on and off.

Lunch/Snacks – Rifugio Vandelli offers snacks and meal options, however with no electricity, the options are limited. I recommend packing your own food to eat down by the lake.

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  1. April 11, 2020 / 10:46 am

    These pictures are stunning! And now I’m convinced to hike Lago di Sorapis 🙂 Thanks for such a detailed post 🙂

    • tavernatravels
      April 11, 2020 / 10:54 am

      You need to go! It’s so so gorgeous there! 🙂

  2. Karen
    April 11, 2020 / 11:12 am

    I did a 3 night refugio hike Near there but didn’t see the lake. Next time. Love hiking in the Dolomites.

    • tavernatravels
      April 11, 2020 / 11:17 am

      Oh that sounds like so much fun! Always a next time 🙂

  3. April 11, 2020 / 11:25 am

    Your photos make me want to visit the Dolomites even more! I’m glad you made a note about the hike difficulty because I always find that hikes described as “easy” online end up being a lot more difficult!!!

    • tavernatravels
      April 11, 2020 / 11:27 am

      Oh yeah, we were definitely huffing and puffing on the way up. Maybe our Portland inspo trip become a Dolomites inspo trip haha

  4. April 11, 2020 / 11:56 am

    This looks AMAZING!!! Would love to experience this after the quarantine is over :)). We’re all gonna need travel after this!!

    • tavernatravels
      April 11, 2020 / 1:09 pm

      Oh yes, and I’m sure Italy will need to bump in tourism!

  5. Bisola
    April 11, 2020 / 12:04 pm

    The pictures!!!! Gorgeous! Never heard of the dolomites till now but now I want to visit! Really great detailed post for first timers

    • tavernatravels
      April 11, 2020 / 1:10 pm

      Oh the Dolomites are absolutely amazing! I’ve got at least 6 or 7 posts on them at this point, so plenty information if you’re trying to plan a trip!

  6. April 11, 2020 / 12:11 pm

    This is an awesome article! I visited the Dolomites in the winter as a ski trip and loved it. I totally want to go back in the summer. You sold me with your beautiful photos! 🙂

    • tavernatravels
      April 11, 2020 / 1:11 pm

      Oh, I would love to go back during the winter as well!

  7. April 11, 2020 / 2:44 pm

    The landscapes are stunning! Thanks for all the tips! I am dreaming to go to the Dolomites since ages!

    • tavernatravels
      April 12, 2020 / 1:31 pm

      I definitely recommend it! It’s such a dream hiking vacation

  8. Michelle
    April 11, 2020 / 4:33 pm

    This looks like such a gorgeous area. Thank you for giving me all of the perfect tips to help me plan my trip when I am ready to visit. I will definitely take your advice and stay in Cortina!

    • tavernatravels
      April 12, 2020 / 1:31 pm

      I definitely recommend it- at least for part of the trip! Ortisei is another great homebase!

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