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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.
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!
How Do You Get to Lago di Sorapis?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here are some other articles that you should check out if you’re traveling in the Dolomites:
- Road Trip in the Dolomites
- 7 Spots you Can’t Miss in the Dolomites
- A Guide to Hiking Seceda, Dolomites
- How to Get to the Dolomites, Italy
- A Guide to Lago di Braies
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