This beautiful hike takes in all the scenery one expects when walking in the Dolomites, but the reward is entirely unique. Once there, the surprise was great.

Sorapis is a mountain in the Dolomites within the Veneto region of northern Italy. Situated in the comune of Cortina d'Ampezzo, it has an elevation of 3,205 metres (10,515 ft). In its vicinity is a mountain pass of the same name, as well as Lago di Sorapiss (Sorapiss Lake), at the foot of the mountain. The Lago Sorapiss, overhanged by he shape of the Dito di Dio (God's finger), has a stunning baby blue colour.

After 4 hours hiking from Passo Tre Croci you can see this paradise. This place is amazing!!!

The route starts behind the chapel on the pass (next to the three large wooden crosses), passes through Campo Marzo and climbs to the Tordèiba hills.

After a first section of mule track and straightforward footpath the route turns left along a narrow scree gorge and then crosses Forcella de Marcòira at 2307 metres.

It then enters the beautiful Ciadin del Lòudo basin, a wild meadow ridge which it cuts across diagonally, and then climbs to a col with dramatic views of Rifugio Vandelli (1908 m) and Lake Sorapiss. The path then continues sharply through dwarf mountain pines to the refuge.

...And how to forget the starry sky above our heads.

 

Put it on your bucket list, because this lake "out of season" is really a magical place.

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