You may probably have heard of the Lago di Sorapis which is less known than the Lago di Braies, but it is for me one of the most beautiful lakes in the Italian Dolomites. I wanted absolutely to get there when we were in the Dolomites and do the amazing hike to this lake. And it was my favorite place in the Dolomites! The blue color of the water is absolutely incredible and I swear it is even bluer in reality! And the recognizable Dolomites mountains that surround this place are stunning. If you are visiting the Dolomites, here is why you should add this hike on your itinerary 😉
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO VISIT THE LAGO DI SORAPIS?
As I discovered, the best time to visit Lago di Sorapis is during spring and summer when the lake is at its fullest. S, if you are planning to visit this lake, come between April and September. We have been there during August and it was perfect!
HOW TO GET THERE?
You can not park your car directly in front of the lake, you need to park at the beginning of the hiking trail and do a 2 hours hike to get there! It is totally free. It was exactly 13 km of hike (go and back) but it was totally worth it! First of all, we found the hike incredible, it was beautiful all along the way, the view on the mountains took my breath away!
IS THE HIKE DIFFICULT?
Also, when we arrived we discovered a hidden gem! It was even more beautiful than we could imagine! The lake was so blue! And the mountains in the background are incredible! This place is absolutely incredible and peaceful. Concerning the difficulty, I would say honestly it is medium. If you are afraid of the heigh that can be a little bit hard at some points but if it not dangerous.
WHAT IS THE BEST TIME OF THE DAY TO GET THERE
We woke up at 5:00 to be there around 7:30 and we were not disappointed! We were the first ones so we had the chance to have this place just for ourselves. When we arrived after two hours to this magical lake we were totally in awe! The water was so blue it was unreal. If you are asking yourself how this can be so blue, it’s because it’s a glacial lake! By the way, you can not swim there, it’s forbidden, this lake is protected by the UNESCO. So you can just sit there and admire the beauty of this place or you can also walk around the lake!
WHERE TO STAY IN THE DOLOMITES?
The Dolomites are huge, more than 15 000m2, so there are many beautiful hotels and refuges to stay. It is depending on which places you want to visit. Personally, we wanted to visit the Lago di Braies and the Lago di Sorapis. So it was perfect for us to stay in Cortina d’Ampezzo. We were only 15 minutes driving from the Lago di Sorapis and 50 minutes from the Lago di Braies. Honestly, the ratio quality-price is not so good in the Dolomites. The hotels are quite expensive and not always worth it. But there are several small hotels and refuges that are really nice. We managed to find a good hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo for 120€ per night. If you book in advance you should manage to find a good accommodation!
IS IT ALLOWED TO SLEEP IN A TENT?
No, unfortunately, it is not allowed to bring a tent and sleep inside as the lake is protected by UNESCO.
YOU ARE PLANNING TO VISIT THE LAGO DI SORAPIS?
If you are planning to visit the Lago di Sorapis, bring a jacket for the hike, even during summer! The mornings in the Dolomites are quite cold! Also, you should get there early, you will have this place just for yourself! 😉
Also, if you need more info about the Dolomites and the South Tyrol feel free to reach them here!