Lago di Sorapis: The Most Unique Lake & Hike In The Dolomites

Lago di Sorapis or Lake Sorapis is a true natural hiking treasure in the Dolomites. The lake is embedded high up in the rough exterior of the mountains. But what makes Lago di Sorapis stand out the most is the incredible “photoshopped blue” water and the spectacular hike towards it. Personally, I thought it was a scam because water cannot really be that bright, right?! Well, it turns out, it can!

If you love mountain views, hiking, and the color blue, then Lago di Sorapis definitely needs a spot on your Dolomites bucket list.

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Lago di Sorapis, The Most Unique Lake In The Dolomites

Why You Need To Visit Lago di Sorapis

To recap why you need to do the hike to Lake Sorapis I’ve made a little list:

  • Beautiful bright blue water! 
  • The lake is embedded in between the mountains. You would never expect there to be a lake.
  • Breathtaking views over the Dolomites
  • Cool hiking route
  • Great workout

Pro Tip ➳ Another incredible hike in the Dolomites is at Tre Cime Di Lavaredo. What makes this hike so cool is that you hike around 3 mountain tops.

Lago di Sorapis, The Most Unique Lake In The Dolomites

How To Get To Lago di Sorapis

Going to visit Lago di Sorapis consists of two-part. The first is easy, and the second part is a fun challenge as the hike towards the lake is not easy.

 The lake is top-rated among Italians, except for others looking to do the hike to Lago di Sorapis. In the Dolomites, early means EARLY. So, I’d advise you to start practicing being an early bird, because almost anywhere in the Dolomites, it is best to be there at least before 8 am. After 8, the parking areas will fill up, and the trail will start to be crowded. 

First, park your car at Parcheggio per Sorapis. This parking area is free and close to the starting point of the trail. Grab your hiking gear and start part 2: the hike.

The challenge of visiting lake Sorapis is the hike towards it. This hike is about 2/2,5 hours and 7 km in length. The trail has large differences in height, climbing up to the lake. Do not underestimate this hike. It takes a lot of energy to get there. But who doesn’t love a challenge😉? And the reward of seeing the lake after makes it even better.

Also Read ➳ The Full Dolomites Itinerary: Ultimate 7-Day Hiking Trip

What To Expect From The Hike To Lago di Sorapis

  • ~14 km in total
  • 5 hours hiking
  • Medium/hard trail difficulty 
  • Big differences in height, max 725 m
  • Slippery sometimes
  • Steep edges
  • Beautiful views of the surroundings
  • A lot of sweat that is all worth it in the end

Also Read ➳ The 7-day road trip & hiking guide around Tirol and Bavaria.

The Rewarding Views

After a sweaty 2,5 hours, you can spot the blue water from Lago di Sorapis, and you did it! Time for a snack and a drink.

Most people sit down at first sight of the lake. But highly recommend you to walk to the right, along the side of the lake. There is a little beach, perfect for a picnic! Another great spot is on the opposite side of the arrival point of the lake. Walk to the right, past the beach, and continue walking alongside the lake. The further you go, the fewer people. I always love this because, with a little extra effort, it feels like you’ve got the place to yourself.

Hiking Gear Needed

The hike to Lago di Sorapis is not a piece of cake. Therefore, I highly recommend you to bring the following:

  • Hiking shoes
  • Small backpack
  • Shorts/long pants 
  • Rainjacket
  • Enough Water
  • Snacks
  • Blister bandaids
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Blanket to sit on (optional)

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