The Neves Reservoir in the Valli di Tures and Aurina valleys is an ideal starting point for a hike along the Neves High Route.
Lake Neves, a reservoir, is located in the Valle dei Molini, a side valley of the Valli di Tures and Aurina. As it is accessible from the village of Lappago it is also known as Lake Lappago. The lake can be reached via a steep toll road only in summer - due to avalanche risk it is closed in winter.
The crystal clear lake at almost 1,900 m a.s.l. - “Neveser See” in German, “Lago di Neves” in Italian - arose in the 1960s. Nowadays a circular trail leads around it. Also the dam wall itself is walkable in summer. Behind the lake, majestic gigantic mountains of the Zillertal Alps rise, like Mt. Punta Bianca (3,371 m a.s.l.), Mt. Gran Mèsule (3,480 m a.s.l.) and the 3,420 m high Cima di Campo.
A hiking highlight is the Neves High Route, which proceeds above Lake Neves and offers gorgeous views on the alpine world of the Valle Aurina valley. Another popular destination is the Rif. Passo Ponte di Ghiaccio mountain hut at the homonymous ridge, a transition between the Val di Fundres and the Valle Aurina valleys. From the lake, the hut at 2,545 m a.s.l. is accessible within 2.5 hours. In winter, Lake Neves turns into a paradise for ski tourers.
Altitude: 1,857 m asl
Surface: 48 hectares
Depth: max. 80 m
Category: reservoir, mountain lake