Lake Neves in the Valli di Tures and Aurina 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, amidst the Zillertal Alps. As it is accessible from the village of Lappago it is also known as Lake Lappago. The lake can be reached via a steep road (toll) only in summer, due to avalanche risk it is closed in winter.
The crystal clear Lake Neves arose in the 1960s and is today a popular destination as well as starting point for several mountain hikes. Some paths lead around the lake at about 1,900 m asl (approx. 1 hour walking time) but also higher up. Also the dam wall itself is walkable in summer. Behind the lake, majestic gigantic mountains of the Zillertal Alps rise, like the Punta Bianca (3,371 m asl), the Grande Mèsule (3,480 m asl) 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. Another popular destination is the Passo Ponte di Ghiaccio mountain hut at the homonymous ridge, a transition between the Val di Fundres and the Valle Aurina. From the lake, the hut 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