Mountain tour to the Laghi di Sopranes lakes

The lake district of Sopranes is one of the most impressive mountain lake landscapes in the Alpine area. The way up is not an easy walk, but leaves lasting impressions and views.

Our tour starts in the rear section of the Val Passiria, in Plan, at 1,650 m asl. We follow the signpost n°6 to the Falschnal Alm mountain hut. At the beginning, the path is rather plain and follows the course of the valley. At the Alpine pasture, at 1,875 m, it joins the gravel path, proceeding to the tree line. Following the course of the Faltschnal river, we walk up the green Alpine landscape, with grazing cows and horses. At the Falschnaljoch mountain ridge at 2,400 m asl, we almost made it. Still 180 m of altitude need to be overcome in order to reach the highest point, the Passo Sopranes.

Past cairns, marking the pass, we soon reach the first lakes. The first are the Lago del Catino and the Lago Lungo (long lake), scintillating in the rock landscape. The path n°6 takes us down to the Lago Lavagna, located in a hill moor area, in which the scars, high Alpine flora alternates with stone deserts and snow fields. The last section of the decent takes us to the Lago Verde at 2,342 m asl.

We absolutely do not want to miss the largest of the lakes, the Lago Lungo, and therefore we walk the path n° 22 for about 10 minutes, leading towards the Laghi del Latte. The lake rewards our efforts with a breathtaking mountain scenery. This is also where we have our packed lunch, what a delight. From this point you have two possibilities to extend your tour, either towards west to the Laghi del Latte (+45 minutes and 200 m of altitude difference, both directions), or down to the Oberkaser (+45 minutes and almost 230 m of altitude both directions, possibility to stop). As time has gone by very fast, we decide to wak back, as there are still 3 hours left to be done before we reach our starting point.

Author: AT

Indication: Before you do this tour, inform yourselves about the current conditions on site.

Starting point: Plan (parking space)
Route: Plan - Falschnal Alm - Giogo di Sopranes - Lago di Lavanga - Lago Verde - Lago Lungo
Signpost: n° 6, 22
Altitude difference: about 1,320 m (both directions)
Altitude: between 1,650 and 2,580 m
Length of the trail: about 9.8 km (each direction)
Estimated walking time: ascent 4 hours, descent 3 hours
Experienced: August 2013

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