Mountain hike to the Laghi di Saldura lakes

The lake district in the back Val di Mazia valley (Matschertal), straight beneath the glaciated summits of the Saldura peaks, is our destination today.

Starting point of our alpine hike is the parking space at the Glies Farms, at the end of the asphalted road in the Val Mazia valley. We comfortably start along the path no. 2, a forest road which proceeds into the valley. After about 50 minutes the path crosses the Saldur Stream and we reach the Innere Matscher Alm hut. Behind this wooden hut, path no. 4 branches to the right towards “Bildstöckljoch/Saldurseen”. It is a steep path which leads us uphill above the timber line.

At about 2,300 m asl. the Piani di Saldura Grounds (Saldurböden) are located, a very scenic high alpine rocky landscape with meadows. The path passes several glacial streams always further uphill, soon across rocky terrain up to more than 2,800 m asl., where the lake district is located. The biggest lake with its turquoise water is a real eyecatcher, right beside it there is a second lake basin which is fed by the glacier. A striking contrast forms the above situated dark blue western Saldursee lake, which is not fed by the glacier.

Amidst this gorgeous landscape we enjoy our picnic before we start our way back down into the valley again, along the same route. Ambitious hikers can take the significantly longer route via the Rif. Oberettes mountain hut, first above 3,000 m asl. and then along an alpine trail with difficult sections down into the valley.

Author: AT

If you want to to this alpine hike, please take information about the current conditions on site! Surefootedness, mountain experience, good physical condition and sturdy shoes are obligatory!

Starting point: Glieshof farm, Mazia (Matsch)
Destination: Saldurseen Lakes
Markers: 2, 4
Distance: approx. 6.5 km (each direction)
Walking time: ascent: 3.5 h, descent: 2 h
Altitude difference: approx. 1,090 m
Altitude level: between 1,820 and 2,860 m asl.
Experienced in: July 2015
Rest points: Glieshof farm and Malga di Mazia mountain hut (at the beginning of the tour)

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