– “Unta, shall we go to the Dolomites next week?”
He had me at road-trip and lakes.
That’s how it happens, honestly it didn’t matter to me exactly where we were going, just that we were going. I booked accommodation in Cortina d’Ampezzo, that was my only task. I didn’t even bother to google the lakes he told me about, so I really had no clue what was waiting for me. It has become apparent that I do not know how to take a true vacation, with the fact that wherever I travel is always action.
The drive to the destination itself is breathtaking, the serpentine road squirms between the forest, and occasionally opens up with beautiful views of the Dolomites, and green hills with cows. I almost didn’t want to get to the destination because I enjoyed the ride so much.
The Dolomites are famous for their crystal clear lakes and the unique milky blue water of Lake Sorapis is no exception. Our plan was walking trail no. 215, starting from Passo Tre Croci. The hike was not difficult (for me, if you are afraid of heights this may not be the trail for you), although it is steep, the trail follows some exposed cliff edge in some sections, and it’s slippery in places due to the water flowing from the mountain. It took us a little over an hour and a half to reach the destination, along the way we stopped many times to take photos because the scenery is so damn beautiful. As we hiked higher and higher, we were rewarded with a panoramic view of the surrounding mountain ranges. The rugged scenery had a soulful impact, and created a lingering impression unlike anywhere else.
It was surreal spending time in this mountains, it felt like a wonderland – a giant playground. Every tired step, heavy breathing and fatigue disappeared when I saw the lake. Happiness all over. Above the lake is a peak called Dito di Dio (God’s finger), standing there to remind us how small we are in this majestic world.
Trailhead: Passo Tre Croci, Belluno – trail #215
Distance: around 13 km circuit
Time needed: 4-5 hours
Elevation: 1925 m, the total elevation gain of this hike is around 300-400 meters.
When: late June to mid October (I hiked in August)
I hope you like this little photo diary I put together to share my time adventuring through Dolomites. Let me know if you have visited Italy and how did you like it. If anyone has any feedback I’d be so appreciative to receive your comments and questions below.