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Lake and rifugio Coldai

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Length:
  • Precision time: 3-4 h AR
2143 m
630 m
Gravel road; military mule track; path
Dolomitic Group:
Lago Coldai - Alpine lake
Recommended period:
Summer (very visited); Autumn
Very high in Summer

A pleasant hike in Alpine surroundings, to reach the wonderful Alpine lake "Coldai".

At Palafavera (1507 m), take the open road on the western side of the Provincial road (564; 556) which leads to the Pioda basin and to the malga (now only bivouac) with the same name (1815 m; 45 minutes), in the vicinity of Forcella Alleghe. It is also and more rapidly reached with the Pioda chiarlift which takes you to Col de la Traversa (1887 m - lift open from July to the end of August) from Palafavera.


Beyond the malga continue along the military mule track (556) past a headland and climb up a small gully to the rifugio Sonino al Coldai (2132 m; 1,30 hours). Take path 556 westward (Alta via n. 1) crossing Forcella Coldai to reach the small lake with the same name (2143 m; 20 minutes from the mountain hut).


Stunning the view on the beautiful lake, surrounded by the majestic rocks and wide fields, rich of Alpine flowers.


Variant: you can start from Casera Vescovà (reachable by car from the road of Passo Staulanza - last bend before the Pass) (1720 m), taking the path 561 to Col di Baldi. Then, after 40 minutes you will reach Pioda, walking through beautiful and panoramic Alpine fields (elevation gain Vescovà - Pioda 160 m).