Altitude 2430m a.s.l
Lago di Sorapiss at sunset with views of the Tre Cime © James Rushforth
The Sorapiss Group forms a horseshoe of steep rock walls that are only open to the north. At their base lies the beautiful Lago di Sorapiss, one of the most striking lakes in the Dolomites with its amazing blue colour. The Giro del Sorapiss provides a classic circuit around the Sorapiss group with the aid of two via ferratas and a protected path. The climbing is never technically difficult but there are numerous exposed sections with no protection. Whilst none of the via ferratas are individually exceptional the circuit done in its entirety is undoubtedly one of the gems of the Dolomites. The scenery is stunning and ever changing, the climbing absorbing, and the positions fantastic. This can all be enjoyed in a surprising amount of solitude given the quality of the route.
From Cortina take the SS48 east signed for 'Passo Tre Croci'. Drive to the top of the pass and park in any of the numerous roadside parking spots (can get very busy during peak season). From the top of the Tre Croci Pass follow the road downhill to the east (in the direction of Misurina) for 250m before turning off right onto path 215. Follow the well-marked path through forest and then scrubland all the way to Rifugio Vandelli. This usually takes just under 2 hours.
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