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Long Distance Hiking

26 OLBE LAKES from the monte Ferro refuge - Sappada

Long Distance Hiking • Belluno
  • Arrivando ai Laghi d'Olbe
    / Arrivando ai Laghi d'Olbe
    Photo: © Piller Hoffer Manuel, © Piller Hoffer Manuel
  • I laghi d'Olbe
    / I laghi d'Olbe
    Photo: © Piller Hoffer Manuel, © Piller Hoffer Manuel
  • Le creste del M.Ferro
    / Le creste del M.Ferro
    Photo: © Piller Hoffer Manuel, © Piller Hoffer Manuel
  • I laghi d'Olbe
    / I laghi d'Olbe
    Photo: © Piller Hoffer Manuel, © Piller Hoffer Manuel
  • Un primo tratto su roccia
    / Un primo tratto su roccia
    Photo: © Piller Hoffer Manuel, © Piller Hoffer Manuel
  • Vista verso gli impianti di sappada 2000
    / Vista verso gli impianti di sappada 2000
    Photo: © Piller Hoffer Manuel, © Piller Hoffer Manuel
  • Vista verso Sappada
    / Vista verso Sappada
    Photo: © Piller Hoffer Manuel, © Piller Hoffer Manuel
  • Salendo sullo sfondo le Creste del M.Ferro
    / Salendo sullo sfondo le Creste del M.Ferro
    Photo: © Piller Hoffer Manuel, © Piller Hoffer Manuel
  • Colori autunnali
    / Colori autunnali
    Photo: © Piller Hoffer Manuel, © Piller Hoffer Manuel
  • A sinistra il M.Ferro e le sue Creste
    / A sinistra il M.Ferro e le sue Creste
    Photo: © Piller Hoffer Manuel, © Piller Hoffer Manuel
  • Vista verso i Laghi d'Olbe
    / Vista verso i Laghi d'Olbe
    Photo: © Piller Hoffer Manuel, © Piller Hoffer Manuel
  • Il rifugio Sappada 2000 e a sinistra il M.Piana
    / Il rifugio Sappada 2000 e a sinistra il M.Piana
    Photo: © Piller Hoffer Manuel, © Piller Hoffer Manuel
Map / 26 OLBE LAKES from the monte Ferro refuge - Sappada
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The lakes are located on the broad Olbe plateau consisting of small hillocks, large hollows and grassy terraces, under the serrated ridge of monte Righile stretching out towards monte Ferro. Their waters cover the bottom of ancient basins dating back to the last Ice Age. Of the three, the most westerly is a kind of pond, the central one is small and not very visible. The most interesting is certainly the most easterly, fairly broad and very deep, with the white pinnacles of Righile reflected in its very green waters.
moderate
3.3 km
2:15 h
620 m
17 m
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A varied route, sunny, a bit steep in the first section, but generally satisfying, perhaps the most striking among those which reach the lakes. As it climbs beautiful views will open before you, first towards the Clap and Siera groups, then the Terze and in particular on the Terza Grande that will appear in an unusual form of a pointed pyramid. It does not present particular difficulties although caution is recommended when crossing some erosion channels where the track may be poorly marked.

Difficulty moderate
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2169 m
1557 m
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Sappada

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Difficulty: E

Start

Rifugio monte Ferro (1556 m)
Coordinates:
Geogr. 46.576362 N 12.681417 E
UTM 33T 322342 5160700

Destination

Laghi d'Olbe

Turn-by-turn directions

On the left side of the monte Ferro refuge, closed for many years and reached with itinerary ns. 16, 17 or 18 (in the Walking section) is a sign marked “laghi d'Olbe” inviting you to take a northward path that enters the wood and higher up leads you to a steep jump where the path becomes rather narrow and exposed. With unexpected ease you get past the steep Oschtans ridge using a series of turns cut expertly into the rocks before continuing straight into sparse forest alternating with brief steps up to a plateau at an altitude of 1950 m. Here the track aims decided east, then crossing a wide slope characterized by some landslide gullies before, finally, a long diagonal pull, slightly uphill, leads to the Olbe plateau. Another few hundred metres and the green waters of the largest of the lakes are before your eyes.

Return

Return to the valley uses the same route or itinerary n. 25 in the reverse direction.

Getting there:


Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

© Tratto dalla Guida "Sappada, dai sentieri alle vette" di Giovanni Borella , edita dalla casa editrice CO.EL.

Author’s map recommendations

Carta Topografica Tabacco - Foglio 01 - Scala 1:25000

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Difficulty moderate
Distance 3.3 km
Duration 2:15 h
Ascent 620 m
Descent 17 m

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