Laghi di Strino
Passo Tonale

Elevation amsl: 2601
Location: Passo Tonale

Catchment basin: Noce – Torrente Vermigliana
Mountain chain: Cevedale
Subgroup: Redivall - Boai
Hiking time: 5.30 hours
Difficulty: EE – excursion for experts
Elevation gain: 990 m
SAT trail n°: 161 160 137
Hotel-Restaurant la Mirandola - Ospizio San Bartolomeo

Laghi di Stino Excursion

From Passo Tonale, by car, you can reach the historic Ospizio S. Bartolomeo (pilgrim hospice) at 1971 m and you can then leave your vehicle nearby.  From here, follow the dirt road that will take you to Malga Val Albiolo (mountain dairy): in a short time you will reach a clearing where the n° 161 trail starts which zigzags up the grassy and rather steep hill called the Alpe del Tonale. This is the perfect area for naturalist photographers since it is filled with numerous species of flora and the burrows of Alpine marmots. Then climb up the steep, grassy slopes to the east, partially exposed to the sun, that take you up the mountainsides of the Cima Tonale Orientale (eastern Tonale peak) and go towards a wide hollow located at approx. 2600 m, from where it is possible to admire a beautiful view of the entire Presanella mountain group and of Val di Sole. (1.30 hour)

Descend down to the hollow where you can still see the ruins of the so called "Città Morta” (Dead City), located at approx. 2500 m. These are the ruins of the Austrian military camp from WWI. Continue down until you reach the trail that goes to the Laghetti di Strino – Bocchetta di Strino (small pass) SV n° 161 (2.00 hours)

Climb up through the pastures along a steep path until you reach the n° 137 trail that comes up from Val di Strino until you reach the first of the Strino lakes at 2593 m.; therefore, by going east, under the rocky slopes of Monte Redival (mount), you will arrive at the Laghetto di Strino Superiore (Superior Strino Lake). You will find cottongrass along the shores of  these two charming cirque lakes. (3.30 hours)
Return by following trail n° 137 which takes you up through a sparse larch forest in which you will also find rhododendrons and junipers. Here you will find trail n° 160, also called the   “Bozerlait”. (4.30 hours)
This trail, which is almost entirely flat, will easily take you across the orographic right side of Valle di Strino passing the steep canyons that descend towards Malga di Strino (mountain dairy) and in approx. one hour you will reach the ruins of fort Zaccarana, located at 2116 m, which was once a strategic point that dominated over Passo del Tonale. From the fort, an easy trail will take you down through a larch forest and then through alder trees and green pastures until you reach the starting point of the excursion. You will have completed a splendid loop itinerary. (6.00 hours)

Photos and itinerary descriptions: Tiziano Mochen

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