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Trekking of the ancient lakes - 2nd day

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  • Photo: Alessandro Cristofoletti, APT Trento, monte Bondone e Valle dei Laghi

Trekking through the silent forests and precious reserves of the Alta Val di Cembra and Monte Corno Park. Immerse yourself in an environment that is still intact and waiting to be discovered.

Distance 12.1 km
4:15 h
385 m
216 m
1,744 m
1,421 m

The path that we propose will lead you to the presence of something special, unusual. You will not encounter rock towers or untouched peaks, but something smaller and perhaps less flashy, but equally precious. You will always be surrounded by the forests that separate the Adige valley from the Val di Cembra, an area straddling two worlds already in Roman times, and you will meet witnesses of the past and present of this mountain. First of all: peat bogs, ancient lakes of glacial origin where peat has progressively reduced the surface of the water, creating an incredibly favourable environment for biodiversity. In addition, rocks, mills and border stones that narrate forgotten events. At the end of the day, you will find the heat of the mountain retreat or the malga: a plate of hot soup and a glass of wine will help to cheerfully remember what happened today and to dream of tomorrow's stage.


The trek is part of a larger circuit of 3 days in duration (see stages 1 and 3).


Itinerary designed and implemented by Sviluppo Turistico Grumes in collaboration with the Network of Reserves Valle di Cembra - Avisio, the Natural Park of Monte Corno, the subjects of tourism promotion and numerous private operators.

Author’s recommendation

The peat bogs that we meet along the way date back to about 12,000 years ago, when the basins dug during the last glaciation turned into ponds that began to swamp and tarnish to create these environments. Peat bogs are very important and protected environments both for their rarity at the Alpine level and for their richness in biodiversity.

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Update: May 26, 2023
Highest point
1,744 m
Lowest point
1,421 m
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  • Prepare your itinerary beforehand
  • Choose an itinerary that suits your physical abilities
  • Choose suitable clothes and equipment
  • Check the weather forecast
  • Hiking by yourself is more risky; if this is the case, take a mobile phone with you
  • Leave information about your itinerary and your expected return time
  • If you are not sure about your itinerary, contact an Alpine Guide
  • Pay attention to signposts and directions that you find along your way
  • Do not hesitate in going back if you feel too tired
  • In case of emergency call 112

Tips and hints

Ufficio Turistico Cembra - Tel. +39 0461 683110 - – 


Mountain hut Potzmauer (1,294 m)
46.234863, 11.251661
46°14'05.5"N 11°15'06.0"E
32T 673610 5122607
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Corno Mountain Cottage

Turn-by-turn directions

STAGE 2 (From Rifugio Potzmauer to Malga Corno)

From the retreat go up to the Potzmauer pass and follow the signs for the Lac del Vedes (m 1496). The path runs along the reserve and then reaches, on a dirt road, the huts and the crossroads of Valdonega. Follow the cemented road uphill towards Doss da l'ors. At the junction, turn left, in two minutes you reach a panoramic point with a hut. Continuing on the same road, in a fir forest, you reach another junction where you continue to the right. After a short stretch, at the junction the path on the right will take you back to the main road, reaching in a few minutes a basin (Monte dell'Orso). Follow the indication "Cauria" until, on wooden signs, you will find the signs for the Lago Bianco, reachable in an hour. It is also possible from Valdonega to deviate towards the Paluda La Lot following the "Path of the borders" towards Cauria. Continuing towards Cauria, we reconnect to our path. At Lago Bianco take the forest road on the left and walk along the swamp. Then continue slightly uphill, following the trail sign that indicates the "Lago Nero". In a short time, a semicircle takes you to Lago Nero and from here you continue on to the Malga del Corno, which is reached in half an hour's descent.

Public transport

All information on the website of SAD (transport Province of Bolzano): and Trentino Trasporti (transport Province of Trento):


46.234863, 11.251661
46°14'05.5"N 11°15'06.0"E
32T 673610 5122607
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Author’s map recommendations

Tabacco – Altopiano di Piné, Valli di Cembra e dei Mocheni 1:25.000 - N° 062

Kompass – Bolzano Vigneti e Dolomiti, Val di Cembra, Val di Fiemme 1:50.000 - N° 74


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Sara Piras
August 24, 2022 · Community
Camminata tranquilla. Sempre su strade sterrate (asfaltate a tratti) e sentieri facili nel bosco. Ogni tanto è poi verso la cima si aprono scorci e panorami molto belli. Si attraversano vari biotopi interessanti, molto ben descritti da pannelli apposti lungo il tragitto. Malga Corno pulita e accogliente, con super panorama!
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When did you do this route? August 24, 2022

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12.1 km
4:15 h
385 m
216 m
Highest point
1,744 m
Lowest point
1,421 m
Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Flora Fauna


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