Description of the Hike in Piedmont to the Galcial Lakes
- Duration: 3 Hours without lunch break and detours
- Difficulty level: 3 out of 5
- Distance: 7.2 km
- Minimum altitude: Pian del Re 2020 m
- Maximum altitude: 2406 m (Lago Superiore)
- Total climb: 538 m
- Descend: 538 m
Starting Point Pian Del Re
The hike begins at Pian del Re, where the Po originates in Piedmont. To the left of the parking lot, follow the GTA V16 signpost towards Buco del Viso / Colle delle Traversette.
After a few 100 meters, turn left onto the path towards Rifugio Giacoletti (V17). Now the climb to the upper lake Lago Superiore begins. Already on the way up you have a beautiful view of the valley of the Po up to the Mombracco.
Through the Waterfall
The path leads through a waterfall. The cascade flows from the upper lake into the valley and is stronger when the snow melts. In winter, the cascades are frozen to ice. On ropes and a safety chain you shimmy through the cascades and have to put up with a few splashes. If you take a wrong step on the slippery stones, your feet will be wet.
Around the Glacial Lakes
The path now leads steeply upwards and hiking on the ridge, you can see the Lago Fiorenza from above. After a few minutes you can reach the large glacier pool with Lago Superiore at an altitude of 2339 meters.
Over meadows you leave the path towards Rifugio Giacoletti and turn right to the small Lago Lausetto at 2360 meters.
We continue towards the hill that separates the basin of the two lakes from the main valley. Below is the heart-shaped Lake Chiaretto at an altitude of 2275m. The glacier lake has turquoise transparent water and is fed by melt water and minerals.
Where the hiking trails cross towards Rifugio Giacoletti and Rifugio Quintino Sella, you turn down the valley and pass Lago Chiaretto from the other side.
On the way back, you will come across a plain right at Lago Fiorenza at an altitude of 2111 meters. From here it is only 20 minutes downhill to the Pian del Re.