|Somrabbi,parking before Malga Stablazol|
|time needed||8 hours, round-trip|
|difficulty||between middle and challenging (15 Km)|
|quota max||2797 m.|
|note||106 up Refuge Dorigoni path, then path without number for the Lakes|
The upper Saent valley is dotted with numerous little lakes distributed between an altitude of 2562 and 2900 m. approximately. The Sternai lakes are all of glacial origin and are of various dimensions: from the smallest of just 100 square meters to over 36,000 the largest, ( also the lowest in altitude ). They are surrounded by a superb amphitheatre of mountains: in the south-west Cima Vezzena and Cima Rossa di Saent. Further north Saent Cima, ,3 Cima di Rabbi, Cima Lorchen and in the east Cima Sternai (m.3443) and Cima Sternai south.
To visit these wonderful high altitude lakes take the car to Somrabbi and then north towards the Val di Saent up to where cars are permitted. During the tourist season season there's a shuttle service to just before the Stablasol malga (m. 1539). Here onto trail 106 and in less than three hours to the Dorigoni refuge (m. 2457). An interesting alternative route is La scalinata dei Larici Monumentali ("staircase of the Monumental Larches). Near the Pra Saent Malga turn left (west) and after the visit to these living monuments take trail 106 located further up near the "path of the climbers".( sentiero degli alpinisti).
From the Dorigoni Refuge a well indicated circular trail leads to the various lakes. This trail then leads into trail 101 which in turn leads westwards back to the refuge. The hike can be easily done in 2 hours with a difference in altitude of 400 m. Even the northern side of the Sternai Saent mountain chain ,(Val Martello and upper Val D'Ultimo), is dotted with small lakes.
Pictures of beautiful Lakes Sternai