The second stage of the Dürer Path to the Holy Lake (Lago Santo) represents a demanding day tour for hikers with good stamina.
Image gallery: Dürer Path: from Pochi near Salorno to the Lago Santo lake
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South of Pochi and along the main road between Salorno and this hamlet a single track with Dürer’s anagram “AD” branches off on the right. It represents the starting point of this second stage of the Dürer Path leading via the Passo Sauch pass to the Lago Santo (Holy Lake) high above the Val di Cembra valley in the Trentino. As an alternative, you can start directly in Pochi - doing so, the route will be extended by 2 km each direction.
The Dürer Path proceeds past some houses and farmsteads uphill at the slope, varying between a hiking path, a stone paved cart track and a forest road. It leads further on through a beech forest to the Passo Sauch pass at 915 m a.s.l., most of the ascent is done by now. After a stop at the Rif. Sauch mountain hut the trail continues towards the Lago Santo (Holy Lake), a beautiful mountain lake in the forest high above the Val di Cembra valley, which reflects the snow-capped peaks of the Lagorai Group in its waters. The way back follows the same trail and is - with 3 hours walking time - quite long.
The tour overcomes an altitude difference of 870 metres and a distance of 17 km and is therefore recommended for hikers with good stamina, but it fascinates with its beautiful and rare landscapes along the way. The hike can also be done in spring and autumn.
Important: if you want to do this hike, please take information about the current conditions on site!
Starting point: Salorno - Pochi road south of Pochi
Route: Pochi - Passo Sauch pass - Lago Santo lake (and back)
Signposts: “Dürerweg / Sentiero del Dürer”, AD, “Lago Santo”
Distance: approx. 8.5 km (each direction)
Walking time: about 4 hours (ascent), 3 hours (descent)
Altitude difference: approx. 870 m
Altitude level: between 480 and 1,220 m a.s.l.
Experienced in: May 2010
Further information: Castelfeder tourist board, phone: +39 0471 810 231