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Today I will tell you about our hike starting from the Baita Rododendro (Sappada) along the CAI 138 which in 2 hours leads to the beautiful Olbe lakes and then in another hour on the top of Mount Lastroni at 2449 meters.
^^^ Let’s go! We left the car in front of the Baita Rododendro which is located in Pian delle Bombarde above Sappada ^^^
^^^ Selfie 😀 ^^^
^^^ From here you can reach the sources of the Piave river through another path ^^^
^^^ The first part of the walk is quite tiring ^^^
^^^ Giorgino relax moment ^^^
^^^ The hardest part is gone, we spent an hour or so to do the hardest piece of the climb and now the best is waiting for us! ^^^
^^^ We arrived at this grassy plateau covered with multicolored flowers ^^^
^^^ Team coordinated tees!!! ^^^
^^^ There is also a small river that forms puddles where Giorgino cannot fail to jump .. ^^^
^^^ After this pleasant break we leave again! ^^^
^^^ Simone make a face that looks like you’re not struggling! Here is the result 😀 ahah ^^^
^^^ In front of Simone the Terza Grande mountain ^^^
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^^^ Below us the ski slopes of Sappada ^^^
^^^We reach the Olbe dairy farm where the cows are free up to go to the lake to drink ^^^
^^^ Almost there! Up there are the Olbe lakes ^^^
^^^ Here we are and here also the cows all around the lake to cool off ^^^
^^^ What a beauty the waters of this alpine lake that reflects everything perfectly. Superb! ^^^
^^^Now we go up to Mount Lastroni. Another hour of walking and here we are! ^^^
^^^ Look at the path in front of Simone ^^^
^^^ Ahead of me the Cresta del Ferro ^^^
^^^ The Peralba mount and the Calvi alpine hut ^^^
^^^ From up here we can also see Val Visdende, which was struck by the passage of Vaia during the autumn of 2018 ^^^
^^^ All the brown spots are the thousands of trees fallen last year ^^^
^^^ Look how well we can see the path we have just walked here ^^^
^^^ Arrived at altitude 2449 m on the top of Lastroni mount ^^^
^^^ Happiness! ^^^
^^^ Let’s go down now! ^^^
^^^ During this walk you can also see some fortifications of the First World War in fact this was an Italian line of defense ^^^
^^^ Now let’s go to the Upper Lake of Olbe and go down ^^^
^^^ last alpine bath for Giorgino ^^^
^^^ Now we retrace the same path downhill ^^^
A few weeks ago a dear friend of ours, Nicole (@niky_yuky) made a beautiful excursion with her brother to the Olbe lakes and then to Mount Lastroni.
The photos were so beautiful that we asked for information and we also went there a few weeks later.
Sometimes the photos are more beautiful than the place itself. That’s not the case.
In addition to the beauty of the lake, its crystal clear waters that reflect the surrounding landscape, the whole frame of peaks around is to be breathless.
But let’s start with the story.
BEAUTIFUL HIKE AT LAGHI D’OLBE
We leave home very early as even today the forecasts have put rain since 13.00.
I say “even today” because perhaps you don’t remember last Sunday when we took a hurricane of water and hail coming down from the Grauzaria and then discovering that pecking a thunderstorm in that area is very dangerous :O
At 9.00 a.m. we already had coffee at Baita Rododendro and found that dogs can enter.
The CAI sign indicates 2 hours for the Olbe lakes, we pass the bridge over the Piave river and we start the path 138.
In an hour and forty we overcome the 700 meters of difference more difficult of all the day, that is from the Baita Rododendro to the Casera d’Olbe.
We stopped for a nice break in a grassy plateau full of multicolored flowers crossed by a small river that created refreshing little pools for our little dog. After a nice refreshing bath and lots of photos we left happy.
The last stretch of the climb was made even more enjoyable by the presence of dozens of cows that climbed the path with us, to drink in the alpine lakes.
REACHED THE “LAGHI D’OLBE”
Guys but what a beauty!
What a light covered the mountains and the alpine lake was like a mirror.
The lakes seen from the little church, seem almost wrapped inside the crest of the Righile in an embrace. On the other hand, instead, they are lulled by grassy hills of a beautiful green and all under the severe eyes of Mount Lastroni that keeps an eye on everything from our right.
In short, overall a charm.
HIKE AT MONTE LASTRONI
It takes another hour of walk to the top of Mount Lastroni, which I strongly recommend you to do.
Apart from the fact that the climb is not too strenuous, the view enjoyed from up there will make you pay for every drop of sweat poured.
Going up, the lower pond of the Olbe lakes, takes a sweet heart shape (which I could not stop taking pictures and then turn it to all my friends ).
On the left we see in the rock some fortifications of the First World War since this was an Italian line of defense and climbing even higher we succeed for the first time to look towards the other side of the mountain.
I didn’t expect it.
Below us thousands of trees fallen due to the Vaia storm creating immeasurable damage to the beautiful Val Visdende.
From above, the difference in color of the trees on the ground compared to those still standing makes you realize even more, how many trees have been lost. A real tragedy.
A little sadder we continue our ascent to the top of Mount Lastroni.
We are almost there.
TO THE TOP OF LASTRONI MOUNT
To get to the top there is just a small somewhat uncomfortable passage where you have to “climb” on some stone (see photo above).
When we arrived there were various people coming and going so we sat quietly eating our sandwich and wait for the right moment to go up.
While we were here we enjoyed the view in front of us and we were able to see the casera from above, parts of the newly made path, the ski facilities and slopes of Sappada and behind Mount Tuglia, mount Cimon, Mount Creta Forata and the Siera.
Behind us the Palombino mountain, the Crode of the Longerin and dozens of Austrian peaks.
Recover our strength and with a full stomach we all arrive happy at the cross on Mount Lastroni at an altitude of 2449 meters.
Simone takes out the binoculars and begins to study the panorama, Giorgino takes a nap and I took out my favorite app, Pick finder, to try to recognize as many peaks as possible.
After 15 minutes of relaxation a lot of people start to arrive and given the time it is better to go.
THE RACE FOR NOT TAKE THE RAIN
It is one p.m.
We have to get off, go around the upper lake and go back to the car.
We must move.
As we go down we see dozens of people lying down to sunbathe or eat in relaxation around the lake.
Have they seen that black cloud in the distance?
We pass the lower lake, we pass by the little church and begin the descent.
Halfway, look at the coincidence, we meet my sister and a friend who go up to the lake.
We warning them to move that the rain is about to come, I give her my rain jacket and we split up.
We pass the waterfall we meet at the beginning and we think we have made it.
It seemed much closer.
Let’s start dripping, Simone and I look at each other.
And even today we gonna run!
RUN BABY RUN!
By now we have become excellent runners given the number of times we have taken the rain and we have returned to the car running.
But at least today we are very close.
Drips leave and I think of those dozens of people who are still behind us.
Meanwhile we are running at breakneck speed towards the car.
After 5 minutes of drip we launch ourselves into the car and the sky comes down.
Outside the car I find it hard to see the trees so much water and fog fell in a few minutes.
Slowly we see people getting out and getting to cars.
RELAX IN THE RODODENDRO HUT
As soon as the weather improves we move to the Baita Rododendro where we wait for my sister.
Dozens of people arrive completely wet and without the change behind.
Erica fortunately has the clothes to change.
So we dry and happy spend a nice afternoon among good food and beers first at the Rododendro hut and then at the Piani del Cristo hut.
Both places highly recommended both for eating and for the staff.
Owners and girls behind the counter very good and very nice !!
I would go back immediately!
INFO ABOUT LAGHI D’OLBE HIKE + MOUNT LASTRONI:
Start: Rifugio Rododendro, Sappada, Friuli Venezia Giulia.
Goal: Laghi d’Olbe and monte Lastroni.
Time: 2 hours for Olbe lakes and another hour for the Monte Lastroni.
Path: CAI 138
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