Crystal clear water without people. Mountains whereever you look. Blooming meadows along the way up.
This is how I would describe Lago di Saoseo in a few words. A lot of people would probably say, “Yeah, good, another lake.” But for me, one of the most important aspects of how I feel about a place is the number of people. There were just a few at Lago di Saoseo, but they were all on the same wave – maybe because it took nearly two hours to get to the lake. It lies in more than 2000 meters above sea level and big groups of Asians and other fast-travelers, who jump out of a bus, take pictures, and then get on the bus again, won’t be there.
You can park your car on the road No. 29, just behind the Sfazú restaurant/café. Facing the road up, there is a parking lot on the left side of the road. Then walk back to the café and take the steep road up from there. If you don’t want to walk all the way up, you can take a bus from the road to Rifugio Saoseo, but that kinda seemed to be the worst possible idea after a sitting in the car all day long. It takes another 15 minutes from the mountain hut to the lake.
There’s a path around the whole lake, so you can explore it from all sides. We had a little picnic with Kuba here and then got going again. Along the way we found a lot of wild strawberries, so we even had a dessert. We even wanted to stay the night here but we were short on time and slept on Julier Pass. Which I’m glad we did because we’d have difficulties finding a spot for our tent here.
I have to say that Lago di Saoseo was the biggest surprise for me because I had never even heard about it before. I quite enjoy the not-so-Instagram-known-places that keep their charm. Because you only see true nature lovers there.
P.S. If you want to see how Saoseo looked from Kuba’s eyes, be sure to check out his article.