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· 6 reviews · Mountain tour · Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo, Val Rendena
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  • Panoramic view from Ritorto
    / Panoramic view from Ritorto
    Photo: fototeca ApT Madonna di Campiglio Pinzolo Val Rendena, APT Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo, Val Rendena
  • / Panoramic view on the Brenta Dolomites from Ritorto lake
    Photo: Altro Versante, APT Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo, Val Rendena
  • / Ritorto lake
    Photo: fototeca ApT Madonna di Campiglio Pinzolo Val Rendena, APT Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo, Val Rendena
  • / Nambino lake's refuge
    Photo: fototeca Apt Madonna di Campiglio Pinzolo Val rendena, APT Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo, Val Rendena
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Difficult excursion at high altitude among alpine lakes.
Distance 14.8 km
6:00 h
892 m
921 m

Author’s recommendation

Famous route along the slopes of the Presanella mountain. The route, even if  easy and popular,  requires a good physical training.
People are required to bring their own drinks: there are not refreshment points for long stretches of the itinerary. Considering the lenght of the route, we suggest to leave early in the morning.
Highest point
2,460 m
Lowest point
1,724 m
Best time of year
Cardinal direction

Safety information

Trail sign: 232, 217 and 266

Please note that the practicability of the itineraries in a mountain environment is strictly linked to the contingent conditions and is therefore influenced by natural phenomena, environmental changes and weather conditions. For this reason, the information contained in this page may have changed. Before leaving for a tour, make sure the path you will approach is still accessible by contacting the owner of the mountain hut, the alpine guides or the visitor centres of the nature parks, the info offices of the local tourist board.

Tips and hints


From Madonna di Campiglio reach “Patascoss” area (1,728 m)
46.230643, 10.815904
46°13'50.3"N 10°48'57.3"E
32T 640023 5121276



Turn-by-turn directions

From the Patascoss parking, after a dozens of meters on the street to “Malga Ritorto”, turn right and go up along the dirt street. At the end of the street you find “Pancugolo” refuge, near the arrival of “5 Laghi” cableway (you can reach the refuge also taking directly the cableway starting from the centre of Madonna di Campiglio).
Catch the flat path, starting behind the refuge, till “Ritorto” lake (you can reach the lake also starting from “Ritorto” refuge, following “Cantoni di Ritorto” itinerary).
From the lake go up northbound following the path, reach “Ritorto” pass, go on along ups and downs among stones, avoiding the detour to “Nambino” lake, and reach “Lambin” lake. Go up the slope overhanging “Nambino” valley and go down till reaching “Serodoli” lake. From the lake mouth go up, going past the bivouac, and reach the “Gelato” lake. Come back to “Serodoli” lake, go down to the small “Nero” lake and turn left at the folk, following the path n° 266 in the direction of “Busa dei Cavai”. From here go down following some wide bends till to “Nambino” lake and the refuge. Near the mouth of the lake take the flat path on the right till the starting point in “Patascoss”.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

In summer shuttle bus from the centre of Madonna di Campiglio (Brenta Alta square) up to Patascoss (from June to September). Check the summer transport timetables and rates or take the brochure in the tourist office in Pradalago street, 4.

Getting there

Public transportation:

Trentino Trasporti ( bus service operates daily direct and local connections to Pinzolo and Madonna di Campiglio. 

In auto:

on the A4 Milan-Venice, take the Brescia Est exit at km 130.  Average travel time from exit (by car): 2 hours and 30 minutes.

on the A22 Modena-Brennero, take the Rovereto Sud exit at km 92 (1 hour and 40 minutes), or the Trento Sud exit at km 73 (1 hour and 30 minutes), or the S. Michele all’Adige exit at km 78 (1 hour).


Driving from Pinzolo: don't enter Madonna di Campiglio but take the tunnel in the direction of Campo Carlo Magno and turn left at about 150 mt after the tunnel exit. 

If you want go up till Pancugolo by cableway: enter Madonna di Campiglio south and park in Piazza Sissi paid parking, near the 5Lake cableway.


Pay and display parking in Patascoss area, a few meters from the starting point of the route.


46.230643, 10.815904
46°13'50.3"N 10°48'57.3"E
32T 640023 5121276
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Mountaineering boots, hat, windbreakers and sun lotion are highly recommended.

Basic Equipment for Mountain Hikes

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Mountain Hikes

  • Climbing helmet as required
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Cristina Anesi
August 15, 2019 · Community
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Andrea Ronca
June 30, 2019 · Community
Partenza da Cabinovia 5 Laghi Arrivo Madonna di Campiglio. Un giro stupendo e i laghi sono fantastici. Ci sono delle belle salite brevi ma intense delle discese belle strong ...Da tenere in considerazione che l’unico punto dove si può bere dell’acqua sono i rifugi .... durante tutto il percorso non si trovano punti potabili. Quindi è bene partire con un quantitativo adeguato per affrontare tutta la giornata di cammino
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Lago ritorto
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Lago Lambin
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Lago Serodoli
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Lago Gelato
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Lago Nero
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Matteo Galanti
June 24, 2019 · Community
Molto bello, impegnativo ma come prima uscita è ok!
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When did you do this route? June 24, 2019
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14.8 km
6:00 h
892 m
921 m
Circular route Multi-stage route Cableway ascent/descent Scenic


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