The high valley of the Weißenfelser lakes (Laghi di Fusine) is one of the most fascinating places in this region. The lakes, which are situated at the foot of the Mangart group, are connected to one another by simple hiking trails and surrounded by thick spruce forests, and date back to the Ice Age. This region, which is inhabited by numerous typical animals and plants, changes over the course of the year as nature digs deep into her endless paint box to give the forest and lakes unique nuances of colour which make this spot even more enchanting. You can go on hikes of different lengths starting from the Weißenfelser/Fusine lakes. As well as the classic two lake circular tour (Giro dei due laghi), which leads along comfortable trails, a hike to the Zacchi mountain lodge (Rifugio Zacchi) is also particularly recommended.
The Julian Alps extend over Italian and Slovenian national territory, and can accordingly be divided into the Western Julian Alps (Italy) and the Eastern Julian Alps (Slovenia). The Italian Julian Alps, which are craggier and more inaccessible compared with the Slovenian ones, rise up in the region between Fella (a tributary of the Tagliamento ) and the Upper Isonzo. Their characteristic features are the imposing rock walls of dolomitic limestone and their largely unspoilt, wild nature. Rivers, glaciers and karst phenomena have all contributed to the morphological variety of the region. The mighty rock faces of the Julian Alps alternate with elevations characterised by strips of rock overgrown with grass and steep slopes with compact or fragmented rock. The main summits are all over 2,500 metres above sea level, but none of them is higher than 2,800 metres. Four elevations, which together with their subsidiary summits form four groups of mountains, determine the appearance of the Western Julian Alps: the Mangart (2,668 metres), the Wischberg (2,666 metres), the Montasch (2,753 metres) and the Kanin (2,587 metres).
Mangart group: TheMangart massif offers many routes of moderate and high levels of difficulty.
Rest StopRifugio Luigi Zacchi
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