People who arrive at the sanctuary typically decide to go up to the big lake of the above valley, and stay and relax there…and if they really feel up for it, they hike the wonderful route of the lakes of Sant’Anna. Only a few people know there actually is a third itinerary that makes you discover six amazing little lakes set in a bucolic place.
At the far right of the upper parking take the path ascending to the last building. After a few meters continue right on the GTA trail that heads north (signpost to Bravaria pass). It starts with a slight descent through wild nettles.
The trail then continues towards the higher part of the Sant’Anna valley, winding through larch woods, rhododendron and blueberry bushes.
Then it turns on the left taking you to a sunken valley. Now the trail gets steeper bypassing a side creek until you get to a ramp and then you reach the first small lake (2,150 m). Our advice is to keep walking as the best part of this hike is still ahead of you.
After about 80 meters, you reach a signpost indicating the Bravaria pass (2,311 m). At this point, leave the main trail and turn left on the steep path, leaving behind the small lake.
At the end of the climb make a slight left turn on a scree and arrive directly on the shores of the twin lakes (2,231 m). This is an idyllic place, definitely worth the efforts you have made so far. Following the shore on the left side you reach the second lake that creates an “eight-shape” with the first lake.
From here there is no longer a defined path to get to the remaining three lakes, and the difficulty level increases to “Challenging”. In the area between the two twin lakes, start your climb on a stony terrain covered by rhododendron flowers and you reach the fourth lake (2,259 m).
The last two lakes (generally dry in summer) can be reached by continuing hiking diagonally left, again through rhododendron and stones, and keep climbing until you reach the hollow where you will find the fifth lake. If you continue further north you reach the sixth lake, set in a place of rare beauty.