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Sprons Lakes - circular hiking route

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  • Spronser Seen Lakes
    / Spronser Seen Lakes
    Photo: Frieder Blickle, Algund
  • Sprons Lakes
    / Sprons Lakes
    Photo: Daniela Prossliner, Algund
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Distance 13.2 km
4:57 h
1,267 m
1,267 m

The Sopranes Lakes (Spronser Seen) belong to South Tyrol’s largest high alpine lake district and are part of the Gruppo di Tessa Nature Park, South Tyrol’s largest nature park. These lakes supply parts of the town of Merano with water. Moreover these lakes represent a very popular hiking destination both for adults and children.

The circular trail to the largest alpine group of lakes in South Tyrol, the Spronser Seen, is a challenging but worthwhile and beautiful mountain tour, right in the heart of the nature park Texelgruppe.  During this hike you will experience an impressive, still largely untouched high mountain landscape. There are ten lakes in total, which are embedded in steps one above the other in alpine pastures and rounded rocky humps.

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Highest point
2,486 m
Lowest point
1,486 m
Best time of year



Turn-by-turn directions

Route: Starting at the Leiter Alm, take path # 24 in the direction of the Hochgang refuge hut. There, turn right and ascend on a steep path to the Hochgangscharte (2,441 metres) - only for people who do not get dizzy easily. At the gap, turn left and take path # 6 to the Spronser Valley and the Oberkaser Alm (2,131 metres / open during the summer). Take path # 25 to your right and pass the Kaser- and Pfitscherlacke and make your way to the Karjoch (2,230 metres / Taufenscharte). Descend on a steep and windy path to the Leiter Alm. You can also hike the circular trail the other way around.



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Getting there




Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Basic Equipment for Alpine Routes

  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • 35-45 liter rucksack  (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
  • Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Hiking poles
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister 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 Alpine Routes

  • B2 or B3 mountaineering boots
  • Climbing harness
  • Climbing helmet
  • Ice axes (basic or technical with hammer and adze as required)
  • C2-C3 crampons with anti-balling plates (as required by route and to match boots)  
  • Single rope
  • Half ropes
  • Twin ropes
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  • Set of nuts
  • Double set of nuts
  • Small nuts
  • Medium nuts
  • Large nuts
  • Nut tool
  • Tricam(s)
  • Ball nut(s)
  • (Active) Camming device(s) for wider cracks such as the Gipsy
  • Hexentric(s)
  • Progress capture pulley(s) such as the Petzl Traxion
  • Micro ascender(s) such as the Petzl TiBloc
  • Pitons and hammer
  • Set of ice screws
  • Short ice screws
  • Medium ice screws
  • Long ice screws
  • V-Thread tool
  • 2x Harness tool holder such as the Ice Clipper or Caritool
  • Quickdraws
  • Locking device

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • 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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Matthias Keller
September 07, 2021 · Community
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When did you do this route? September 06, 2021
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4:57 h
1,267 m
1,267 m


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