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How to Get to Lagh da Saoseo: A Comprehensive Guide

Last Updated on November 14, 2023 by Darla Uhl

Lagh da Saoseo is a breathtaking alpine lake located 2,029 meters above sea level in Saoseo, in the Valposchiavo region of Switzerland. Surrounded by towering mountains and dense forests, this crystal-clear, turquoise lake is a popular destination for hikers and nature lovers. This article discusses how to get to Lagh da Saoseo as getting there might be challenging because you can’t reach it directly by car.

How to Get to Lagh da Saoseo
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Visiting Lagh da Saoseo will require a bit of planning especially if you’re taking the Alpine Bus. If you choose to take the bus, please take note that prior reservations are required. However, the stunning beauty of the lake and its surroundings make it worth the extra effort.


How to Get to Lagh da Saoseo

How to Get to Lagh da Saoseo: Hiking is an option
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Getting to Lagh da Saoseo is an adventure in itself. The lake is located in Grisons, and the journey to reach it is nothing short of breathtaking. Visitors can reach Lagh da Saoseo by public transportation or private vehicle.

To reach Lagh da Saoseo, start by getting to the Val di Campo area in Grisons. The closest town to Lagh da Saoseo is Poschiavo, which is about 14 kilometers away. Once you’re in Val di Campo, you can either hop on the alpine bus to Alpe Campo or choose to hike from there.

How to Get to Lagh da Saoseo: Easiest to get by Bus to Alp Camp
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The easiest way to Lagh da Saoseo is to take the alpine bus to Alp Camp. From Alp Camp, it is just a quick 15-minute walk from the bus stop to the lake.

  1. Go to Poschiavo.
  2. In Poschiavo, take the bus to Sfazù, Fermata.
  3. In Sfazù, Fermata, take the alpine bus to Alp Camp (also known as Alpe Campo). The Alpine Bus is on request at +41818441042, reachable from Mondays to Fridays during office hours at least 1 hour before departure.
  4. From Alp Camp, follow the hiking trail to Lagh da Saoseo.

Visitors can also reach Lagh da Saoseo by private vehicle. There is a parking lot in Sfazù, but spaces are limited. Visitors should arrive early to ensure they can find a spot to park.

  1. Drive to the parking lot in Parking Sfazù (7742 Poschiavo).
  2. In Sfazù, Fermata, take the alpine bus to Alp Camp (also known as Alpe Campo). The Alpine Bus is on request at +41818441042, reachable from Mondays to Fridays during office hours at least 1 hour before departure.
  3. From Alp Camp, follow the hiking trail to Lagh da Saoseo.
How to Get to Lagh da Saoseo: Most scenic way is to hike
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For those who enjoy hiking, several trails lead to Lagh da Saoseo. The most popular trail starts in the Sfazù where there is a huge parking lot.

You can enjoy a beautiful hike from Sfazù to Lagh da Saoseo in Val di Campo Valley, which will take you to the lake. The trail covers around 15 kilometers and requires about 5 hours to finish.
You can also utilize a hiking time calculator to predict your hike duration based on your hiking pace.

While it’s moderately challenging with some steep parts and lots of tree roots along the way, the breathtaking forest and valley views make the effort worthwhile.

Hiking Time Calculator

Plan your hikes with ease using our Hiking Time Calculator. Calculate estimated hiking times based on distance, altitude, terrain, and average speed.


Understanding Lagh da Saoseo

Lagh da Saoseo
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Lagh da Saoseo is a stunning alpine lake located in Switzerland’s Val Poschiavo region. It rests at an elevation of 2,048 meters above sea level, surrounded by majestic mountains and lush forests. It is famous for its crystal-clear waters with a distinctive blue-green hue, making it a sought-after spot for nature enthusiasts and photographers.

To reach Lagh da Saoseo, visitors have several options: hiking, biking, or taking the bus. If you have time, I can recommend embarking on a scenic hike from the town of Sfazù. Along the way, hikers traverse dense woodlands, creeks, and open meadows.

There are plenty of great hiking trails around Val di Campo to explore such as visiting Lagh da Val Viola, Alpe Vago, and Lagh da Scispadus. In the vicinity of the lake, you’ll find numerous stunning viewpoints that offer magnificent views of the lake and the surrounding mountains.

After visiting the lake, you can also head to Rifugio Saoseo at 1,985 meters, where you’ll find a restaurant.


Best Time to Visit Lagh da Saoseo

Before going to Lagh da Saoseo, please note that the weather in the region can be unpredictable. It is important to check the forecast before embarking on your journey. It is also recommended that you bring warm clothing, as the temperature can drop significantly at higher elevations.

The best time to visit Lagh da Saoseo is during the summer when it’s warm. During the summer months, from June to September, the weather is usually mild and sunny, making it the perfect time for hiking and outdoor activities.

Nevertheless, it’s just as lovely in the fall when the leaves change and the crowds lessen. We went there in autumn, and I think it’s the ideal time.

During the shoulder seasons, from April to May and October to November, the weather is unpredictable, and it can be rainy or snowy. Also, keep in mind that the trails can get snowy and icy during the winter.


Final Thoughts: How to Get to Lagh da Saoseo

Lagh da Saoseo
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While reaching Lagh da Saoseo can be a bit of a challenge due to its remote location in Switzerland, I highly recommend visiting it. If you have the time, you can either hike or bike your way there. In our case, we opted for a one-way bus ride and hiked back down.

If you choose to take the bus, make sure to book your seats in advance, as it tends to fill up quickly. The parking lot can also get crowded. This lake is no hidden secret; it’s quite popular, especially among the Swiss.

We hope this article has helped plan your trip to the Lagh da Saoseo.

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Darla Uhl is the owner of TouringSwitzerland.com. Her home is in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. Having lived almost 20 years in Switzerland, she's traveled extensively all over the country.

Darla's favorite regions to visit in Switzerland include Engadin, Lake Geneva, Bernese Oberland, Ticino, and Valais. She loves spending time with her family, hiking, visiting museums, and reading books.