Guidebook

6 Ways to Experience the Lakes of Cancano

The Lakes of Cancano are an extraordinarily beautiful place, and a must for all adventurers visiting the Sondrio area.

Description

The Lakes of Cancano appear like a mystical world, sitting at almost 2000m on the Cancano Plateau in the isolated Fraele Valle. The recipe is simple: two bright blue lakes, big mountains, and large open sky, but when they're combined, the effect is sublime.

The 3000er peaks surrounding the lakes are part of the Western Rhaetian Alps. All are formed of the same flinty grey rock, but each mountain maintains its own distinct character. Some have soft ripples of sediment cascading off them, others are all harshly cut triangles and jagged lines. The whole scene, together with the piercing blue lakes, will make you stop in your tracks multiple times with awe.

The area around the Cancano Lakes is laced with a range of excellent routes from family-friendly hikes intense mountain biking tours.

You can approach the lakes from the directions of Bormio and Livigno. It's around a one hour drive from both places, and there are regular buses. Dive into this guidebook to explore all the adventure options!

Livigno to Cancano Lakes
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Livigno to Cancano Lakes

Livigno
43.3 km
1,660 m
1,660 m
A challenging adventure to a pair of lakes so beautiful they almost seem surreal.
Difficult
Private
Giro di Cancano
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Giro di Cancano

18.7 km
274 m
275 m
The best way to experience the beautiful Cancano Lakes.
Easy
Private
Cancano Lakes to the Stelvio Pass
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Cancano Lakes to the Stelvio Pass

21.9 km
1,385 m
578 m
A challenging ride from the beautiful Cancano Lakes to the second highest paved mountain pass in the Alps.
Severe
Private
Bormio – Cancano Lakes – Bormio
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Bormio – Cancano Lakes – Bormio

Bormio
47.6 km
1,538 m
1,538 m
An intense climb to the wonderful Cancano Lakes and a thrilling descent back down to Bormio.
Difficult
Private
Piz Schumbraida: da Cancano

Piz Schumbraida: da Cancano

19.3 km
1,404 m
Easy
Private
Passo di Cassana / Pass Chaschauna: Zernez-Buffalora-Fourcla del Gallo-Passo Val Alpisella-Livigno-Passo Cassana -Zernez

Passo di Cassana / Pass Chaschauna: Zernez-Buffalora-Fourcla del Gallo-Passo Val Alpisella-Livigno-Passo Cassana -Zernez

1 day +
82.8 km
2,863 m
2,862 m
Difficult
Private