Saoseo! The name sounds like the relaxation one feels from a massage after a strenuous hike in the mountains. The landscape feels equally relaxing. The lake’s water shimmers in hues of blue from turquoise to violet, encircled by a rainforest composed of stone pines and larches, a steel-blue sky arches over the dreamy Val da Camp.
The mountain valley borders with Italy along three sides; in summers, a bus line takes you to the Saoseo cabin from Sfazù, situated on the road going up to the Bernina Pass. From the refuge, it is just a short stroll to the lake that many consider being the most beautiful mountain lake in the Grisons.
The area has become popular through its manifold hiking trails. It is fantastic to dip one’s feet in the water here, at an altitude of 2,028 meters. The clear waters are tempting – but only the very brave will dare to go for a swim as the water is piercingly cold from the glacial meltwaters that give it its fascinating colours.
Those who stay longer will be rewarded: As the sun sets behind the mountain range of the Bernina massif, there is a display of colours that can only be described with one word: Saoseo!
The Val di Campo valley forks off from the road going up to the Bernina Pass at Sfazù, at 25 km from Pontresina. Buses to Sfazù run all-year-round from Pontresina and Poschiavo. From June to October, bus route into the valley to the Rifugio Saoseo (Swiss Alpine Club, SAC) that serves excellent meals.
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