Lake Andalo is a small karst lake surrounded by the enchanting Brenta Dolomites and the Paganella Group.
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Lake Andalo (Lago di Andalo) at 998 m a.s.l. is located at the foot of the Piz Galin, the 2,442 m high easternmost peak of the Brenta Dolomites. It is about 1,450 m long and up to 13 m deep, but its dimensions can change depending on the amount of rainfall.
The small karst lake is a very special place with a magical atmosphere, as it appears and disappears from time to time. What does this mean? In spring when the snow melts and after the rainfall in autumn the basin fills with water and the lake becomes larger. In midsummer, on the other hand, it can happen that the lake dries up and disappears. This is due to the fact that it was once filled with small pebbles from glacial areas, which have disappeared over the centuries. As a result, the water seeps away into the ground and the lake appears and disappears depending on the weather and season. There are only eight such "periodically appearing lakes" in the world; Lake Andalo is the only one in the Trentino. Moreover, it has no visible inflows and outflows, and the water exchange takes place underground.
A flat path leads around the lake in one hour, so that everyone can walk around it in an easy way. The 2.6 km long walk is also suitable for prams and small visitors and is located in the area of the Andalo Life sports field. In winter, however, this path turns into the main track of the "Centro Fondo di Andalo" cross-country skiing centre: during the cold months it is only accessible on cross-country skis for a fee.
Altitude: 998 m.a.s.l.
Length: 1.450 m
Depth: 13 m.
Category: karst lake