Trail Marker at Gotthard Pass:: Giro (Round Tour) Laghi d'Orsirora is actually 4.5 hours.
Lago della Piazza at the Gotthard Pass.
Approaching the Lucendro Dam along the old Gotthard Road.
Heading toward the back of Lake Lucendro.
Ascending from Lake Lucendro.
Along the way are high moors with cotton ball plants.
Rock-strewn Alpine landscape and the upper of the two Orsirora Lakes.
From the Gatscholalücke looking into the Ursuren Valley (July 2016)
View to the lower of the Orsirora Lake (July 2016)
From the dam, looking down the Gotthard Valley toward Hospental (July 2016)
Gotthard Hotel - Lago di Lucendro - Laghi d'Orsirora - Lucendro Dam - Gotthard Hotel
Published/updated on 02.07.2016 by GabrielleMerk | 12403 points | Date of Tour: 29.08.2013 | Favourite Entries (4)
This high Alpine hike (and in my opinion one of the most beautiful of alpine tours) is not extremely difficult and its accessibility means that even beginner hikers can experience the beauty of the rocky Alpine landscape with views across the tops of the neighbouring peaks.
The round tour starts with an easy ½-hour walk from the Gotthard Pass Hotel past the shimmering Piazza Lake along the old cobblestone Gotthard road to the dam at Lake Lucendro, followed by a 100-m ascent to the beautiful lake. About halfway to the back of the lake another 250-m ascent takes you to the first of a handful of small mountain lakes on a type of “high plateau”. From here you wind through the granite-strewn landscape from lake to lake with stunning ever-changing vistas before descending again to the dam and back to the Gotthard Hotel.
The description found at the TicinoTopTen website describes this tour quite nicely. Even though the tour maps out at 4 hours (and the trail markers show 4 hours), it takes closer to 4.5 or 5 hours, as described on their website.
NOTE: Although the recommendation is to do the tour counterclockwise, we recommend starting along the lake. The uphill portions are about the same, but the uphill climb at the lake is less strenuous. On the other hand, more care must be taken to descend from the North side of the loop as there are steep rocky sections.
NOTE: At about the half-way point take the 15-minute detour to the Gatscholalücke for a stunning view down into the Ursuren Valley all the way to Realp.