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Rifugio Zacchi

Above the lakes of Fusine

About this place

The Zacchi Rifugio is a classic and unmissable hike that is recommended to do in both summer and winter. The walk is relatively easy, but the setting is stunning: from the magnificent lakes of Fusine you continue into a fairy-tale forest, surrounded by the sounds of the forest in warm weather or the crunch of snow if you get there by snowshoeing.

Why visit it


The forest

The Zacchi shelter  is nestled in a majestic forest, the Tarvisio Forest. The forest stretches between the Carnic Alps, the Julian Alps and the Karavanke mountain range. The forest is thousands of years old and is protected as a nature area through a plan that provides continuous tree cover and protects the many animal species, including some bear specimens.



The hut can be reached by hiking and walking for all levels of fitness. There are indeed several routes to follow, along the beaten road or through the forest, and, from the lodge, many other paths branch off. The special feature of these routes is that they can be done, not only on foot, but also by mountain bike and, in case of snow, with snowshoes.


Visiting the lakes

A visit to the Zacchi cannot but be accompanied by an excursion to the Fusine Lakes. These exceptionally beautiful lakes are considered one of the most striking destinations in Friuli and are a rich accompaniment to the trip to the refuge and the hike inside the forest.


The Zacchi Refuge lies within the Tarvisio Forest, a superb forest, rich in beech and fir trees and populated by deer and roe deer. The forest extends to the foothills of the towering Mangart Mountains, creating an unparalleled contrast with the green foliage abutting the limestone cliffs. From the hut’s lookout, the view sweeps over peaks ranging from Ponza Grande to the Little Mangart of Coritenza.

Itineraries and routes

Zacchi rises in the midst of the amphitheater of Mangart peaks and is the starting point of via ferratas and traverses, including:

  • Via Ferrata della Vita;
  • Italian Ferrata at Mangart;
  • Equipped trail at Ponza grande;
  • Tarvisian Alps High Route.

The Alpe Adria Trail, a stage-based route that runs through Carinthia, Slovenia and Friuli Venezia Giulia, also passes through the Zacchi refuge.

For those who do not want to try their hand at challenging routes, theZacchi Rifugio Ring , which climbs to the Porticina Pass and Ponza Piccola, is recommended. However, this trail is hiking type and has exposed spots.

Opening period

After the recent change in management that resulted in the shelter being closed for more than a semester, the new management has finally reopened! The inauguration of the new management took place on June 13, 2022.

Opening period:

  • Summer: May to September.
  • Winter: December to Easter.

interiors and rooms

The shelter has 22 beds, divided into three dormitories of 6, 7 and 9 beds respectively. The restaurant has 40 seats inside and another 120 on the terrace overlooking the mountain amphitheater.

Getting there: the route


The trail is about 5 km long, one way, and has an elevation gain of 450 m. The walk is very easy, following several hairpin bends on paved and unpaved roads and presents no difficulties.

This route is suitable for everyone and can also be undertaken by mountain bike or by renting an e-bike. In winter, however, it is beautiful to reach the hut by snowshoeing on fresh snow. On the way back you can also enjoy letting yourself slide, with or without sledding, on some short descents that connect the hairpin bends.

The road begins shortly after the bar “Ai sette nani,” is well marked and leads directly to the hut.


This route passes through the forest and is shorter and more direct but its slope is steeper. The trail starts from the cart track. After about 1 km, at the fork, take the path that climbs to the left following the Cai 512 trail marker.

The trail is about 3 km long and climbs through undergrowth, passing rocky steps and small turns and crossing the stony bed of a stream.

The Zacchi refuge can be reached in about 1h 30 min walk.


At the Zacchi refuge, the food is very good. The cuisine is typical, orzotto, frico and polenta, sausage and mushrooms, and other Friulian dishes, as well as some traditional Trieste dishes. The place is also great for having breakfast in front of a breathtaking view.

The visit to Zacchi is one of the richest in that we can admire rock, namely the majestic amphitheater formed by the Ponze, Veunza and Mangart, trees, in the lush Tarvisio Forest, and water, with the stunning lakes of Fusine.

Both routes to the Zacchi are safe and suitable for families. The cart track is definitely simple and suitable for young children. The CAI 512 trail is short but more challenging as the road is more uphill and is suitable for children who are used to walking.

Contact the Zacchi Rifugio

Through this section you can contact the manager of Rifugio Zacchi directly. Use it to request information on services, rates, meal and overnight reservations, weather and trail status information, and trails. Remember that with this form you will contact the activity managers directly. Explorer FVG is only an intermediary and does not handle responses and is not responsible for the information exchanged in these conversations.

Contact information:
Ponze Basin
33018 Tarvisio (UD)

Manager: Eremo Srl

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