Dam of Noana Loop

Póit – Ìneri – Val de Riva - Còl - Rifugio Fònteghi - Diga Val Noana

Lower Primiero,Upper Primiero

gian • 25/09/2019


02:00 hrs
6.9 km
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Min. elevation
1015 m
Max. elevation
1209 m
Elevation gain
294 m
Elevation loss
294 m
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This hike is a loop developing around the artificial basin named as Lago di Val Noana, passing first through the Tibetan bridge over the Noana stream, and then along the dam of Val Noana.

A large part of the itinerary takes place along the paved road, which connects the village of Imèr (Case Bianche – not white anymore!) with the hut of Rifugio Fonteghi, called SP221. However, given the absolute quiet characterizing the area, the stretch along the road has neither a negative impact on the beauty nor the peace of the loop.

The trail starts from the location of Póit (1,185 m asl), located along the road that from Mezzano leads to the picturesque pastures of San Giovanni. From Póit, follow the Signpost No. 726, in a first uphill stretch on a paved road, towards the hut called Rifugio Fonteghi. After crossing the green meadows of Ìneri, the gravel road “Val de Riva” becomes a comfortable path that descends along the forest leading straight to the stream of Noana, on the bottom of the valley.

Previously quite problematic to cover, especially during the rainy seasons, the stream can be now easily crossed, given the presence of a cable-stayed bridge “Val de Riva”, about 70 meters long and 30 meters high. From the bridge, it is possible to watch over the very beginning of the basin of Val Noana (1,015 m asl). Before the dam was built, the valley where the lake would have risen had a depth that reached up to 80 meters. Because of that, the valley was called Val Fondada (tr. deep valley). Crossing the bridge, still proceeding along the Signpost No. 726, after a slight ascent, the trail arrives by the meadows of the location of Agaón, where it merges into the paved road leading towards the hut of Rifugio Fonteghi.

After crossing the bridge over the beautiful gorge of the Rio Nèva near the hut, the itinerary reaches Rifugio Fònteghi (1,110 m asl), where it continues along the paved road SP221 running along the edge of the lake, until reaching the dam. The dam, 126 m high and 143.5 m wide, was completed by Enel in 1958; it was one of the last important hydroelectric infrastructure built in Primiero. The Val Noana power plant, located at the entrance of the valley of Schenèr, with its 55 MW power, is the most powerful power plant in the area, given the impressive jump (400 meters) between the basin and the turbine.

Once crossed the dam, the route follows a small path that goes up along the slopes of the lake, touching the pastures of San Giovanni, and converging into the Signpost No. 728, which leads directly back to the starting point.

Although this hike is not demanding and suitable for everyone, we recommend avoiding it to those who suffer from vertigo. In fact, both the passage on the Tibetan bridge and the one on the dam, despite being extremely protected and safe, might result in being quite exposed.


  • From the location of Póit (1,185 m asl), take the Signpost No. 726 towards the hut of Rifugio Fònteghi [0h 10],
  • Cross the meadows of Ìneri and keep following the path downhill leading to the Tibetan bridge over the stream of Noana [0h 30],
  • Keep following the path until reaching Rifugio Fònteghi, passing by the location of Còl [0h 50],
  • From the hut of Rifugio Fonteghi (1,110 m asl), take the paved road running along the lake until reaching the dam named Diga della Val Noana [1h 15],
  • Once walking across the dam, follow the small path uphill, heading back to the starting point direction [1h 40],
  • Keep ascending on the path and, once passing by the pastures of San Giovanni, head back to Póit, hence the starting point [2h 00]. ✓