Discovering the "Botanical Garden of Europe"
Itinerary km 9 – duration of trek 6 - 6.5 hours – vertical height gain ↑ 700 m ↓ 700 m
A strikingly beautiful trek up at altitude through alpine meadows and pastures, immersed in nature and wild landscapes which leads to the top of Mount Altissimo, a very panoramic peak overlooking lake Garda. Mount Altissimo makes up the northernmost point of the chain of Monte Baldo, also known as the "Botanical Garden of Europe", as since XV century chemists and herbalists walked up and down its slopes looking for all sorts of plants to use for their curative effects. This is just one of the curiosities on this hike, but Monte Baldo has many other secrets to tell.
After a 45-minute-long transfer, you will reach Prati di Nago at an altitude of 1560m, starting point of our tour. We will then climb up the slopes of Monte Altissimo (2053m), hiking up the northern face. Above the woods, in front of us the wild Val del Parol opens up and from May to July we can walk through magnificent lilies, gentians and orchids. Marmots and chamois live here and it is very easy to catch a very close glimpse of them. Moreover many limestone slabs covered in fossils make this area very interesting geologically. In roughly three hours of walking (430m of vertical height gain) we will reach rifugio Damiano Chiesa for lunch, on the path which runs along the ridge “Alta via del Monte Baldo”. The peak of Monte Altissimo (2070m), which can be reached in 10 minutes from the mountain hut, consists of a wide panoramic terrace overlooking Lake Garda, perfect for taking photos! The descent down the famous path 601, which unwinds through dwarf pine trees and rhododendrons over panoramic ridges, leads us to join up with the initial part of the ascent.
8.30 Arco - Mmove Info Point | 8.45 Riva del Garda - Info point | 9.00 Torbole - Bus parking place
at APT tourist officies of Riva del Garda, Arco and Torbole sul Garda