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2 days in the mountains of Garda Trentino and 1 night in Rifugio Pernici

Ledro, Riva del Garda
Category
Difficulty
Difficult
Duration
13:45
Duration in hours
Distance
25.4
Distance in km
Status
open
WSEN
Suggested period
Jan
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Sleeping in a mountain hut is always a thrill. This excursion has an overnight stay in the mountains followed by a super panoramic hike back down to Riva del Garda

Hike though the woods of holm oak first and then of beeches and spruces to the mountain hut Rifugio Pernici, renowned for its home-made local specialities. Sleep at the Rifugio after a tasty dinner. Watch the dawn steal across the sky outlining the peaks one by one.

Then head back down to the lake along the ridge which divides Garda Trentino from Valle di Ledro enjoying a series of breathtaking views from the Brenta Dolomites to Lakes Garda and Ledro, as you make your way down the sheer rock which towers above Riva del Garda. 

On the second day, the trek follows the Sentiero della Pace or Peace Trail, a long distance trail along the most important sites of the Front during the Great War. Around Rifugio Pernici, which was originally built as the officers' canteen, and as far as Bocca Saval there are numerous remains of trenches and barricade dating back to the war. This was in fact the Austro-Hungarian line of defence. 

Further information and useful links

To stay at Rifugio Pernici, please check availability by contacting +39 3292599365.

For more information on routes, services (guides, mountain huts, shops etc.) and hiking friendly accommodation: Garda Trentino - +39 0464 554444

Route info
Difficult
Route number
Distance
25,4 km
Duration
13 h 45 min
Altitude difference (+)
2.086 m
Altitude difference (-)
2.086 m
Technical skills
Physical effort
Scenary
Highest point
1.794 m
Lowest point
87 m
Suggestions

If you want to break the ascent from Riva del Garda to Rifugio Pernici we recommend a stop-off at the Capanna Grassi hut, renowned for its excellent local cuisine

Safety guidelines

Safety Tips

  1. Choose itineraries that suit your physical and technical abilities. Collect information about the area you are visiting and the trail’s conditions and get a detailed trekking map.
  2. Wear clothes and take equipment that suit the difficulty and length of your tour. Keep emergency gear in your rucksack, including first aid supplies.
  3. Do not go walking alone in the mountains. In any case, tell someone where you are going and report back on returning.
  4. Look at the weather forecast before setting off and always keep an eye on the weather.
  5. In case of doubt, go back. It is better to give up than risk bad weather or face difficulties beyond your strength, ability and equipment.
  6. Do not leave marked paths and do not take shortcuts.
  7. All described walks are in a natural environment and therefore their use is at your own risk. 

This information is subject to inevitable variations, so none of these indications are absolute. It is not entirely possible to avoid giving inexact or imprecise information, given how quickly environmental and weather conditions can change. For this reason, we decline any responsibility for changes which the user may encounter. In any case, it is advisable to check environment and weather conditions before setting out.

 

Caution! There is a short stretch of via ferrata along this trail: you must come equipped with ferrata kit, helmet, and harness. There are also some particularly exposed stretches along SAT 413 which must be approached keeping a safe pace. The length of the trail and the difficulties mentioned above mean it is only suitable for experienced hikers with adequate fitness levels. 

 

Punto di partenza
Riva del Garda
Directions

From Riva’s city centre, take the path leading to the Bastione and afterwards follow the directions for trail SAT 402 which leads to the village of Campi, proceeds until alpine hut Grassi and finally ascends until Refuge Nino Pernici. Here you should foresee the overnight.

For the downhill, take panoramic trail SAT 413 that leads to Bocca Giumella, passing along Bocca Saval and Campigolo. Gone beyond the pass, take trail SAT 417, that goes to the top of Cima Valdes and then rejoin SAT 413 until Bochet dei Concoli. Afterwards descend the steep trail SAT 404 in direction of Santa Barbara: almost by the church youfind a vertical stairway which has to be climbed down only safely hooked up. From here you continue until the little church and proceed until Riva del Garda.

 

public transportation

The main towns in Garda Trentino - Riva del Garda, Arco, Torbole sul Garda, Nago – are connected by several urban and intercity bus lines which will take you to the starting point of tours or in the immediate surroundings.

You can also get to Riva del Garda and Torbole sul Garda by the public ferry service.

Up-to-date information on timetables and routes.

How to get there
Where to park

Parking near the former hospital (Via Rosmini) or the former cemetery (Viale Damiano Chiesa).

Paid parking: Terme Romane (Viale Roma), Vecchia stazione (Largo Medaglie d’Oro), Ex-agraria (Via Lutti), Area ex-Cattoi (Viale Rovereto).

You need to wear the right clothing and take the proper gear when you go hiking in the mountains. Even on relatively short easy outings make sure to take all you need so you don't run into trouble if things take an unexpected turn, for example a storm blows up or you have a sudden drop in energy levels.

What should you take when you go on a hike?

Your rucksack (for a day trip a 25/30L capacity should do) should contain:

  • water canteen (1L)
  • snacks (e.g. mixed dried fruit or chocolate)
  • First aid kit
  • windproof jacket
  • fleece
  • change of t-shirt and socks (in a plastic bag)
  • make sure to wear or at least bring a pair of long trousers
  • hat
  • sun screen
  • sunglasses
  • gloves
  • whistle to attract attention in an emergency

 

Make sure you're wearing the right footwear for the trail and season. The going can get rough and rocky underfoot and a pair of hiking boots will protect you from sprains. When wet, a grassy slope, rocky slab or steep trail can be dangerous unless you are wearing the proper footwear.

And finally... don't forget to bring your camera! You'll need it to capture the stunning views you come across all over Garda Trentino. And if you like, you can share your memories with us at #GardaTrentino.

Emergency telephone number 112.

Riva del Garda
Bastione scenic lift
open
closed
culture
Riva del Garda
Rifugio Capanna Grassi
open
closed
mountain hut
Riva del Garda
Bastione
always open
fortification
Riva del Garda
Chiesetta di Santa Barbara
church
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