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Garda Trek - Low Loop: in the heart of Garda Trentino
Arco, Riva del Garda, Tenno
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GardaTrek Low Loop is an easy trek which allows you to explore the "Busa", the lowland area of Garda Trentino overlooking Lake Garda, and its main towns which are Riva del Garda, Tenno, Arco, Nago and Torbole sul Garda.
The Low Loop is divided into two stages: the first takes you from Riva del Garda to Arco, the second leads back to Riva from Arco, passing through Nago and Nago e Torbole sul Garda along the way. It is especially recommended for trekkers who don't want anything too demanding and want to enjoy their natural surroundings as well as find out all about the history of the area. The entire trek is clearly signposted.
Further information and useful links
  • Those who want to do the entire trek will need to stay overnight in Arco. We recommend staying in one of our Outdoor Friendly hospitality partners who offer special facilities for hikers.
Route info
32,4 km
Activity time
12 h 25 min
1.145 m
1.170 m
Technical skills
Physical effort
Highest point
512 m
Lowest point
62 m

The trail mostly follows roads with little traffic, country tracks and well-signposted trails. The hike is divided into two stages and can be done all year round. It is also clearly marked with “GardaTrek – Low Loop” signposts.

Safety guidelines
The information on this chart is subject to inevitable variations, so this means that none of the 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,  the hiker is advised to check the conditions of the places, environment and weather before setting out.
Punto di partenza
Riva del Garda - via Monte Oro

The trek starts in Riva del Garda and climbs immediately to Bastione, then heads across the hillside to Tenno before descending gently through vineyards and olive groves to the centre of Arco. From here you head in the direction of Bosco Caproni and on to Bolognano before taking the old Maza road up to Nago. Head down to Torbole on the historic Santa Lucia road and from here take the cycle path along the lake shore back to Riva.

Stage 1
Riva del Garda (65 m) - Bastione (211 m) - Maddalena (270 m) - Foci-San Giacomo (155 m) - Deva (265 m) - San Lorenzo (330 m) - Tenno (406 m) - Novino (445 m ) - Valle del Tovo (490 m) - Falesia Baone (161 m) - Fontanelle - Arco (90 m)

Stage 2
Arco (90 m) - Moletta (90 m) - Vastrè (300 m) - San Martino (120 m) - Massone (116 m) - Bolognano (145 m) - Vignole (125 m) - Belvedere Marmitte dei Giganti (165 m) - Nago (215 m) - Castel Penede (270 m) - Strada Santa Lucia - Torbole (66 m) - Riva del Garda

public transportation

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

For up-to-the-minute information on timetables and routes

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

How to get there

The start of the trail SAT 404 is in via Monte Oro in Riva del Garda, near the covered pay parking.

Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino


Where to park
The nearest car park is the garage in via Monte Oro (pay parking). Free parking space is available at the old hospital in Riva del Garda (about 10 minutes on foot from the start of the trail)

The trek presents no particular technical difficulties. Normal low altitude trekking gear is all that is needed.

You need to be wearing 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?

What you should have in your rucksack (for a day trip a 25/30L capacity should do):

  • 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
  • emergency telephone number: 112

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.

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