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GardaTrek - TopLoop 2: descent to Lake Tenno (Alternative route)

Riva del Garda, Tenno
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Sentiero della Regina is often damaged by bad weather. This alternative route bypasses the interrupted stretch and reconnects to the official Garda Trek Top Loop track in Canale.

From Rifugio Pernici reach Bocca di Trat and and then take the SAT 402 path that leads to Malga Grassi and Campi, and then rejoin the Garda Trek Medium Loop path, going to Pranzo and then to Tenno. 

In Canale, recognized as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, you continue along the official path of Garda Trek Top Loop to Rifugio San Pietro.

Warning! Since this is an extraordinary situation, the signposting has not been changed. Then keep the instructions published on this page at hand.



Further information and useful links
  • For those who would rather head back before the San Pietro hut: At the car park at lake Tenno, just opposite to the end of  trail SAT 445 coming down from Monte Vender, there's a bus stop. N.B.: buses to Riva del Garda do not pass very often. Get info about bus times here.
  • You can also walk down to Riva del Garda. At the parking place take the small road behind the info point (open during the summer) and follow it till a big wooden cross. Leave the cross on your left and walk down to Ville del Monte. Cross the main road and at the church take the old dirt track as far as Tenno. At the end of the track, cross the main road and go through the town. SAT 401 comes out right opposite the hotel Albergo Ristorante Antica Croce and a few steps lead down to the main road in the Gavazzo district. Watch out for traffic and follow the main road until you come to the restaurant Ristorante Foci "Da Rita", where you can catch a bus for Riva del Garda. Otherwise, you can keep going on foot towards Varone and follow the cycle path to Riva del Garda.
  • For those who would like to stay overnight in the San Pietro hut and then head back: follow signposts from the hut for the trail SAT 401. Once you get to Gavazzo you can take the bus to Riva del Garda or keep going on foot (see above).

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


Route info
Route number
12,1 km
4 h 30 min
Altitude difference (+)
562 m
Altitude difference (-)
1.185 m
Technical skills
Physical effort
Highest point
1.598 m
Lowest point
422 m

In summer you should stop off at Lake Tenno. Take time out for a refreshing swim in the famous turquoise waters of the lake! 

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.

Punto di partenza
Nino Pernici mountain hut - Bocca di Trat

From the Nino Pernici mountain hut, follow the SAT 402 path downhill towards Malga Grassi / Campi. Cross the village of Campi, following the Strada della Luna on the left as far as Località Zumiani. From there, continue on the Medium Loop descending towards Pranzo, a small fraction of Tenno.

After crossing the village, pass the narrow valley of the Magnone stream and reach Ville del Monte. In a few minutes you then arrive at Canale di Tenno, one of the Most Beautiful Villages in Italy.

Here we link back to the original Top Loop route that leads to the San Pietro refuge along the SAT 406 path. Those who want to lengthen the route can continue to follow the Medium Loop, moving first to Lake Tenno and then to the San Pietro refuge SAT path 406A.

public transportation

No public transport available for this tour.

How to get there

How to get to Rifugio Nino Pernici:

  • from Lenzumo at 796 m a.s.l. in Val Concei, by road for 7 km as far as the Trat pasture 1556 m, trail number 403, then along the trail for 20 minutes; on foot 2 h 15;
  • from Riva del Garda 73 m, trail number 402, passing through Santa Maria Maddalena 252 m, San Giovanni 440 m, Pinza, Campi 672 m, Rifugio Grass hut 1055 m, Dosso dei Fiori pasture 1355 m, Bocca di Trat 1581 m -  4h 15min (1h 30min from Grassi hut, which you can reach by 14 km of road)

Find out how to reach Garda Trentino.


Where to park

The nearest available car park is located near Malga Grassi in Località San Martino.

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.

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