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Great War: from Malga Grassi to Rifugio Pernici

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This is without doubt one of the most popular hiking trails in Garda Trentino. Short and not too hard, it leads to one of the busiest mountain huts in the area.

Rifugio Nino Pernici is on the ridge which divides the Garda area from the Valle di Ledro valley and can be reached from either side. It is a popular destination with hikers and bikers drawn by the marvellous views and excellent home cooking: a particular speciality is the potato polenta, a traditional dish in Valle di Ledro.

During the Great War, Bocca di Trat, a strategic mountain pass, found itself in the middle of the Austro-Hungarian defence line which ran from Rocchetta (the mountain which towers above Riva del Garda) as far as Tofino. A little village grew up here composed of barracks and army quarters. It was then that what is now the mountain hut -Rifugio Nino Pernici- was built as an officers' mess.

Further information and useful links

Rifugio Nino Pernici is open every day from the end of April to mid-October. However it is always advisable to make sure that the hut is open either by checking the website or contacting the manager.

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


Route info
Route number
2,5 km
2 h 08 min
Altitude difference (+)
558 m
Altitude difference (-)
3 m
Technical skills
Physical effort
Highest point
1.598 m
Lowest point
1.040 m

Along the road from Campi to Malga Grassi it is worth stopping off at the San Martino archaeological site, an ancient site of worship.

A short distance away from the car park is Capanna Grassi, a private mountain hut where you can enjoy traditional Trentino cooking.

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
Campi - Parking place Malga Grassi

From the car park follow directions for SAT 402 which heads up through the woods and takes you to the pasture Malga Dosso de’ Fiori (in ruins). Continue on SAT 402 until you come to the mountain hut Rifugio Pernici (you can make the hike shorter by taking the steep shortcut SAT 402A).

public transportation

Campi can be reached by the bus line B869 (Riva del Garda-Deva-Pranzo-Campi). Please note: bus runs are not very frequent. 

Up-to-date information on timetables and routes.


How to get there

You can get to Campi from Riva del Garda by the road SS 240 and then, turning left, SP 37: after the town of Pranzo, turn left at the fork and you will soon come to Campi (about 12 km from Riva).

Find out how to reach Garda Trentino


Where to park

Free parking near Malga Grassi.

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
Rifugio Capanna Grassi
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Rifugio Pernici
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