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Mount Terlago - Paganella summit

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A long, difficult route from Monte Terlago to the top of Paganella.

The trail starts above the village of Monte Terlago and winds up the slopes of the Paganella until it reaches the summit.  The first part of the route, which leads up to the middle of the mountain, intersects a forest road several times, after which you will tackle the most difficult climb up to the San Antonio pass.  The second part of the route continues along the western side of the mountain until it reaches the antennae located on the Paganella peak at an altitude of 2000 metres above sea level.  At the top you can opt to climb as far as the "La Roda" refuge, the only refreshment point on the route.  The Paganella peak boasts a panoramic view spanning from Lake Garda to the Brenta Dolomites, and from Trento to the entire Val di Non.

Further information and useful links

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


Route info
Route number
12,2 km
6 h 35 min
Altitude difference (+)
1.536 m
Altitude difference (-)
1.536 m
Technical skills
Physical effort
Highest point
2.102 m
Lowest point
750 m

The top of the mountain proudly offers a view over the whole Trentino area, including Lake Garda: a spectacle you can’t afford to miss!

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
Monte Terlago

The route is well signposted with SAT signs.  Start from the free car park above the village of Monte Terlago and follow the SAT 606 route to the crossroads at Passo San Antonio, then continue on the SAT 602 route.  Follow it until you reach the top of the Paganella at the former Cesare Battisti refuge. The return journey is along the same route.

public transportation

Monte Terlago is connected by the intercity bus lines 205 (Riva del Garda – Sarche – Trento), 206 (Trento-Cadine-Sopramonte-Terlago-Monte Terlago) or 230 (Trento-Ciago-Monte Terlago-Ranzo-Margone) to the other places in Garda Trentino.

Up-to-date information on timetables and routes here or on the website of Trentino Trasporti.


How to get there

To reach Monte Terlago: from the SS45bis road follow the directions for Monte Terlago.

Find out how to reach Garda Trentino.


Where to park

In the village of Monte Terlago there are free parking spots at the end of Strada della Paganella or at the basketball court.

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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