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Via Ferrata Fausto Susatti - Cima Capi (from Riva del Garda)
Riva del Garda, Ledro
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Panoramic and not particularly exposed, this via ferrata is advised also for beginners and kids. A real must-do of Garda Trentino! 

A stunning itinerary that runs along the southern ridge of Cima Capi, towering above Lake Garda. Part of the system of bolted trails and via ferratas that run along the sheer walls of the Rochetta massif, crossing trenches and outposts dating back to the Great War.

The moderate difficulty and spectacular panorama over the Alto Garda and the adjacent Monte Baldo chain make this one of the most popular routes in GardaTrentino.  Starting from Riva del Garda, it coincides with the first section of the Ponale trail, a spectacular prelude to the breathtaking views which accompany you for the entire ascent.

Further information and useful links

Facing a via ferrata requires knowledge of the right technique of progression and some training. If you want to try out this experience for the first time or check the use of the via ferrata set, we recommend that you contact one of our mountain guides: Guides – Via ferratas with the experts 

For further information on routes, activities, events and accommodation at lake Garda: Garda Trentino - +39 0464 554444


Route info
Route number
9,0 km
Activity time
6 h 00 min
Altitude difference (+)
900 m
Altitude difference (-)
900 m
Physical effort
Highest point
907 m
Lowest point
66 m

From the Via Ferrata Cima Capi you enjoy one of the best views over Lake Garda. Don't forget to take with you your camera. 

Safety guidelines

Safety Tips

  1. Only do the via ferrata if you are reasonably fit and in excellent health.
  2. Do not do the via ferrata in bad weather, especially if it looks like a storm is coming.
  3. Do not do the via ferrata alone: if you have an accident nobody will be able to call for help.
  4. The risk of rock falls increases if there are others on the via ferrata or with wind or rain.
  5. Always check route conditions; in winter you may find snow and ice.
  6. Use proper safety gear (helmet, harness, ferrata kit with double self-locking carabiners and energy absorbing systems). Put on your helmet once you get near to the wall in case of rock falls.
  7. During progression always keep both carabiners clipped onto the safety cable and when you pass the anchor points make sure at least one carabiner is clipped on to each safety cable.
  8. Only one person may be on any length of cable between two anchor points.
  9. Wear clothing and hiking boots suited to the altitude, the season and the length of the route and ferrata gloves.
  10. Pay special attention on the easy parts, where there are no cables.
  11. Always check the condition of the bolts and cables on the wall as they can suffer damage in bad weather.
  12. Carefully evaluate the crowding conditions and the state of preservation of the safety gear on the via ferrata. Beware, YOU are ultimately and solely responsible for undertaking a via ferrata safely and responsibly.

Emergency telephone number 112.


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 / Biacesa


From Riva del Garda: take the Ponale trail and turn to the right tothe path SAT405 Fausto Susatti until you come to the junction with the SAT470 dei Bech (1).

From Biacesa (Ledro): take the SAT470 path until you come to the junction with the SAT405 (1).


At the junction of the trail SAT405 and SAT470 head up along the ridge,using stirrups and rungs to get over a short section on rock. After a sectionon the trail ascend the limestone outcrop of Cima Capi with someexposed sections (2) until you come to a prominent block of rock (3) whereyou have a short athletic section. After a cleft, easy rocks take you to the trailwhich leads to the top.


Head down from the top on the north side, an easy but very exposed stretch, untilyou come to the saddle between Cima Capi and Cima Rocca. From hereyou can head down towards Riva del Garda or Biacesa.

To Riva del Garda: descend on the north side crossing the east faceof Cima Rocca (4) and the valley after it; leave the trail for Bocca Pasumer on your left and come to Bocca Enzima. Head down the side overlooking Riva del Garda until you come to the penstock and the trail leading to Riva del Garda.

To Biacesa: take the ferrata Mario Foletti SAT460 on your left, which crosses the southern face of Cima Rocca and leads to the shelter Bivacco Arcioni. From here head down to Biacesa on the steep trail, which takes you past the chapel of San Giovanni.

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

A22 motorway, exit: Rovereto Sud - Lake Garda. Then SS240 in the direction of Riva del Garda.

Find out how to reach Garda Trentino.


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 absolutely have with you on a via ferrata tour?

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

  • technical mountain clothing  
  • hiking boots with Vibram or similar sole  
  • via ferrata gear  
  • harness  
  • helmet  
  • gloves  
  • pickaxe and crampons (when necessary)  
  • a length of rope (recommended)
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