A long and challenging via ferrata, which requires a good training, but offers breathtaking views on the Sarca Valley!
A marvellous route up the east wall of Monte Casale which at 1500 metres is one of the most imposing bastions of the Prealps. The immense concave wall is veined with dozens of climbing routes of the highest level. The protected route climbs for 1200 m along the south face of the great concavity. As you climb higher you feel smaller and smaller amid this sea of rock surrounding you on all sides. Once you reach the summit of Monte Casale, the surroundings change abruptly and bare rock gives way to flowering meadows.
The ferrata does not have any particularly challenging sections but you do need to be in perfect physical health, very fit, and have excellent weather conditions given the length of the ferrata and the absence of any escape routes.
Attention! Avoid this via ferrata in the summer because it is in full sun the whole day.
Rest stopsHosteria Toblino
- Only do the via ferrata if you are reasonably fit and in excellent health.
- Do not do the via ferrata in bad weather, especially if it looks like a storm is coming.
- Do not do the via ferrata alone: if you have an accident nobody will be able to call for help.
- The risk of rock falls increases if there are others on the via ferrata or with wind or rain.
- Always check route conditions; in winter you may find snow and ice on some routes which make progression dangerous.
- 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. Rocks might fall before you get to the start of the via ferrata.
- During progression always keep both carabiners clipped onto the safety cable and when you pass the anchor points make sure at least one is clipped on to each safety cable.
- Only one person may be on any length of cable between two anchor points.
- Wear clothing suited to the altitude, the season and the length of the route: hiking boots and ferrata gloves to protect you from contact with the metal parts.
- Pay special attention on the easy parts where there are no cables.
- Always check the condition of the bolts and cables on the wall as they can suffer damage in bad weather. If you even think you see any problems that might compromise safety, turn back and let us know about the situation at .
- Always evaluate a few important conditions: the proximity to other crowds, all the gears available and the preservation of the route. Beware, YOU are ultimately and solely responsible for taking this path and the safety rules and features that goes with it.
- These instructions are no substitute for the specific courses held by mountaineering associations or professional guides. Unless you have experience doing via ferratas, it is better to go accompanied by a mountain guide.
Emergency 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.
Tips and hints
- 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: www.gardatrentino.it
- For further information on routes, activities, events and accommodation at lake Garda:
APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444 - www.gardatrentino.it
From Riva del Garda and Torbole follow first signs to Arco and then to Trento, on the SS 45 bis. Pietramurata is on the main road, short after Dro.
Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino: www.gardatrentino.it
ParkingFree parking space in Pietramurata, close to the main road
Author’s map recommendations
- technical mountain clothing
- hiking boots with Vibram or similar sole
- via ferrata gear
- pickaxe and crampons (when necessary)
- a length of rope (recommended)
- 2 Waypoints
- 2 Waypoints