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2 days in the mountains of Garda Trentino and 1 night in Rifugio Pernici

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  • On the old "pinza" road
    On the old "pinza" road
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m 2500 2000 1500 1000 500 -500 25 20 15 10 5 km Il Bastione - Riva del Garda BOCCA DI TRAT "NINO PERNICI" Rifugio Capanna Grassi

Sleeping in a mountain hut is always a thrill. This excursion has an overnight stay in the mountains followed by a super panoramic hike back down to Riva del Garda

Distance 25.4 km
13:45 h
2,086 m
2,086 m
1,794 m
87 m

Hike though the woods of holm oak first and then of beeches and spruces to the mountain hut Rifugio Pernici, renowned for its home-made local specialities. Sleep at the Rifugio after a tasty dinner. Watch the dawn steal across the sky outlining the peaks one by one.

Then head back down to the lake along the ridge which divides Garda Trentino from Valle di Ledro enjoying a series of breathtaking views from the Brenta Dolomites to Lakes Garda and Ledro, as you make your way down the sheer rock which towers above Riva del Garda. 

On the second day, the trek follows the Sentiero della Pace or Peace Trail, a long distance trail along the most important sites of the Front during the Great War. Around Rifugio Pernici, which was originally built as the officers' canteen, and as far as Bocca Saval there are numerous remains of trenches and barricade dating back to the war. This was in fact the Austro-Hungarian line of defence. 

Author’s recommendation

If you want to break the ascent from Riva del Garda to Rifugio Pernici we recommend a stop-off at the Capanna Grassi hut, renowned for its excellent local cuisine
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Update: July 30, 2021
Highest point
Bocca Saval, 1,794 m
Lowest point
Riva del Garda, 87 m
Best time of year
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Track types

Asphalt 6.90%Dirt road 20.93%Path 71.06%Road 0.38%Via ferrata 0.70%
1.7 km
Dirt road
5.3 km
18 km
0.1 km
Via ferrata
0.2 km
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Rest stops

Rifugio Capanna Grassi

Safety information

There is a short stretch of via ferrata along this trail: you must come equipped with ferrata kit, helmet, and harness. There are also some particularly exposed stretches along SAT 413 which must be approached keeping a safe pace. The length of the trail and the difficulties mentioned above mean it is only suitable for experienced hikers with adequate fitness levels. 

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

  • You are advised to check trail conditions (in particular SAT 413) and book your overnight stay by contacting the manager of the Rifugio Nino Pernici hut.
  • For more information on routes and hike services, guides, shops and hiking friendly accommodation: all about trekking in Garda Trentino- Tel. +39 0464 554444 


Riva del Garda (87 m)
45.886605, 10.837807
45°53'11.8"N 10°50'16.1"E
32T 642595 5083090


Mountain Hut Nino Pernici - Bocca di Trat

Turn-by-turn directions

From Riva’s city centre, take the path leading to the Bastione and afterwards follow the directions for trail SAT 402 which leads to the village of Campi, proceeds until alpine hut Grassi and finally ascends until Refuge Nino Pernici. Here you should foresee the overnight.

For the downhill, take panoramic trail SAT 413 that leads to Bocca Giumella, passing along Bocca Saval and Campigolo. Gone beyond the pass, take trail SAT
417, that goes to the top of Cima Valdes and then rejoin SAT 413 until Bochet dei Concoli. Afterwards descend the steep trail SAT 404 in direction of Santa Barbara: almost by the church youfind a vertical stairway which has to be climbed down only safely hooked up. From here you continue until the little church and proceed until Riva del Garda.



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Public transport


The towns in Garda Trentino - Riva del Garda, Torbole sul Garda and Arco – are connected by several urban and intercity bus lines which will take you to the starting point or in the immediate surroundings. You can also get to Riva del Garda and Torbole sul Garda by the public ferry service. 

For up-to-the-minute information on timetables and routes


Getting there

Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino


Free parking in Riva del Garda at the old hospital (via Rosmini) and the old cemetery (Viale D. Chiesa).

Pay parking at the Public Gardens Porta Orientale, Roman Baths, Viale Lutti (Ex Agraria), Monte Oro, shopping center Blue Garden.


45.886605, 10.837807
45°53'11.8"N 10°50'16.1"E
32T 642595 5083090
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

  • Garda Trentino TREKKING Map - On sale in information offices in Riva del Garda, Arco and Torbole.


For this hike you need to bring your helmet and ferrata kit as well as the normal gear needed for hiking in an alpine environment. 

You need to be wearing 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?

What you should have in your rucksack (for a day trip a 25/30L capacity should do):

  • 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
  • emergency telephone number: 112

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.

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sergio paolazzi 
April 26, 2016 · Community
Il dislivello (salita e discesa) non sono corretti!!
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25.4 km
13:45 h
2,086 m
2,086 m
Highest point
1,794 m
Lowest point
87 m
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