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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
    Photo: Archivio APT Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino

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: March 27, 2023
Highest point
Bocca Saval, 1,794 m
Lowest point
Riva del Garda, 87 m
Best time of year
Cardinal direction

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

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.


Caution! 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. 


Tips and hints

To stay at Rifugio Pernici, check availability by calling 0464 505090 or +39 3493301981.

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


Public transport


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.

By road

Find out how to reach Garda Trentino.


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).


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 – Available in the info points of Garda Trentino (Riva del Garda, Arco, Torbole sul Garda, Ledro, Comano Terme)


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.

Questions and answers

Question from Stefano Aiello · June 08, 2023 · Community
qual è il livello di esposizione del sentiero che porta da nino pernici a bocca Saval? se l'esposizione dà un pò fastidio...è fattibile o si rischia? se confrontato col sat 422a che porta a punta larici...è più o meno simile? meglio? peggio?
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Buongiorno Stefano, il sentiero dal Rifugio Pernici a Bocca Saval è stretto ed esposto da un lato verso pendii erbosi piuttosto ripidi, per cui va affrontato con attenzione e prudenza. Tuttavia è un normale sentiero escursionistico che può essere percorso senza bisogno di cordini o attrezzature. Il sentiero SAT422A (senter della costa) invece è un sentiero per escursionisti esperti (difficoltà EE) con tratti a picco sulle rocce e sul Lago di Garda. In alternativa è possibile raggiungere Bocca Saval anche dal sentiero SAT435, meno esposto. Buona escursione! Outdoor Staff Garda Trentino


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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