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GardaTrek - Medium Loop: 4 stages around Garda Trentino

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4 stages hikeable all year round, from the lake shore to more than 1000 m. a.s.l., from Mediterranean vegetation to Alpine woods: one loop, all the variety of Garda Trentino!

Distance 71.5 km
31:45 h
4,085 m
4,084 m
1,095 m
62 m

The GardaTrek - Medium Loop starts and finishes in Riva del Garda: the hike is a loop across the mountains around the Basso Sarca, the plain of the River Sarca, and winds up and downhill so even someone who is not an experienced mountaineer but loves long walks in the mountains can enjoy all of the environments and landscapes in Garda Trentino.

The route runs halfway along paths, mule tracks and secondary roads and is entirely signposted. This is not a route that requires mountaineering techniques, but it is still necessary to have a good training.

This hiking route can normally be done all year round, but in the winter months you might come across some snow on the way. For this reason you should check the conditions of the trails if you are thinking of doing it from November to March. In this period it's advisable to check as well the opening of moutain huts and accommodation along the route, as they might be closed.  

Author’s recommendation

The Medium Loop is the ideal route to start or close the hiking season, with a not too long but always scenic route. 
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Update: August 05, 2021
Highest point
Bocca di Tovo, 1,095 m
Lowest point
Riva del Garda, 62 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 18.96%Dirt road 32.18%Forested/wild trail 0.05%Path 38.74%Road 9.35%Unknown 0.70%
13.6 km
Dirt road
23 km
Forested/wild trail
0 km
27.7 km
6.7 km
0.5 km
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Rest stops


Safety information

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

  • The Medium Loop is broken up into stages which means you can enjoy different types of accommodation during the trek. The first stage finishes at the mountain hut Rifugio San Pietro where you can stay overnight and try out local culinary specialities. 
  • The other stages pass through a number of places in the area where you can find accommodation to suit all tastes, from campsites to farmhouses, B&Bs or hotels. We recommend staying in one of our Outdoor Friendly members where you will find special facilities for sports lovers.
  • 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 - via Monte Oro (88 m)
45.886948, 10.837762
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Riva del Garda

Turn-by-turn directions

The trek starts in Riva del Garda and goes up as far as Tenno, cutting across the western slopes of the "busa" (or "hole", the name in local dialect for the plains area which includes Arco, Riva del Garda and Torbole sul Garda). From here you climb to the 1000 metres a.s.l. at the mountain hut Rifugio San Pietro which is the arrival point of the first stage. Continue towards Bocca di Tovo where you begin your descent towards Ceniga, the conclusion of the second stage. The third stage initially heads north, touching on Drena, before crossing the wooded slopes of Monte Stivo to Bolognano. From here you head uphill again to the chestnut woods Castagneto di Nago and up the Segrom ridge before heading back to Torbole along the Busatte-Tempesta trail – one of the most popular trails in Garda Trentino. From here, follow the cycle path along the lake shore back to where you started from.


1. Riva del Garda - Rifugio San Pietro

Riva del Garda (65 m) - SAT 434 - Campi (692 m) - San Martino (789 m) - Pranzo (508 m) - lago di Tenno/Tennosee/Lake Tenno (600 m) - SAT 406 - Bastiani (854 m) - Rif. San Pietro (976 m)

2. Rifugio San Pietro - Ceniga

Rif. San Pietro (976 m) - SAT 401 - Vedesè (970 m ) - Treni (835 m) - Croce di Bondiga (855 m) - SAT 409 - Bocca di Tovo (1079 m) - SAT 407 - Mandrea (620 m) - SAT 408 - SAT 431 - Ponte romano/römische Brücke/Roman bridge - Ceniga (108 m)

3. Ceniga - Bolognano

Ceniga (108 m) - Drena (390 m) - Open Air Gallery (460 m) - Braila (530 m) - Carobbi (750 m) - Troiana (660 m) - Pratacca -  IR -  Bolognano (144 m)

4. Bolognano - Riva del Garda

Bolognano (144 m) - Busa dei Capitani (480 m) - Nago (200 m) - SAT 601 - Malga Zures (690 m) - Varno (590 m) - "Busatte - Tempesta" (227 m) - Torbole (67 m) - Riva del Garda (65 m)


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Public transport


The towns in Garda Trentino are connected by a number of urban and rural bus lines which allow for easy access to different points along the itinerary. The starting point of the Medium Loop is a 15-minutes walk from the bus station in Riva del Garda. 
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Getting there

The trail SAT 402/404, the departure point for this trek, is in via Monte Oro, near the covered car park. 

Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino



The nearest car park is the garage in Via Monte Oro (pay parking). There is also free parking at the old hospital in Riva del Garda (about 10 minutes on foot from the start of the trail)


45.886948, 10.837762
45°53'13.0"N 10°50'15.9"E
32T 642591 5083128
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 


The trail does not present any particular technical difficulties but make sure to wear proper hiking gear for 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.

Questions and answers

Question from Shirley Fung · August 04, 2019 · Community
We, 2 of us , from Hong Kong, are planning to have hiking at GardaTrek - Medium Loop: 4 stages around Garda Trentino from 19-23th September, 2019. Would you please advise us where we can have a more comprehensive map for this Trek, that may help us more easly to follow the route. Thanks Shirley
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Hello Shirley! Thanks for contacting us. You can order our hiking map at If you have further questions please write to (at Valentina's attention). Looking forward to meeting you in Garda Trentino!


Markus Schaefer 
October 11, 2019 · Community
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When did you do this route? October 07, 2019
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71.5 km
31:45 h
4,085 m
4,084 m
Highest point
1,095 m
Lowest point
62 m
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  • 4 Stages
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 1
Distance 23.3 km
Duration 10:40 h
Ascent 1,434 m
Descent 1,308 m

Start out with a hike through the valleys and mountain hamlets of Garda Trentino on little-frequented trails and country lanes and enjoyed the ...

from Staff Outdoor Garda Trentino VB,   Garda Trentino
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 2
Distance 12.9 km
Duration 6:20 h
Ascent 950 m
Descent 1,802 m

A long, downhill hike towards the Sarca Valley from the thick woods of Monte Calino to the orchards surrounding Ceniga, just beside the shore of ...

from Staff Outdoor Garda Trentino VB,   Garda Trentino
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 3
Distance 19.8 km
Duration 8:20 h
Ascent 891 m
Descent 868 m

Between the Sarca Valley and the slopes of Monte Stivo, this stage of GardaTrek Medium Loop crosses some of the lesser known but equally charming ...

from Staff Outdoor Garda Trentino VB,   Garda Trentino
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 4
Distance 22.5 km
Duration 9:35 h
Ascent 960 m
Descent 1,044 m

Now you have explored the inland area, the trek turns south again, towards the shores of lake Garda, which dominates the last stretch of the ...

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