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Great War: from Malga Grassi to Rifugio Pernici

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m 1800 1600 1400 1200 1000 2.0 1.5 1.0 0.5 km Rifugio Nino Pernici Rifugio Capanna Grassi
This is without doubt one of the most popular hiking trails in Garda Trentino. Short and not too hard, it leads to one of the busiest mountain huts in the area.
Distance 2.5 km
1:09 h
558 m
8 m
1,598 m
1,040 m

Rifugio Nino Pernici is on the ridge which divides the Garda area from the Valle di Ledro valley and can be reached from either side. It is a popular destination with hikers and bikers drawn by the marvellous views and excellent home cooking: a particular speciality is the potato polenta, a traditional dish in Valle di Ledro.

During the Great War, Bocca di Trat, a strategic mountain pass, found itself in the middle of the Austro-Hungarian defence line which ran from Rocchetta (the mountain which towers above Riva del Garda) as far as Tofino. A little village grew up here composed of barracks and army quarters. It was then that what is now the mountain hut -Rifugio Nino Pernici- was built as an officers' mess.

Author’s recommendation

Along the road from Campi to Malga Grassi it is worth stopping off at the San Martino archaeological site, an ancient site of worship.

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Update: July 30, 2021
Highest point
Rifugio Pernici, 1,598 m
Lowest point
Malga Grassi, 1,040 m
Best time of year
Cardinal direction

Track types

Dirt road 21.09%Path 78.90%
Dirt road
0.5 km
2 km
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Rest stops

Rifugio Capanna Grassi
Rifugio Nino Pernici

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

  • Rifugio Nino Pernici is open every day from the end of April to mid-October. However it is always advisable to make sure that the hut is open either by checking the website or contacting the manager.
  • A short distance away from the car park is Capanna Grassi, a private mountain hut where you can enjoy traditional Trentino cooking
  • For more information on routes and hike services, guides, shops and hiking friendly accommodation: all about trekking in Garda Trentino- Tel. +39 0464 554444 


Campi - Parking place Malga Grassi (1,039 m)
45.922613, 10.785626
45°55'21.4"N 10°47'08.3"E
32T 638457 5086999
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Bocca di Trat - Rifugio Nino Pernici

Turn-by-turn directions

From the car park follow directions for SAT 402 which heads up through the woods and takes you to the pasture Malga Dosso de’ Fiori (in ruins). Continue on SAT 402 until you come to the mountain hut Rifugio Pernici (you can make the hike shorter by taking the steep shortcut SAT 402A).


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Public transport

Campi is served by the bus line B869 Riva - Deva - Pranzo - Campi (for up-to-the-minute information on timetables and routes).

N.B. Buses are not very frequent



Getting there

You can get to Campi from Riva del Garda by the road SS 240 and then, turning left, SP 37: after the town of Pranzo, turn left at the fork and you will soon come to Campi (about 12 km from Riva).

Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino



Free parking near Malga Grassi


45.922613, 10.785626
45°55'21.4"N 10°47'08.3"E
32T 638457 5086999
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


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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2.5 km
1:09 h
558 m
8 m
Highest point
1,598 m
Lowest point
1,040 m
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