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Via Ferrata "Rino Pisetta" al Dain Piccolo

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  • On the via ferrata "Rino Pisetta"
    / On the via ferrata "Rino Pisetta"
    Photo:, Garda Trentino
  • Via Ferrata "Rino Pisetta" al Dain Piccolo
    / Via Ferrata "Rino Pisetta" al Dain Piccolo
    Photo: Elaborazione grafica Sveva Seneci, Garda Trentino
  • View from the ferrata Pisetta
    / View from the ferrata Pisetta
    Photo:, Garda Trentino
Map / Via Ferrata "Rino Pisetta" al Dain Piccolo
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Via Ferrata "Rino Pisetta" is the most diffuclt ferrata at northern lake Garda. It requires a really good condition and know-how: it is therefore advised only for experienced climbers. 

4.5 km
5:00 h
748 m
748 m User
Valentina Bellotti
Updated: July 20, 2018

Highest point
942 m
Lowest point
251 m
Best time of year

Safety information

  1. Only do the via ferrata if you are reasonably fit and in excellent health.
  2. Do not do the via ferrata in bad weather, especially if it looks like a storm is coming.
  3. Do not do the via ferrata alone: if you have an accident nobody will be able to call for help.
  4. The risk of rock falls increases if there are others on the via ferrata or with wind or rain.
  5. Always check route conditions; in winter you may find snow and ice on some routes which make progression dangerous.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Only one person may be on any length of cable between two anchor points.
  9. 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.
  10. Pay special attention on the easy parts where there are no cables.
  11. 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
  12. In an emergency call 112.
  13. 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.


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, hints and links

  • "The most difficult via ferrata in the area, but always a classic route for all ferrata enthusiasts" This is what our friends of, a leading website in Germany for ferrata lovers, say about this route. 
  • 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:
  • For further information on routes, activities, events and accommodation at lake Garda:  APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444 -


Sarche (251 m)
46.047400, 10.951151
32T 650952 5101164


Peak Garzolet / Piccolo Dain

Turn-by-turn directions


From the roundabout in Sarche take the road for Madonna di Campiglio for just 50 metres. There is a narrow road on the right which leads to the car park (signposted Via Ferrata). Follow directions along the trail through the woods, across the base of the Dain Piccolo crag. You come to the junction with the path which leads down and gain elevation as far as the start of the ferrata marked by a metal plaque.


Climb a first vertical wall bolted with cables and at the end you can choose to leave it by taking the bolted trail to the right (1). An exposed traverse (2) leads to a system of slabs after which you come to a great pillar (3). Head up the pillar, first along the left ridge and then up the centre, until you come to the log book (4) at the top of the pillar: after this point the route is less demanding until you get to the summit.


Head north along a steep trail and then a dirt track until you get to the town of Ranzo. At the column of San Vigilio take the trail on the left which leads down under the south face of Dain Piccolo. Short sections bolted with cables allow you to descend over rocky outcrops and reach the steep trail which leads down to Sarche. ( 1.5 hours from the summit).

Public transport

Public transport friendly

You can reach Sarche with the bus line "Riva - Sarche - Trento". 

Info & timetable: 

Getting there

Sarche is about 23 kms from Riva del Garda and Torbole, 17 from Arco. 

Follow the directions to Trento / SS 45 bis: you pass by Ceniga, Dro and Pietramurata. Once in Sarche, at the roundabout, follow the directions to Madonna di Campiglio / Comano Terme; after 50m, just opposite the gas station, turn right (sign P - Via ferrata Rino Pisetta). 

Getting to northern lake Garda:


Free parking place in Sarche. 

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

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