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
Hike though the woods to the mountain hut Rifugio Pernici, one of the most popular in the area and renowned for its home-made local specialities. Sleep in bunks in a dormitory with your hiking companions. 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. Enjoy a series of breathtaking views as you make your way down the sheer rock which towers above Riva del Garda. And all this in a two-day hike!
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 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. The building which houses the modern day mountain hut was originally built as the officers' canteen. 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
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.
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):
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.
... 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.
The SAT 404 trail - which leads up to the Bastione - starts in via Monte Oro, near the covered car park.
The nearest car park is the covered pay parking in via Monte Oro. You can find free parking at the old hospital of Riva del Garda (about 10 minutes walk from the start of the trail)