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From Nago to the summit of Monte Altissimo

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  • The hut Damiano Chiesa - Altissimo
    / The hut Damiano Chiesa - Altissimo
    Photo: Foto LaValeBellotti, Garda Trentino
  • The hut Damiano Chiesa - Altissimo
    / The hut Damiano Chiesa - Altissimo
    Photo: Foto LaValeBellotti, Garda Trentino
  • Typical dish at the hut Damiano Chiesa
    / Typical dish at the hut Damiano Chiesa
    Photo: APT Garda Trentino (ph. R. Vuillemier), Garda Trentino
  • The way to Monte Altissimo
    / The way to Monte Altissimo
    Photo: LaValeBellotti, Garda Trentino
  • View on southern Lake Garda from Monte Altissimo
    / View on southern Lake Garda from Monte Altissimo
    Photo: Foto LaValeBellotti, Garda Trentino
  • Garda Trentino from Monte Altissimo
    / Garda Trentino from Monte Altissimo
    Photo: Foto LaValeBellotti, Garda Trentino
  • / Monte Altissimo - lago di garda
    Photo: Ioana Luisa Florea, Community
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Monte Altissimo is one of the most popular destinations with hikers in Garda Trentino who are drawn by its wonderful lake views which change with every bend along the trail.

3.8 km
1:58 h
741 m
1 m

This trail is a section of the Peace Trail or Sentiero della Pace in Trentino, a long-distance trail which touches on points of major interest on what was the Front during the Great War. All the mountainside above Nago bears traces of the Austro-Hungarian defences, tunnels and barricades which recall the distant days of the First World War.

This trek runs through the Monte Baldo Local Nature Reserve, a protected area notable for its exceptional biodiversity. Monte Baldo has been renowned since the 15th century for its extraordinary variety of plants and flowers and known as the “Garden of Europe”.

Author’s recommendation

Don't miss the chance to try some of the typical dishes from the Trentino cuisine at hut Damiano Chiesa! User
Valentina Bellotti
Updated: February 12, 2019

Highest point
2052 m
Lowest point
1311 m
Best time of year

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.


The trail presents no particular difficulties but make sure to take clothing suited to the high altitude (the summit is 2079 metres a.s.l.)

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.

Tips, hints and links

  • The Monte Baldo Local Nature Reserve has many hiking trails with panels providing information about the particular features of this fascinating reserve. A list can be found on the website of the reserve (English version coming soon).
  • For more information on routes and hike services: guides, shops and hiking friendly accommodation:  APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444


Prati di Nago (1310 m)
45.837576, 10.893788
32T 647068 5077745


Hut Rifugio Damiano Chiesa - Monte Altissimo

Turn-by-turn directions

Start out from Prati di Nago (1560 m) where you turn onto the trail SAT 601. This leads first to Monte Varagna and then, by the north ridge, to the summit of Monte Altissimo and the mountain hut Rifugio Damiano Chiesa. You come back down the same way.

Getting there

Take the main road strada statale 240 to Nago and then follow directions for Monte Baldo. A steep tarmac road takes you up the mountainside till you come to a barrier and the start of the trail SAT 601 (about 14 km from Nago).


Free car parking at the start of the trail.

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

  • Guide book to the Natural Reserve Parco Naturale Locale del Monte Baldo, available for free at Garda Trentino info points 

Author’s map recommendations

  • Garda Trentino trekking map – On sale in information offices in Riva del Garda, Arco and Torbole and online 

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Rainer Bräuning 
August 12, 2018 · Community
Haben wir am 12.08.18 gemacht. Sehr schöne Tour, die nicht zu anstrengend ist. Die Zeitangaben passen. Oben wird man mit einer schönen Aussicht und einer tollen Einkehrmöglichkeit belohnt. Als Anmerkung. Wenn man am offiziellen Startpunkt ca. 2 KM weiterfährt, kommt man an einen grossen Wanderparkplatz
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Refugio Altissimo de chiesa
Photo: Rainer Bräuning, Community
Barbara Angeli
August 04, 2018 · Community
Sempre spettacolare! Da rettificare il dislivello che è di 500 mt e non 700 come indicato
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3.8 km
1:58 h
741 m
1 m
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