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Great War: from Malga Grassi to Rifugio Pernici

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  • Malga Pranzo, starting point of the hiking
    / Malga Pranzo, starting point of the hiking
    Photo: Foto LaValeBellotti, Garda Trentino
  • / Reaching Rifugio Pernici
    Photo: Foto Stefania Oradini, Garda Trentino
  • / The terrace at Rifugio Nino Pernici
    Photo: Archivio Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
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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.

2.2 km
1:32 h
549 m
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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.

Author’s recommendation

  • 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.
  • Along the road from Campi to Malga Grassi it is worth stopping off at the San Martino archaeological site, an ancient site of worship dating back to the 3rd century B.C. where an entire village was built in the 8th century A.D. There is a marvellous view from the site of the Tenno area below. User
Valentina Bellotti
Updated: February 11, 2019

Highest point
1588 m
Lowest point
1038 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.


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

  • 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: 
    APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444


Parking place - Malga Grassi (1038 m)
45.922550, 10.785570
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Rifugio Nino Pernici - Bocca di Trat

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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Getting there

From Riva del Garda follow directions for Valle di Ledro; before the tunnel, turn left and follow directions for Lake Tenno. Shortly after the town of Pranzo, on a bend, follow directions for the hamlet of Campi where you then follow signposts for Malga Grassi.


Free parking near Malga Grassi

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 and online

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