Garda Trek: Medium Loop

Duration: 4 days
Trails: T2 trails
Distance: 15 - 20 km per day
Ascent per day: 500 - 1000 m ascent per day

> Introduction to a hut-to-hut tour
> Not technically difficult
> Stay in cozy rifugio's and hotels

If you are looking for a hike that is not too technically difficult, but does offer challenge, the Garda Trek is the perfect match for you. This trek along Lake Garda, shows that northern Italy has more to offer than hiking in the Dolomites

The Garda Trek: Medium Loop is a 71-kilometer (44 miles) hike along the northern shores of Lake Garda. During this 4-day circular walk, you will start and finish in Riva del Garda. Along the way, Lake Garda will always be nearby, so enjoy the different views you'll be treated to during the hike.



Riva del Garda - Rifugio San Pietro

Duration: 06:10 h
Distance: 16.4 km
Ascent: 1380 m
Descent: 540 m

Today begins your 4-day hiking adventure around Lake Garda. The hike starts in Riva del Garda, a beautiful village surrounded by olive trees, lemons, and palm trees.

Your first stage starts from Via Monte Oro, where you follow the path SAT 402 'La Pinza' up to a crossroads. Here turn right and continue walking until you reach the impressive waterfall 'Cascata dell'Ert'. Continue your journey on path SAT 434 'Claudio Fedrizzi' and move toward the charming village of Campi. If you have the energy, it's worth walking up a little extra, where you can discover the archaeological site of Monte San Martino.

On the way back, walk back to Campi via SAT 434, until you reach the main road. Follow this road in the direction of Pranzo and then cross the gorge of the Magnone stream. Now you are on the other side of the valley, near Canale, an enchanting medieval village that is among the most beautiful villages in Italy.

Your next destination is Lake Tenno, which you reach by following the SAT 406 trail. Enjoy the panoramic view of the lake before continuing along the unpaved path. Keep following this path until you see the sign for SAT 406A, then follow this forest path until you reach another unpaved path that leads you towards Bastiani.

Once there, return to trail SAT 406, and you will soon reach the first accommodation of this amazing trip: Rifugio San Pietro!

Rifugio San Pietro

Rifugio San Pietro

Rifugio San Pietro - Ceniga

Duration: 04:51 h
Distance: 12.8 km
Ascent: 430 m
Descent: 1240 m

After a good night at Rifugio San Pietro, you will hopefully be well-recharged for the next stage. Today you will walk from Rifugio San Pietro to the village of Ceniga. Today's hike will lead you mainly downhill towards the Sarca Valley where Ceniga is located.

This stage will take you mainly downhill, towards the Sarca Valley where Ceniga is located. Start your trek on the SAT 401 path, also known as Sentiero Frassati, and walk in the direction of Treni, culminating in the Croce di Bondiga cross. If you want to take a moment to enjoy the breathtaking view, this is the perfect time, as Croce di Bondiga offers a beautiful panoramic view of the upper part of Lake Garda.

The first few kilometers of this stage remain fairly flat, but once you reach Bocco di Tovo, the descent really begins. Here you continue your trek on SAT 409B, a forest trail that takes you further to SAT 407. This route (SAT 407) then leads you down through the forest until you emerge onto the road at Mandrea. Cross the road and follow SAT 408 to Bocchetta di Padaro. From there descend further to Laghel, where you turn left and hike along a dirt path towards Fontane. Finally, follow SAT 431 to reach your final destination for today: Ceniga.

Hotel Garni Delle Rose

Hotel Garni Delle Rose

Ceniga - Bolognano

Duration: 06:45 h
Distance: 19.6 km
Ascent: 1041 m
Descent: 1010 m

Today you will discover the lesser-known side of Garda Trentino. However, this does not mean it will be a boring walk, because this area also has its charms.

During this stage you will walk from Ceniga to Bolognano. After crossing the Sarac valley, you will follow rural roads towards Varino over the lower slopes of Monte Stivo. As you continue your way, you will pass Maso Trenti and after a short climb you will arrive in Drena. Here you can visit "Castello di Drena," a medieval castle which was once used to control the road between Trento and Lake Garda.

After your visit to Drena, continue to Braila. Between Drena and Braila you will find the Open Air Gallery. This is an art project that transforms the forest into an open-air exhibition.

Continue the rest of the stage as you pass through Carobbi and Troiana. After passing these places, a path leads you along the mountainside and takes you to the ridge that descends from the top of Monte Stivo. You will have views of the towns of Massone and Bologna during this hike. Continue walking downhill until you arrive in the Ir-Valley, just above Bolognano. The last part of the stage you will walk through olive groves and have reached today's destination: Bolognano.

Hotel Everest Arco

Hotel Everest Arco
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  • Booking the huts

    We will take care of arranging accommodation on the Garda Trek for you. We will also provide you with a detailed itinerary for every stage and instructions on how to get to the trailhead.

  • Full travel guide

    We will send you on your way with a digital travel guide that includes a route description for the Garda Trek, interactive hiking maps, and the most important information applicable to your trek

  • Accommodation

    During your Garda Trek, you will spend your nights in mountain huts. In the mountain huts we normally only book dormitories, but we can look into private rooms on request. If the private rooms are fully booked or not available in the hut, we automatically book a bed in dormitories for you. Please note that private rooms are more expensive and there will be an additional charge for this.

  • Half-board

    Accommodation at the huts includes dinner and breakfast. We will arrange this for you as well. This allows you to travel lighter and have one less thing to worry about. Bear in mind that lunch is not included, but it can be purchased at the huts. Here you can also buy an array of snacks and bottled water.


  • Traveling to and from

    You have to make your own way to the starting point. The total amount does not include personal transport.

  • Transfers

    Should you need any form of (public) transport on location, this is not part of the trekking package. This includes the use of taxi, bus, cable cars, gondolas etc.

  • Lunch

    Half-board is included in the price of this trek. Lunch, however, is not. You can get something to eat at the mountain huts along the way.

  • Travel Insurance

    Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.

  • Personal expenses

    Personal expenses on such as souvenirs, drinks, and other similar expenses are for your own account.


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