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Via Ferrata Colodri - Colt

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Easy route up the east wall of Monte Colodri alongside the overhangs, with a spectacular view on the Valley of river Sarca. A classic of Garda Trentino! 
Distance 1.1 km
1:00 h
305 m
52 m
400 m
95 m

The east face of Colodri witnessed the birth of free climbing in Arco in the seventies and eighties when the first modern routes were freed and it became a reference  point for the first climbers.

The bolted trail was created as a descent trail for the hundreds of climbing teams that scale the sheer walls.

It is easy to get to, relatively simple and has a handy descent trail which makes it the perfect place for anyone approaching the vertical world for the first time. In fact it has quickly become the most popular via ferrata in Garda Trentino for beginners and families.

Put on your helmet, harness and ferrata set, and in a few minutes from Prabi you are at the start of the ferrata. After a section with cable and steps, you come to a smooth wall which is the baptism by fire for the absolute beginner: the rungs and safety cable will help you overcome any fear. Shortly before the top there is one last vertical stretch fitted with rungs for an exciting finish.

From the summit of Monte Colodri the view stretches from the Castle rock over the entire vale of Garda Trentino. 

Author’s recommendation

In 1986 the Colodri wall was the venue for the first edition of Sport Roccia which would later become  RockMaster.
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Update: February 17, 2021
B moderate
Highest point
Monte Colodri, 400 m
Lowest point
Arco, 95 m
Best time of year
Cardinal direction

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. Always evaluate a few important conditions: the proximity to other crowds, all the gears available and the preservation of the route. Beware, YOU are ultimately and solely responsible for taking this path and the safety rules and features that goes with it.
  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.

Emergency number 112.


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 and hints

  • 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 -


Arco - Prabi (95 m)


Monte Colodri

Turn-by-turn directions


In Prabi take the trail in front of the car park of the municipal swimming pool which leads you to the foot of Monte Colodri and in a few minutes you are at the starting point of the ferrata.


The start of the Via Ferrata is above the limestone boulders at the foot of the east face of Monte Colodri. The first stretch is a track which zigzags up side of the rock. After a short vertical section, continue diagonally to the left until you come to the base of a smooth slab fitted out with rungs (1). Head up diagonally to the left following a cleft in the rock which brings you to the final upward stretch. The final vertical section is fitted with rungs and stirrups to take you past the short dihedral which takes you over the top of the wall. A limestone slab of karst formation with plenty of cracks and clefts takes you to the cross at the top in just a few minutes.


From the summit follow the Sentiero dei Lecci trail and head down to Laghel. From here it is about 15 minutes to the centre of Arco.



From the cross of Mount Colodri go north - SAT 431 B - until you arrive at the cliffs. Continue along the “via ferrata” (there are security wires to hold on too) that goes down westwards until SAT 431, follow the path going north until you reach the hills just before the peak of Mount Colt, remaining near a pylon. 45°56.511 N - 10°53.637 E. You go down the path east of Mount Colt, after a few meters you’ll find a safety wire. This wired path is not technically difficult but it’s exposed and requires climbing equipment ie. boots, harness, helmets. There is a metal ladder to enable you to climb the last rock, then you go down to Malapreda valley. Return to Prabi taking the roman bridge of Ceniga, close to Arco (40mins).


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Public transport


The towns in Garda Trentino - Riva del Garda, Torbole sul Garda, Nago and Arco – are connected by a number of urban and intercity bus lines which will take you to the starting point or in the immediate surroundings.

For up-to-the-minute information on timetables and routes: 

Getting there

How to get to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino: 


Free parking in Caneve (5 min. walk from the town centre).

More Pay parking: Foro Boario parking, via Caproni  Maini (Car park near the bridge), Post office (Via Monache).


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

Recommended maps for this region:

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  • technical mountain clothing   
  • hiking boots with Vibram or similar sole   
  • via ferrata gear   
  • harness   
  • helmet   
  • gloves   
  • pickaxe and crampons (when necessary)   
  • a length of rope (recommended)

Basic Equipment for Via Ferratas

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Via Ferratas

  • Via ferrata set
  • Climbing harness
  • Climbing helmet
  • Via ferrata or hard-wearing safety gloves
  • Positioning lanyard / personal anchor system with screwgate carabiners for resting
  • Via ferrata belay kit if required (when accompanying beginners and / or children)
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

Questions and answers

Question from Marat Makhlin · February 23, 2021 · Community
I have newbie questions- is via ferrata free or i need to buy ticket? Do i get equipment with the entry ticket or i should bring my own?
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Answered by Staff Outdoor GardaTrentino SO  · February 23, 2021 · Garda Trentino
Buongiorno Marat, you can go the via ferrata for free. If you do not have the equipment, you can rent it by our mountain guides,r-fullyTranslatedLangus-,sb-sortedBy-0
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Tatiana Zaytseva
August 06, 2020 · Community
Was a great experience, we did with kids and they loved it. It’s not technically too difficult and has amazing views! Definitely recommend.
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Christian Buske
August 28, 2019 · Community
Unser meistabsolvierter Klettersteig bisher. Letztes Jahr mit den Kindern (6+9) 2x geklettert und dieses Jahr wieder 2x. Je nach Uhrrzeit recht voll und in der Sonne auch sehr warm. Am Nachmittag an heissen Tagen angenehmer.
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When did you do this route? September 06, 2020
Markus Krehl 
May 27, 2018 · Community
Sehr schöner Klettersteig für Anfänger. Tolle Aussicht auf Arco. Der Rückweg über Arco dauert ca 1 Stunde. Bietet die Möglichkeit in Arco die schöne Altstadt anzuschauen....
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Sonntag, 27. Mai 2018, 08:19 Uhr
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Sonntag, 27. Mai 2018, 08:20 Uhr
Photo: Markus Krehl, Community
Sonntag, 27. Mai 2018, 08:20 Uhr
Photo: Markus Krehl, Community
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B moderate
1.1 km
1:00 h
305 m
52 m
Highest point
400 m
Lowest point
95 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Classic via ferrata


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