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Via Ferrata Fausto Susatti - Cima Capi

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Panoramic and not particularly exposed, this via ferrata is advised also for beginners and kids. A real must-do of Garda Trentino! 

Distance 9 km
6:00 h
900 m
900 m
907 m
66 m

A stunning itinerary that runs along the southern ridge of Cima Capi, towering above Lake Garda. Part of the system of bolted trails and via ferratas that run along the sheer walls of the Rochetta massif, crossing trenches and outposts dating back to the Great War.

The moderate difficulty and spectacular panorama over the Alto Garda and the adjacent Monte Baldo chain make this one of the most popular routes in GardaTrentino.  Starting from Riva del Garda, it coincides with the first section of the Ponale trail, a spectacular prelude to the breathtaking views which accompany you for the entire ascent.

Author’s recommendation

From the Via Ferrata Cima Capi you enjoy one of the best views over Lake Garda. Don't forget to take with you your camera. 

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Update: June 03, 2022
B moderate
Highest point
Cima Capi, 907 m
Lowest point
Riva del Garda, 66 m
Best time of year
Cardinal direction

Track types

Asphalt 15.96%Forested/wild trail 10.32%Path 62.25%Road 4.12%Via ferrata 7.32%
1.4 km
Forested/wild trail
0.9 km
5.6 km
0.4 km
Via ferrata
0.7 km
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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 -


Riva del Garda / Biacesa (70 m)
45.883292, 10.838540
45°52'59.9"N 10°50'18.7"E
32T 642660 5082724
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Cima Capi (907 m)

Turn-by-turn directions


From Riva del Garda: take the Ponale trail and turn to the right tothe path SAT405 Fausto Susatti until you come to the junction with the SAT470 dei Bech (1).

From Biacesa (Ledro): take the SAT470 path until you come to the junction with the SAT405 (1).


At the junction of the trail SAT405 and SAT470 head up along the ridge,using stirrups and rungs to get over a short section on rock. After a sectionon the trail ascend the limestone outcrop of Cima Capi with someexposed sections (2) until you come to a prominent block of rock (3) whereyou have a short athletic section. After a cleft, easy rocks take you to the trailwhich leads to the top.


Head down from the top on the north side, an easy but very exposed stretch, untilyou come to the saddle between Cima Capi and Cima Rocca. From hereyou can head down towards Riva del Garda or Biacesa.

To Riva del Garda: descend on the north side crossing the east faceof Cima Rocca (4) and the valley after it; leave the trail for Bocca Pasumer on your left and come to Bocca Enzima. Head down the side overlooking Riva del Garda until you come to the penstock and the trail leading to Riva del Garda.

To Biacesa: take the ferrata Mario Foletti SAT460 on your left, which crosses the southern face of Cima Rocca and leads to the shelter Bivacco Arcioni. From here head down to Biacesa on the steep trail, which takes you past the chapel of San Giovanni.


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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:


You can also get to Riva del Garda and Torbole sul Garda by the public ferry service. For up-to-the-minute information on timetables and routes:


Getting there

How to get to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino: 


Free parking in Riva del Garda at the old hospital (via Rosmini) and the old cemetery (Viale D. Chiesa).

Pay parking at the Public Gardens Porta Orientale, Roman Baths, Viale Lutti (Ex Agraria), Monte Oro, shopping center Blue Garden.


45.883292, 10.838540
45°52'59.9"N 10°50'18.7"E
32T 642660 5082724
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

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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)

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Cameron Charles
August 07, 2022 · Community
Super fun! We did it with our three daughters and they had a blast. I think the approach hike was harder than the via Ferrata itself, but we really enjoyed it. Great exposure!
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April 21, 2022 · Community
Wunderschönes Panorama!!!
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When did you do this route? April 21, 2022
Samuele Dicicco
June 04, 2021 · Community
la via ferrata è semplice con alcuni 2/3 punti un po esposti, la via in generale è segnata abbastanza bene, consiglio di partire la mattina presto poiché c'è tantissima gente e anche perche altrimenti non si trova parcheggio. semplice ma sempre con molta attenzione
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When did you do this route? June 02, 2021
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B moderate
9 km
6:00 h
900 m
900 m
Highest point
907 m
Lowest point
66 m
Public-transport-friendly Scenic Insider tip Classic via ferrata


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