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GardaTrek - Top Loop 4: to the balcony over Lake Garda

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  • The Sarca Valley, view from the "Schoolteacher's Trail"
    / The Sarca Valley, view from the "Schoolteacher's Trail"
    Photo: Archivio APT Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
  • / View on the Sarca Valley and northern lake Garda
    Photo: Archivio Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
  • / View over the Sarca Vally from the "sentiero della maestra" SAT 667
    Photo: APT Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
  • / On the top of Monte Stivo
    Photo: G.P. Calzà ©APT Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
  • / To the hut Prospero Marchetti (Monte Stivo)
    Photo: Archivio Garda Trentino (Ph. Jennifer Doohan), Garda Trentino
  • / Monte Stivo
    Photo: Archivio Garda Trentino - (Ph. Jennifer Doohan), Garda Trentino
  • / On the top of Monte Stivo
    Photo: Archivio Garda Trentino (Ph. Jennifer Doohan), Garda Trentino
m 2500 2000 1500 1000 500 -500 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km STIVO "PROSPERO MARCHETTI"
Another uphill stage! From the bottom of the valley there is almost 2000 metres of elevation gain to get to one of the most spectacular viewing points in all of Garda Trentino.
difficult
Distance 16.3 km
7:50 h
1,917 m
16 m
2,014 m
106 m

This stage scales the steep limestone outcrops which tower above the vineyards in Valle Sarca. You first reach the age-old chestnut woods between Braila and Carobbi, continue on up to the pastures of Malga Vallestrè and up again along the ridge covered in dwarf mountain pine until you come to Monte Stivo at 2058 m a.s.l. where you have a 360° panorama of the Dolomites, Adamello- Presanella Group, and Lake Garda as far as the Po Valley.

The trail leading to the hamlet of Braila is known as "sentiero della maestra" (teacher's trail, SAT667). The name refers to a curious local event whose protagonist was a teacher living in the villahe. The trail is graded as EE, that is to say advised for experienced hikers, as there's an iron cable helping hikers on the most exposed stretch. 

This stage is quite long and demanding, with no stop off for refreshments. Therefore be sure to take with you enough water and snacks. 

Author’s recommendation

From the "sentiero della maestra" you will enjoy a wonderful view over the Sarca Valley: be sure to have your camera at hand! 

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Valentina Bellotti
Update: March 15, 2021
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Highest point
2,014 m
Lowest point
106 m
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STIVO "PROSPERO MARCHETTI"

Safety information

This is a difficult trek in terms of elevation gain and overall length with nowhere to stop off along the way to break up the journey. But it is always on a dirt track or easy trail, apart from the short stretch Sentiero della Maestra (SAT 667) where some outcrops are fitted ferrata-style with cables for added safety. Make sure to take footwear and clothing suited to the high altitude.

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

  • On Monte Stivo, close to the summit and the mountain hut, you can see relics of the Great War, traces of the military trail towards Altissimo and Lake Garda. Being in the second line, Stivo did not see direct action but it was targeted by artillery positioned on Monte Altissimo.
  • The moountain hut Prospero Marchetti on Monte Stivo is generally open daily form June, 20th to September, 20th and at weekends in spring and fall. You'd better check the opening directly at www.rifugiostivo.it
  • For those who want to avoid the hike up to the hut, we recommend taking the trail SAT 699 from Carobbi to Monte Velo, and from there continuing towards Nago on the route for Stage 5 of the trek. It is always possible to stay overnight in Santa Barbara.
    The trail can also be cut short if you go straight to Nago, the starting point for Stage 6:
    shortly after you pass through Braila, on the forestry road heading for Carobbi, you will come across a turnoff with a signpost for Garda Trek - Medium loop. Follow this trail to Nago, passing through Troiana, Bolognano and Monte Corno along the way.

  • For further information on routes, activities, events and accommodation at lake Garda:  APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444 - www.gardatrentino.it

Start

Ceniga (113 m)
Coordinates:
DD
45.950702, 10.901117
DMS
45°57'02.5"N 10°54'04.0"E
UTM
32T 647337 5090327
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Destination

Mountain hut Prospero Marchetti - Monte Stivo

Turn-by-turn directions

Go through Ceniga and keep on until you come to the slopes "coste di Varino" where you turn onto the trail SAT 667. Head up a dirt track till you come to a paved road where you turn right. Continue on up the road following the signposts as far as Braila where you take the forestry road towards Carobbi.  Along the road you come to  SAT 668 which takes you up to the pasture Malga Vallestrè. Here you follow SAT 666 until you come to the mountain hut Rifugio Marchetti where you have  spectacular views over Garda Trentino.

 

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

You can get to Ceniga by bus with the line Riva - Sarche - Trento.
Bus times on www.gardatrentino.it

Getting there

Ceniga is in Valle del Sarca, about 5km from Arco.

Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino: www.gardatrentino.it

Parking

Free parking slots available in Ceniga

Coordinates

DD
45.950702, 10.901117
DMS
45°57'02.5"N 10°54'04.0"E
UTM
32T 647337 5090327
w3w 
///commitments.valleys.peacefully
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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Equipment

The trek proposed here does not have bolted routes or via ferratas, and so there is no need for helmets, harness or rope. However, considering how physically demanding the route is, the length of the stages and the presence of some exposed stretches, this type of trek is only recommended for people who are very fit, who have a good sense of direction and who are used to hiking in a mountain environment.  
GardaTrek requires you to have standard hiking equipment for alpine terrain and we suggest you also bring a wind and waterproof jacket and fleece in case of bad weather, a torch, a change of underwear, sunglasses and sunscreen, a water canteen and snacks.

Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Hikes

  • 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

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • 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.

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
16.3 km
Duration
7:50 h
Ascent
1,917 m
Descent
16 m
Highest point
2,014 m
Lowest point
106 m
Public-transport-friendly Multi-stage route Scenic Cultural/historical interest

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