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GardaTrek - Top Loop 6: In the Garden of Europe

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  • View from Monte Altissimo
    / View from Monte Altissimo
    Photo: LaValeBellotti, Garda Trentino
  • / Ascent to Monte Altissimo
    Photo: Archivio Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
  • / Rifugio Damiano Chiesa - Monte Altissimo
    Photo: G.P. Calzà ©APT Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
  • / View on southern Lake Garda from Monte Altissimo
    Photo: Foto LaValeBellotti, Garda Trentino
  • / The hut Damiano Chiesa - Altissimo
    Photo: Foto LaValeBellotti, Garda Trentino
  • / Vista dal Monte Baldo
    Photo: Davide Cova, Community
  • / Rifugio Altissimo 4
m 2500 2000 1500 1000 500 10 8 6 4 2 km ALTISSIMO "DAMIANO CHIESA"
This stage takes you to Monte Baldo, renowned for the exceptional variety of its flora (it's therefore known as "Garden of Europe") and the incredible views over Lake Garda.
Distance 11.6 km
7:00 h
1,833 m
4 m
2,052 m
220 m

This stage is the final uphill stretch in the Garda Trek circuit. The destination is  Monte Altissimo, one of the best loved and most frequented mountains around Lake Garda.

This stage is long and demanding, with more than 1800 elevation gain. There are no stop off fro refreshments along the route, so be sure to take with you enough water and food. 

The trail SAT 601, along which much of the trek runs, is part of the Sentiero della Pace (Peace Trail) , a long distance itinerary which links the major points along the Front of the Great War in Trentino. Malga Zures, which we pass along the way, conceals a complex system of 4 kilometres of underground fortifications and was the set of violent fights. 

As the trail climbs, it enters the Monte Baldo Local Nature Reserve, a protected area characterised by its exceptional biodiversity. Since the 15th century, Monte Baldo has been famous for its extraordinary variety of plants and flowers and known as the “Garden of Europe”.

Author’s recommendation

it is said that from the top of Monte Altissimo, in clear days, you can spot even the Venetian lagoon! 


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Valentina Bellotti
Update: October 28, 2020
Highest point
Monte Altissimo, 2,052 m
Lowest point
Nago, 220 m
Best time of year

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Safety information

This is a difficult trek in terms of elevation gain and length, with no stop-off points, but always on dirt tracks or easy trails. 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

  • Further information on the Monte Baldo Local Nature Reserve can be found on the park website (at the moment only in Italian, English version in progress)
  • To find about more about the history and treks of the Great War in Trentino, including the Sentiero della Pace:
  • For more information on routes and hike services: guides, shops and hiking friendly accommodation:  APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444


Nago (223 m)
45.878446, 10.892058
45°52'42.4"N 10°53'31.4"E
32T 646826 5082282


Mountain hut Damiano Chiesa - Monte Altissimo

Turn-by-turn directions

The trek starts at Nago, passing through the town and following directions for Monte Baldo and the trail SAT 601. It climbs uphill until a point where you can take Sat 601 as far as Malga Zures. From here on follow SAT 601 to Monte Varagna. Cross a flat open area and then climb again among the dwarf mountain pines. After a straight stretch head up a slope along a series of bends until you come to the mountain hut Rifugio Altissimo Damiano Chiesa. From the summit behind the hut you have a spectacular view over Garda Trentino and the entire lake.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


You can get to Nago by bus on the no. 3 line from the town or the coach on the Riva-Rovereto line. Bus times on

Getting there

Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino:


You can also leave your car in the public carpark in Nago near the roundabout (via del Trenim).


45.878446, 10.892058
45°52'42.4"N 10°53'31.4"E
32T 646826 5082282
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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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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Davide Cova
August 24, 2019 · Community
Dal monte Baldo gode una splendida vista sul lago di Garda..
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Vista del Monte Baldo su Malcesine
Photo: Davide Cova, Community
Vista dal Monte Baldo
Photo: Davide Cova, Community

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11.6 km
7:00 h
1,833 m
4 m
Highest point
2,052 m
Lowest point
220 m
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