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GardaTrek - TopLoop 2: descent to Lake Tenno (Alternative route)

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  • long-distance hike at Lake Garda: GardaTrek - TopLoop 2: descent to Lake Tenno (Alternative route)
    long-distance hike at Lake Garda: GardaTrek - TopLoop 2: descent to Lake Tenno (Alternative route)
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m 2000 1500 1000 500 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Rifugio San Pietro BOCCA DI TRAT "NINO PERNICI" MONTE CALINO "SAN PIETRO" Rifugio Capanna Grassi Canale di Tenno medieval village
Sentiero della Regina is often damaged by bad weather. This alternative route bypasses the interrupted stretch and reconnects to the official Garda Trek Top Loop track in Canale.
Distance 12.1 km
4:30 h
562 m
1,185 m
1,598 m
422 m

From Rifugio Pernici reach Bocca di Trat and and then take the SAT 402 path that leads to Malga Grassi and Campi, and then rejoin the Garda Trek Medium Loop path, going to Pranzo and then to Tenno. 

In Canale, recognized as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, you continue along the official path of Garda Trek Top Loop to Rifugio San Pietro.

Warning! Since this is an extraordinary situation, the signposting has not been changed. Then keep the instructions published on this page at hand.



Author’s recommendation

In summer you should stop off at Lake Tenno. Take time out for a refreshing swim in the famous turquoise waters of the lake! 

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Update: June 10, 2020
Highest point
Rifugio Pernici, 1,598 m
Lowest point
Pranzo, 422 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 18.39%Dirt road 3.21%Forested/wild trail 21.06%Path 47.28%Road 9.94%
2.2 km
Dirt road
0.4 km
Forested/wild trail
2.5 km
5.7 km
1.2 km
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Rest stops

Canale di Tenno medieval village
Rifugio Capanna Grassi
Rifugio San Pietro

Safety information

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

  • San Pietro hut is easily accessible and one of the most popular destinations with visitors and locals alike. The hut was built on the foundations of the ancient hermitage which stood beside the little medieval chapel which is still standing today. There is a spectacular view from the terrace over Northern Garda.
  • For those who would rather head back before the San Pietro hut: At the car park at lake Tenno, just opposite to the end of  trail SAT 445 coming down from Monte Vender, there's a bus stop. N.B.: buses to Riva del Garda do not pass very often. Get info about bus times on: 
  • You can also walk down to Riva del Garda. At the parking place take the small road behind the info point (open during the summer) and follow it till a big wooden cross. Leave the cross on your left and walk down to Ville del Monte. Cross the main road and at the church take the old dirt track as far as Tenno. At the end of the track, cross the main road and go through the town. SAT 401 comes out right opposite the hotel Albergo Ristorante Antica Croce and a few steps lead down to the main road in the Gavazzo district. Watch out for traffic and follow the main road until you come to the restaurant Ristorante Foci "Da Rita", where you can catch a bus for Riva del Garda. Otherwise, you can keep going on foot towards Varone and follow the cycle path to Riva del Garda.
  • For those who would like to stay overnight in the San Pietro hut and then head back: follow signposts from the hut for the trail SAT 401. Once you get to Gavazzo you can take the bus to Riva del Garda or keep going on foot (see above).
  • For further information on routes and hike services: guides, shops and hiking friendly accommodation:  APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444 


Nino Pernici mountain hut - Bocca di Trat (1,592 m)
45.926650, 10.768739
45°55'35.9"N 10°46'07.5"E
32T 637137 5087418


San Pietro mountain hut - Monte Calino

Turn-by-turn directions

From the Nino Pernici mountain hut, follow the SAT 402 path downhill towards Malga Grassi / Campi. Cross the village of Campi, following the Strada della Luna on the left as far as Località Zumiani. From there, continue on the Medium Loop descending towards Pranzo, a small fraction of Tenno.

After crossing the village, pass the narrow valley of the Magnone stream and reach Ville del Monte. In a few minutes you then arrive at Canale di Tenno, one of the Most Beautiful Villages in Italy.

Here we link back to the original Top Loop route that leads to the San Pietro refuge along the SAT 406 path. Those who want to lengthen the route can continue to follow the Medium Loop, moving first to Lake Tenno and then to the San Pietro refuge SAT path 406A.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

No public transport available for this tour.

Getting there

How to get to Rifugio Nino Pernici:

from Lenzumo at 796 m a.s.l. in Val Concei, by road for 7 km as far as the Trat pasture 1556 m, trail number 403, then along the trail for 20 minutes; on foot 2 h 15;

from Riva del Garda 73 m, trail number 402, passing through Santa Maria Maddalena 252 m, San Giovanni 440 m, Pinza, Campi 672 m, Rifugio Grass hut 1055 m, Dosso dei Fiori pasture 1355 m, Bocca di Trat 1581 m -  4h 15min (1h 30min from Grassi hut, which you can reach by 14 km of road)

Getting to noerthern lake Garda / Garda Trentino: 


See note to stage 1


45.926650, 10.768739
45°55'35.9"N 10°46'07.5"E
32T 637137 5087418
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.

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12.1 km
4:30 h
562 m
1,185 m
Highest point
1,598 m
Lowest point
422 m
Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical interest Botanical highlights


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