Lake Garda Via Ferrata and Rock Climbing
A scenic climb over one of the most beautiful lakes of Europe
Gourmet via ferrata and rock climbing trip in the adventure sports capital of Europe, Lake Garda. Arco, a true Mecca for climbers, awaits you with stunning ferratas and awesome rocks. In your opinion, would the Che Guevara via ferrata be “aggressive” or “revolutionary”?
This is the perfect trip to take if you’ve had a taste of some intro rock climbing and/or via ferratas (for instance, the Via Ferrata Course in the Dolomites) and you definitely want to advance.
This is a carefully tailored experience designed to take you as far as you want to go in the rock experience, while giving you some of the most stunning and hidden views that Lake Garda has to offer. Taking this via ferrata – rock climbing trip while you are on your Lake Garda holidays will not disappoint you, we can guarantee.
Further Info4 days with full of adventures on one of the most spectacular mountains of Europe in a picturesque scene. To make the most of your via ferrata experience, get some practical advice on equipment, safety, and route planning here.
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Day 1: Travelling
Early in the morning you set off to the mountains surrounding Lake Garda. Separated from the summer crowd, the hostel is waiting for you at the lakeside with its calm and fresh air
Day 2: Monte Albano via ferrata, the first sportive ferrata of the Alps (550 m)
It is well known that the first ferrata routes were built in the Dolomites during the 1st World War. These were service roads, made for military purposes, rather than for outdoor-bugs. But where was the first “Klettersteig” (a synonym for via ferrata) built only for sport and fun? Right here.
In 1976, alongside Monte Albano the first via ferrata was built and you’ll climb this emblematic route on the first day. It’s an easy 2-3 hours warm-up. The ferrata starts bravely: a 3-meter high excersise without cabels puts you to the test right at the beginning.
After that your way leads on steep but already belayed B-C-category stages, right to breezy, narrow Traversa degli Angeli, the trademark of the Monte Albano ferrata. Here you will be standing above a ravine with several meters under your feet.
Back to the village you can descend on a road fixed with ferrata, or you can simply walk back. We plan a short trip for today. If the team feels like taking a light-ferrata, it’s also a good idea, but you can visit Riva as well.
Day 3: Che Guevara via ferrata
For this gourmand bite, you leave the lake in the valley, putting your lungs to the test while admiring other smaller lakes under you. You take on climbing, with a 1,400m descent, up to the peak of Monte Casale (1,632m) on C-category roads. The Che Guevara ferrata is the longest klettersteig of the Garda Hills.
You set off from the city of Pietramura and, after a walk of half an hour, you reach the Che Guevara ferrata at 420m above the sea-level. The first part of this ferrata is an easy one, at 600m you reach the stage which is crossing a huge cliff. The upper stage of the ferrata leads around cliffs and, after crossing a field, you reach the 25-meter-high summit.
Of course wearing a Che Guevara T-shirt is not mandatory, but it could be cool. It is important that you take enough water with you for all day, because there are no water-points along this part!
Day 4: Cima S.A.T via ferrata, a.k.a. “Road of Friendship”
The name of this beautiful klettersteig might sound like you were taken back to some socialist era, but it won’t bother you because you enjoy the special outlook of the lake from the windy cliffs of Cima S.A.T.
After breakfast you pass around the northern heel of the lake and in Riva del Garda you say goodbye to your car for 8 hours, to take a trip to 1,260 meters high. This part of Lake Garda has a special microclimate; our via ferrata guide book advertises the north-eastern part of the lake as a klettersteig paradise all year.
The target of the ferrata is the Roccheta Peak. This is what you admired from the hostel every day, as it rules the northern part of the lake. It runs up from the lake to 1,540 meters with a limb-trying steepness. The high spot of the ferrata is climbing two long metal ladders: the first is only 45 meters, but the second is 70 meters long!
The way back is also fun, but after 5.5 hours of climbing, this time you get back to the parkway in 2.5 hours.
Day 5: Return journey
In the morning, after the team had a breakfast in an incredible view, you get in the car and return home planning the next trip in your head.
Equipment and Info
Lake Garda lies on the southern part of the Italian Alps, at 64 meters above sea-level. In this region, the valleys run low surrounded by the 1,200-1,800-meter high hills. Thanks to the geographical location of the place, the hills can absorb the warm streams coming from the Adriatic Sea, which is why its walls – especially in the southern part – are suitable for ferratas all year long. In April and May you can expect a nice weather, but the mornings and the evenings are still chilly a bit.
We provide you with all the equipments for klettersteig (helmet, harness, ferrata lanyard); all you have to bring is your clothes. In the higher hills near the summit, rain is not that rare and the temperature on a cold day might be as low as O degrees (despite the Mediterranean spring). The following list can be helpful while packing your bag:
- 1 pair of good boots of fine quality (check here what we recommend)
- 1 pair of technical socks
- breathing trousers for the trip
- 1 base layer top
- 1 polar sweater
- 1 waterproof layer (softshell for example)
- 1 pair of warm and waterproof gloves that you don’t mind using on wire ropes
- 1 pair of not too warm gloves (canvas gloves for example) that you don’t mind using on wire ropes
Of course during the day the only stuff you take with you to the trips is your food, your water, and your spare clothing in your bag. We return to the hostel to Torbole every evening.
Consider bringing a fine backpack. Some tips on how to choose can be found here.
Double or single bed youth hostels in Arco.
The food costs 8-12 euro per day. If you feel like eating in restaurants, it’s 20-30 euro.
Get some practical advice on food so you maximize your climbing performance – here.
Oh, and bring your family/friends. At Lake Garda you can’t be bored, so while you’re hiking, your loved ones could ride a bike, sale, take an excursion, or they can drop in the Gardaland fun-fare with the children (open on weekends).
We have a lot more ideas in store, so don’t hesitate to write us an email, and we’ll advise you.