Arrival in Trento
Today you will arrive in Trento, a town located in the River Adige valley, to start your route through the Brenta Dolomites.
We suggest you take a walk through the city of Trento, known as the capital of the Alps, and get to know its famous Duomo Square, the Neptune Fountain and, of course, delight in the views over Buonconsiglio Castle, composed of a series of buildings from various eras and that today hosts different museums.
Overnight: B&B Palazzo Malfatti - Trento
Walking to Molveno
To start your route today, just after breakfast you will have an included transfer that will take you to the Tourist Information Office in Fai della Paganella, a town famous for its ski slopes, located in the Trentino-Alto region.
It is about 40 minutes from your accommodation and from there you can start your walk towards Lake Molveno, accompanied by stunning views of the green forest.
You will first arrive in the small town of Santel, then start the ascent towards Malga di Zambana. From there, after crossing the hillside, you'll start the descent towards Molveno with its views of a blue lake that will make your first day of walking worthwhile.
Length: 15 km. | 814 m. of ascent; 953 m. of descent
Overnight: Garni Villanova Hotel - Molveno
Walking to the Tosa-Pedrotti Refuge
On your third day you will walk into the middle of the Dolomites and know their essence, resting in refuges in the area that will coincide with your scheduled routes. Carry light baggage for the next two days.
When you've had breakfast, take the cable car on your own to Palon di Tovre and you'll arrive at Montanara Refuge, the starting point of your walk today. You will have to follow the red and white markings, typical of the Alpine trails and you will advance through the Adamello-Brenta Natural Park and you will see all around you the huge limestone peaks that will make you feel emotion when you are surrounded by their immensity.
You will pass through flowery meadows and rocky fields until you reach Selvata Refuge, where we suggest making a stop for lunch. Finally, you must continue to the Tosa-Pedrotti Refuge, where you have your dinner included.
Length: 9 km. | 1284 m. of ascent; 376 m. of descent
Overnight: Refuge Tosa Pedrotti
Walking to Cacciatore Refuge
Today you will have to leave your refuge and follow the Sentiero Palmieri route along the trails below the Cima Tosa mountain and skirt around the large rocky massifs of the Brenta Dolomites.
In the first third of your route you will have reached the lowest zone of your walk today and then you will start a climb in which you will have to make use of the railings to pass through the rocky areas in case these are wet because of rain or humidity.
You will walk on some zig zag-shaped paths, with several ascents and descents, and you should always be attentive to the signs that will indicate the direction your destination today, the Cacciatore Refuge, where you will have your dinner included.
Length: 8 km. | 310 m. of ascent; 1023 m. of descent
Overnight: Refuge Cacciatore
Walking to San Lorenzo
Today you will have woken up in the middle of the Dolomites and had a delicious breakfast to say goodbye to this two-day experience of spending the night in mountain refuges.
You will start by going down very green and wooded terrain until you reach Val d'Ampiez, which you must cross along the cliffs and then finally head along a flat area towards San Lorenzo.
Once there, you will head to a wooden bus stop and check the time of the next bus that you will have to take on your own and that will take you in about 30 minutes to Comano Terme, your destination for today, recognized for its natural healing waters.
Length: 9 km. | 498 m. of ascent; 1611 m. of descent
Overnight: Grand Hotel Terme & Spa - Comano Terme
Walking to Villa del Monte
For your sixth day, the walk will head south and in ascent to take you to Val Lomasone, passing along rural trails and surrounded by farmland. From there, with incredible views of the mountains, you will have to continue along cobbled paths and some zig-zag sections, until you start the descent towards Villa del Monte. If you have time, visit this medieval village and enjoy its charm before continuing on to your accommodation.
Afterwards, you’ll head to a small car park on a steep bend on Via Nuova, where right next to an information board, around 5:00 pm, you will take your included transfer to Riva del Garda that will take you there in about 30 minutes.
Length: 16 km. | 578 m. of ascent; 406 m. of descent
Overnight: Vittoria Hotel - Riva del Garda
Circular route in Lake Garda
Today you will have to take a ferry on your own from Riva del Garda to Torbole and from there, start your route by climbing some steps along cobblestone streets that will take you to Le Busatte Park.
You will see Mount Brione, this will impress you with its particular shape and you will then continue walking along the slopes, climbing several steps and walking along the edge of the cliffs, while enjoying spectacular views towards the valley and Lake Garda.
To return to Riva del Garda, take a bus on your own and then the ferry once more.
Length: 9 km. | 375 m. of ascent; 370 m. of descent
Overnight: Vittoria Hotel - Riva del Garda
Return from Riva del Garda
Today you finish your route right after breakfast.* You can make your own transport arrangements to return or ask us to arrange a private transfer to the city where you must take your flight back home.
*Remember that when you book your circuit you can ask us to book additional hotel nights for the days after the end of your circuit to extend your stay in one of the municipalities on the Trento to Lake Garda walking trail.
End of our services.
All the rooms you will find on this hiking trail have a private bathroom and all the necessary services to ensure good comfort.
Our team checks on site the quality of all the accommodation offered in order for all travellers to have an adventure experience always accompanied by nights of absolute rest.
When working with quality accommodations with limited capacity, the exact name of the location will be provided 30 days before the start of the trip.
All our accommodation is subject to availability. In case we can't offer you any of them for reasons of capacity, we'll accommodate you in one of equal or better quality.
Single rooms are available subject to availability. Reservations must be made in advance and come at an additional cost.
Where am I going to stay?
All our accommodation has been selected to ensure tranquillity, rest and enjoyment along your hiking trail:
Accomodation in B&B Palazzo Malfatti - Trento
Accomodation in Grand Hotel Terme & Spa - Comano Terme
Accomodation in Garni Villanova Hotel - Molveno
Accomodation in Refuge Cacciatore
Accomodation in Refuge Tosa Pedrotti
Accomodation in Vittoria Hotel - Riva del Garda
In order to resolve our travellers' doubts, we answer, to follow, the most frequently asked questions when we receive inquiries about our hiking trails.
If you have any other questions, you can contact us and we will be happy to help you resolve all your doubts.
What is the best time of year to travel on this route?
This route is available between July and September. Please note that this time of year is very hot for walking, so we recommend starting very early in the morning. Also, remember that Lake Garda is a popular tourist destination in Italy, so occupancy can be very high, and we would recommend booking in advance.
How do I get to the starting point?
To get to Trento, you can do it by arriving in Venice, Milan or Rome. From each of these cities you can take a train from the central station that will take 2 hours from Venice, 3 hours from Milan or 4 hours from Rome.
When you finish your route in Riva del Garda we suggest two options to return. The first one, would be to go by bus to Rovereto train station (40 minutes) and take the train back to Venice, Milan or Rome. The second option is to go by bus to Peschiera del Garda (2 hours) and take a train to Venice, Milan or Rome.
We can also arrange a private transfer at both the beginning and end of your route. Ask us about this option at the time of booking.
Can I travel alone?
On this route, it is not possible to travel alone due to the terrain found in the Dolomites area. However, if you want to sleep in a single room, we can manage it in hotels but not in refuges.
Single rooms have a special surcharge and are subject to availability.
When can I start my trail?
You can start your hiking trail any day of the year according to the specifications of your itinerary.
Does this route have an accompanying guide?
All our hiking trails are completed in self-guided mode. Thus, each traveller has the opportunity to advance on their own and at their own pace for each of the routes marked during the full route itinerary.
What does the full route itinerary contain?
The route's complete itinerary is a guide we prepare for you with information on the maps, routes and sights of each hiking route.
You will receive it by email one month before starting the trip along with all the documentation of the trip: accommodation reservations, luggage transfers, among others.
The kilometres of travel and the journey times indicated for our hiking trips are reference values.
It will depend on each walker the fulfilment of these times and distances, according to the speed at which they advance.
What should I consider to prepare physically?
Both sedentary people and those who regularly exercise should physically prepare for any of our hiking trails.
Sedentary people can start with moderate activity and continue progressively. They should start by taking small 20-minute walks, two or three times a week. It is suggested to increase the time until you reach walk about 4 or 5 kilometres every hour.
People with regular physical activity can start by walking from 45 to 60 minutes a day and increase the amount of time and kilometres they travel in the same span of time.
Generally, it is recommended to start training about three months before starting the route.
How far in advance should I make the reservation?
There is no minimum number of days in advance to book, although on certain dates the occupancy of the accommodation is higher, especially in high season.
Therefore, in order to guarantee availability in the best accommodation, we suggest you book as much in advance as possible, so that we can meet all your needs.
What clothes and hiking equipment are indispensable?
For any of our routes we suggest you to bring the following items: light and fast drying clothing, waterproof jacket and trousers, sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a pair of shoes suitable for hiking, trekking poles, a pair of shoes to rest in, a jacket that doesn't take up much space and a bottle to carry water.
Depending on the time of year in which you make the route, these items may vary.
Remember that with Santiago Ways, you have included a baggage transfer service between stages, so we will take your backpack from one accommodation to another so that you only worry about walking (maximum 1 piece of 20 kg per person).
For this reason, we suggest you prepare a second backpack, much smaller, that you can carry with you every day with water, sunscreen, cap, sunglasses, documents, some food and cash.
How does the baggage transfer work between stages?
Every day, at 8:00 am, you must bring your luggage, properly labelled, to the reception. One of our carriers will pick it up and take it to the place where you are going to stay on your next stage.
Delivery time varies according to the distance between stages and the carrier's delivery route. Usually, delivery is made before 4 p.m.
Please note that on many routes you sleep more than one night in the same accommodation, so the baggage transfer will not be necessary in these cases.
Should I take out travel insurance?
To make any of our hiking trails it is advisable to have travel insurance with all the necessary coverage, especially emergency evacuation and medical care.
To do this, we suggest you take out the Travel Assistance Insurance and Cancellation Insurance that we offer you in Santiago Ways. If you want more information about it, we will be happy to answer your questions.
Do all rooms have a private bathroom?
Yes, all rooms you book for hiking trails with Santiago Ways have a private bathroom.
Can I sleep alone in a room?
Yes. We offer accommodation in single rooms and double rooms, according to the requirements of each traveller.
Single rooms have a special surcharge and are subject to availability.
When do you tell me which hotels I'm going to sleep in?
We work with multiple accommodations in all locations which allows us to guarantee the best quality rooms for our travellers, provided that they are booked well in advance.
The name and exact location of each hotel is sent about one month before the start of the trip.
Am I going to share a room with strangers?
No. All the accommodations we book for our travellers have private rooms with private bathrooms in order to guarantee all the comfort and comfort they need to rest properly.
Is the accommodation close to the route I need to follow?
All the accommodation we book is located in the centre of the villages. In any case, depending on availability, if any accommodation is quite far from the centre, they are all accessible on foot.
When necessary, Santiago Ways will offer a transfer to the traveller so that they can reach their accommodation in the most comfortable way possible.
What kind of accommodation do you book?
All the accommodation we book in Santiago Ways offer the necessary comfort to rest after long days of walking. We have partnerships with hotels, country houses, mountain retreats and charming farm stays, always with a room and a private bathroom.