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Via Ferrata dell’Amicizia - Cima SAT

· 9 reviews · Via Ferrata · Garda Trentino · Open
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Created in 1972 to celebrate the Centenery of SAT – the Trento Alpine Association – this ferrata is famous for its series of long vertical ladders.

Open
moderate
Distance 4 km
3:00 h
1,192 m
46 m
1,231 m
85 m

As you head off from the centre of Riva del Garda towards the base of the ferrata, you can see the walls you are about to scale rising sheer above you.

Pass by Bastione and Capanna Santa Barbara to reach the beginning of the Via Ferrata. As you ascend the wall of Rocchetta you can see the roofs of Riva del Garda and the blue waters of Lake Garda beneath your feet. Although the long series of ladders, slightly overhanging in places, are not technically demanding, they do require determination and you must not suffer from a fear of heights.

After 1200 m of ascent, the view from Cima Sat extends from south to north, from the basin of Lake Garda to the entire Sarca Valley.

Author’s recommendation

"Endless ladders lead to one of the most panoramic peak of northern Lake Garda" (from the website via-ferrata.de). 

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Update: June 03, 2022
Difficulty
C moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Cima SAT, 1,231 m
Lowest point
Riva del Garda, 85 m
Best time of year
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Cardinal direction
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Rest stops

HOTEL VILLA MIRAVALLE

Safety information

  1. Only do the via ferrata if you are reasonably fit and in excellent health.
  2. Do not do the via ferrata in bad weather, especially if it looks like a storm is coming.
  3. Do not do the via ferrata alone: if you have an accident nobody will be able to call for help.
  4. The risk of rock falls increases if there are others on the via ferrata or with wind or rain.
  5. Always check route conditions; in winter you may find snow and ice on some routes which make progression dangerous.
  6. Use proper safety gear (helmet, harness, ferrata kit with double self-locking carabiners and energy absorbing systems); put on your helmet once you get near to the wall. Rocks might fall before you get to the start of the via ferrata.
  7. During progression always keep both carabiners clipped onto the safety cable and when you pass the anchor points make sure at least one is clipped on to each safety cable.
  8. Only one person may be on any length of cable between two anchor points.
  9. Wear clothing suited to the altitude, the season and the length of the route: hiking boots and ferrata gloves to protect you from contact with the metal parts.
  10. Pay special attention on the easy parts where there are no cables.
  11. Always check the condition of the bolts and cables on the wall as they can suffer damage in bad weather. If you even think you see any problems that might compromise safety, turn back and let us know about the situation at info@gardatrentino.it.
  12. Always evaluate a few important conditions: the proximity to other crowds, all the gears available and the preservation of the route. Beware, YOU are ultimately and solely responsible for taking this path and the safety rules and features that goes with it.
  13. These instructions are no substitute for the specific courses held by mountaineering associations or professional guides. Unless you have experience doing via ferratas, it is better to go accompanied by a mountain guide.

Emergency number 112.

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

  • Facing a via ferrata requires knowledge of the right technique of progression and some training. If you want to try out this experience for the first time or check the use of the via ferrata set, we recommend that you contact one of our mountain guides: www.gardatrentino.it 
  • For further information on routes, activities, events and accommodation at lake Garda:  APT Garda Trentino, Tel. +39 0464 554444 - www.gardatrentino.it

Start

Riva del Garda (85 m)
Coordinates:
DD
45.886118, 10.837850
DMS
45°53'10.0"N 10°50'16.3"E
UTM
32T 642600 5083036
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Destination

Cima Sat (1276 mt)

Turn-by-turn directions

Access

From Riva del Garda head up along the SAT404 trail until the mountain hut Capanna Santa Barbara, then continue along the SAT404B trail.

Route

After the first easy bolted slabs you come to the foot of a wall which you ascendby means of a 40 metres ladder (1). At the other end, you proceed on rockyoutcrops until you come to a big rock wall. A first ladder 15 metres long (2) takesyou to the 70 metres ladder (3). Finally, a short ladder of just 15 metres (4) takesyou into the woods and from there, a trail takes you to the rocky ridge boltedwith cables and ladders (5) which takes you to the summit of Cima SAT.

Return

There are two options:

• from the summit head down the other side along a bolted section until the fork in the trail, where you take the right-hand path, Sentiero dei Crazidei (SAT418), and then the SAT402 which descends to Riva del Garda.

• descend the bolted section as far as the fork and then head left over ledges bolted with metal cables on SAT413, leaving the trail for Bochet de Concolì on your right. Follow the trail SAT404 and reach, thanks to a short ladder (6) first the chapel of Santa Barbara, the mountain hut of the same name and then Riva del Garda.

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

The towns in Garda Trentino - Riva del Garda, Torbole sul Garda, Nago and Arco – are connected by a number of urban and intercity bus lines which will take you to the starting point or in the immediate surroundings.

For up-to-the-minute information on timetables and routes: www.gardatrentino.it

 

You can also get to Riva del Garda and Torbole sul Garda by the public ferry service. For up-to-the-minute information on timetables and routes: www.gardatrentino.it

 

Getting there

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

Parking

Free parking in Riva del Garda at the old hospital (via Rosmini) and the old cemetery (Viale D. Chiesa).

Pay parking at the Public Gardens Porta Orientale, Roman Baths, Viale Lutti (Ex Agraria), Monte Oro, shopping center Blue Garden.

Coordinates

DD
45.886118, 10.837850
DMS
45°53'10.0"N 10°50'16.3"E
UTM
32T 642600 5083036
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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

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Equipment

  • technical mountain clothing   
  • hiking boots with Vibram or similar sole   
  • via ferrata gear   
  • harness   
  • helmet   
  • gloves   
  • pickaxe and crampons (when necessary)   
  • a length of rope (recommended)

Questions and answers

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Rating

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Status
Open
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Difficulty
C moderate
Distance
4 km
Duration
3:00 h
Ascent
1,192 m
Descent
46 m
Highest point
1,231 m
Lowest point
85 m
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