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Via Ferrata Che Guevara - Monte Casale

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  • via ferrata at Lake Garda: Via Ferrata Che Guevara - Monte Casale
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A long and challenging via ferrata, which requires a good training, but offers breathtaking views on the Sarca Valley!


This route passes through an inaccessible area and is therefore closed. Current information

Distance 13.9 km
8:00 h
1,587 m
1,587 m
1,623 m
245 m

A marvellous route up the east wall of Monte Casale which at 1500 metres is one of the most imposing bastions of the Prealps. The immense concave wall is veined with dozens of climbing routes of the highest level. The protected route climbs for 1200 m along the south face of the great concavity. As you climb higher you feel smaller and smaller amid this sea of rock surrounding you on all sides. Once you reach the summit of Monte Casale, the surroundings change abruptly and bare rock gives way to flowering meadows.

The ferrata does not have any particularly challenging sections but you do need to be in perfect physical health,  very fit, and have excellent weather conditions given the length of the ferrata and the absence of any escape routes.


Author’s recommendation

Attention! Avoid this via ferrata in the summer because it is in full sun the whole day. 

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Update: March 31, 2023
D difficult
Highest point
Monte Casale, 1,623 m
Lowest point
Pietramurata, 245 m
Best time of year
Cardinal direction

Track types

Asphalt 4.39%Forested/wild trail 31.33%Path 38.60%Road 3.55%Via ferrata 21.61%Unknown 0.49%
0.6 km
Forested/wild trail
4.3 km
5.4 km
0.5 km
Via ferrata
3 km
0.1 km
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Safety information

Safety Tips

  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.
  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 in case of rock falls.
  7. During progression always keep both carabiners clipped onto the safety cable and when you pass the anchor points make sure at least one carabiner 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 and hiking boots suited to the altitude, the season and the length of the route and ferrata gloves.
  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.
  12. Carefully evaluate the crowding conditions and the state of preservation of the safety gear on the via ferrata. Beware, YOU are ultimately and solely responsible for undertaking a via ferrata safely and responsibly.

Emergency telephone 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: Guides – Via ferratas with the experts 

For further information on routes, activities, events and accommodation at lake Garda: Garda Trentino - +39 0464 554444



Pietramurata (248 m)
46.026603, 10.943840
46°01'35.8"N 10°56'37.8"E
32T 650442 5098840
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Monte Casale

Turn-by-turn directions


Park your car on the far side of Pietramurata and take the road on your left which runs along the quarry at the foot of sheer wall of Monte Casale. A steep trail through the woods leads to the first bolted section.


The first section has vertical stretches in clefts and dihedrals followed by atraverse to the right and then a diagonal bend back towards the left acrossshort rock walls and ledges up to the summit of Croz del Pin (1). From here youstart crossing the smooth expanse which is the wall of Monte Casale. Rungsand stirrups (2) help you across the ramparts up to an elevation of 1200 m,where you come across the logbook (3). This marks the end of the difficultsection but the ascent continues with another 400 m of elevation gain withshort bolted sections before you reach the summit of Monte Casale and, soonafter, the mountain hut Rifugio Don Zio.


From the Rifugio Don Zio hut take the trail SAT427 towards Sarche and from there continue to Pietramurata.

Public transport


Pietramurata is connected by the intercity bus line 205 (Riva del Garda – Sarche - Trento) to the other places in Garda Trentino.

Up-to-date information on timetables and routes.


By road

From Riva del Garda and Torbole follow first signs to Arco and then to Trento, on the SS 45 bis. Pietramurata is on the main road, short after Dro. 

Find out how to reach Garda Trentino


Parking KS Che Guevara in Pietramurata (Via Collungo). 


46.026603, 10.943840
46°01'35.8"N 10°56'37.8"E
32T 650442 5098840
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Garda Trentino TREKKING Map – Available in the info points of Garda Trentino (Riva del Garda, Arco, Torbole sul Garda, Ledro, Comano Terme)

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You need to wear the right clothing and take the proper gear when you go hiking in the mountains. Even on relatively short easy outings make sure to take all you need so you don't run into trouble if things take an unexpected turn, for example a storm blows up or you have a sudden drop in energy levels.

What should you absolutely have with you on a via ferrata tour?

  • rucksack (25/30L capacity) for a day trip
  • 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

Question from Christoph Stäger · May 04, 2022 · Community
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Andrej Zupančič 
November 14, 2021 · Community
This is a rather dull ferrata with little-to-no technical difficulties. Mostly, it's just never ending plodding, plodding, plodding uphill, which is probably even more disappointing, because the walls you think you will ascend, when you look up from Pietramurata, are soooo impressive. But, you DO NOT climb those walls! Instead, you veer diagonally and horizontaly (on the left flank), gradually gaining in altitude, all the way to the top. There are two or three places where you have to grab the steel cables and progress somewhat vertically, but I wouldn't rate anything here above C. It's a very good cardio exercise in beautifull surroundings, sure, but no climber's paradise. So, if you are looking for an adrenaline experience and perhaps at least a few segments of D or E difficulty, steer clear and go somewhere else. There is so much great climbing or mountaineering available all around you here that choosing a better destination shouldn't be a problem.
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Gianni Battistata
October 28, 2019 · Community
Che Guevara
Photo: Gianni Battistata, Community

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13.9 km
8:00 h
1,587 m
1,587 m
Highest point
1,623 m
Lowest point
245 m
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