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Via Ferrata delle Laste e Gallerie di Cima Rocca

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  • via ferrata at Lake Garda: Via Ferrata delle Laste e Gallerie di Cima Rocca
    / via ferrata at Lake Garda: Via Ferrata delle Laste e Gallerie di Cima Rocca
    Video: Outdooractive
  • / Along the via ferrata to Cima Rocca
    Photo: G.P. Calzà, Garda Trentino
  • / The route to Cima Rocca
    Photo: Elaborazione grafica Sveva Seneci, Garda Trentino
  • / The logbook
    Photo: G.P. Calzà, Garda Trentino
  • / In the tunnels before Cima Rocca
    Photo: G.P. Calzà ©APT Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
  • / Along the trail to Cima Rocca
    Photo: G.P. Calzà, Garda Trentino
  • / View from Cima Rocca
    Photo: G.P. Calzà ©APT Garda Trentino, Garda Trentino
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An easy via ferrata, suitable also for beginners, which offers a wonderful view on lake Garda as well as interesting historical traces. 
Distance 5.8 km
4:00 h
657 m
657 m

Easy protected routes which follow the higher part of the system of tunnels and trenches which were part of the Austrian defence lines during the First World War.

The simple Via Ferrata delle Laste leads to the Chapel of San Giovanni al Monte – popular with the inhabitants of Biacesa – the starting point of the labyrinth of tunnels and trenches excavated into the hart of the mountain which lead to Cima Ro cca, or rather cross it from side to side. There are tunnels and trenches to explore with a torch which are also suitable for families with children who have a love of the mountains and a taste for adventure.

The view from Cima Rocca extends from Lake Garda to the eastern peaks of the Ledro Valley.

Author’s recommendation

There is a complex and articulated system of tunnels in Cima Rocca. Do not forget a lamp! 
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Update: July 14, 2020
A/B easy
Highest point
Cima Rocca, 1,090 m
Lowest point
Biacesa, 405 m
Best time of year
Cardinal direction

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


Biacesa (404 m)



Turn-by-turn directions


From the car park in Biacesa follow directions for the trail SAT 470 del Bech, then the bolted trail SAT 471 delle Laste.


After a few bends on the road you find yourself at the start of the bolted section which heads up easily slabs as far as a small cave (5) . You get over the final rocky outcrops and come to the shelter Bivacco Arcioni and the Chapel of San Giovanni. From here you can return to Biacesa on SAT 460 along the Val Vasotina valley. Keep going and you come to three tunnels with a ladder (make sure to take a headlamp) (6-7-8) excavated in the rock from one side to the other. You reach the summit along the trail that leads up on your right.


From Cima Rocca head down the north side along a steep bolted section which leads you to the mouth of the main tunnel. Once you reach Bocca Pasumer you go down to Biacesa on SAT 460.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


You can reach Biacesa with the bus line "Riva - Valle di Ledro".
Info & timetable: 

Getting there

From the Garda Trentino area follow the directions to Valle di Ledro. Biacesa is the first village after the long tunnel. 

Getting to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino: 


Free parking in Biacesa (near the sport field - at the traffic light right, after the little restaurant right again). 


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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  • 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)
  • headlamp is needed for the tunnels

Basic Equipment for Via Ferratas

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Via Ferratas

  • Via ferrata set
  • Climbing harness
  • Climbing helmet
  • Via ferrata or hard-wearing safety gloves
  • Positioning lanyard / personal anchor system with screwgate carabiners for resting
  • Via ferrata belay kit if required (when accompanying beginners and / or children)
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Michael Roggendorf
October 31, 2018 · Community
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A/B easy
5.8 km
4:00 h
657 m
657 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Cultural/historical interest


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