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Via Ferrata Fausto Susatti - Cima Capi

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Panoramic and not particularly exposed, this via ferrata is advised also for beginners and kids. A real must-do of Garda Trentino! 

Distance 9 km
6:00 h
900 m
900 m

A stunning itinerary that runs along the southern ridge of Cima Capi, towering above Lake Garda. Part of the system of bolted trails and via ferratas that run along the sheer walls of the Rochetta massif, crossing trenches and outposts dating back to the Great War.

The moderate difficulty and spectacular panorama over the Alto Garda and the adjacent Monte Baldo chain make this one of the most popular routes in GardaTrentino.  Starting from Riva del Garda, it coincides with the first section of the Ponale trail, a spectacular prelude to the breathtaking views which accompany you for the entire ascent.

Author’s recommendation

From the Via Ferrata Cima Capi you enjoy one of the best views over Lake Garda. Don't forget to take with you your camera. 
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Update: October 05, 2020
B moderate
Highest point
Cima Capi, 907 m
Lowest point
Riva del Garda, 66 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 -


Riva del Garda / Biacesa (70 m)


Cima Capi (907 m)

Turn-by-turn directions


From Riva del Garda (see Gallery, Cima Capi) head up the Ponale trail, turn off to the right onto the trail SAT 405 Fausto Susatti until you come to the junction with the trail SAT 470 del Bech (1).

From Biacesa in Valle di Ledro (see Gallery, Cima Capi - Cima Rocca) follow directions for the trail SAT 470. Leave the trail SAT 471 Delle Laste, which leads up to Cima Rocca on your left, follow directions for ferrata Susatti until you come to the junction with the trail SAT 405 (1).


At the junction of the trail SAT 405 and SAT 470 head up along the ridge, using stirrups and rungs to get over a short section on rock. After a section on the trail you ascend the limestone outcrop of Cima Capi with some exposed sections (2) until you come to a prominent block of rock (3) where you have a short athletic section. After a cleft, easy rocks take you to the trail which leads to the top.


Head down from the top on the north side, easy but very exposed, until you come to the saddle between Cima Capi and Cima Rocca. From here you can head down towards Riva del Garda or Biacesa.

  • For Riva del Garda (see Gallery, Cima Capi) descend on the north side crossing the east face of Cima Rocca (4) and the valley after it; leave the trail for Bocca Pasumer on your left and you come to Bocca Enzima. Head down the side overlooking Riva del Garda until you come to the penstock and the trail SAT 405 which leads to Riva del Garda.
  • For Biacesa (see Gallery, Cima Capi - Cima Rocca) take the ferrata Mario Foletti SAT 406 on your left which traverse the southern face of Cima Rocca and leads to the shelter Bivacco Arcioni in about 40 minutes. From here head down to Biacesa on the steep trail SAT 460 which takes you past the chapel of San Giovanni.


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Public transport


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:


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:


Getting there

How to get to northern lake Garda / Garda Trentino: 


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.


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

Book recommendations for this region:

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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)

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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Samuele Dicicco
June 04, 2021 · Community
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When did you do this route? June 02, 2021
Daniela Rossini
February 13, 2021 · Community
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Marta Jakimiszyn
September 09, 2020 · Community
It was my first via ferrata and it was great. Not technically demanding, there were few kids on the trail. We made the whole trail from Riva del Garda in 6 hours. It was hard, even though I am fit, because it was really hot.
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When did you do this route? September 08, 2020
Photo: Marta Jakimiszyn, Community
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B moderate
9 km
6:00 h
900 m
900 m
Public-transport-friendly Insider tip Scenic classic via ferrata


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