Via ferrata

Via ferrata Cima Capi F.Susatti at Lake Garda

Route on the most famous and panoramic via ferrata of Lake Garda

Angela Trawoeger
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Angela Trawoeger

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Wonderful and breathtaking Via ferrata on the sheer walls above Lake Garda.

Cima Capi (909m) forms part of the Garda/Brescia Prealps and is to be found in the North East part of Lake Garda. The via ferrata is well equipped having been totally renovated in 2009.

The via ferrata F.Susatti that leads to Cima Capi mostly follows the edge of the ridge, it’s very very scenic and we’re sure that it won’t leave you indifferent.

Suitable for those who wish to have a go at a via ferrata but, bearing in mind its length and character, this one is for people who are fairly fit. Experts in via ferrata however, notwithstanding the relatively easy route, will find satisfaction in the amazing views over Lake Garda.

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Details

  • Technical characteristics

    • Starting point
      Biacesa
    • Endpoint
      Biacesa
    • Route
      Biacesa – Via Ferrata F.Susatti – Cima Capi – Via Ferrata Foletti – Bivacco Arcioni – Biacesa
    • Starting height
      660m
    • Highest point
      909m
    • Altitude – ascent/descent
      890m/813m
    • Distance
      8,2km
    • Duration
      5 hrs
  • Difficulty

  • Scenic appeal

    • Experience (1 to 5)
      5
    • Landscape (1 to 5)
      5
  • Type of route

    • Round tour
    • Summit tour
    • Insider tip
    • Panoramic route
  • Best time of year

    • All year over
      without ice and snow

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Points of interest along the via ferrata

The Via pretty much follows the crest of the mountain range and offers unique views of Lake Garda, the Monte Baldo range, the Sarca valley, into the Ledro valley, over the Adamello-Presanella range and the Brenta Dolomites in almost their entirety.

The whole path is full of historical artifact, with trenches and reinforced concrete walkways.

Cima Capi description

From Biacesa go north east and you will get onto the first path no.470 (Sentiero del Bec) and then no.405 (Via Ferrata Susatti). From the car park to the start of the Via Ferrata is about an hour and a half.

The Via Ferrata starts over easy rocks and crosses Austrian trenches left over from the first World War. The whole walk is rich in historical artefacts with trenches and walkways in reinforced concrete. In some parts steps have been built. The only part that is more technical is towards the end of the Via where you have to go round a very exposed massive boulder.

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The via has difference in level above sea level of 500m from start to finish. Arriving at the summit of Cima Capi (tricolour flag and summit book) keep on path 405 until it splits into two: turn left and take path 460 towards Via Ferrata Foletti which, in about 40 minutes, brings you to the Bivacco Arcioni, near the church of San Giovanni. The Ferrata Foletti is a little more difficult.

From here there is a road that takes you back to Biacesa.

Variant

There are two access routes to the Via Ferrata: one from the Ponale road which, taking the path which goes off to the right, takes you to the “Sentiero del Bec”: the other starts from Biacesa and is the route that we at 360 suggest to use.

Guided tour on via ferrata Cima Capi with a local alpine guide

Our suggestions

  • Do it! It is a very beautiful via ferrata that you climb always gladly. We do it a couple of times a year and it never tires us.
  • The via ferrata is very crowded and hot in the high season, leave early in the morning and avoid the hottest hours.

Cima Capi during the winter

You can do this route in summer and winter alike but it is best not to if there is a risk of ice.

Shelters, huts or bivouacs along the trail

Bivacco Arcioni: 
Custodito dall’Asoociaazione “Pro San Giovanni di Biacesa di Ledro”
Tel. +39 328 0062146
Si trova poco dopo la fine della via Ferrata Foletti, near the church of San Giovanni.

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How to reach the starting point of the via ferrata

From Riva del Garda follow signs to Valle di Ledro. Going through the long tunnels you get to the only traffic lights at Biacesa (418m). Biacesa is about 7km from Riva

Parking

Go through the village to the car park next to the playground.

Public transport

Lines 2

Equipment needed

The use of helmet, harness and Ferrata kit is obligatory.

Also with a guide From 70€ per person

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