Climb "Path of Smugglers" Via Ferrata above Lake Garda
Duration: 4 hours Medium Our Favorite
Why we love this tour
Walk the death-defying footsteps of history's criminals on this challenging via ferrata course for stupendous views of Lake Garda and its surrounding mountains.
- Climb high vertical rock walls
- Scale exposed ledges
- Spectacular views of Lake Garda
- Travel along the legendary Ponale Road
The "Sentiero Contrabbandieri" (Path of the Contrabbandieri (smugglers) is a road built into the side of rock face which used to provide a perfect escape for criminals. Nowadays, the route's exposed ledges make for a perfect via ferrata in the skies. This route on the west of Lake Garda travels along high vertical walls for a via ferrata challenge full of spectacular panoramic views.
When you meet your guide in Arco, a town just north of Lake Garda, you’ll receive a brief introduction and all the necessary equipment. You set off for an hour-long walk on the Old Ponale Road. First built in the mid-19th century, this path used to be the only connection between Lake Garda and the Ledro Valley. Today Ponale Road serves as a hiking and cycling path through stunning nature.
After the path, you then arrive at the ferrata's starting point to begin walking in the footsteps of old smugglers. Your guide ensures you tackle obstacles like ladders and wooden logs with the appropriate equipment. Navigating the steep ledges of the walls rewards you with sweeping views of Lake Garda. With blue waters below and giant green mountains around you, you may forget you’re scaling sheer vertical rock walls.
After about 4 hours of adventuring above the waters, you step back on flat land and make your way to the meeting point. You too can live life on the edge on this tough but wildly entertaining via ferrata. After hiking, climbing, and via ferrata, we can be sure you’ll be smuggling the memories all the way back home.
Need to know before you go
Minimum age is 14 years old.
This tour runs every Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
Winter Ferrata Available from October to March, starts every day at 10:00.
Groups are limited to 6 people. Larger groups will be split among guides.
No previous via ferrata equipment is required, but you must have a decent level of fitness and be able to walk for 6 hours.
What to bring? Athletic shoes and clothes, a small backpack for your belongings, snacks, water, and remember to wear sunscreen!
Your booking will become valid after we receive your payment and send you a confirmation email.
You can cancel up to 48 hours in advance with 100% reimbursement. There is no reimbursement for later cancellations.
In case of cancellation from our side due to bad weather, we will return your payment in full.
MMove - Into Nature Office
Via Legionari Cecoslovacchi, 14 38062 Arco
Provided byMmove - Into Nature
Reviews for this tour
4 Oct 2019
A very good experience. The number of exposed sections were shorter (but with considerable difficulty) than what I had expected. Hiking along the steep path carved out in the mountain was the mainstay. But 5/5 to our guide Matteo who was an expert mountaineer (he helped a fellow climber cross over a difficult section when she got badly stuck). Overall a very memorable experience!
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