A narrow road to the summit of Monte Altissimo

Monte Altissimo is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.069m (6,788ft) above the sea level, located in Trentino in the northern Italian region Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol. At the top of the mountain is the Rifugio Damiano Chiesa.

Monte Altissimo

The road starts paved but suddenly turns into gravel. The view out to Lake Garda is one of the itinerary’s special features. On clear days the view encompasses the Adamello, the Brenta Group, the Pasubio massif and the Small Dolomites.

The climb starts on Torbole, near the Garda Lake, at 70m above sea level. The first 15.4 km have a 9.4% average. The asphalted road ends by a parking lot. At this point, the road switches to sterrato (gravel) and is closed to vehicles. It goes on up to Monte Varagna (1.779m) and the top of Monte Altissimo. In just 3.8 km it has a 13.7% average. The overall result is quite impressive: 19.2 km at 10.3%! From Monte Altissimo, visitors can enjoy breath-taking bird’s eye views of Lake Garda, the Po Valley plain, the Dolomites and the Alps.