Garda Mountains

The Garda Mountains (German: Gardaseeberge, Italian: Prealpi Gardesane), occasionally also the Garda Hills, are an extensive mountain range of the Southern Limestone Alps in northern Italy.

Garda Mountains
Location of the Garda Mountains.
The borders of the range according to
Alpine Club classification of the Eastern Alps
Highest point
PeakMonte Cadria
Elevation2,254 m (7,395 ft)
StateTrentino-South Tyrol, Lombardy, Venetia; Italy
Range coordinates45°43′25″N 10°50′31″E
Parent rangeSouthern Limestone Alps

Boundaries and countryside

The Garda Mountains are bounded in the south by the Po Valley and in the north by the Brenta Dolomites, in the east by the Etschtal valley and in the west by the Valli Giudicarie. Their precise boundary, according to the Alpine Club classification of the Eastern Alps, is as follows: Lake IseoCol di San ZenoVal TrompiaPasso di ManiviaBagolino – Storo – TioneVezzanoTrient – Etschtal – VeronaBrescia – Lake Iseo.

Their highest summit is the Monte Cadria, at 2,254 m s.l.m.

The climate of the Garda Mountains is very mild as a result of its southerly location and the influence of the Mediterranean Sea. Snow rarely falls in the Sarca valley and on the shores of Lake Garda, and, in spring and autumn, temperatures of between 15-20 °C are often experienced. The Garda Mountains have very few glaciers and ski resorts. The Alpinist centre of the range is the town of Arco. In the vicinity of Arco there are countless sport climbing areas.

Lake Garda and its surrounding mountains are a popular destination for water sportsmen, mountain bikers, hikers and climbers.

On the western shore of Lake Garda is the Parco Alto Garda Bresciano nature park.



  • Valle d'Ampolla
  • Val Cavedine
  • Val di Cei
  • Valle di Concei
  • Valle dei Laghi (Sarca Valley)
  • Val di Ledro
  • Valle Toscolano
  • Valle di Vesta

Significant peaks


  • Sentiero attrezzato del Colodri (Cima Colodri)
  • Sentiero attrezzato Fausto Susatti (Cima Capi)
  • Via dell'Amicizia (Cima SAT)
  • Che Guevara (Monte Casale, 1632 m)
  • Via ferrata Rino Pisetta (Dain Picol, 971 m)
  • Sentiero attrezzato Gerardo Sega (Malga Cola)
  • Monte Albano (Mori)


  • Kompass Karte (1:50,000 scale), Alpi di Ledro, Valli Giudicarie, Innsbruck, 2003, ISBN 978-3-85491-560-7
  • Eugen E. Hülser, Hülsers Klettersteigführer Gardasee, Bruckmann, Munich, ISBN 3-7654-3940-1
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