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Lake Garda in Winter

To escape the cold of Germany we set out to a climbing adventure at lake Garda and explored Verona

by golfgangAtlasGuru Contributor

EuropeItaly6 days / February 2022

Highs & Lows

Climbing a multi pitch route

Freezing after sunset

Itinerary Overview

I visited Garda lake in February with a friend together. We choose the location because especially around Arco the region is really known for its good climbing spots and we hoped that the weather would be already warm enough in February to go climbing on rocks positioned towards the south. Luckily we where right, even if the nights and evenings where still pretty freezing at Garda lake.

We took a Flixbus to Trient and changed to a regional bus to reach Arco and Riva del Garda, directly at the banks of the lake. From there we walked to a camping site. The normal camping sites have been all still closed because of the winter break, so we could just find a temporary parking spot for camper vans, where we camped between all the cars and had to leave after two nights to another camping in a village up the hill. 

  • 5 Nights: Nago–Torbole
    Good climbing area
  • 1 Night: Verona
    To visit a friend and escape the rain

Q & A

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    We had to escape from the rain

  • How was the food?

    Pizzeria Officina 33, which is a no-limits

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    I would definitely recommend Camping in Grumèl.

  • Packing tips?

    Enough space in your backpack to bring home a bottle of delicious olive oil.

  • Transportation Tips?

    There is a bus going directly from Riva de Garda to Verona.

  • Any surprises?

    The old Ponale road is beautiful