Monte Stivo winter crossing

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 45.92036°N / 10.96331°E
Seasons Season: Winter
Additional Information Time Required: Half a day
Additional Information Difficulty: Alpine F
Sign the Climber's Log


Monte Stivo 2054 m is a mountain in the Trentino Pre-Alps, Bondone-Stivo chain. It is situated to the  North of Lago di Garda in a dominant position the town of Arco di Trento and between the Valle del Sarca and Vallagarina. Monte Stivo is connected to the north to Monte Bondone by a long ridge, while to the South is facing Monte Altissimo di Nago, the Northern slopes of Monte Baldo and Lago di Garda. Offering a superb 360° panorama, it's a fine and rather easy destination also in wintertime, on skis or by foot. The proposed route starts from the locality of Sant'Antonio above the Santa Barbara Pass and is the easiest way to reach the summit.

Bondone - Stivo Ridge annotated seen from Monte Guil
The Bondone - Stivo Ridge seen from Monte Guil

Getting There

Summit of Monte Stivo in early spring
Summit of Monte Stivo in early spring


The starting point of this route is the locality of Sant'Antonio above Passo Santa Barbara. 

Access: from the A22 Brennero autoroute exit Rovereto Sud and take the SS 240 in the direction of Riva del Garda, reaching Loppio after 6.5 km. At the roundabout leave the state road and turn to right onto the SP 88 Val di Gresta for 10 km. Pass the villages of Valle San Felice and Pannone and before entering the village of Ronzo-Chienis turn to the left on the road SP 48 that leads to Passo Santa Barbara 1169 m, reaching it after another 3 km.  As well as from Ronzo-Chienis in Val di Gresta, the Passo di S. Barbara can also be reached from the opposite side, coming from Bolognano di Arco, along the narrow and amazing road of Monte Velo.

It is possible to park the car at Passo Santa Barbara or reach by car the locality Sant'Antonio above the Passo Santa Barbara and shortly after passing the Baita Castil 1224 m leave the car in a parking lot at an altitude of 1226 m. Let's leave the dirt road to the right of the parking lot and continue past the parking lot, starting to walk up the road.

Route Description

Monte Stivo winter ring from Sant'Antonio

Difficulty: F (Alpine scale) or EEAI

Difference in level: 800 m from Sant'Antonio

A fine and worthwhile itinerary, leading on a superb summit 

Monte Stivo
Monte Stivo

From the parking lot, leave the dirt road to the right and continue past the parking lot starting to walk up the road. As soon as we pass a small house we find a crossroads, we proceed to the left and reach a second fork where we continue straight. A few tens of meters later at a third junction the road continues to the right, we turn to left on the mule track CAI 608/bis to reach Le Prese 1480 m (junction, signposts and majesty of wood, junction with the path CAI 608). The left path goes down to Mount Velo and Bolognano, the route instead turns to the right towards wide meadows.

Reaching the junction on Le Prese, Monte Stivo
The junction at Le Prese
Malga Stivo on the route to Monte Stivo
Malga Stivo
Rifugio Marchetti, summit of Monte Stivo
Rifugio Marchetti
Summit of Monte Stivo
Summit of Monte Stivo

Ignore the CAI 608 that continues to halfway on a slight slope with North direction and instead climb steeply the hill in front of, in the NE direction starting to follow the broad ridge leading to the summit of Monte Stivo. Continue to walk up along the wide ridge getting after a traverse ascent to the Rifugio Marchetti 2012 m. To reach the summit located just above the refuge, turn sharply to the right (East) traverse toward the summit ridge and following it up to the summit cross and the stone observatory.

Monte Stivo stone observatory
Monte Stivo stone observatory

The view is wonderful at 360° on the various mountains and groups that surround the summit in every direction: nearby the Bondone, Piccole Dolomiti to the East, Lagorai to the NE, Monte Altissimo di Nago and Monte Baldo to the South, the Prealpi Gardesane with the GardaLake to the SW, the Alpi di Ledro and further the groups Adamello and Presanella to the West, the Brenta Dolomites to the NW and the Valle del Sarca with its stone giants Monte Casale and Monte Brento above. The observatory is equipped with directional signs indicating the name and the altitude of the surrounding mountains for an easy and very interesting recognition.

Summit of Monte Stivo
Summit of Monte Stivo


Descent: from the summit return to the Rifugio Marchetti and descend steeply in the broad basin below the hut, heading in the SW direction to the well visible Malga Stivo. After reaching the Malga Stivo at 1768 m,  continue the descent passing the hut and aiming for the service cableway to the Marchetti refuge, then to the old building under the same. Just below the itinerary turns to the left, following a half-hill trail that leads back to Le Prese, where the ring walk is closed. Reversing the route done on the walk up we return to the parking lot.

Cima Sera and the Carè Alto subgroup seen from Monte Stivo
Cima Sera and the Carè Alto subgroup seen from Monte Stivo

Essential Gear

Warm clothing and equipment for the progression on snowy ground, an ice axe and crampons may be required in case of frozen ground.

Red Tape

No fees no permits required

When to climb

All year round. Due to the altitude of the mountain, overcoming the 2000 meters, Winter and early Spring ascents requires the adequate clothing, crampons and an ice-axe may be useful and well as the ski-mountaineering gear in case of deep snow.


The Refuge Prospero Marchetti on Monte Stivo
The Refuge Prospero Marchetti on Monte Stivo


The Rifugio Prospero Marchetti allo Stivo, 2012 m

Owner:  S.A.T. Arco 

Guardian: Alberto Bighellini

Size: 23 persons + 4 in the winter shelter

Open: from June to September and Christmas holidays. In the remaining periods it's open during the weekends 

The refuge is dedicated to the founder and first president of the SAT (Società degli Alpinisti Tridentini), was inaugurated in 1906 and then repeatedly extended and renovated.


Several possibilities of accomodation in Arco, Val di Gresta and surroundings. 


Meteo Trentino

Guidebooks and maps

LagirAlpina sheet 15 -Valle del Sarca- 1:25.000



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