Gran Sasso - The small Tibet

A trekking on the highest top of the Apennines

A trip so high is always exciting, especially, as in this case, when it unfolds between the shining and severe landscapes of the Italian Gran Sasso chain, in the territory of the homonymous National Park. We will walk by touching and often surpassing the 2,000 meters of altitude, in soft and lush valleys that still preserve the traces of ancient grazing, and long soaring rocky ridges, in a picturesque and almost poetic space, which has earned the nickname Little Tibet. On a clear day, when the air becomes more transparent and crystal clear, we can see the two seas at the same time, the Tyrrhenian and Adriatic seas. Our steps will design an original path, which will follow from Campo Imperatore for a sudden the low crossing the Gran Sasso, arriving later on the Teramo side, to resume Crossing high and reach the Western Peak of Corno Grande (2,912 m). After crossing the plateau of Campo Imperatore, we will visit the small and picturesque villages of Castel del Monte, Rocca Calascio and Santo Stefano di Sessanio, masterpieces of history, survived the centuries. Here, in these countries suspended and perched on the imposing backdrop of the Gran Sasso, we will enter into an "onther" time, experimenting with the intimate charm.
We will sleep in huts, small hotels and hostels, in a touring trek that we will discover together the charm of the high mountains and the welcome of the people of Abruzzo. CESIDIO PANDOLFI LEADING

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Saturday : 13.00 Meeting in L'Aquila and bus or cable car to Campo Imperatore, Rifugio Duca degli Abruzzi; 2 hours, ascent 250 m.
Sunday : Duca degli Abruzzi - Val Maone - Pietracamela; 6 hours, downhill.
Monday : Pietracamela - Prati di Tivo - chairlift to the Madonnina - Ref. Franchetti; 5 hours, ascent 800 m.
Tuesday : Ref. Franchetti - Corno Grande - Vado del Brecciaio - Rif. Duca degli Abruzzi; 5 hours, ascent 590 m.
Wednesday : Rif. Duca degli Abruzzi - M. Aquila - Campo Imperatore - Ref. Racollo Lake; 5 hours, ascent 250 m.
Thursday : Ref. Racollo Lake - Hotel Rifugio Fonte Vetica; 4 hours, is flat.
Friday : Hotel Rifugio Fonte Vetica - Castel del Monte - Rocca di Calascio; 6 hours, ascent 500 m.
Saturday : Rock of Calascio - Santo Stefano di Sessanio; 1½ hours, downhill. Return to L'Aquila by bus for about 14.30 hours.



Hut and hostels; given the karst nature of the territory, very low in surface water, and the type of some mountain huts where you spend the night, not always we will have toilets and showers, so it required a good adaptability.


Hiking boots, jacket (possibly gore-tex), backpack, wind jacket or poncho, water bottle, hat and wool gloves, flashlight, hat for the sun, sunglasses, sun protection cream, long pants and "swetcher ", camera, binoculars. Dress in layers.


Saturday, July 1 meeting at L'Aquila at 13.00 o'clock at Terminal of Collemaggio station of arrival of the buses.


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Saturday July 1


Saturday July 8


8 days / 7 nights


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€ 260,00 per person (guide + organization). Other costs € 370 almost (eating, accomodationd and local transfer)