In the border lands, from Pescasseroli to Scanno

An itinerary on high altitude, which connects two towns, both full of history

PERIOD
June-October

DURATION
2 days-1 night

LOCATION
Pescasseroli, Abruzzo

GROUP SIZE
8 people

ACCOMMODATION
Mountain hut

LENGTH
12-15 km per day

ELEVATION GAIN
800 m go up – 1100 m go down

DIFFICULT
Strenous

You need a good level of fitness, because the itinerary is long and there is a significant altitude difference.

 

An itinerary on high altitude, which connects two towns, both full of history. Firstly, Pescasseroli, capital of the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park, locality in which the Tratturo Regio started. Then, Scanno, made famous by pictures of many photographers which have immortalized its artistic and cultural heritage. Well-known are also the costumes of the women and the traditional rituals. Ancient trails will guide us through mysterious forests with twisted trunks, and to wide ridges, where the green of the high pastures mixes with a fascinating moon-like landscape.

The history of the Central Apennines is closely tied to sheep farming history. These thousands of years of shepherds at work, have, more than any other human activity, really shaped the territory, transforming the natural environment to their own advantage. It has even acted on the culture of the populations, influencing their traditions, language, arts and gastronomy.

Itinerary

DAY 1 – In the shadow of the trees
Meeting in Pescasseroli at 16.00 (4PM). Meeting the guides at our headquarters at Largo Molinari. Short transfer by car to the starting point of the trail. We will cross a forest characterized by beautiful beech trees, full of mosses and lichen, and a wild valley, where you breathe the contact with wildlife. We will wait for the light of the sunset to fully grasp its magical atmosphere, before reaching the Rifugio di Terraegna. Dinner with local products, overnight stay.
3 h of walk · 400 m ascent

DAY 2 – High altitude world, the Park at above 2000 metres
Breakfast with local and organic products gives us the energy for a long excursion along the impressive ridge of the Montagna Grande, at above two thousand meters asl. With the woody slopes behind us, we will be able to walk on the ridge which separates the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park from the Genzana mountains. When we reach the Valico del Carapale, a long descent starts, until the town of Scanno. In the afternoon, we will take a break at the Pasticceria Di Masso for a coffee and to try the delicious Pan dell’Orso. Walk in the village and transfer by minibus to Pescasseroli.
7 h of walk · 400 m ascent · 1100 m descent

Costs

Prices
€ 130 / per adult
€ 100 / per young (10-14 year-old)

What’s included
Guide and organization
Accommodation in mountain refuge, shared
Dinner and breakfast
Binoculars Nikon Prostaff 8×42
Headlamp

What is not included
Lunches
Any transports
Extra and personal expenses
Travel insurance

Food and accommodation

We will stay in a mountain hat in one of the wildest area of the Abruzzo, Lazio e Molise National Park, to increase chances and observe wildlife at sunrise and sunset.

The accommodation will be in a shared room with the bathroom, hot water and electricity. We will propose you a rich dinner and a hearty breakfast. You will need personal sleeping bag.

When can i do this?

Booking available starting from June to October. See booking calendar for available dates.

Kit list

Before you start walking, it’s good to remember that the temperature variation between day and night on the mountain planes, that is, the change in temperature after sunset, can be also 20 degrees. Therefore, you need to bring warm clothes in order to spend a pleasant evening here.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
CLOTHING
Waterproof jacket with hood
Warm jacket
Lightweight trousers
Lightweight t-shirts
Worn in hiking boots or shoes
Warm hat
Thin gloves

BAG AND SLEEPING
Rucksack (30+ liters)
Sleeping bag
Ear-plugs
Personal first-aid kit
Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
Quick-dry towel
Alcohol hand-gel
Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen)
Water bottles or water bladder (at least 1 l)

WHAT’S INCLUDED
Binocular
Headlamp

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Expert Local Guides

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Frequently asked question

Can i book on my own?

Sure can! Over 30% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Can children participate?

This activity is especially designed for adults and young (14+) as we need to spend evening in high mountain and wait silently a few hours.

Private tour

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Bad weather condition

Outdoor activities are weather dependent. If we are forced to cancel an activity due to extreme weather conditions, an alternative date, activity or full refund will be provided. Please note that changes may occur at a short notice, even on the same day.

Need to add a travel insurance

Our guides are registered at the list of Collegio Guide Alpine Abruzzo and subscribed a professional insurance.

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How to get there

Pescasseroli is the most important village of Abruzzo National Park, the oldest Italian protected area. It has guaranteed a life in harmony with nature for almost a century. You can easily reach it by car through three access points. FROM ROME (Highway A24 Rome – L’Aquila): from Rome highway A24 until Pescina exit, proceed on SR83 or on SP17 until Pescasseroli. FROM PESCARA (Highway A25 Roma – Pescara): from Pescara highway A25 until Pescina exit, go on towards SR83 or towards SP17 until Pescasseroli. FROM NAPLES (Highway A1 Naples – Rome): from Naples highway A1 until Caianello exit, enter SS85 towards Venafro and then proceed on SR83 until Pescasseroli.

You can arrive by bus thanks to daily connections from Castel di Sangro and Avezzano. Check the timetable on Tuabruzzo. Connections by train are only until Avezzano station. For those who come from Rome it is possible to check the timetable of Flixbus or Prontobus company that connects Roma and Ciampino airports to Abruzzo.

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