Monte Amaro, movements at high altitude

Hikes between immense beech forests and wonderful views on Cacciagrande valley's UNESCO heritage site

PERIOD
April-November

DURATION
7h

LOCATION
Civitella Alfedena, Abruzzo

GROUP SIZE
15 people

LENGTH
13 km roundtrip

ELEVATION GAIN
850 m

DIFFICULT
Moderate

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

Bears and wolves are not the only wonders characterizing the fauna of the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park. There is another wonderful creature, which is considered one of the rarest animal species in Italy. We are talking about the Apennine chamois, “glacial relic” which almost miraculously survived its extinction. Nowadays, the ridges of Opi’s Monte Amaro, Monte Meta and Monte Marsicano offer the possibility to enjoy breath-taking views, to observe the Apennine chamois in the wild and the movements of the golden eagle. This trip may be “mandatory” for nature and photography enthusiasts visiting the Park!

In the early 1900s, in this area, which later became the Abruzzo National Park, just over 30 specimens survived, a number too low to guarantee the survival of the species. One hundred years later, we can share one of the most beautiful stories in the history of Italian nature conservation.

Rare wild flowers & orchids of Central Apennines and the real opportunity to meet one of the iconic species of the Park

Gli zoccoli del camoscio sono le quattro dita del violinista. Vanno alla cieca e non sbagliano millimetro. Schizzano su strapiombi, giocolieri in salita, acrobati in discesa, artisti da circo per la platea delle montagne.

Erri De Luca

Itinerary

Meeting at 8 am with our guide at the Val Fondillo parking area. A easy walk led us along the Fondillo river, where it’s possible to see different bloom. We will cross the river and the path will lead us to the habitat of Apennine chamois until the peak of Monte Amaro. Packed lunch and first evening return to the valley.

Costs

Prices
€ 20 / per adult
€ 10 / per young (10-14 year-old)

What’s included
Guide and organization

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

When can i do this?

Normally it’s possible to climb it between April and November. April and May is when little chamois start discovering their mountains jumping on the rocky walls. Wonderful endemic flowers bloom everywhere. In the late summer, deers and chamois in love are kings of mountain pastures.

See booking calendar for available dates.

Kit list

Temperatures depend on season and time, warm clothes and dress up in layers is recommended: at 2.000 mt above sea level, in summertime too, it could be very cold. You must have hiking boots.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
Rucksack (25-35 litre)
Waterproof jacket with hood
Warm jacket
Technical walking trousers
Technical t-shirts
Hiking boots
Warm hat
Thin gloves
Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen)
Water bottles or water bladder (at least 2 l)

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Expert Local Guides

Our local guides know the mountain perfectly, what to do and how to be safe.

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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 hiking is designed for adults and young 10+, with a good level of fitness and some previous experience in hiking in mountains.

Private tour

Ask for a private tour if you need an exclusive experience. Send us an e mail and we’ll answer you back with the quotation.

Refreshment point and toilet services

Refreshment point and toilet services are not available during this hike, you will eat your packed dinner and you may go in the forest… looking for your private toilet.

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 travel insurance

Our guides are registered in Collegio Guide Alpine Abruzzo and subscribed a professional insurance.

We suggest you to book on line activity insurance with World Nomads. They offer insurances designed for adventurous travellers across 140 countries that includes overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities.

How to get there

Opi is one of the 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 Val Fondillo parking area. FROM PESCARA (Highway A25 Roma – Pescara): from Pescara highway A25 until Pescina exit, go on towards SR83 or towards SP17 until Val Fondillo parking area. FROM NAPLES (Highway A1 Naples – Rome): from Naples highway A1 until Caianello exit, enter SS85 towards Venafro and then proceed on SR83 until Val Fondillo parking area.

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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