Passo dei Monaci and Monte Meta, a terrace over three region - Wildlife Adventures
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Passo dei Monaci and Monte Meta, a terrace over three region

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7 h
Availability : from November to March
Min Age : 14+
Max People : 15

When you get closer to Monte Meta, you will be enchanted and fascinated by the beauty of the landscape. The woody slopes give way to green Karst fields and steep rocky hills. A rugged and wild environment, even more special because of the rock partridge’s song and the silent flight of the Golden eagle. On the peak, your breath will stop and the view will become spectacular. You will overlook the main mountain ranges of the Apennines and, on clear days, looking past Monte Cassino, you might be able to see the sea.


The Apennine Chamois, together with the Marsican brown bear and the Wolf, is the most precious fauna of the Park and all of the Apennines. The population present in the area of Val di Rose-Valle Jannanghera has been the object of particular protection by the Park Authority in order to safeguard it. Access to the area of Monte Meta will be allowed exclusively through the trails L1-M1-N1. Access to these itineraries will be allowed exclusively in groups with a guide during some seasons.


Moderate The excursion is not particularly difficult on a technical level. It takes place entirely on mountain trails with ascents and descents on medium steep slopes. You need a good level of fitness, because the itinerary is long and there is a significant altitude difference.

Elevation gain

500 m up and down


12 km roundtrip


What is included

  • Guide and organization
  • Snowshoes and trekking poles rental

What is escluded

  • Any transports
  • Snack and personal expenses

Day 1Monte Meta, a terrace over three region

Appointment in Alfedena, at 9.30 am. Meeting with the guides and a short trip by car to reach the Pianoro Le Forme, on the Molise side of the Park. The trail immediately plunges into a beech forest, characterised by high-trunk trees. It is in some places steep and stony, and with little twists and turns you get to the highest border of the forest, where the massive rock wall of the Monte Meta appears. Here, mountain pastures and morainic stones guide us to the Passo dei Monaci, and the landscape opens onto the Lazio and Molise parts of the Park. At the pass the last part of steep ascent awaits us, by which you can reach the peak. Packed lunch at high altitude and return across Val Pagana, concluding this beautiful route.

  • Breathtaking landscapes and lush high pastures
  • Striking colours and views at the edge of the forest
  • The real opportunity to meet one of the symbolic species of the Park
What to bring

We reccomend you to dress in layers. Hiking boots, jacket with waterproof and windproof cap, backpack, water bottle, leggings, sunglasses, long pants and sun protection cream.

How to reach us

Alfedena is one of the village of Abruzzo Lazio and Molise 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 two access points. FROM ROME (Highway A1 Naples – Rome): highway A1 until San Vittore del Lazio exit, enter SS85 towards Venafro and then proceed SS158 until Alfedena. FROM PESCARA (Highway A25 Roma – Pescara): from Pescara highway A25 until Pratola Peligna exit, go on towards SS17 until Alfedena. FROM NAPLES (Highway A1 Naples – Rome): from Naples highway A1 until Caianello exit, enter SS85 towards Venafro and then proceed SS158 until Alfedena.

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