Val Fondillo and Val Canneto, valleys shaped by water

PERIOD
May-October

DURATION
2 days-1 night

LOCATION
Pescasseroli, Abruzzo

GROUP SIZE
6 people

ACCOMMODATION
Mountain hut, tent

LENGTH
10-15 km per day

ELEVATION GAIN
400-800 m per day

DIFFICULT
Moderate

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

A beautiful itinerary on the crests, taking us to the border between Abruzzo and Lazio, to the land of shepherds, bandits and pilgrims. From the high Val Fondillo we will touch Valle Tre Confini where the water flow has carved the rocks, leaving spectacular shapes and colours. An overnight stay in a mountain hut will allow us to admire the main peaks of the central Apennines at sunset, in a beautiful spring setting.

The trekking includes a full immersion in nature and an overnight stay in a small, recently renovated bivouac. Along the route we have a magnificent view on the Strict Nature Reserve of Cacciagrande-Valle Jancino, an enchanted place. Here is the only old-growth forest of the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park with a constant presence of water, since it is crossed by various streams. Trees of imposing sizes dominate valleys, full of rocks and ravines.

Beautiful scenery in intimate and wild places, among large beech forests and rare blooms, to rediscover nature’s essence

Bookend long days in the wilderness with classic Italian food and tasty local wines in genuine mountain villages

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Itinerary

DAY 1 – Shepherds, bandits and pilgrims
Arrival to Pescasseroli in the early afternoon, meeting the guides at our headquarters in Largo Molinari. At 15.00 (3PM) transfer by minibus, then start of the excursion at high altitude, crossing Valle Inguagnera. The route winds through wide pastures and terraced fields, used by locals in the past. There is the chance of meeting grazing deer and chamois, and to see the Golden eagle in flight. In the middle of the day we will reach the Valico delle Gravare, to enjoy a magnificent view on Val Fondillo, Val Jancio and the Valle di Cacciagrande, the first core of protected area. In the evening we will get to Rifugio Acquasfranatura and have dinner with local products. Overnight stay.
6h of walk · 500 m ascent · 400 m descent

DAY 2 – Val Canneto, a sanctuary for humans and nature
In the morning we eat breakfast and leave for a new excursion, crossing the woods and springs of Val Fondillo. According to the myth, Callisto resided in this area, the beautiful nymph about which Ovid wrote in his Metamorphoses. Passing the Valico Passaggio dell’Orso we will reach in the Valle dei Tre Confini, where the water flow has carved the rocks, leaving spectacular shapes, colours and waterfalls. In the afternoon we will get to the Sanctuary of Maria Santissima di Canneto, at the slopes of Monte Meta, where the waters of the Melfa river spring. The remains of a temple dedicated to a feminine divinity, discovered during works on the water system, proves the pre-existence in this area of a pagan cult dedicated to the goddess Mefitis, Italic divinity, associated with water and invoked for fertility of the fields and female fertility. In the evening, transfer by minibus to Pescasseroli.
6h of walk · 600 m ascent · 800 m descent

Costs

Prices
€ 140 / per adult

What’s included
Guide and organization
Accommodation in mountain hut, tents, b&b
Dinner and breakfast
Internal transfers

What is not included
Lunches
Extra and personal expenses
Travel insurance

Food and accommodation

You’ll stay in a refuge and tent with shared rooms, so we can’t expect to have access to toilets and bathrooms everyday, however we will find a comfortable shower in the village’s family-owned hotel.

Breakfast and dinner are provided in the hotel and in the refuge, lunches are not included; you will buy packet lunches from local shops and bakeries.

When can i do this?

The Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park is an enchanting place where wilderness is offered in many unexpected shapes and colours. The place which more than any other jealously guards its origins, rejects anything too noisy, and still today embraces that ancient connection between humans and nature. A trip to this region could result unforgettable from many points of view, but without a doubt it can help us to rediscover a fleeting inner peace.

During the spring and autumn season the territory offers beautiful scenery and a magical atmospheres. See booking calendar for available dates.

Kit list

Long day hike in the mountains with a backpack and daily food. On some days we don’t reach the villages. Therefore it is good to make sure to have the necessary equipment with you.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
CLOTHINGS
Waterproof jacket with hood
Warm jacket
Fleece jacket or similar
T-shirts
Long technical trousers
Waterproof overtrousers
Socks
Hikings boot
Warm hat
Thin gloves

EQUIPEMENT
Rucksack (40-50 lt)
Sleeping bag
Rain cover
Water bottles or water bladder (at least 2 lt)
Head Torch
Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen)
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Towel
Emergency kit (Compeed®,patches,medicines)
Slippers for relax moments
T-shirt and trousers for sleeping
Earplugs (Recommended)

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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 trip is especially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded.

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Bad weather condition

Temperatures and sunset are agreeable in summertime: July and August. Obviously some day could be cold or rainy: our guides will study alternative propose to offer you the best experience. Be sure to be well equipped for each weather condition.

Need to add a travel insurance

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

We suggest you to book on line travel 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

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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