Trekking of the giants

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Italy is rich in history and you can visit a lot of beautiful monuments that leave you enchanted and astonished. Well, among these loved monuments there are some special ones, because they are alive. Sap flows in the trunks of these “monuments”, they follow the rhythm of the seasons and they are part of some ecosystems rich in plants, insects, mammals and birds, often rare.

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Friday 7 June 2019 – Sunday 9 June 2019

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Almost the 50% of the Abruzzo region territory is part of a park or a nature reserve; in this region you can see more than seventy monumental trees, milestones of a centuries-old history. A three day trekking in the most protected valleys of Abruzzo National Park will allow you to discover this reality and to touch these monumental trees, the giants of the Apennines.

GENERAL PROGRAMME

FIRST DAY

Arrival in Pescasseroli, in the afternoon check in and accomodation of participants in the hotel and introduction of the guide. At 04:00 pm departure for a short and easy hike in the fascinating “Pesco di Lordo” forest, until the sunset. This strip of forest, with its complex structure, represents the highest level of the presence of nature in an ecosystem. Return to the hotel in the evening for dinner and overnight stay.

 

SECOND DAY

After a hearty breakfast and a short transfer by car we will reach the “Rifugio del Diavolo” shelter (Devil’s shelter). At 08:00 a.m. departure for a hike along the whole “Vallone Lampazzo” valley. The path winds through small gorges and clearings frequented by the Marsican Brown Bear and leads to a beautiful natural terrace with a view on the “Val Cervara” forest. The central core of this forest is home to the oldest beech trees of the Northern Hemisphere (almost 560 years) and is currently the only known example of primary forest in Italy. In the evening return to Pescasseroli for dinner and overnight stay.

 

THIRD DAY

At dawn we will follow a path from the centre of the village of Barrea to the Vivo Lake. In the fascinating “Valle dell’Inferno” (Hell’s valley) beech forest we will have the chance to observe the rare Lobel’s maple (Acer Lobelii). Climbing, the highest edge of the forest is suddenly interrupted and there are some meadowy valleys surrounded by the highest tops of Abruzzo National Park. The lake reaches the highest level when the snow melts. The name “Vivo Lake” (Living Lake) is caused by the continous change of its size depending on seasons and weather conditions. We will have the chance to encounter grazing deers and to observe the flight of golden eagle. Along the path we will see some of the most impressive beech trees and maples of Abruzzo National Park. Then packed lunch and in the afternoon return to the village, with the opportunity to taste and buy local products. In the evening departure of participants.


COSTS

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Guide and organization
 

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Any transports
Extra and personal expenses
Accommodation in a family hotel


WHAT TO BRING

We reccomend you to dress in layers. Hiking shoes, sun hat, water bottle, backpack, long pants, hat and wool gloves, jacket, light raincoat or poncho, sun protection cream, non smelling mosquito repellent. We always recommend wearing a t-shirt to spare in your backpack.

 

HOW TO REACH US

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 the the website www.tuabruzzo.it. 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.

 

Highlights

  • An expert guide will explain you the secrets of forest
  • The chance to see The Marsican Brown Bear in the valley
  • The lush shadows of the great beech trees dancing in the wind

Route

  1. Pescasseroli
  2. Pesco di Lordo
  3. Val Cervara
  4. Lago Vivo