Located in Abruzzo - Central Italy, Gran Sasso ("Great Stone") is the highest range in the Appennine mountains. This long weekend hike will take us to the highest peaks, Corno Grande (2912m) and Corno Piccolo (2655m), characterized by limestone and dolomite rocks and great views to the Adriatic Sea. We will enjoy some via ferratas and easy climbing, but we will also have the chance to visit hamlets, fortresses and taste the local cuisine.
Thursday 9 July
Flight Lauda Motion Vienna (6:40AM) to Rome Fiumicino (8:20). Drive to the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park by rented cars (2h00/2h30). We stop in Calascio for lunch and visit the famous Rocca Calascio, one of the highest fortresses in Europe (1460m). We stay overnight either in one of the hamlets in the park, or in Campo Imperatore.
Friday 10 July
We hike from Campo Imperatore to Corno Grande the highest summit in the Appennine Mountains via the normal route or the more difficult via direttissima. From Corno Grande we descend to Rifugio Franchetti, where we have dinner and stay overnight. (map)
Saturday 11 July
From Rifugio Franchetti we descend and hike the Sentiero Ventricini, an easy via ferrata. We then go through Ferrata Danesi (via ferrata B/C + climbing up to grade II) up to the summit of Corno Piccolo and down back to Campo Imperatore, where we stay overnight at Ostello Campo Imperatore. An alternative route can be planned for the ones not comfortable with hiking the Corno Piccolo. (map)
Sunday 12 July
Morning hike to Monte Camicia or Monte Prena. After lunch we drive back to Rome and take the return flight (Lauda Motion) from Rome Fiumicino (20:20) to Vienna (22:00).
Costs and deposit.
Accommodation costs are around 30/40€ per person per night including breakfast. A deposit will be required in advance (details will be communicated to the registered participants).
Important: for this hike, basic experience on via ferratas (klettersteig), easy climbing, and a head for heights are required!