3-day Self-Guided Trek in the Madonie Park

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FromEUR€315
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  • Duration:3 days
  • Difficulty level:Medium
  • Distance:8km to 12km (avg daily)
  • Difference in altitude:400m to 800m (avg daily)
  • When:May to October
  • Price:From €315 per person

A Short Trek to Get Immersed in the Madonie Magic

This 3-day/2-night self-guided trek has been created by Madonie Explorers guides to offer you the best short trekking adventure in the Madonie. It is perfect for a short-break holiday and can also be included in a longer stay in Sicily.

The trek departs from the town of Castelbuono, at the foot of the Carbonara Massif, and reaches Pizzo Carbonara (1979 m), the highest peak of the Madonie Mountains.

Along the itinerary you will explore gorgeous grottoes, meet monumental trees (including Piano Pomo’s giant holly trees and a millany oak), go through fascinating geological sites, admire breathtaking landscapes, and observe a plethora of rare, endemic plant species and butterflies.

In the evening you will have dinner and stay for the night in mountain refuges equipped with all comforts.

At the end of the trek, a transfer will be organized to drive you back to Castelbuono (or possibly Cefalù).

Day 1: Castelbuono – Piano Sempria
Departure from Castelbuono’s old town. Just after exiting the town, you will begin to go up in the middle of the woods and you will walk along an itinerary rich in natural caves and centuries-old trees. The oldest one is an oak whose estimated age is 1000 years old! It is considered the oldest one in Italy.
Distance: 10 km
Difference in altitude: 800 m

Day 2: Piano Sempria – Piano Battaglia
You will hike to the heart of the Carbonara Massif. The itinerary offers an incredible variety of environments and landscapes. You will stop at Piano Pomo’s giant holly trees wood and at Pizzo Canna, where some golden eagles nestle.
Distance: about 12 km
Difference in altitude: 500 m

Day 3: Pizzo Carbonara + optional afternoon hike to Monte Mufara
Circular hike to Pizzo Carbonara (1979 m), the highest peak of the Madonie and the second highest one in Sicily after Mount Etna. This itinerary will be full of surprises: sea fossils, rare plants and butterflies.
In the afternoon, optional hike to Monte Mufara near the refuge to enjoy some great panoramic views over the Anfiteatro di Quacella (geological formation) and the Imera valley. Monte Mufara hosts a giant telescope used remotely by astronomers from all over the world.
Distance: 8 km + 3 km
Difference in altitude: 400 m + 300 m

Note: this trek is also available in shorter and longer versions.

Please contact us if you’d like to receive the full programme.

Highlights

  • Itinerant trekNo transfer needed between the stages
  • Detailled roadbookWith plenty of information about the local flora, fauna, geology and traditions
  • Incredible variety of biodiversity, habitats and landscapes
  • Amazing panoramic views
  • Many opportunities to observe the local flora and fauna
  • Perfect for those looking for a short multi-day adventure in the Madonie

Prices

Minimum 2 participants

Price per person: from 315€

For more info and bookings, please contact us

What's Included

  • Roadbook + GPS tracksLanguage options include Italian, English and French
  • 2 nights in mountain refuge + breakfast
  • 2 picnic lunches
  • 2 dinners
  • Transfer back to Castelbuono on day 3
  • Phone assistance during the trek

Optional Extras

  • English-speaking nature guideIf you would like to walk with one of our guides for part or all the trek, please contact us

What to Bring

  • We will provide you with a complete list of the required equipmentLet us know in advance if you miss some equipment: we can lend hiking poles, hiking shoes, backpacks, etc.

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