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.