FIRST TOUR

1. Who are the routes for? Are they suitable for children?
Maiella Walking Routes are addressed to all: those who possess a profound knowledge of the mountain, but also hiking enthusiasts. But no, our tours are not suitable for children.


2. Do I need a guide?

Packages are offered without guides, meant for independent hikers, but on request you can book a guide for the entire route or fractions of.

3. Where can I see the maps?
All maps are detailed within our road book, and you will see the generic ones on the portal.

4. What is the road book?
The road book is a handy pocket guide designed and tested in the field, a travel companion that will guide you along the paths of the Maiella to the discovery of the hermitages of Celestine V.
The road book contains detailed maps, accurate and current information on routes indicating slopes, height differences, difficulties.

5. How can I get the road book?
By purchasing our packages you will receive the road book.
Periodically some road books will be available for free: you can download them here by simply registering on our portal.

6. Are there GPS coordinates? How can I have them? How can I view them on PC, smartphone or tablet?
After buying a package, you will, via e-mail, receive GPS coordinates that you can view on your computer through Google Earth and on all other devices with Google Earth or free apps such as Easy Trails, Alpine Quests, Outdoor, Atlas, OruxMaps, MyTracks and others present in the online store.

7. How can I buy a package?
Choose the package that interests you and ask for availability by filling out the online form, or by phoning +39 339 2202958.

8. What level of preparation is required? Equipment?
A good knowledge of the mountain environment and adequate physical preparation for the walk are required as are suitable technical equipment, surefootedness, a sense of equilibrium.
What to bring in your backpack: a water bottle, some patches (useful in case of blisters), disinfectant, bandages and gauze, insect repellent, a whistle. The weather conditions in the mountains can change suddenly, so no matter what you wear at the start, we recommend you dress in layers. We suggest a water absorbent/heat expellent mesh top to maintain a balanced upper body temperature so the skin breathes and perspiration is absorbed. Also, a sweater or vest, preferably with detachable sleeves, a jacket (ex. hooded K-way, or windbreaker), or a waterproof jacket with hood. Pants must allow for comfortable movement. Socks must be thick to allow feet to be comfortable without being overly affected by the roughness of the terrain. Also recommended: comfortable, lightweight boots, Gore-tex coated, to ensure dry feet. You should also bring a change of socks, pants and shirt, to be stored in a closed plastic bag inside your backpack to protect from rain.

9. When to go?
The best time for our tours is betweenn March and late October.

10. Where to stay?
In each itinerary and package, our Maiella Walking accommodation partners can be seen at this Link

11. How are the trail difficulties classified?
– Level 1: Trips with short walks of generally 2-4 hours (excluding breaks) and / or optional day trips; path on flat ground or slightly hilly trails that are well-maintained and marked. Require no special technical knowledge or physical condition to walk.
- Level 2: moderate hiking, 4-5 hours a day (excluding breaks) in areas of high hills and mountains, on well-maintained marked trails, with short steep uphill or downhill gradients up to 500 meters. Require a certain familiarity with the mountain environment and good physical preparation to walk.
- Level 3: moderate hiking, 4-5 hours a day (excluding breaks) in mountainous areas, on well-maintained marked trails, sometimes with steep gradients between 500 and 1000 meters. Require a good knowledge of the mountain clime, good physical preparation, surefootedness, balance.
- Level 4: strenuous hiking or trekking in mountainous areas and high altitude. 5-7 hours of walking per day, on well-maintained marked trails. The ascent and descent range between 1000 -1500 meters. You may have to cross snowfields or wade streams. Require a good knowledge of the mountain and good physical preparation. Also required: technical equipment, surefootedness, balance.
- Level 5: Hiking in very strenuous environment of high altitude, lasting more than five hours on trails, not always well-marked or beaten. Heights range between 1000 and 2000 meters per day. You may have to cross steep snowfields, ford streams or overcome small rocky grades. Recommended only for participants in excellent physical condition, with a good balance, well-equipped, with ability to use the most basic tools of orientation.

DURING THE TOUR

12. Where to eat?
For lunch you can request a packed lunch
For dinner, not included in the package, you can choose from several local restaurants and taverns in the village where you will spend the night.
An exhaustive list of dining options in the area can be seen at this
Link.

13. Is it possible to book additional services?
Yes, you can buy a whole range of services such as cooking classes, guided tours and more; you can find all of our additional services at this Link.

14. That signs follow?
All signage is shown in detail in the road book.

15. If I do not have a car, how can I get to the first stop on the itinerary? And how can I move the luggage from one stage to another?
Within each package, directions are indicated, according to the place of departure.
Below the public transport companies operating in the area:

Arpa bus
Bus Sangritana
Bus Satam
Bus Di Fonzo
Bus Di Febo
Bus Di Carlo

Is it possible to carry luggage from one stage to another?

- And ‘possible to carry luggage from one stage to another through our transfer service to be requested at time of booking.
– Yes, through our transfer service to be requested at time of booking.

16. At the end of the tour, how can I go back to the starting point to retrieve the car?
Car retrieval at starting point is possible on request as an additional service available at the facilities. If you are in a group and you have two cars we suggest you leave one car at finishing point and reach the start with the other car. This way you can avoid the use of transfer service to return to the starting point.

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