Tom search

MONTE CUCCO CAVE CROSSING TRAIL
Excursion inside and outside the mountain
Duration
4 Hours
Meeting point
Sigillo
Difficulty
Hiking
Price
€ 22 Persona
Organiser
Associazione Guide Tra Montana
BETWEEN MONTANA - GUIDES OF THE APENNINES
Continue

The path to reach the entrance is eight hundred metres long. Once there, a journey into the heart of Mount Cucco begins. You'll be walking by stalactites and stalagmites, large rooms, labyrinths and tunnels to discover a world that you only dreamt about. A walk through the centre of the mountain is the most complete experience to stay in touch with nature. The caves, where the perception of space is alterated by the lack of reference points, will embrace you into a silence that you've nevere experienced before and the deep darkness that our guides create by turning off the lights for a few seconds is definately one thing you must experience at least once in your life.

What is included

Accompanying service with hiking guide, helmet

What is not included

The excursion does not include lunch.

Requirements

The excursions allowed from 8 years of age, any minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult. - Each walker will be given a safety helmet. -The excursion is not suitable for people with mobility problems - We should not bring bulky backpacks, but small backpacks for personal items: you may want to bring water and a snack (there are no eateries or springs along the way). - The internal temperature is cold and constant during all year, it is around 6° C with a humidity close to 100%. The temperature range, especially in the summer months, is significant. - You have to dress in layers, with long trousers, suitable footwear to make progress on mountain trails. - It is forbidden to bring animals inside the caves. - The excursion will be canceled if the weather conditions are adverse.

Program
4 Hours

The total duration of the excursion is about 4 to 5 hours, and includes a round trip from Pian di Monte and a visit inside the cave. Departure is from Pian di Monte (1197 metres above sea level), where the guides are located and the car park where cars can be left. The excursion begins on a comfortable path, with a difference in altitude of 193 metres and a length of about 1,800 metres, from which the East Entrance of the Grotto, located at 1,390 metres above sea level, is reached. Access to the cave is through the Miliani Shaft, 27 metres deep, equipped with a metal staircase; from here, through an internal path on earth, stairs and steel footbridges, you reach enormous halls in rapid succession: the Cathedral, the Sala Margherita, the Sala del Becco, the Sala delle Fontane, until you reach the Secret Passage, which is very suggestive, and the Sala Terminale. After the 800-metre-long internal route, you exit onto the northern slope of the mountain, via the ascent of an 8-metre-long shaft, equipped with a sailor's ladder. Here you are welcomed into the spectacular scenery of a large natural terrace from which you can enjoy the wonderful panorama of the Apennines and, on clear days, even the Adriatic Sea. The excursion concludes with a descent to Pian delle Macinare or a return to Pian di Monte, via high-altitude paths that overlook the Chiascio Valley and the historic centres of the Park (about a 1-hour walk, with a difference in altitude of 250 metres).

Contract terms

The excursion will be canceled in case of very bad weather.

Contact