Via Ferrata in the Pollino National Park

The via ferrata represents the step that leads from hiking to mountaineering and climbing. Thanks to security systems like steel cables and iron ladders, it is possible to overcome rock walls of any difficulty level in a safely way. Helmet, harness and ferrata longe are the necessary equipment to tackle this adventure. The "Avventurieri del Sud" (adventurers from the south) organize courses to familiarize yourselves with this activity. Performed by experienced guides who are qualified to train. There are two routes in Pollino Park.

Via Ferrata of Caldanello (Cerchiara di Calabria)

This climbing route, also known as “Ferrata della Gravina”, starts in the historic center of Cerchiara and crosses the cliff below the ruins of the old Norman castle. The path, secured by steel cables anchored to the rock, overlooks the Caldanello gorge. There are exposed passages and vertical canyons up to 8 meters in height, so that in addition to the basic equipment, mountain ropes must be used. The entire tour takes about 2 hours. 

WARNINGS: path closed

Via Ferrata of the Goats (San Lorenzo Bellizzi - Civita)

This route, which according to the CAI classification represents an "equipped path" is also known as "Ferrata del Raganello", traverses the spectacular cliff face of the "Timpa del Demanio" with a view of the Raganello gorges. The approximately 3 km route offers exceptional scenery and exciting impressions, especially in the exposed vertical passages where you float in the void at a height of 400 meters below the canyon. There are two access points. The first requires a rappel over 25 meters from the edge of the cliff to the path. The second requires less technique and starts at the saddle below the top of the Timpa del Demanio. There are two access points. The first requires a rappel over 25 meters from the edge of the cliff to the path. The second requires less technique and starts at the saddle below the top of the Timpa del Demanio.

WARNINGS: path closed

Where to stay ?

...in "La Casa dell'Escursionista", in Cerchiara di Calabria above the club. This is a comfortable accommodation managed by our guides and designed for mountaineers, fitted with a relax-area with a climbing wall, hiking guides and maps of the park.

Warnings

Some trips are difficult and require physical effort and technical skills. Participants must therefore be adequately trained in the chosen activity and equipped with appropriate clothing and equipment. Minors must be accompanied by their parents or another expressly designated person, or they must submit their written approval.
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