We are in the province of Salerno in the heart of the National Park of Cilento Vallo di Diano and Alburni, precisely in the town of Ottati, from where by car we take a mountain road, which will take us up to 1350 meters of the Panormo Refuge run by two of our dearest friends Pasquale and Antonietta that before leaving will offer us an excellent coffee in the shade of the ancient beech trees, (dominant species in these mountains) that as we will see will accompany us almost to the summit, not before having taken a look at another unique phenomenon of these mountains, the Inghiottitoi, real “holes” in the ground due to the karst nature of these mountains. Once out of the wood, we have to do the most difficult part of the entire path, the last stretch between rocks, and here appears in the distance the peak of Mount Alburno (Panormo) with its 1740 meters of altitude. From here we can observe a splendid panorama that embraces a good part of the Vallo di Diano and Cilento up to the borders with Basilicata. For the descent we will continue along the same path until we reach the refuge, where we could have an excellent hot meal and drink good wine.
P.s. At your request for this trek you can stay at the refuge with dinner and breakfast booking the room in advance, or live an experience in closer contact with nature, sleeping in a tent in the special area set up.
N.B. For the option with overnight stay there are two excursions: the first day is the excursion to the top, while the second day is the excursion to ‘Antece ancient warrior carved into the rock of the V / IV century BC, and the Cave of Fra Gentile.
Distance: 11 km
Altitude diff.: +450 m
Total duration: 5 h
Difficulty: “H” (Moderate)
Hiking shoes, sticks, hat, sunglasses, onarak, water.
Trail suitable for everyone
T = Tourist – Itinerary on small roads, stairs, mule tracks or wide paths. The routes generally do not require specific training other than that typical of the walk; suitable for everyone.
H = Hiking – Routes on paths or obvious traces in various types of terrain (pastures, debris, stones …). They are generally marked with red and white paint or only red They can also take place in snowy environments but only slightly inclined. They require training to walk even for a few hours and stress on the knees for the presence of long stretches of stairs, suitable for all.
EH = Experienced hikers – these routes are generally signposted but with some difficulty: the terrain can be made up of slippery slopes of grass, mixed of rocks and grass, rocks, although paths that do not require special equipment you can present individual rocky passages easy to climb (use of hands in some places). They require surefootedness and absence of vertigo. The physical preparation must be adequate for a day of fairly continuous walking.