Refuge Winter access

chakoREFUGE WINTER ACCESS Reaching the refuge, on winter time (from November until the end of may), is advisable just for very expert people with a proper and advanced mountain equipment in order to face a snow climb. On winter season the chair lift is closed so, by choosing this way the walk takes much more longer than doing it on summer time. Do not underestimate the Gran Sasso on winter season! On winter time there is no water.



1) From the Madonnina’s chair lift go through the Passo delle Scalette , a comfortable path, poorly equipped.

-Vertical Distance: about 420 m

-Difficulty level: E.


Piana del Laghetto

If you want to reach the Madonnina station chair-lift by foot we advice you to start from Piana del Laghetto (also called Cima Alta or Balcone).

-Vertical distance: 360 m (45 minutes)

-Difficulty level: E

Starting from the big Prati di Tivo’s square, watching the mountain, a tarmac road starts on the left side. Walking along this road, you will find on your right the path signs.


Campo Imperatore

Panoramica from Campo Imperatore through the Sella di monte Aquila, Passo del cannone and Sella dei due corni (Not adviced itinerary if snowy). Path with some small jump in the end.

-Vertical distance: about 570 m if going up and 270 m if going down

-Difficulty level: II – E (2 hours and 45 minutes).

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