The Carnic Pievi Trail

Nature, history, art and spirituality in Carnia



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Below is a list of tips and instructions to be followed before undertaking the Trail, whether you decide to undertake it independently, or  you decide to be accompanied (for the latest information on the programs of accompanied visits, check out the 'Updates' page of this site ).

    Prima di partire si consiglia di recarsi presso il punto informativo di Cjase Emmaus ad Imponzo di Tolmezzo (tel. +39. 345 9130672), località di partenza per il Cammino delle Pievi. At the reception you can find informational material, gadgets, any updates on the paths of the "Cammino" and on crossed locations, on the Pievi, on guided tours and on possible accompanying persons. (Google Translator)

    Informational material
    To obtain the informative material and gadgets (stick, t-shirt, medal, paper pilgrim) is advisable to go, before leaving, the reception. With the Pilgrim Card you can record the steps taken, with the stamp that may be affixed at each stage

    Best Season
    Routes between the valley and the foothills, essentially almost all of the itineraries including stage as a Pieve, can be covered in any season with ease. The seasons for cycle routes between Forni di Sopra and Ravascletto (steps 10 to 15) safely - without snowshoes or skis - are the spring (mid-May), summer and early part of autumn (mid-November). (Google Translator)

    Resting points
    The shelters and resting points - pastures and farmhouses - you meet along the way are open during summer and autumn, usually between June 15 and September 30, unless otherwise indicated under the updates section of this website or at the reception of Cjase Emmaus . No need for dining options the first eight stages (except for the variation of the second stage). In any case, further tourist information (useful before or after dealing with one or more stages) can be directly obtained from Carnia Welcome, (Via Garibaldi Division, 6-33028 Tolmezzo, UD) to the phone number 0433 466 220 (or 335-7960629), fax 0433 494 892 or e-mail (Google Translator)

    Useful have with you the map of the Trail created specifically for the The Carnic Pievi Trail in a scale of 1:50,000 and 1:25,000 map that accompanies each stage. As an alternative are also useful the classic Tabacco Editions maps where, however, this Trail is not highlighted: Sheets 01, 02, 09, 13.

    • State of the trails

    State of the trails
    The paths are normally easy and practicable; however they can be damaged by any violent storm in the days before the tour, causing unforeseen difficulties to the excursionists. It is therefore recommended to take a look at the ' updates ' page of this site and also to get fresh informations by the villagers, by the rangers or by local representatives of CAI - Italian Alpine Club responsible for the territory before leaving.(Google Translator)

    You learn to adjust the clothing with experience and common sense, adjusting it according to altitude (the higher you go, the more you have to take into account  a greater solar radiation, a greater ventilation and decrease of temperature) and the season. It is always recommended to have a sporty and comfortable clothing and trekking shoes with Vibram soles, whatever the season and the stage of your choice. In the mountains, you always dress in layers, preferably using fabrics with high transpiration (found in all sports stores). For the first layer, in contact with the skin, it is good to bring one or two changes (depending on the length of the path and considering any overnight stay), as well as for underwear and socks (high at least above ankle). Wear long pants (especially at higher elevations, in spring and autumn and in areas with danger of ticks and vipers) and comfortable for movement or short (if in the presence of strong heat) but with calf high thick socks. For the second layer a long-sleeved shirt, a lightweight sweater (depending on the season and altitude tackled). For the third layer a sweater or windbreaker jacket or a windproof / rainproof technical garment, waterproof rain pants, a cap (cotton if is very hot , wool if cold and high altitude), a pair of gloves.

    Wear a backpack designed to contain the necessary (capacity between 10 and 20 liters, depending on the type of workout and individual stage), a backpack cover for rain a small umbrella and a pair of trekking sticks, which help to prevent downhill slips and too much stress to the knees. In addition, a small headlamp, a whistle, a knife, a sleeping bag and a small towel (if you plan an overnight stay), sunscreen (above 1500 meters).

    It's important to have an insurance against accidents.

    Vaccination against tick bite is recommended. It is also advisable to wear light-colored clothing (to identify them easily), blocking the trousers at the ankles and avoid walking in tall grass or near the bushes. In any case it is appropriate to make a thorough inspection of the body after the trip and end of the day.

    The itineraries have been classified according to two levels, which follow the conventional scale of CAI - Italian Alpine Club for hiking difficulty. T = Tourist and E = Excursionist, with the following interpretations:

    • T = Tourist trail: Itineraries on roads, mule or easy paths, with very obvious  trails that with no uncertainties or problems with orientation. Are generally held below 2000 meters and are, usually, access to pastures or shelters. They require some knowledge of mountain environment and physical preparation to walking
    • E = Excursionists trail: Itineraries that are almost always on trails or traces on the passage on varied terrain usually with trail markers. They develop sometimes on open land, with no paths but always with adequate signaling. May be on steep terrain and have individual steps or short stretches on rock, not exposed, not tiring or difficult, thanks to the presence of facilities which does not require specific equipment. They require a sense of orientation, workout to walking and proper equipment.

    Walking time
    The guidance provided on walking times for each stage are based on the evaluations expressed at the tables of the indicated by CAI, the Italian Alpine Club, so in an hour of walking, you go about 330 meters uphill and about 400 meters downhill, and these benchmarks also take into account of the flat sections and crossings with little slope, where time flows but little height difference.(Google Translator) 

    • Suitable for cycling

    Suitable for cycling
    The routes with difficulty indication T are suitable for cycling

    Horse Rideability
    The routes with difficulty indication T are suitable for Horse Riding

    Trail marker on the routes
    The route is fully marked with a yellow and white trailmarker and signals with directional arrow and logo of the Trail, except for of the paths with CAI trailmarkers, which show the usual red and white marks.

    In some of the  stages you can get water, but in any case it is good practice you always take along a water bottle or other container with water or minerals, especially during the summer season. In winter you better bring a thermos with hot tea.

    Food & Beverages
    Bring food of easy assimilation as biscuits, chocolate fudge, fresh or dried fruit (depending on the season) and avoid cold cuts and dairy products. Provide for a variety of liquids (non-alcoholic and non-carbonated) in relation to temperature, to commitment that this Trail requires, to possibility to find refreshment points (villages, huts, cottages, huts).

    Always be careful and inspect the place before you sit or lie down on grass, rocks, screes. In case of bite of reptile must recognize if it is colubro (harmless) or viperide (venomous). The viper bite is recognized by the sign released (two red dots at a distance of about one centimeter). Stay calm, stay at rest and call the alpine rescue keeping the person warm. Donot administer alcoholic beverages or stimulants.

    First Aid Kit
    Caution, common sense, knowing your own strengths and limitations together with a proper diet and proper clothing are the essential ingredients for a successful trip. You should bring in your backpack, just in case: canvas patch, patches of various sizes, gauze (preferably sterile), elastic band (5/10 inches wide), handkerchief and safety pins, disinfectant ( NOT iodine-based products), canvas thermal, scissors and knife, common analgesics (aspirin, painkillers). The cardiopathic should have always with him the trinitrina (sublingual) [source: dr. P.P.Pillinini, partner of the section of Cai Tolmezzo and alpinist, first level executive ER Emergency Medicine - Hospital of Tolmezzo].

    In case of need, the simplest immediate and effective way to ask intervention of the mountain rescue is by dialling the telephone number 118. The intervention is free of charge. Considering that in the mountains there is often no coverage of the telephone network is also necessary to know the signs of the international alpine rescue. 1 - Request for rescue: emit calls acoustic / optic in number than 6 per minute (a signal every 10 seconds), followed by 1 minute interval. Repeat the sequence until you get a result. 2 - Response of rescue emit calls acoustic / optic in number every 3 minutes (a signal every 20 seconds), followed by 1 minute interval. Repeat the sequence until you get an answer. Who intercepts a distress signal should respond to and take action to bring help in a timely manner and in appropriate ways. For acoustic signals is recommended to bring if a whistle. In case of rescue requiring the use of the helicopter: in view of the same: - keep arms raised in open Ypsilon (Y) means "we need help" - one arm raised and slightly open and one arm down and slightly open means "do not need help"; mountain rescue is free but there is no insurance coverage.(Google Translator)

    If one takes  dog(s) with him, it is mandatory to have the dog(s) vaccinated against rabies (OM 68 of 03.03.2009). In addition, the dogs must always be kept on a leash (OM of 26.11.2009) to avoid disturbing the permanent fauna (fine of € 430.00).

    • Stages Description

    Stages Description
    The path descriptions are very detailed in the first seven stages, where the routes are developed on roads, mule tracks and trails sparsely attended. From eighth stage on, the descriptions are less analytical because all the proposed routes are on roads, mule tracks and paths well attended and cared for annually by the CAI (Italian Alpine Club). It is considered low mountain when the highest altitude not exceeding 1500 meters and 1200 meters on the sunny slopes on the shady slopes. Medium mountain: the maximum share goes up to 2000/2500 depending on the aspect. High mountain: over 2000/2500 meters, depending on the aspect. Should be remembered that these shares are indicative for the area of the Eastern Alps, and be raised to 400/500 meters As you move westward.