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From Lake Matese to the Karst Ponor of Campo dell'Arco

Translated Jeff Matthews

[trans. note: the Italian word means “a swallower”. It is not a sinkhole, but rather a natural surface portal where a surface stream or lake flows either partially or completely underground into a karst groundwater system. The geological term in English is “ponor”.]

Lake Matese - Campo dell'Arco

Tipology: Nature Hike

Description: This hike is a variation of the classic ascent to the summit of Mt. Miletto. The first part retraces the route that we have already done and described in an earlier entry; here, however, at 1544 meters we deviate to the south-west to pass through the Piano dell'Arco basin to the karst ponor of the same name and the natural arch.

The route is about 3.6 km (one-way) and will have a climbing differential (the ups and downs) of about 700 meters. No special equipment is needed, just the gear you normally take with you into the mountains. During the winter there an working fountain for drinking water at 1408 meters. In the summer, however, that sources is lacking and you will have to carry sufficient water with you.

How to get there: Proceed along the Miralago-Letino Road, to a point about one km past the ENEL Building (coordinates - UTM WGS 84: 33 T 447103 4585306); then, turn right onto via Contrada Macchietella. Proceed 2.6 km and you will be at the church of San Michele, where you can leave your car; the route starts there.

Length: (out from and back to your point of departure at the end of the paved road where you left your car, at 1020 meters) about 7.2 km.

Climbing differential: 591 m (ascent) - 93 (descent) one-away.

Time: about 2 hours (ascent).

GPS: Dal Lago Matese all'Inghiottitoio di Campo dell'Arco (GPX)

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The route

Photos: Un trekking sul Matese alla ricerca di nuove grotte

The videos: Ancora sul Miletto alla ricerca di nuove grotte

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