Serra delle Ciavole: The Elephants’ graveyard

Spectacular skeletons of Bosnian pines on a long but not too hard hike. Surely the most beautiful excursion to enjoy the extension and the uniqueness of the landscape. This hike is long but has moderate difficulty. It is said that the Elephants, close to the end of their life, usually go to die in so-called "elephant graveyards". The first time I walked in Serra delle Ciavole (1981) I had the impression of walking through a graveyard of elephants and for this reason I used the expression "Cemetery of Pines Loricati" because it seemed that our arboreal pachyderms, like elephants, died the same way. An amazing excursion, enriched by the charm of the Piani di Pollino which you have to cross to enjoy all their spatiality.
Level: medium - Altitude gain: 653 m – Duration: 6 h – Distance: 13 km


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Please find here the appropriate level for your hike:
  • Green - For beginners: people who have little hiking skills, kids at their first hike experience, schools. Hiking shoes or gym shoes are recommended.
  • Yellow - For medium hikers: adults used to the mountains but don't want to walk on rough trails, kids used to walk and schools with experience. Hiking shoes or god gym shoes are a must.
  • Red - For expert hikers: adults that are used to walk on difficult trails and that are well equipped against adverse weather conditions. Hiking shoes are a must.