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Walking among bears in the Abruzzo National Park

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7 days / 7 nights
Availability : June / July
Min Age : 16+
Max People : 10

An opportunity for awareness and a moment of reflection, a journey to rediscover the rhythms of nature, the measure of time, the silence. To look at life from a different perspective, just like when you look at the landscape from a mountain top… It is a philosophy of travelling different from the one of an organised trip. Long walks in the mountains lead us to remote places where friendships and our self-esteem are fueled. We camp out in a tent or in a cabin, warm up by the fireplace and are cradled by the starry sky.

Detail

Traffic, daily life, the hammering work rhythm, deadlines, the whirlwind of passing time. It is not uncommon to feel that everything seems to slip through our fingers – sometimes we would like to pull the plug, take off and regain the control over our lives. Those that choose to get on this road know that there will be obstacles, unforeseen events. They know that it takes physical efforts. That they will have to relate to others and leave frustrations and worries behind them; that only like this they will be able to enjoy the journey.

The Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park is an enchanting place where wilderness is offered in many unexpected shapes and colours. The place which more than any other jealously guards its origins, rejects anything too noisy, and still today embraces that ancient connection between humans and nature. A trip to this region could result unforgettable from many points of view, but without a doubt it can help us to rediscover a fleeting inner peace.

Get lost in the wilderness to find yourself. Walking among bears is a trek which is loosely based on the book “In Cammino con gli Orsi” by Luigi Colantonio. It follows its tracks many years later.

Difficult

Moderate The hike has no technical difficulties, it takes place on mountain trails in wooded areas and meadows with easy climbs and descents.

Elevation gain

400-700 m up and down each day

Length

8-12 km each day

It was wild, untamed music and it echoed from hillsides and filled the valleys. It sent a queer shivering feeling along my spine. It was not a feeling of fear, you understand, but a sort of tingling, as if there was hair on my back and it was hackling.

Alda Orton
Costs

What is included

  • Guide and organization

What is escluded

  • Food and accommodation
  • Any transports
  • Extra and personal expenses
Itinerary

Italy's oldest National Park

Appointment in the town centre of Pescasseroli. Meeting the guides, handover of welcome kit and presentation of the schedule. Dinner and overnighy stay

Day 1Sacred and profane, mountains and summits

A short trip by car will bring us to the starting point of the trail. The trip starts off from the plains of Campitelli, a large basin embedded between the austere walls of Monte Meta and the Mainarde range. The route continues inside the beech forest, characterised by unique, tall trunks; seemingly silent, it comes to life by the voice of the water springs and the sound of the wind sneaking into the valley. The forest gives way to large karst sinkholes, overlooked by moraines and ledges of the impressive Monte Meta. Just steps away is the panoramic Passo dei Monaci. In the afternoon we continue on a long and steep downhill towards the Valle del Canneto, a fascinating place of worship with very interesting nature. In the evening, dinner and overnight accommodation.

Day 2Sunrise with the bears

After breakfast, we go up to the valley characterised by water features and small waterfalls. After we have left the river gravel bed of the Melfa stream, the route continues uphill towards the pass of the Tre Confini and until the historic Rifugio di Forca Resuni. The view opens on the wooded Valle Iannanghera and towards the quaint village of Barrea and its lake. In the afternoon we will be watching the Camosciara from above, with its rocky slopes, the centuries-old black pines and many endemic flowerings. Dinner and overnight stay in the bivouac.

Day 3In the heart of the Park

Immediately after breakfast, we will depart to reach Val Fondillo, a very important area in the modern approach to nature conservation. The pleasant route will bring us along the banks of the stream, among countless streams of very clean water. In the evening we go to the guesthouse of the Park, where we can take a shower. Dinner with local products, overnight stay.

Day 4Roots of patriarchs

After a lavish breakfast and after having packed our backpacks, we get on or way, following a route characterised by very old trees, the patriarchs, and undulating meadows. Lights and shadows intertwining, crickets singing, and violets with changing colours will all lead to discovering the majestic Maple of Monte Tranquillo, to then go down to the Valle Lattara. A glass of good Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and the warmth of the cabin will keep us company at dinner.

Day 5A balcony on the sky

A route on the ridges, midway between Abruzzo and Lazio, which allows us to overlook the whole territory of the Park and our walk. We will then have the opportunity to touch the beautiful forest of Pesco di Lordo and of Coppo del Principe, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the evening arrive to the Prati d’Angro.

Day 6Wolves at night

After breakfast a beautiful walk inside the Val Cervara forest’s. The dendrochronological exam of this forest led by the scientists of the Tuscia University allowed them to assess the age of some trees, which in a few cases turned out to be older than 560 years. These trees have been born before the end of the Middle Age and before the “discovery” of Americas by Columbus. Therefore, these are not only the oldest beech trees known in Europe but also the oldest broad-leaf trees of the Northern hemisphere! After the long way at altitude, the time comes to dive once again into the beech forest and to finally get in contact with the civilisation of the valley floor. In the afternoon, there is a short tour of Pescasseroli’s town centre, dinner and closure of the activities.

Day 7Epilogue

After breakfast departure of participants.

Highlights
  • Hiking among immense beech forests and wonderful endemic flowerings
  • Learning to listen to your own body, to appreciate its sensations
  • The real chance of meeting the symbol species of the Park in the wild
  • The simple food and in the evening a full-bodied Montepulciano d'Abruzzo
Accommodation

Accommodation can be organized by our tour leader in small lovely family managed hotel and refuges with a cost € 350 (eating, accomodationd and local transfer)

What to bring

We reccomend you to dress in layers. Hiking shoes, sun hat, water bottle, backpack, long pants, hat and wool gloves, jacket, light raincoat or poncho, sun protection cream, non smelling mosquito repellent, sleeping bag.

How to reach us

Pescasseroli is the most important village of Abruzzo National Park, the oldest Italian protected area; it has guaranteed a life in harmony with nature for almost a century. You can easily reach it by car through three access points. FROM ROME (Highway A24 Rome – L’Aquila): from Rome highway A24 until Pescina exit, proceed on SR83 or on SP17 until Pescasseroli. FROM PESCARA (Highway A25 Roma – Pescara): from Pescara highway A25 until Pescina exit, go on towards SR83 or towards SP17 until Pescasseroli. FROM NAPLES (Highway A1 Naples – Rome): from Naples highway A1 until Caianello exit, enter SS85 towards Venafro and then proceed on SR83 until Pescasseroli.

You can arrive by bus thanks to daily connections from Castel di Sangro and Avezzano. Check the timetable on the the website www.tuabruzzo.it. Connections by train are only until Avezzano station. For those who come from Rome it is possible to check the timetable of Prontobus company that connects Roma and Ciampino airports to Abruzzo.

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