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  • Un giovane orso marsicano al margine della foresta

Springtime with the bears in the Abruzzo National Park

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3 giorni / 2 notti
Availability : April / June
Min Age : 10+
Max People : 8

Spring is the best season for traveling to Abruzzo and for observing the Marsican brown bear. Roe deer, woodpeckers and owls peek out from the margins of the beech forest. The most colourful and rare orchids are at their best. Also in the villages you can breathe this feeling of reawakening after a long and cold winter sleep.

Detail

In this season there are many things which bring the bears to leave their shelter in the woods and to repeatedly go out to the mountain pastures. Herbaceous plants are one of the few available resources at the moment, making them an essential source of food for the plantigrades. The male bears are particularly active and travel a lot, in search of females. It is therefore not uncommon that you can observe multiple specimens in the same areas. All these aspects, together with the proverbial hospitality of Abruzzo’s inhabitants, the fine cuisine and the great food products, make this trip unique and unforgettable.

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 m up and down each day

Length

7-10 km each day

Because to save the Apennine bears also means, ultimately, to preserve the real substance and the spirit of the authenticity of nature, to maintain an amazing dream, also made of secret habitats, of silences and solitudes. And this makes us all immensely richer…

Franco Tassi
Costs

What is included

  • Guide and organization
  • Accommodation half board tratment in a hotel and mountain refuge
  • Headlamps, binoculars and Nikon spotting scopes

What is escluded

  • Any transports
  • Extra and personal expenses
Itinerary

Day 1A pacific brown bear

Meeting in Pescasseroli at 3pm. Introduction of the guide in our offices in Largo Molinari and moving by car to the starting point of the path. We will walk along a wild valley where you can experience the wild fauna. We will be able to observe from an high point a plateau in which bears live and we will wait for their passage. Dinner with local products and overnight stay.

Day 2Who love the bear

After a hearty breakfast departure for a wildlife watching session. At mid morning we will visit a model town and its inhabitants together with the biologist getting understanding for their situation.There will be a short moving until the begin of the path and then the hike. Along the path we will explain you the characteristics concerning the biology of the bear and we will show you the tracks of this animal. After almost two hours of walk we will arrive at the observation areas. Return in the evening, with a charming starry sky that will guide us. Dinner in the hotel and overnight stay

Day 3On the track of bear

After a hearty breakfast, departure for an high-altitude hike, through plateaus populated from shepherds who experienced the transhumance in the past. There are always beautiful views and if there are good weather conditions you can see Gran Sasso d’Italia, Mount Velino and the Majella Massif. During the path it could be possible to spot the fauna of Abruzzo National Park. Packed lunch and return to Pescasseroli in the afternoon.

Highlights
  • Small groups, in this way the guide can attend to the clients as they deserve
  • The real opportunity to see the symbol species of Abruzzo National Park in the wild nature
  • Striking colours and views at the edge of the forest
Accommodation

Accommodation can be organized by our tour leader in small lovely small family managed hotel

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. We always recommend wearing a t-shirt to spare in your backpack.

How 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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