Tales of wolves and sheperds in Abruzzo - Wildlife Adventures
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Tales of wolves and sheperds

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5 September 2020
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2 days - 1 night
Availability : from June to September
Min Age : 10+
Max People : 8

The sun has just set behind the crest and the forest slowly melts into the shadows. In the progressing darkness, you rapidly find yourself immersed in the bluish and undefined atmosphere of the nightfall. Centuries of persecution, however, have modified the habits of the animals, which, to escape human presence, have focused the rhythms for their activities mainly on the night time. During this tour we travel together in one of Abruzzo´s wolf territories then, several tales will keep us company during the dinner, in the shelter, near the fireplace.

Detail

Hearing wolves howl is one of the most exciting experiences that you can have in nature. We cannot guarantee that this will happen, but we hear wolves howl on some of our tours.

Depending on the current situation with the wolves we may search for paw prints, droppings, killed prey and other tracks that can prove that wolves are around. We also meet sheep and shepherds and we can learn about conflict and coexistence with them.

Before you start walking, it’s good to remember that the temperature variation between day and night on the mountain planes, that is, the change in temperature after sunset, can be also 20 degrees. Therefore, you need to bring warm clothes in order to spend a pleasant evening here.

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

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
  • Accommodation in a mountain hut
  • Headlamps, binoculars and Nikon spotting scopes

What is escluded

  • Any transports
  • Extra and personal expenses
Itinerary

Day 1How many wolves are there

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 forest full of beautiful beech trees, with mosses and lichens, and 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 wolves live and we will wait for their passage. The arrival in the shelter is in the evening, walking under an enchanting starry sky and seeing fireflies dancing in the wood. Dinner with local products and overnight stay.

Day 2Live like a wolf in a man world's

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 you will hear tales of a thousand-year history, full of wisdom. During the path it could be possible to spot the fauna of Abruzzo National Park. In the first afternoon we come back to the cars.

Highlights
  • The real opportunity to see or to hear wolves
  • Learn how to search for tracks and signs
  • Dinner in a mountain refuge near the fireplace and in a relaxing atmosphere
  • Tales of shepherds from Abruzzo region who lived in this mountains for several centuries
Accommodation

The newly renovated Bisegna refuge offers warm Italian hospitality, cuisine and a magical spot to rest in the mountains. Set high up in the mountains, resting on the saddle between Pescasseroli and Bisegna, the mountain refuge offers guests a unique setting to rest and spend the night. The area is home to great wildlife including bear, wolf, wild boar and deer to name a few.

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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