The mating season of deers

The fights among male deers allow you to immerse yourself in the deepest nature

PERIOD
September-October

DURATION
2 days-1 night

LOCATION
Pescasseroli, Abruzzo

GROUP SIZE
12 people

ACCOMMODATION
Small hotel

LENGTH
8-12 km per day

ELEVATION GAIN
500 m per day

DIFFICULT
Moderate

Participants should be able to walk in the mountain without difficulties however, there are plenty of stops as you wait silently with binoculars to view wildlife.

A weekend among the immense forests of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park and a two day trekking with overnight stay in lovely hotel. Between the months of September and October, when the mating season of deers starts, this territory give you the chance to live a very interesting experience. The bell of male deers echoes in the forest during all day. The bells and the fights among male deers for the conquest of female deers allow you to immerse yourself in the deepest nature of the Park.

An exclusive adventure guided by expert wildlife trackers

Bookend long days in the wilderness with classic Italian food and tasty local wines in genuine mountain villages

Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.

John Miur

Itinerary

DAY 1 – The mating season of deers
Introduction of the guide and description of the schedule in our office at Pescasseroli (L’Aquila), Largo Molinari. In the evening there will be a short hike to hear the bells of deers and to see deers at sunset. Then, accommodation of participants in the hotel, dinner and overnight stay.
2h of walk · 200 m ascent · 200 m descent

DAY 2 – A true wilderness area
Breakfast at the hotel and departure at sunrise for a high altitude itinerary. During the itinerary we will have the chance to observe these beautiful ungulates and, waiting for some time, we can see also other animals who live in this area. Then packed lunch, in the afternoon return to the valley, collection of luggage and departure of participants.
6h of walk · 400 m ascent · 400 m descent

Costs

Prices
€ 130 / per adult
€ 100 / per young (10-14 years-old)

What’s included
Guide and organization
Accommodation in a hotel
Half board treatment with dinner and breakfast
Binoculars Nikon Prostaff 8×42
Headlamps

What is not included
Lunches
Any transports
Extra and personal expenses
Travel insurance

Food and accommodation

Accommodation can be organized by our tour leader in small lovely small family managed hotel, in double rooms. Lunches are not included, you will buy packed lunches from the guesthouse or local shops and bakeries each morning to take with you. Each evening you’ll be tucking into traditional Italian dishes including maccheroni alla chitarra – a special type of spaghetti, soup with orapi (wild spinach) and beans, gnocchetti and grilled meat. The region has a strong sheep rearing culture, so plenty of local dairy products are available such as pecorino, ricotta, caciocavallo and a rare goat’s cheese called Marzolina.

Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for.

When can i do this?

Between the months of September and October, when the mating season of deers starts, this territory give you the chance to live a very interesting experience. Check our calendar to see availability.

Kit list

Temperatures depend on season and time, warm clothes and dress up in layers is recommended: after sunset, in summertime too, it could be very cold.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
Soft duffel bag or rucksack
Daypack (25+ litres)
Raincover
Waterproof jacket with hood
Fleece jacket or similar
Warm jacket
Hiking trousers
Technical t-shirts
Hiking boots
Warm hat
Thin gloves
Waterproof overtrousers
Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen)
Water bottles or water bladder

WHAT’S INCLUDED
Binocular
Headlamp

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Expert Local Guides

Our local guides know the mountain perfectly, what to do and how to be safe.

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Frequently asked question

Can i book on my own?

Sure can! Over 30% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Can children participate?

This activity is especially designed for adults and young (14+) as we need to spend evening in high mountain and wait silently a few hours.

Private tour

Ask for a private tour if you need an exclusive experience. Send us an e mail and we’ll answer you back with the quotation.

Bad weather condition

Temperatures and sunset are agreeable in summertime: July and August. Obviously some day could be cold or rainy: our guides will study alternative propose to offer you the best experience. Be sure to be well equipped for each weather condition.

Need to add a travel insurance

Our guides are registered at the list of Collegio Guide Alpine Abruzzo and subscribed a professional insurance.

We suggest you to book on line travel insurance with World Nomads. They offer insurances designed for adventurous travellers across 140 countries that includes overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities.

How to get there

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 Tuabruzzo. Connections by train are only until Avezzano station. For those who come from Rome it is possible to check the timetable of Flixbus or Prontobus company that connects Roma and Ciampino airports to Abruzzo.

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