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Through the eyes of the wolf, wolf-howling in Abruzzo

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4 h
Availability : from November to April
Min Age : 9+
Max People : 15

Evening excursion to the most remote and wild places of the Abruzzo National Park. The wolf senses human presence from far away, it moves mostly at night and travels a lot, up to dozens of kilometres within hours. Therefore, it’s not so simple for a hiker to see a wolf, but it is easy to find its tracks on the ground, especially on the snow in winter. And, with some luck, the animal announces its presence by its fascinating howling.

Detail

During this evening, expert guides and biologists will provide accurate information on the wolf, discrediting the many stories that circulate about this species, result of ancient legacies, prejudices and untruths. They will not, however downplay the real issues related to it, but will try instead to analyse them together with any possible solutions.

Difficult

Moderate The hike has no technical difficulties, it takes place on mountain trails in wooded areas and meadows with climbs and descents of the average slope, with steeper sections. Hike in the mountains, that all healthy people can deal with.

Elevation gain

300 m up and down

Length

8 km roundtrip

Costs

What is included

  • Guide and organization
  • Headlamps, binoculars and Nikon spotting scopes

What is escluded

  • Any transports
  • Snack and personal expenses
Itinerary

Day 1Through the eyes of the wolf

Appointment in Pescasseroli at 16.00 (4PM). Meeting with the guide at our office in Largo Molinari and short trip by car to the beginning of the trail. An easy route will bring us inside the forest, where we tell the secrets and habits of this predator, about which there exist also many legends and fears. At the edge of the woods we will attempt to get a direct sighting and try to listen to its howling. The return is in the evening and with the help of torches.

Highlights
  • The approach of this initiative with a limited number of participants
  • The real opportunity to see or listen wolves in the wild nature
What to bring

Hiking boots, jacket with waterproof and windproof cap, backpack, water bottle, leggings, hat and gloves of wool or fleece (in winter are always better than waterproof), sunglasses, long pants and sun protection cream. During the ambushes can be cold so we recommend dressing in layers.

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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