Wolf tracking in Abruzzo

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The wolf is securely the animal that has attracted people’s imagination more than all the others since the ancient times. An extraordinary, intelligent and adattable predator, that is able to travel through long distances and to survive in hostile environments and with scarce food resources. A little number (maybe less than 100) of wolves survived in the central-southern Apennine around the end of the 1960s. Then, the wolf has slowly but progressively expanded its area through a spontaneous recolonisation process during the last 30/40 years. Nowadays a wolves population organised with a minimun of 7 or 8 packs has been living in the territory of the Abruzzo National Park.

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SCHEDULED TOURS

Friday 23 November 2018 - Sunday 25 November 2018
Friday 7 December 2018 - Sunday 10 December 2018
Friday 11 January 2019 - Sunday 13 January 2019
Friday 8 February 2019 - Sunday 10 February 2019
Friday 8 March 2019 - Sunday 10 March 2019

 

During this three-day experience we will explore the extraordinary social life of wolf, following the paths and the valleys of the Park, participating also to beautiful evening hikes. We will discover its role of predator, its great adaptability to Italian territory, but also the historical and difficult relationship with human being.

GENERAL PROGRAMME

FIRST DAY

Arrival in Pescasseroli, in the afternoon check in and accomodation of participants in the hotel and introduction of the guide. At 4 pm departure for an easy hike until the sunset. Arrive to the refuge in the evening for dinner and overnight stay.

SECOND DAY

Departure at sunrise for a hike along the southern slope of mountain, a very panoramic territory and pasture area of deers and other wild ungulates. Historically, this area has been frequented from wolves. Then there will be packed lunch and transfer to Civitella Alfedena, visit to the Apennine Wolf Museum. During the afternoon arrive to the hotel and evening hike to try to hear the howling of wolves. Return to the hotel during the night using torches; dinner based on local products and overnight stay.

THIRD DAY

At dawn, we will be protagonists in the beutiful scenery of Pianoro Le Forme, at the foot of Mount Meta and of the Mainarde mountain range. A strong emotional impact place, characterized by rugged and wild mountains, fascinating for who lives far from this kind of landscape. There will be a hike until Passo dei Monaci to try to spot deers and chamoises. In the afternoon return to the valley, a cup of hot chocolate, a tasting of local products and departure of participants.


COSTS

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Guide and organization
Accommodation half board services in a refuge and hotel 
Headlamps, binoculars and Nikon spotting scopes
Snowshoes and poles rental

 

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Any transports
Packed dinner and personal expenses


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.

Highlights

  • The real opportunity to see or to hear wolves in the wild nature
  • A starry sky among the tops of the forest, in place where light pollution is absent
  • Tales of shepherds from Abruzzo region who lived in this mountains for several centuries
  • The philosophy of this initiative with a limited number of participants

Route

  1. Pescasseroli
  2. Rifugio di Terraegna
  3. Civitella Alfedena
  4. Pizzone